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Monday, June 27, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles)
Rating: 4 out of 5

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles)Summary: The year is 1897 in England, and Finley Jane is about to run from trouble again. It seems that 'thing' inside of her, whatever it may be is getting harder for her to control. No normal girl would be able to take down a grown man especially one much taller and much bigger than she is. However, when her current employer makes unwanted advances, Finley does what she has to do, protect herself. The problem is, she almost kills him, so she runs again only to be run over by a velocycle. The offenders take her home only to discover that she truly does have a remarkable power, kind of like the powers they seem to possess, but she doesn't know a thing about her abilities other than the fact they tend to get her into trouble.  Griff (a duke), his friend Sam and Emily are investigating a criminal known only as the machinist. One whom is building machines, automaton's that can independently think and commit crimes.  Trust is put to the test and secrets are revealed in a world full of steam powered machines.

My thoughts: I hadn't read steampunk before but this novel sounded interesting so I decided to give it a try. I gave the book a 4 out of 5 because the beginning was hard to get into. I feel like we're hounded with a lot of information about the things that Griff and his friends use to fight crime and to heal those that are injured. It just seems like a lot of information to process at once, especially when we're just starting to meet the characters and understand their abilities. However, as the novel goes on, it's easier to comprehend what we're reading. Things, at least to me, started to make much more sense.

It took some time for me to get into this world, but once I did, and once I started to get into the machinist and his background, not to mention how everything tied together, I truly began to enjoy this novel. The characters are really likable. Each has their own faults, but they truly care for each other and would do anything to save those around them, that makes them very real. All in all this was a good read. 

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