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The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Thursday, August 18, 2011
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.
Goodreads Summary

This is part of a new genre, Steampunk.  The reader's first impression of the novel will be...that not much is different from, say, fantasy or just plain young adult.  This novel was interesting in that the author seemed to know a fair amount about machines; however, it was very confusing in some parts.  The main character, Finley, is a ballsy character in some portions of the novel, and, at random, it will seem as if her courage peters out...for instance, there is a fight with her and another character that just seemed very unwarranted and silly.  The secondary characters are interesting to meet, but not necessarily fun characters to read about...Jasper was amusing though.

The plot was different, the reader kind of has to figure out the plot though...he/she will probably catch on in the middle of the book.  The ending was a little disappointing too, it doesn't always have to be HEA (happily ever after), but it was a little of a non sequitur.  This book was overall ok, but it probably won't make the reader "awed" by this new genre. 

2 Stars