Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne- Kady Cross

I never knew Steampunk could be so badass.
Okay, so I was a little way of reading this book.  I'm not seriously into Steampunk, mainly because I've seen lots of bad Steampunk costumes (I swear, sometimes they just glue gears on things that make no sense).  But this book?  Awesome.
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is a free (for now!) e-novella from Harlequin Teen.  It's the prequel to the soon to be released The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles), due out May 24th.  And let me tell you, this novella does NOT disappoint.
Finley is a seriously awesome character.  She's like a Victorian Wonder Woman, punching people in the mouth til they swallow their own teeth.  She can jump two stories to the ground and land on her feet.  She's fiercely protective, likeable, and immensely strong.
But besides the badassery of the main character, the plot is excellent too.  This was a read in one sitting book, not just because it was short, but because it was suspenseful, action packed, and mysterious.  Finley becomes a maid to a proper aristocratic young lady named Phoebe who is unfortunately betrothed to one of those creepy older Victorian rich guys.  Phoebe's mother, who hires Finley, suspects there is something not quite right about her daughter's fiance, and wants Finley to find out what.  And what she finds is rather, well, creepy. Added to that is the weirdness of Victorian London society (but with steam powered automatons and metal horses!) and Finley's 'other' self, which she doesn't understand and can't quite explain.
Finley's world is a mix of history (she reads both Mary Shelley and Jane Austen) and fantasy, with surprises left and right. And since this book is currently free, you have no reason not to check it out.

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