by Kady Cross
There is a darkness within me, something I can't always control. If you like a girl with a secret side, you're gonna love me . . .
Yeah, except I didn't . . . and neither did your so-called boyfriend. This book was so frustrating!!! There are so few steampunk young adult novels that I was just that much more excited to read this one and even begged my boss to pre-order it for the library. Kady Cross's own description for this book is "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets teen X-Men." How can you not be super excited to read a book like that?! This book has excellent reviews on Amazon.com so you probably shouldn't exclusively take my word for it, but here are my issues:
1. It was too easy. Rather than creating a true steampunk world composed of Victorian ideals and styles meshed with occasional non-era technologies, the author has instead thrown us into the future with teen superpowers such as the ability to speak to robots and silly inventions like a steel corset that is fashionably thin and comfy but also completely bullet proof. I propose, however, that we simply must have limitations or we lose room for growth. When the characters run into huge obstacles that are suddenly solved by the evolution of someone's superpower e.g. "Hey, we need to be able to see in the dark . . . guess what?! I just leveled up and can now see in the dark!" I call it bad writing - not character development.
2. UGH I hated the love interest! So the girl has some serious Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type issues which is totally fine. HOWEVER, if you're going to be the girl's boyfriend then don't say you only love her sweet, kind side and desperately try to get rid of her kick-a awesome side! Especially since I personally thought that her Mr. Hyde side made much better girlfriend material.
3. And another thing! Please don't introduce totally awesome, super roguish, drool-worthy characters if you don't intend to use them. I mean come on, quit dangling this potential love interest in our faces if we never get to learn more about him. Hopefully he'll show up more in book two . . . ?
So there you have it. Depsite my grumblings, I was not completely bored while reading this book so if you're huge into steampunk and looking for a new cosplay costume idea then go ahead and read this. But I suggest getting it from the library.
The Steampunk Chronicles
The Girl in the Steel Corset
Book 2 (TBR)