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.
My thoughts : I had very high expectations regarding The Girl in the Steel Corset since I had only heard great things about it. Besides, I was very interested in the steampunk aspect of this book because I don't read a lot of these steampunk novels. I ended up being hugely disappointed. I found the first half of the book pretty boring then the second half awakened my interest a bit, but unfortunately not enough for me to even like this book. According to me, the plot was a bit dull and the characters lacked of depth. I didn't care much for Finley and Griffin, who are the two main characters of this book : I found them quite dull and didn't manage to connect with them ..
The only great thing about this book to me was Jack Dandy's character who was very charismatic, mysterious and had his mind set on Finley so, I was hoping for them to get closer during the whole book and nothing happened !!! Unfortunately, there also weren't enough scenes featuring this great character.
One of the things that may have bothered me while reading this book was the fact that it is written in a third person narrative : we actually get the POV of several characters (which I'm not really a crazy about)..
Overall, this book just wasn't for me : it was slow paced and I didn't care much for the characters (except for Jack Dandy). I'm not planning on reading the next book because reading a sequel for one single character, who I'm not even sure will be in the second book, would be a waste of time. I really wanted to love this one but to my dismay it wasn't the case ... Have you read this book ? Did you like it ?
★★ : I didn't like it