I will now be reviewing The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross, another Harlequin Teen book that I received because of my time on Figment’s first-ever Street Team.
My paperback copy of The Girl in the Steel Corset included a “bonus book” at the beginning of the book, a prequel called The Strange Case of Finley Jayne. I obviously read that first, and then could not put it down after I finished… I was compelled to continue reading Kady Cross’s first book in “The Steampunk Chronicles.” I’d have to say The Girl in the Steel Corset was my favorite out of all nine Harlequin Teen books I received. The writing was simply stunning. It was an alternate history – it was based in 1897 England, but in this book, they had VERY advanced technology for that time period. I loved reading about the machines and all the magical stuff that Kady Cross dreamed up. Also, there were many action scenes. I’m not usually too into action, but these were so well-written! And very intense. I was on the edge of my seat with each fight scene.
Each character in the story had their say – not in first person – it was all third person omniscient. But, each time the story switched scenes from one character’s thinking to the next, it did so seamlessly, and it was so natural. The different off-shooting stories, and the few different romances, they all worked together perfectly.
I loved how, even though it was definitely a very different history from the real one, Kady Cross worked in some real people, places and things from this world’s actual history. Such as Queen Victoria, and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
I definitely give this book five stars. It was amazing. I will have to buy and/or check out from the library The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, the second book in “The Steampunk Chronicles,” sometime soon!