(The Steampunk Chronicles #0.5)
by Kady Cross
Published May 1st 2011 by HarlequinTeen
Source: Free from Harlequin Teen eBooks
Finley Jayne knows she's not 'normal'. Normal girls don't lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she's offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…
An ebook exclusive prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles.
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is the prequel to the upcoming steampunk novel, The Girl in the Steel Corset, the first book in The Steampunk Chronicles, by Kady Cross. The book begins with Finley Jayne being thrown out by her employer for punching a governess. I am in love with Finley’s character. She reminds me of Vampire Academy’s Rose Hathaway. An independent, sarcastic badass who doesn’t give a damn about people. She's a good daughter and a friend, and will do everything to keep her loved ones safe.
The side characters in this prequel are very likable too. It's only a novella but it's easy to get attached to them. I was attached the moment they were mentioned in the book. Her mother and stepfather are lovely! You'd wish you have someone like them too. Lady Morton and Phoebe as well. I also like how Cross kept the Duke of Greythorne's face and identity a mystery. It doesn't take a genius to figure that he's about to have a major role in the upcoming first book.
The only other steampunk novel I have ever read was Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel which I hold very close to my heart. But only in this book did I really appreciate Steampunk. Cross's writing is compelling and elaborate. Her imagination is wide and complicated but she managed to put those into words with what seemed like little to no effort. I am currently reading The Girl in the Steel Corset (courtesy of NetGalley) and I am happy to say that the excitement I felt for this novella doubled in TGitSC.
Rating: 5/5 stars!
You may also get this free prequel novella HERE!