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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.
Simply put…I loved The Girl in the Steel Corset. The very first chapter pulled me in with an action packed fight scene and a bad ass heroine. As we have mentioned many times before, the Bibliojunkies LOVE strong heroines. So needless to say, it didn’t take me long to fall head over heels for Finley Jane.
The characters are what make this book so enjoyable. So many of the characters were strong and likeable –
The only complaint I have is that there were times when I felt that certain events were glossed over. I felt like I was expected to just accept certain scenarios without any explanation. But the story itself was fun and moved quickly. Add that to lots of action and great characters and I was able to forget the very few things I didn’t like.
If you are looking for a fast paced steam punk fantasy, I highly recommend The Girl in the Steel Corset. I enjoyed it immensely.