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Content Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (May 24, 2011)

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Kady Cross
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.

Sexual Content:  Mild/Moderate
Profanity:  Mild
Violence:  Moderate/Heavy
Other Notables:  Cordelia was a psychic and mind reader telepathic

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I loved, loved this book! It was so much fun to read. Romantic, action and everything Steampunk. This book captivated me completely. I can't tell you what made me want to read this book from cover to cover before putting it down. So many little things... like the love triangle between Griffin, Finley and handsome Jack Dandy. Or, was it the fact that Finley had a doctor Jeckle, Mr Hyde thing going on and you did not want to make her angry. Or, the way the action scenes just grippingly (is that even a word?) captivated you until the scene was over and done with so you could actually take a breath. I'm not sure which part was better, I enjoyed the whole freakin thing from beginning to end. I want to be Finley Jayne, just her name alone, I love it. She was such a good character. So interesting, many levels of complexity and intrigue. Griffin is well... WOW! He was very handsome and debonair, yet had a cocky side to him as well. Emily was Griffin's right hand, the brain behind all the cool gadgets. She was such a cute sweet little red head, She and Sam well, Oh I haven't gotten to Sam. Strong big bloke, he is Griffin's best friend. He was quite a turd because of his distrust for Finley, I guess it's just because she was the new girl with a secret. Jasper, the American Cowboy was really funny, cool and clever, nice having him around. Aunt Cordelia, Hmmm... she was quite the devil, very protective of Griffin and also distrust Finley the new girl in the mansion, she gave poor Finley such a hard time. AND last but not least Jack Dandy, he was quite the character with his cockney accent, I felt cool just reading his lines. The Steampunk villain in this case, "The Machinist" was your typical evil guy who wants to rule the world. Velocycles and men made out of steel , the imagination of Kady Cross must have for her first Steampunk Chronicles is really off the charts, I can't wait until the next one. Read this one for sure :)