Review: The Girl in the Steel Corsety by Kady Cross (BBA Pick)(Rating 3.5 Wine Glasses)

Posted July 14, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 10 Comments

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.

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(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 πŸ™‚

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!

Kady Cross

The Strange Case of Finley JayneThe Girl in the Steel Corset

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10 responses to “Review: The Girl in the Steel Corsety by Kady Cross (BBA Pick)(Rating 3.5 Wine Glasses)

  1. Smash Attack!

    The "descriptive terms about what people are wearing, what gadgets they have, and what automatons are being used" are exactly why I love the genre. πŸ™‚ I keep meaning to pick this one up. Definitely interested!

  2. Melissa (Books and T

    Well, this was written more in the vein of fantasy which can be overwhelmingly descriptive at times. So, since this one wasn't overwhelmingly (but still VERY descriptive) it didn't bother me too much. Not all steampunk is like this. You would like the books of the order (Geist and Spectyr) which has elements of steampunk but isn't overwhelming. So, really I'd say it depends on the type of steampunk and not the general genre of steampunk (now that I've read some… lol).

  3. Missie

    Yeah! I'm not sure I get the whole Steampunk thing either, though I did LOVE The Iron Duke. But other books I've tried, I've put down, not having been able to get very much into it. I have to admit, the love triangle but not really, sounds interesting to me. What a different way to spin things. LOL

  4. Tipsy - tipsyreader.

    oh poop! I was hoping you would read the audiobook version and report back. Wah. Have you gotten a chance to read Soulless by Gail Carriger?

  5. Bookish Brunette

    See, I STILL haven't ventured into Steampunk. I'm too nervous that I won;t like them for the EXACT reasons you mentioned above dude! Hmmm, I must think on this!

  6. Jenny

    I'm a huge steampunk fan, but it took me a while to get there. It's definitely hard to get into the story when there's so many descriptions of the little steampunk elements, but I've learned to deal with that and it's made falling into the story much easier:) Nice review Felicia, I'll probably be giving this one a try!

  7. jackie b central tex

    I am still on the fence with this one, so many wonderful reads already waiting on my shelves so as like you not really into mucho descriptions about articles of clothing and the gadgets either may just keep holding off until I at least read "Dead Iron" by Devon Monk which I already have a copy of and see if I like it well enough to continue with the genre…Nice that you were honest Felicia and more importantly even with all the drawbacks of reading this story that you liked the characters enough to want to continue with their next adventure, the author did something right if that is the case!

  8. Paper Cut Reviewer

    Hey Felicia! Great review! I understand what you mean when a book is too descriptive it can make the story drag. I agree that the characters are great! I'm not so much a fan of Sam though…kinda whiny. lol! I gotta get my review up soon.Have a great week!

  9. Patti (Book Addict)

    I picked this up at ALA and am looking forward to reading it. I haven't really read any steampunk (except Gail Carriger) either so I hope I like it!

  10. Diana (Book of Secre

    Steampunk is everywhere…though I haven't read one yet. Gadgets? I just don't know if they'd be for me either.