04 June 2011
Book Review: The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
Author: Kady Cross
Publisher/Year: Harlequin Teen / 2011
Date Finished: 31 May 2011
Source/Format: B&N / ebook
Buy | Borrow | Accept | Avoid
Challenges: Steampunk Challenge, Gothic Reading,
The Short and Sweet of It
When a governess hits a child, Finley Jayne reacts. A normal girl may have shouted or drug the child away. Finley is not a normal girl; she punches the governess straight in the mouth. Fired and back at home, she worries what will happen to her, but then Lady Morton offers her a job as a companion to her daughter Phoebe. Finley is suspicious at first, and soon it seems like she may have been hired because she is not normal.
A Bit of a Ramble
I have Cross' The Girl in the Steel Corset on my nook, waiting to be read; but Rachel over at Fiktshun suggested I read The Strange Case of Finley Jayne first. I had never even heard of the novella; thank heavens for book bloggers! The novella introduces readers to the protagonist of The Steampunk Chronicles and functions as a prequel to The Girl in the Steel Corset.
The story in SCoFJ is fast-paced, complex enough to hold my interest but simple enough to satisfyingly wrap up in 78 short pages. The characterization of Finley and the steampunkish gadgetry has me excited to read the full-length novel. Finley is one tough cookie, and I am interested to discover how she came to possess her particular fighting skills.
I've heard the Steampunk Chronicles features a love triangle, and I must admit that I am not excited at all, at all for that. I am rather bored and frustrated with the two boys-one girl love triangle. I am hopeful, however, that the action and the setting will overcome the boy-girl-boy drama.
Question: Is anyone else sick of the love triangle?