First of all, I fell in love with this cover, and when I read the title of this story I just had to know more. I haven't ever really been a fan of steampunk before, but I'm starting to come around. Especially after this first book in Kady's new series.
Finley Jayne isn't your typical Victorian girl. She has a darker nature that makes her powerful and takes over when she least expects it. And when a lord tries to attack Finley, she begins to realize just how powerful her other side is.
She literally crashes into Griffin King, a duke, and his friends in the night and Griffin takes her in. Finley soon learns that they each hold a secret like hers, abilities and they can help her control the darkness of hers. And with a criminal, the Machinist, wreaking havoc, it's up to them to figure out who it is and stop him.
I could not put this down. From the moment I started reading this, I had to know what happened next. Not only are the characters well described and interesting, but the plot was well developed and intricate. Kady did such an amazing job with putting this world together and really defining each of her core characters.
Historical type stories are becoming a new favorite of mine and steampunk is a fun little twist on them. They are basically set in a Victorian type world with slightly more advanced technology (robots, engines, etc). It's still a world full of beautiful dresses, lords and ladies, queens, but they have a fun twist.
The Girl in the Steel Corset was a wonderful start to what promises to be a fun new series and I am already chomping at the bit for the sequel, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. There's so much more for these characters and I can't wait to find out what happens next.