This review is courtesy of Karin.

9166877Series: Steampunk Chronicles #1
Genre: Steampunk Paranormal
Size: 473 pages
Paperback, Ebook

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 gas-lit 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.

First sentence:

London, 1897

The moment she saw the young man walking down the darkened hall towards her, twirling his walking stick, Finley Jayne knew she’d be unemployed before the sun rose.

Steampunk is a great genre and this book is one of the best I’ve read in it so far!

Finley Jayne, a not so normal 16 year old girl in Victorian England, meets Griffin King and his friends, who are not quite normal themselves. She is the perfect addition to their little group.

It is the year of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee and The Machinist – an evil mind – builds automatons which sometimes attack people. Griffin and his friends assume that he plans an attack on the Queen on her special day but is there a way to prevent this from happening?

Kady Cross manages to fill a whole book with lovely characters. Well okay, they are not all lovely but beautifully portrayed, life like and you can get totally lost in their stories. Finley is a great main character because we get to know Griffin’s world through her eyes. She’s a clever girl who is able to fight for her rights and doesn’t take s**t from no one. Griffin, who takes Finley in, and Emily and Sam, his friends, are all well established within the posher Victorian society while Finley is a simple girl and has to find her place in this world. She also has to fight for recognition within Griffin’s “family”.

The story of the book keeps you on the edge at all times and I had a hard time setting it down to get on with my life because it’s so gripping. The world is perfectly constructed and the use of Steampunk elements is just perfect. I cannot wait to read The Girl in the Clockwork Collar.

Everyone who is interested in Steampunk or wants a light introduction to this genre should pick up Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles. I can highly recommend this series to all of you!

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The Steampunk Chronicles:

0.5. The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
1. The Girl in the Steel Corset
2. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
3. The Girl with the Iron Touch