by Kady Cross
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 24, 2011
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult
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This was my first steampunk novel, and I didn’t really know what to expect going in… but I kept hearing great things about this debut! Really, this book is a mash-up of steampunk, paranormal, mystery, and romance. The mix of the Victorian era with modern (in their own fun steampunk way) technologies was both fascinating and charming — great world building by Cross!
What I liked most about this book was the cast of characters. Finley… what can I say. She kicks some serious arse! She’s a housemaid that struggles with her personality being split in a Jekyll/Hyde sort of way. Her dark side is inhumanly strong, capable of fighting back and doing serious damage. Griffin is gifted in his own way, sweet, and a Duke… The vast difference in social status keeps Finley and Griffin apart, a relationship would be “inappropriate” and looked down upon. The cast is rounded out by Sam, Emily, and Jasper. I have to say, I think my favorite character is Emily! She is insanely smart (think mad nice scientist/genius), mechanically inclined, and invents all kinds of crazy cool gadgets. I really loved how the females were strong, smart, and capable!
Cross spends a lot of time describing the out-fits of the characters. It was fun learning about steampunk/Victorian fashions but by the time I was half way through the book I felt like the fashion descriptions stalled the story and I wanted to get to the action. Though I enjoyed escaping to the world Cross created… the pacing was a little slow, and the plot was a bit predictable and worked out a little too easily. I knew who the villain was as soon he was introduced to the reader. For these reasons, I found it easy to put this book down.
All in all, I found this to be an entertaining read. This was a great introduction to the steampunk world!
Check out this trailer, I just found it and I think it’s awesome.