Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Review: 'The Girl in the Steel Corset' by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross, 2011, Harlequin Teen, $17.99, hardbound, 473 pages. Category/Genre: steampunk. Cover: Nice. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne is two people: a normal girl and a darker, deadlier person, capable of all kinds of mayhem. No wonder -- her father, who was doing experiments on himself before Finley was born, was the inspiration for Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde, and he passed certain traits on to Finley. 

Then Finley meets a group of people who are just as unusual as she is: Griffin, who can access the Aether (the land of the dead) and alter people's emotions; Sam, who is part machine; and Emily, who can 'talk' to machines. 

But living with the group doesn't make Finley's life much easier. For one thing, Sam would rather see her gone. For another, Finley's darker side still takes control. And as if that weren't enough, there's a mad genius called The Machinist on the loose. 

Described by the author as 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets teen X-Men,' the book is filled with adventure, romance, and lots of cool steampunk gadgetry and automatons. It's supposed to be for young adults, but older readers will get just as much of a kick out of it.  

Note: mild language. 

If you like this one, try: The Girl with the Iron Touch, by Kady Cross.

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