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The Girl In The Steel Corset is the second steampunk novel I've read, the first being Clockwork Angel, which I loved.
Steampunk: A genre of science fiction set in Victorian times when steam was the main source of machine power
I've heard the term used a lot but up until now, haven't had a clear idea of what it was so if you were like me, there you go. I think I can officially call myself a steampunk fan now. The two books that I've read so far from the genre….instantaneous love.
As the summary states, the novel begins with a young Finley Jayne having an altercation with Lord Felix, her boss's son who has a history of taking advantage of the female workers. Instead of running like a normal girl would, a dark force inside of Finley encourages her to hurt him, to kill him. Somehow, she calms this urge and flees, running, very literally, into Griffin King who's riding by on his velocycle. He takes her back to his house and nurtures her back to health. There, Finley meets his friends, all of whom have a special talent, and together the group find love, defeat bad guys and learn more about themselves than they ever dreamed of.
The Girl In The Steel Corset has a enchanting and intricately-woven plot. The writing is very descriptive but it only pull the reader deeper into the world. I truly felt that I was in the Victorian era, not only from the dialogue but from the mannerisms and narration style as well. It's told in the third person point of view so we're able to follow the stories of every single character, which I loved! Each has an interesting story that is spotlighted and that I want to explore further. There is great characterisation so by the end of the book, you'll know and love the whole group, guaranteed. While he isn't part of Griffin's group, Jack Dandy is a main character who surprisingly becomes smitten with our little Finley. She sees the criminal as just a friend but does trust and care for him…somewhat. I'm very excited to see where this relationship goes in the next few books. It's no typical love triangle, that's for sure! While I did predict the twists in the novel, the characters and writing style still make this novel an easy favourite.
I think everyone should go out and buy this book. It is just brilliant and will have you engrossed within seconds. The characters are developed so well and the plot is kept interesting throughout. The way machines are written about in this novel is fascinating - it's all part of the steampunk lure. If you haven't ventured into this genre before, do so now. This gem should not be missed by anyone! I will be eagerly awaiting more from Kady Cross and definitely won't be stalking the Harlequin office……………
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Have you read this book? What did you think? Team Griffin or Team Jack? ;)