Author: Kady Cross (@KadyCross)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Series: Steampunk Chronicles #1
The Other Books: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
Seek: Amazon, 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.
I absolutely adore it. The girl is gorgeous and I love being able to see Finley’s steel corset. Behind her, there are some clogs of a machine. I was going to say she looks like Megan Fox but I guess I am not the only who thinks this.
“Did you see her face?” Sam demanded, taking a handkerchief from his jacket pocket. “She looked almost wild.”
Griff had seen her face—just before he hit her. There had been something untamed in her features. Something fierce and beautiful, as well.
I was a little bit worried about reading Steampunk novels such as this because I love novels based on Victorian Era and didn’t want it ruined by robots and such things. But after reading this book, I have grown to love Steampunk novels and will read a few more like this. If you don’t understand what Steampunk is, click HERE for more information.
The book starts off with Finley Jane while she is about to go to bed after a long day of work. She is intercepted by her employer’s son, Lord Felix , who is known for taking advantage of the young maids. After a fight, you find out that Finley Jayne is not like other girls. There are two sides of her, one like any other girl, and the other, when loose, makes her stronger than most men. Just this alone, makes me fascinated by her.
After knocking out Lord Felix, Finley runs away. She is then hit by a velocycle, which is owned by Griffin King, Duke of Greythrone. Along with him, is his friend Sam, who doesn’t trust Finley, which his trust for her never really changes throughout the story. They both have seen her darker side, the one she doesn’t have control over. Fortunately, she is not alone at being different. Griffin, Sam, their nurse/mechanic Emily, and Jasper, all have rather extraordinary gifts that have seemed to grown even more lately. It makes them a very strong team.
Finley isn’t the only thing, Griffin and his friends have to worry about. There is someone out there known as The Mechanist. He has been stealing things, and changing automatons ways of thinking, to make them dangerous. The Mechanist is not only trying to build something, he is also trying to cause problems for Griffin’s team. He makes them think Finley is not to be trusted. Having them fight against each other, it will draw their attention away from him. The ending was brilliant and left me wanting to read more. Can't wait for the sequel.
Kady Cross did an excellent job of tying the characters together with their own personalities and gifts. She rewrote a part of history that you know well, and turned into something new and dark. Into a world that I very much would love to visit. I love the story but I did figure out what was happening before the other characters.
Finley Jayne is such a mysterious character, and it’s not to enjoy her. She has two sides and you get to see those two sides. One is calm and shy, while another is dark and wild. And she is such a badass fighter. Great heroine. Most of the characters, I really loved except for Sam.
Sam was pain in the butt throughout the story. Sometimes, I just wanted to slap him for thinking so wrongly of Finley. But he did play a role in the story, and I found out that I like him very much. So, he is my least favorite character at first, but later on, he becomes one of my favorite.
This is part of a series, and the next book to come out is titled The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. I really interested on seeing the cover, because I wonder if it will show Finley's tattoos, or another character.