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.
I picked up The Strange Case of Finley Jayne as a Kindle freebie on 4/27/11, it is currently $2.51. The steampunk theme is what attracted me and I was not disappointed! There are corsets, a mad scientist, automatons and mechanical horses, fabulous!
Right away Finley was a character that you could root for, she stands up for a child, reacting from the gut rather than propriety. It costs her her job, but then we get to see that she doesn't come from a damaged family, but a loving one, even a loving step father! It is this forthright aspect of her character that quickly lands her another position as a companion and this is where we get to begin exploring Finley's dark, other side. It was pretty vague where her abilities come from, I kept thinking I had just missed it but read other reviews with the same question, so I hope that is revealed in the first actual novel The Girl in the Steel Corset which I luckily already own.
I recommend this for a read-a-thon, for anyone enjoying the Steampunk genre, some mystery and some adventure! It was a perfect read for the Clean Out Your E-Reader Challenge this month!
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