Title: The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
Author: Kady Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles #0.5
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Steampunk, Strong women
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
5th sentence, 74th page: Their destination was a small shop with a bright blue awning and sign that read Chocolatier.
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.
This was a great way to start the Steampunk Chronicles series. It introduces Finley, her strange affliction and her strong sense of loyalty. It’s also how she got the job that started her journey into the band of misfits. It also highlights her sense of loss and confusion in the world. How she doesn’t quite fit, and that although she is loved, she doesn’t really belong anywhere. Even when she saves the day and creates strong relationships with her employers, she still leaves to start anew.
Another really fun aspect about Finley’s journey and her personality is the way in which she rubs up against the class system. Although it is not overt, throughout she is cynical and mocking towards those of a higher class. It is obvious that some of her mother’s mentality has rubbed off on her. And although Finley tries to be a “good” girl, she is unable to keep the feelings of rebellion out of her thoughts and actions.
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne may have been a great introduction to Finley, but it also had a great villain. A steampunk villain who married obsession with technology and had the skin crawling on my arms as he tried to unfold his nefarious plans.
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