The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross (Steampunk Chronicles #1)
In 1897 England, 16-year-old Finley Jayne is convinced she’s a freak. No normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch. Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special . . . that she’s one of “them.” From Goodreads.
Once again, there is a part of my heart that absolutely LOVES steampunk. I think it is the whole Victorian dresses but with edge that I love, but I like the automatons and everything else about that world. I like how she took an idea and made it completely her own.
I loved how strong Finley was even when she found out a horrible secret about her parents. I thought the whole possible love story between Finley and Griffin was cute, I really wanted them to be together but I know that things were different back then. Emilly was adorable in a strong independent woman way. She didn’t need any of the guys to protect her but Sam wanted to protect her no matter what.
I felt so bad for Sam when he found out that everything that he was saying to Leon, the guy he met in at the bar, was being used against him and his friends. He just wanted to vent to someone that as he says “wasn’t under Finley Jayne’s spell.” Especially after he felt he was betrayed by Griffin and Emily even though all they wanted to do was save him.
The whole story was amazing, automatons made to look like the Queen because the bad guy is angry that he was told he couldn’t announce to the world about “the little beasties” as Emily put them. So he figured that by ripping apart the team and making everyone suspicious of Finley no one would trust her and they wouldn’t have stood a chance against his army.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars!