Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne isn’t a normal girl in Kady Cross’ steampunk London. There’s a darkness lurking inside of her that allows her to do things a normal teenage girl shouldn’t. And it’s not doing her any favors. Or is it?
In this first part (prequel) of the Steampunk Chronicles’ The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, we get to know our heroine a little better. She is hired by a wealthy lady to protect her daughter, Phoebe, a young debutante set to marry an aristocrat, from possible dread. When Finley befriends her charge, all bets are off if somebody tries to harm the girl and her newfound powers tend to come in more than a little handy.
Automatons, mad science, intrigue — you find it all in the streets and homes of Cross’ characters and setting.
And what a fun setting it is! The book is intended for younger readers, and I would definitely recommend it to parents wishing to give their offspring a steampunk novella to read. But I would also recommend it to older readers who are looking for a well-paced, fun little adventure as light reading.