So, I gave up on The Shadow Children series. I got to a point where I felt as if I were torturing myself, so I decided it was time to put down the children’s fiction and move on to adolescent fantasy, which is much more entertaining.
I originally picked up The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross because of the awesome cover (yes, I faux pas-ed), then the title also intrigued me. I bought the copy which included “The Strange Case of Finely Jayne,” the short story that proceeds the novel.
“The Strange Case of Finely Jayne” was alright. I was a little bit disappointed in its abrupt ending. It felt a little cut off, there should have been more of an explanation to some things. But it was entertaining to read none the less.
The Girl in the Steel Corset was a fun read, but only if you are anticipating classic fantasy action and the traditional love triangle. It’s technically a young adult novel so there’s no escaping the main female character debating with herself to choose the bad boy or the suitable boy.
However, the plot does have some interesting twists, but only when it came to understanding who the characters are. The main adventure plot is so obvious that I guessed the ending from page 10. Unfortunate, but if you’re looking for an entertaining read purely for mind numbing enjoyment’s sake you’ll like it.
The book is written very visually, although Cross does throw in a sensation or smell now and again. I found myself feeling as if I were watching a movie rather than being engulfed in a book. I find that the best reads are ones that accost all your senses and immerse you in a world entirely unlike your own where you can’t possibly sense anything around you. When the whole book is written visually I equate it with literary junk food, easy, fast, and pleasurable while you’re in the middle of it, but on occasion it can end with repercussions and it is in no way nourishing.
If you’re looking for a fast, entertaining escape into 19th century steampunk than you will love The Girl in the Steel Corset.