Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Girl in the Steel Corset, by Kady Cross- Review

From Goodreads:
In 1897 England, 16-year-old Finley Jayne is convinced she's a freak. 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 . . . that she's one of "them."

This was one of those back burner books for me all last year.  I had seen it at the BEA and hadn't gotten my hands on it, so every time I was in the book store I would pass it by and think, yes, I need to pick that up.  Just not today.  So after getting part two at the BEA this year, I finally had a good excuse to bump it up the TBR list and pick it up.

To be honest I was a little flummoxed by The Girl in the Steel Corset.  Because I had the paperback I got the bonus short story The Strange Case of Finely Jayne, and so that's how I started.  Presumably because it was written after Steel Corset, it had a handful of continuity blips, which wouldn't matter if you were reading it after Steel Corset but made for some slightly awkward reading while reading them in the same book (almost as chapters in the same book).

 It's quite possible that these inconsistencies are what threw me. There was, after all, 98 pages of story and then all of a sudden you bounce into the start of Steel Corset and it's like everything has been reset, even though it's *kind of* a continuation.  My main issue with this was how Finley sort of discovers and gets comfortable with all her changes over the course of the 98 page short story, but on page one of Steel Corset its suddenly this fearsome thing she dislikes about herself again.

Mainly I didn't love all the set up in Steel Corset.  It was a bit too cumbersome for me.  Once you get past most of it, and get rolling into the denouement then I started enjoying myself.  Once Finley is rocking her tough self, and all the silly shiftiness is figured out then I found Cross's story came into its own.

 Also, am I the only one who finds Dandy way more interesting as a love interest than Griffin King?  Please say yes, because the whole handsome Duke-out of her social sphere- thing seems old and over done.  But the dangerous king of the underworld, who is much more than he's letting on, that's intriguing to me.

Really it wasn't until I read the acknowledgments and saw that Cross was going for a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets X-Men that I finally got where this book was going.  A little late for it to come together for me unfortunately, but then I got where it was going.  Ah well! Just in time for book two, which will hopefully be better.

The Girl in the Steel Corset, by Kady Cross
Published by Harlequin Teen, May 24th, 2011


  1. A wonderful book filled with romance, adventure, action, fantasy, mystery,......and steampunk! I loved it so much, and I can't wait to read the series.
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