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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Review: The Strange Case of Finley Jane (Steampunk Chronicles 0.5) by Kady Cross

Who's excited for The Girl in the Steel Corset? I am! :)

And if you're not and a bit reluctant to read it, I suggest you grab a copy of the prequel, The Strange Case of Finley Jane.

Title: The Strange Case of Finley Jane by Kady Cross
Release Date: May 1st 2011
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Source: Free from HQN Teen website!
Buy: Amazon

Summary (from Goodreads):

Finley Jayne knows she's not 'normal'. Normal girls don't lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she's offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…
Harlequin Teen seems to have a knack for releasing good prequels for their books. It was the same with The Iron Fey series, and The Steampunk Chronicles is not an exception.

Kady Cross' short novella hits the right spot as this prequel prepares the readers for what they should expect with The Girl in the Steel Corset. In retrospect, The Strange Case of Finley Jane can very well stand on its own as a short steampunk novella.

Readers are introduced to the protagonist, a butt-kicking heroine named Finley Jane who possesses extraordinary strength and a great character, always up to do what is right even if its not what a lady should do at times. Her tendency to stand up and fight for what she think is right is what caused for her to be fired from her job, but it doesn't stop Finley from doing what she does.

Finley comes off as a unique, smart girl, though uncertain and hasty at times, as she struggles with her "dark" side. Finley knew she wasn't normal, and living in a time where automatons are starting to become a part of everyday life isn't making it easy for the unusual traits she has to be hidden. Now she was hired as a companion to Phoebe, engaged to Lord Vincent who may not have the right intentions with marrying a girl whose younger than him. The chill factor is also a plus in this novella, which made it a more enjoyable read.

I'm also very curious and intrigued with the elusive and mysterious Duke of Greythorne. I wonder how some elements introduced in the novella ties in with The Girl in the Steel Corset.

Kady Cross was able to fully utilize the shortness of the novella in such a way that readers feel that they are indeed in 19th century London with short but precise descriptions. The Strange Case of Finley Jane is not lacking in action as well, and its a very satisfying read that makes a great introduction for The Girl in the Steel Corset. If this is what reading The Steampunk Chronicle will be like, give me a copy of The Girl in the Steel Corset and I'd read it in a heartbeat!

My rating

Content (plot, story flow, character):

Shining: Worthy of a Goddess' Love!

Book Cover:

I love the colors and the font fits the steampunk "vibe".


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