From Goodreads: 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.
(Read for BBA July Group Pick)
Overall Rating 3.50
Character Rating 3.50
Story Rating 3.50
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NOTE: This is only the 2nd steampunk novel I have read and I am not sure it is the genre for me. PLEASE take my rating and raise it by at least one if you are a YA Steampunk fan 🙂
What I Loved: I thought Finley was a great main character. Griffin, Emily, and Sam were also fantastic supporting characters. JD made me laugh! The Jekyll/Hyde thing that Finley had going on really helped me accept the love triangle which I normally hate (though to be honest it wasn’t really a love triangle very much at all). Finley was tough, quick, self-sufficient, and had loving parents (score for Kady Cross for not making elders absent or unloving–YEAH)! In fact, how Finley was written in relation to her family and how that shaped who she is was just all around fantastic!
What I Liked: Honestly, the history geek in me loved that the author appeared to have done a ton of research on the era. She wove her world into that period very well. I am always a fan of well researched historical material.
Why Steampunk isn’t for me and you should keep it in mind when looking at my rating: I can’t get into the story with so many descriptive terms about what people are wearing, what gadgets they have, and what automatons are being used.
Why I gave it a 3.5: I really enjoyed the characters and the story! I will probably even pick up book 2 when it comes out because I want to see what Griffin, Finley, Emily, and Sam are up too!