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Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

I fell in love with the characters even more than I already was.

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Tuesday, May 24

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

May 24th 2011, Harlequin Teen
336 pgs,E-galley
First in the Steampunk Chronicles series
Young Adult

From Goodreads:

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.
When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.


While this book had an interesting concept and a couple of interesting characters it was also slow in the plot department leaving me to be slightly bored, but fully in love with a couple of characters.

Jack Dandy was probably the most entertaining character in the book and as always I fell for the bad boy this was not a surprise. Griff was great as well, but perhaps a little bit too refined for my tastes.

I couldn’t get a good grasp on the character that is Finley. She was so distant throughout that it was hard to get an accurate feel for the character, but the distance is part of who she is. Who she has been formed into from fear of herself and fear of the next attack. But this aspect of her personality left me with a sense of not knowing the character.

I did not like Sam, although I was pulling for Emily to get the guy she wanted. I found Sam to be incredibly selfish and ungrateful, not to mention naïve.

Kady Cross is highly intelligent and this came across in her writing, but I felt the plot could have benefited from moving more quickly and not as much foreshadowing. I had the ending pegged within the first half of the book.

I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either.


1 comment:

  1. This is a weird book, that I've heard so many different opinions about it. Some seem to love it to bits while others want to burn it with fire. And then there's the meh reactions.

    I guess the only way to know is to read it for myself.