Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset
By Kady Cross
4 out of 5 stars
Published: May 24, 2011
arc from publisher for review (thanks!)

There are not a lot of steampunk titles for YA, so I was super glad to hear of this new series. Finley Jayne has a monster inside of her and the strength to throw a man through a wall. In Victorian England, a rag-tag band of "extraordinary" teens join forces to fight The Machinist-a mad man bent on creating horrors of the cyberman-kind.
Overall, this was a really great adventure story! I think the writing was good, but I never got fully sucked into the story. There is not one, but two love triangles. What I really enjoyed was the technology mixed with the real aspects of the time. Some of the inventions were Jules Verne-worthy, and the details were fun. Jack Dandy, for example, is a real figure and not just a style of dress.
Picture Jekyll and Hyde mixed with Hellboy and you have the picture. So far, my favorite characters are Emily and Jack Dandy.
I think it belongs on the shelf of any steampunk enthusiast, and I cannot wait for the next book in which it appears we will be heading to New York.
A note about the cover: I wish it was a little less romance novel-y, but the corset is cool.