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Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset
   Author: Kady Cross
   Release Date: May 22nd, 2012

     In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one...except the "thing" inside her. When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But 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, says she's one of "them." The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

     Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help--and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

     But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on--even if it seems no one believes her.

My Stance:

     After Something Strange and Deadly I have been looking for other books that take place in older time periods, but take a twist on the world that make it more interesting and involved. This book excels in that, and while I love the concept of getting an old generation, and seeing how that world would collide and twist around a steampunk manifest. While adding a steampunk nature to this style and era of book changes details about the story, it adds depth and new character that differs from the usual style of book that would have already been done by now. Books 1800s have been done, and this allows machines and mechanical to mold into that old style. I'm thinking more along the lines of crude, rudimentary designs; not anything sophisticated or fancy. I'm curious how Sam, the part cyborg, would work into that theory.

     Finley Jayne, is an odd name, I would have flipped the two around and that would have been perfect. Frankly I find the name just laughable. I am not saying that the character couldn't be more masculine, but the name just doesn't seem to fit. I love the idea thought, that this beautiful girl has power beyond what anyone else believes she could possibly posses, and when Griffin realizes it, he reels her in. Griffin is a character that strikes me as an out of place character, he's the only one that seems completely human. While I understand, that's part of the world and the character design; it's just out of place and odd. It doesn't mean I dislike him, or the persona he embodies.

     The story of Finley, a girl out of place searching for someplace to call her own. Than Sam, her boyfriend or the target of her affection, enters and a world starts to take shape. Finley is in love, but out of place. I look at the two and while I am trying to understand what the two have in common, other than mechanical, I am at a blank. What is the connection between the two, and what drives them. Furthermore, there is a connection I feel already to the two and what little I have read from them there is a urge to see more and I look forward to reading their story.
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