The Strange Case of Finley Jayne - Review

Title: The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
Series: The Steampunk Chronicles #0.5
Author: Kady Cross
Pages: 98
Published: 05/01/13
Acquired: Library
Goodreads Rating: 3.74
My Rating: 4.0

Goodreads Synopsis:

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...

My Thoughts: 
I received a copy of The Girl with the Iron Touch from Harlequin Teen on Netgalley and I knew that I wanted to do a re-read of the 1st book before I dove in to the 2nd and last book. I checked the 1st two books out from the library and was pleasantly suprised that the new paperback of the The Girl in the Steel Corset had this prequel in it. 

Usually I end up being pretty dissapointed in Prequels. How do you usually judge whether a prequel or a novella is any good? Your desire for it to be longer. And that is exactly how I felt about The Strange Case of Finley Jayne. 

This series is mixes Historical Fiction with Steampunk! And once again you through in anything Historical Fiction and I am usually willing to give it a shot.  This novella starts off with the main character Finley Jayne, just being fired from a job as a servant after the physically attacked the Governess for slapping a little boy. Things had starting changing with her over time and she found herself exerted an unnatural amount of physical strength that no female should have. Something is different about her, but she has no idea how she became this way, or what she even is? This may all be connected to her biological father who passed away years ago, whom she doesn't know much about.

Just went Finley starts panicking about where she is going to find new employment without a reference, a new job opportunity comes knocking on her door. She is offered a position as a companion, with high wage, new dresses and evenings out with Dukes and Lords. It seems to good to be true and she accepts the position cautiously.

She meets Lady Phoebe, the girl who is supposed to accompany. She is engaged to Lord Vincent one of the richest men around who in an inventor of different automatons. But he is old enough to be her grandfather. Finley starts to become suspicious when she realizes that Phoebe is almost a doppelganger of Lord Vincent's ex-wife. But just as Finley is becoming suspicious of Lord Vincent, Lord Vincent is staring to realize that there is more to Finley than what the eye sees.

I really enjoyed this little story and am eager to start re-reading the 1st book and getting reacquainted with the characters and the story line. :)


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