Thursday, 26 July 2012

Review- The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset
Series: Steampunk Chronicles 

Author: Kady Cross
Published: May 24th 2011
Book 1 

(Sent by Harlequin Publishers) 

In this binding world of Finley Jayne set out in 1897 England, she discovers that she has a darker side that likes to come out at the most inconvenient of times. At one stage, she was working for a famous young man in England who was the son of a Duke, and who was known to be a drunk that was extremely violent until Finley put a stop to that, the next she found herself crashing into the lives of an odd group that is trying to defeat the man that is trying to destroy the world; The Machinist. Griffin King, the Duke of Greythorne accepts Finley as one of "them" as he knows that there is something different about her, something that could either make or break his team/friends. Finley has the extraordinary power of strength and acute senses. She can throw a man across a room and even crush metal without putting in much effort. That is however, when her darker side takes over and she cannot control the squirming beast within her-- yet. This causes the team to drift apart even further than they already were and they will need to re-unite to save the world in time.

What I especially loved about this novel was the fact that there were several twists coming in from all directions and it caused me just to keep on reading. This was by far one of the most addicting novels I have ever read. The characters are described extremely well in each situation and the scene is also described perfectly which sent a clear image of what is being played out to me. The characters each have their own abilities, flaws and personalities but the one thing that they all have in common is the protective instinct for one another. This is the permanent theme of loyalty that stays between them no matter what the consequences.

I also absolutely loved the cover of this remarkable novel. It is vibrant and is inviting to readers. One of the reasons I wanted to read this was because of the cover. The cover captures the central image of the protagonist who is hiding half her face which indicates that she has a dark side as well as her normal side. I also loved the plot of this novel as it was extremely well planned and unique. I have not read a Steampunk/Historical Fiction novel as good as this in a very long time and it now sets the bar VERY high for others to follow. 


The one minor issue that I had with this novel is that there were small parts of it that dragged on and when the action parts arrived I felt relieved but also a little disappointed because the sections leading up to the action was not causing much excitement. 

Overall, I absolutely loved this novel, despite the minor faults. It really was a great pleasure to read and get to know the characters and their environment. This truly was a great beginning to what I am sure will be a much anticipated book series.
Rating 4/5

19 comments:

  1. great review! I also love the cover!!!

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    1. Thanks for the comment Amy! The cover is absolutely amazing!!
      ~Daniel~

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  2. This sounds like something that I would enjoy reading - I was totally drawn in by the cover as I was browsing today's book blogger reviews... :-) Great review!

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    1. Thanks for the comment! The cover drew me in as well. If you even have the slightest bit of yearning to read it, the do it! This will not disappoint
      ~Daniel~

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  3. Wow this review is written brilliantly! This looks like a book I would enjoy and after reading this I will be buying it!
    - Alex

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    1. Hey Alex, thank you for the generous words. I really do think that you would be suited to it and I am telling you now that you will love it. I am currently awaiting the sequel of it called The Girl in the Clockwork Collar and I will let you know how it goes. Thanks again
      ~Daniel~

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    1. Hello Abraham, thank you so much for the comment and the kind words. The rating symbol is like a top view of an emerald vortex or you could just call it a swirl :) I am now going to follow your amazing blogs! Thanks again
      ~Daniel~

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  5. Does the girl in the steel corset have a dragon tattoo? Actually, this book sounds really good. I'm throwing it on the TBR.

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    1. Hey Ryan, thanks for the comment... no, she doesn't have a dragon tattoo and you should definitely read it...
      Thanks Again
      ~Daniel~

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  6. Thank you for the review, the book sounds like a really good read. Love the way you have set out your blog.
    You now have a new follower, looking forward to more posts.

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    1. Hi Michelle, this book really is a great read. Thanks for the kind words and for the comment.
      ~Daniel~

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    1. Thanks Ethereal, it really is a great book and you should really give it a go..
      ~Daniel~

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  8. The cover looks amazing!!! I'll definitely be reading this.
    :P

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    1. Hi Michael, the cover is really good. You should definitely be reading this novel ASAP!
      Thanks for the comment:
      ~Daniel~

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  9. Brilliant review! This novel sounds amazing and I also really like the cover :)

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    1. Thanks Aaron, the novel truly was amazing and as I said in the review, the cover absolutely blew my mind away... You should definitely read it and give it a go
      Thanks again,
      ~Daniel~

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  10. I still need to read The Girl in the Steel Corset, but I can't wait to do so! The covers for these books are just gorgeous, I love how the steampunk element is incorporated:)
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