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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

eNovella Review: THE STRANGE CASE OF FINLEY JAYNE (Steampunk Chronicles #0.5) by Kady Cross

(The Steampunk Chronicles #0.5)
by Kady Cross
Release date: May 1st, 2011
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult - Steampunk, Historical Fiction, Fantasy


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...


Usually before I read any novellas or short stories, I read the first book to the series in case of any spoilers, misunderstandings and such... however, this time, I decided to just go for it and read this novella first. I'm happy I did - it gave me a wonderful insight to Finley Jayne and the adventures that Finely would be facing throughout the Steampunk Chronicles...

The novella starts with Finley being fired for unjust reasons and has to move back home with her parents, but is soon called upon by Lady Morton, who wants to employ her as a companion to her daughter, Phoebe. Soon, Finley realizes that her job is just more to accompany Lady Phoebe - her reputation precedes her and Lady Morton expects more from Finley, much more than anyone realizes.

Finely is such a strong and wild character, who can also be very thoughtful, caring and feminine - a very well rounded character that only the brilliant Kady Cross could create and bring to life. The world building and steampunk touches in this short story are just the beginning to it all!

I highly recommend reading this novella and diving in to Finley's world and the Steampunk Chronicles!  


Kady Cross is a pseudonym for USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Smith. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and a pride of cats. She likes singing with Rock Band on the 360, British guys, Vietnamese food, and makeup (she’s hopelessly addicted to YouTube makeup tutorials!). When she’s not writing Kady likes to catch up on her favorite TV shows, read a good book or make her own cosmetics.

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