The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages (eBook): 78
Series: The Steampunk Chronicles (Prequel)
Read Next: The Girl in the Steel Corset
Finley Jayne knows she's not 'normal'. Normal girls don't lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she's offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…
An eBook exclusive prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross.
Novella Mini Review:
This book maintains a great balance in introducing the character, Finley Jayne, and maintaining enough mystery to avoid any hints to the rest of the series. Kady Cross has done a wonderful job a providing intense action in such a small amount of pages. I thought that all the characters were riveting and that it was excellently paced.
Having read it first, it has set a wonderful precedent for The Girl in the Steel Corset. We have a small window into Finley and I cannot wait to reveal more of her and her monster. There was such a deeper introduction for steampunk in this book; a great collaboration between mechanics and humans.
While this book provides great introduction to Finley, I have been told that reading it after The Girl in the Steel Corset, it illustrates a different side to Finley, which (if possible) helps create even more depth. Wonderful job, Ms. Cross!