Monday, May 28, 2012
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
I know what you are thinking (or at least will be thinking soon), Stephanie, if you dislike steampunk so much than why do you read it. Hmmmm, I read it in the hopes that one day I will read a steampunk novel that comes closer to Wells and Verne than what I've read so far.
I think this book, The Girl in the Steel Corset, and its novellette companion, The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, may be the closest I've seen yet.
Finley Jayne has literally run away from her job...of course, she did this after clocking the living daylights out of the son whose hands were just a little too friendly. She runs right into millionaire and Duke, Griffin King. He takes her back to his mansion/castle via his velocycle were we meet a group of young castaways. Via the aether Griffin can see the future, read your thoughts, locate your whereabouts and communicate with the dead, Sam Morgan is a big tall hunk of metal, literally, as he was torn into pieces and put back together, who mopes around lamenting his real heart and his true love. His true love happens to be the beyond brilliant Emily Kingston, who can fix anything, as she can communicate with machinery. There's Jasper Renn, a cowboy from the wild west, who is running away from something and joins the crew and there's Jack Dandy, the villian who sports an unrealistic cockney accent on purpose. And, then there's Victorian England and Victoria herself both of which are in danger of being destroyed by a brilliant, but crazy mastermind.
This book is released by Harlequin Teen (didn't even know this division existed) and written by a former romance novelist and you can tell, most of the time in a good way as we get to read more in-depthly about the dresses, the city, the men and the clothes and the walls, seriously beautiful and breath-taking...when it comes to the portrayal of Finley Jayne it didn't work so much. Although, she can punch through walls and throw grown men and machinery across the room, she still light and fluffy and girly...gag.
Oh, and cravat is only mentioned nine times; how refreshing.
And, since Steampunk looks so pretty on the screen, I'd love to see this as a movie...it's too bad Jude Law is way to old *wimper for the sake of all humanity* to play any of the male characters.
I look forward to reading The Girl in the Clockwork Collar.
The advisories below cover both the book and its novelette.
There are a couple of kisses and the sexy flirting. I'm not sure I'd count that as more than a one.
Phrases and words are used to mean cuss words. The word damn is used rather flagrantly.
Substance Abuses 1/5
There are some dinners with alcohol and some bars with some ale. Do the organites count as a substance?
Griff's friend Sam gets into a lot of brawls. Each of the girls gets knocked out at some point. There's fighting...um, Griff harnesses the aether and gets caught up in it...pretty deadly stuff.
Contacting the dead
Griff uses the aether to talk to his parents who are dead. Some people may think that the aether is some sort of evil spirit.
Queen and country
Poor dear Queen Victoria gets turned into an automaton, some people may find this offensive. Queen Victoria is also kind of mean and secretive.
Machines taking over the world
Scary idea because it's so real...
How this book is used in the classroom
1] Independent Read option