Monday, May 23, 2011

The Steampunk Chronicles Review

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
The Girl in the Steel Corset

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne 
Finley Jayne knows she's not 'normal'. Normal girls don't lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she's offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…
An ebook exclusive prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles.

Quickie Review
The Steampunk Chronicles is my introduction into the steampunk genre and I absolutely loved it!! In this prequel we get introduced to Finley Jayne a not so normal girl. Finley is my favorite type of heroine, she is confused about what is going on, but she isn't whining and complaining about her unfortunate situation. She handles her odd abilities with grace and putting them to use to help her charge.

You should definitely read this before you read The Girl in the Steel Corset. Although it isn't completely necessary to the series, it gives you more of in insight to Finley's character and how she initially dealt with her new found abilities and her oddities.

You can currently get this prequel for free on Amazon, so what are you waiting for? Go get it!!

The Girl in the Steel Corset
In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.
When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….
Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.
Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.
But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.

What I Liked
I have found a new genre to read! I love the clothes, the corsets and heels and the manners of the characters. They are proper, but they push the lines and I like that about them. Too proper of characters kinda bug me. The melding of technology, science, history and fiction is perfect. The use of natural chemicals that alters the genes is a fantastic twist. As Kady Cross put it her series is a melding of The League of Extraordinary Gentleman meets X-Men, what a perfect combination!
Love Triangle 
Who will Finley choose? Griffin King a duke or Jack Dandy a crime lord (of sorts), the complete opposites where her two conflicting personalities are attracted to each guy. I personally like Griffin more, Jack has his charm, but Griffin is my favorite.
The book had a fantastic ending. It summed up the story leaving a few loose ends and open for the next adventure for the group. I was left wanting more (as all good books leave you), but I did feel satisfied. 

If you love steampunk of course you have to read it. If you have never read steampunk (like me) you must try it. 

Prequel: The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
Book 1: The Girl in the Steel Corset
Releases Tuesday May 24th hardback
Kady Cross is a pseudo name for her YA line, her adult name is Kathryn Smith.
Not sure how many books will be in the series. 
She will be doing a tour for the book, but no dates or places are posted yet
Check out her author page on Facebook

What do you like about steampunk? Or will you ever try steampunk?


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