Book Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

(Steampunk Chronicles #1)

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.

***** ***** *****


I never thought i’d love the steampunk genre this much, because of this book. the prequel The Strange Case of Finley Jane solidly built this first book into stardom!

if you’ve been reading my reviews, then by now you know i crave for action on the books that i read. lots and lots of action. and The Girl in the Steel Corset has lots of it! Hand-to-hand combat, man-vs-machine combat, girl-vs-guy combat. man, oh man it was delicious!

i find the story easy to grasp, easy to follow. there are a lot of unique elements that made me think, this author is good!

FINLEY JANE is one kick-ass chick. Literally. i love her!

Finley is a female version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Two personalities in one female body is taking a toll on Finley. she can’t hold a job, she can’t run back to her family. when she was taken in by Griffin, it is understandable why she is suspicious of his intent. having her share of malicious men pawing on her, it’s not hard to mistrust Griffin. But powerful Griffin slowly breaks her wall.. and into her heart. wee!

i didn’t mind the constant push/pull of Finley’s and Griffin’s relationship. i figured i can wait til the next installment for their budding romance.

everything a heroine should be, i found in Finley. she takes care of herself, doesn’t want to be a burden to anyone, gets defensive when she feels threatened. and yet, she longs for friendship, for family, and maybe, for love. she is such an enticing character! the conflict between her normal self and her darker self is entertaining.

i adore Griffin, he is really fitted to be a duke. i hate Sam, such a loser and a whiner (ungrateful bastard). i envied Emily, with her intelligence and loyalty to her friends. i like Jasper! he should be emily’s partner. he’s much more charming than that bloke. Jack – he is that one character i can’t quite figure out. is he a friend or foe? i admit his bad boy appeal is more attractive than Griffin’s aristocratic redheadedness (lol), but i am rooting for Griffin. C‘mon Griff, let’s take it up a notch with Finley! Jack is nothing but a criminal. But you, oh you are so, so much more than a duke.

i was left hanging in the end! but in a good way. this time, i can’t wait for their adventure outside of London.

i was always fascinated with Victorian setting, and add to that world a bunch of automatons, telekinesis, access to the nether world, and a little bit of romance – it makes an astounding story for a girl who came into terms with merging herself to a whole new person and became a strong woman (inside and out) of her time.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

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  2. wow! nice review! Maria, ^^ i’ve been actually waiting for your review on this book. 🙂
    i’ll definitely read this one..

    • thanks, gabby! there’s only a little romance but you won’t get disappointed with the action-packed scenes! and i promised you a review this week, right? glad you liked it 😉

  3. I absolutely love Finley Jayne. I just finished The Strange Case of Finley Jayne and I cannot wait until I can get my hands on the next one. Will probably get it this weekend and this review just makes me want it more. Thanks

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