Reviewed by Maddi
Rating: 5 Stars
It’s 1897 in England, the age of invention. All through Finley Jayne’s life, she thought she was alone, with only the “thing” inside of her. She felt alone and afraid and unsure of who to trust — until one night when a young, lecherous man tries to take advantage of her. Surprisingly, she is able to knock out the young lord with one punch. As Finley runs away, she literally runs into the Duke of Greythorne, Griffin King. Griffin knows what it is like to be different: he holds a power that only the Queen of England knows about. He brings Finley to his home, where other misfits with their own special abilities can be found. Finley begins to believe she has a place where she is welcome and can be both sides of herself — until a brilliant mastermind known as the Machinist threatens to tear the group apart and destroy England. The Girl in the Steel Corset is dark, seductive and a stay-up-all-night-reading kind of book. The story is beautiful. I enjoyed Finley’s character the most because of her Jekyll and Hyde personality: one side is genuine and kind, the other violent and wild. Griffin King is such a polite boy — he cares for everyone, gives them a chance even if they have hurt him, protects his friends and is such a dear to Finley. I found Finley and Griffin so much fun together. I love everything about the book, and I was not disappointed, except for one teeny-tiny thing which readers will have to read and find out for themselves. I highly suggest this book for readers who adore steampunk, a Victorian setting, and the science fiction and magic genres. If you enjoy The Girl in the Steel Corset, I suggest reading The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer, The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron and The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress.