Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles)
Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

  • Pub. Date: May 2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Format: Hardcover , 480pp
  • Sales Rank: 38,704
  • Age Range: Young Adult


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.

My Thoughts

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross is full of unique characters, settings, and inventions that just blew my mind.  This was an outstanding story, it forced me to think about normal items in different ways and challenged my normal reading habits.  Kady Cross has Steampunk down as well as creative character building.  I love the super strong Finley and the challenges that in split person brings to the story.  The underlying romance in this story is what made it work so well for me.  Every last character was extremely well defined and held their own part in the story.  I really enjoyed this and could see possibilities for more to come from many of them.  Tension between them was honest and brought a different dimension into the story. 

Somewhat frustrating for me was that this book took me significantly longer to read than anything I have read in months.  Part of this was due to the genre, Steampunk just takes me a very long to time for me to get my head around and keep moving forward in it.  The second part of that is that there was just a lot of explaining and history provided.  For me, at times, it was just too much and I would have to put the book down and come back to it.  I know for many readers this is something that they look for, I am just saying that this did not work for me.   Now that being said, there were so many interesting machines and such in this book.  It demonstrated a great imagination from the author.

The cover on this book is amazing.  Kudos to everyone for putting together such a wonderful cover.  This is what initially drew me to the book.  

My Rating:

This was a good story one that I would recommend there were just a few frustrating things that move it down for me
*Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book.  All opinions are my own.  No compensation was provided.



Filed under 4 Stars, book review, Books, NetGalley Month

2 responses to “Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

  1. Great review! Steampunk can be frustrating and confusing, but I think this one did pretty good on that scale. I was more confused with Clockwork Angel really. But still I did like this one and look forward to reading more!

  2. Amy

    Really want to read this. Great review.

    Amy@adumbrations (new follower)

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