Review: The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles 0.5) by Kady Cross

Book Blurb

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.


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Finley Jayne was just fired from her current position. She punched the governess that was being horrible to the young boy in her charge. She couldn’t help her strength when she knocked out the woman’s teeth. So she finds herself at her mother’s house trying to decide what to do. She is surprised when Silas announces that Lady Morton is there to see her.

Lady Morton is there to hire her as a companion for her daughter Phoebe. Finley has never heard of such a thing but agrees after hearing her duties and wages. Once Finley assumes her duties, she learns of Phoebe’s engagement to an Earl. Something else is going on. Finley is sure of it. Lady Morton has entrusted her with finding out the truth before Phoebe’s wedding. Her dark side will definitely come in handy.

This steampunk story is about a commoner who is paid to mix with members of Society. It is a fascinating idea where Finley has these super-like powers. Her speed and strength come into play in suspenseful parts of the story. They are a complete mystery. Finley has no idea how she has them or why. The author didn’t reveal it to the reader, so I assume it will be learned in a later book. I am interested in what the cause is. The author seems to just give you enough to hook you.

This book really took off once Finley started working for the Mortons. The reason behind her hire was a bit more morbid and completely gothic in nature. Definitely a crazy spin to the story. I was a bit surprised at what the Earl was doing. It was an interesting turn of events as the story evolved. I wasn’t expecting it at all. The author’s creativity shines through in a Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, type theme. I’m glad that Finley figured it out. Cool Story overall. I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

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