I wish there were more steampunk books out there like this one because I really enjoyed THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET! There’s something about the steampunk genre that I really like though I’m not sure if it’s the fussy little mechanicals or the steam-powered vehicles (Steam horses FTW!) or the hint of a supernatural element that threads its way through the genre. Probably a combination of all these things.
This novel has all those things plus a naughty villain with plans to take over the world, a two-sided/dual-natured heroine, and a little clan of crime-fighting teens all set in a steampunk version of Victorian England. Awesome! I really liked Finley, who just jumped off the page with her bad-arsed fighting skillz and fear about her “darker side” making its appearance.
Of course, there’s a love triangle between Finley, the duke, and the bad boy, something that seems to have become a YA romance staple (not a fan myself, usually. Every once in a while, sure. 99% of the time, not so much. Anyway…) but, despite the author being a romance writer (under a different name) as well as a debut YA author, it doesn’t dominate the entire story. Instead, our intrepid heroine and her new partners have to figure out who The Machinist is and what he was doing — then save England from animatronic domination (ooh, doesn’t that sound awesome? Fun to say, too!).
Despite having this book in ebook form, I pre-ordered it so I could have it in physical book form, too, and I have to say–it’s such a cute little book! It’s a hardback but it’s the size of a paperback. I don’t know if this is a nod to the author’s romance paperback roots or what but I kind of like it for a change from the trade paperbacks dominating my shelves.
I’m really looking forward to Kady Cross’s next book in her Steampunk Chronicles!
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