The Steampunk Chronicles. The Girl with the Wind Up Heart by Kady Cross. Published: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross. Published: March 14, Kady Cross, publishing under various names, is a USA TODAY bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Harlequin TEEN’s Steampunk. The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1) by Kady Crosstakes us on a wild romp through an alternate version of Victorian London.

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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Don’t let the YA label deter you if you typically steer clear of YA books, this is a book that will appeal to fans of all ages.

If you are fan of steampunk, I highly recommend you give this book a read. There are still all kinds of crazy mechanical contraptions including a whole lot of robots and fashions that work in a good deal of body piercings.

To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was I figured out who the bad guy was as soon as he walked onto the scene. I mean, first of all he has the most ridiculous name! And it was time someone taught him a lesson. I probably would have rated it 4. Adrenaline rushed through her veins, making her practically dance in her boots.

It’s downright frustrating to have lots of complications right at the start and a large cast of characters that obviously have convoluted emotions towards each other.

This book had all the tools to be great: Characters — 4 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the majority of the characters. Like the story itself, much of this technology is told to us and not shown.

She literally has a dual personality. Emily, who rounds out the main trio of side characters, is a Irish girl with a flare for the intellectual. Kady Cross could not pull off the Dangerous-crime-boss-who-also-happens-to-be-a-gentlemen.


Three jobs in three months and they’d all ended with an experience like this one, although this was by far the worst.

Steampunk Chronicles Series by Kady Cross

All in all, if I didn’t have a copy of book two waiting, I wouldn’t continue this series. Quotes from The Girl in the S I only had issues with the abundance of strange technology, maybe glrl of this crss would make book a better read for me.

This book was ju What can I possible say about this book that will even come close to doing it justice other than it absolutely rocked? The excited glint in his eye told Finley exactly steel kind of lesson he intended her to “learn. Steeel to Im for recommendation of this book. People make mistakes, but they learn. Last but not least: The neat packaging, the steampunk world and the fact that our main character is a strong female in Victorian times, a character that has a “Jekyll and Hyde” feel to her I liked the short, saucy novella and had a much better appreciation of Finley.

But she wasn’t afraid anymore and she wasn’t about to run. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them.

His actions towards Finley like trying to MURDER her do nothing to redeem his character – he is merely tedious in his capslockian rage. Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. The author has to be hella smart to come up with all of this and the cover of this book is beautiful. There were too many modern devices that made an appearance, only instead of being battery-powered they were steam-powered.

The Steampunk Chronicles

However, I was disappointed by a lack of complexity in the plot and felt the “climax” to be rather anti-climactic and there were noticeable discontinuities in the prequel.

But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Partially due to being burned out on the Steampunk genre, and partially due to some bad reviews that I read when the book first came out.


The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Steampunk-ery at it’s best.

It’s like ten pounds of crazy in a five pound bag! This is me, your fairly non-threatening host for this part of the hunt. And Finley thinks she might finally be a part of something, finally fit in—until a criminal mastermind known as the Machinist threatens corseet tear the group apart….

He keeled over like a milk bottle knocked off a step, hitting the floor with a solid thump. Return to Book Page. She was going to be up early to collect the habit for Lady Alyss to wear.

He knows how to manipulate, charm and rob people blind. I tbe their quirks and the haphazard family that they created for each other, it was all rather endearing. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch. I mean I kind of knew from almost the beginning.

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She was going to let him think he stood a chance first. Everything the blurb promised was more or less represented the book. Ib was Darth Vader the year I was eight. Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons.

The neat packaging, the steampunk world and the fact that our main character is a strong female in Victorian times, a character that has a “Jeky RATING: Other books in the series. I also loved the Jekyll and Hyde element, as well as the mystery of the machinist and the various other things that were going on.