Friday, February 3, 2012
Book Review: The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross
From Amazon: "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 is actually a short-story prequel to the series' first book, The Girl in the Steel Corset, which I have not read. This prequel is also currently free on Kindle.
Overall, this wouldn't be bad for a reader probably in the junior high age range. It gets a little tiring though when Finley Jayne never seems to grow into more than a Mary Sue. Keep in mind, this judgment is based solely on the short story; maybe Finley is better developed in the novels. And the story as a whole isn't terrible, especially since the author clearly knows very well the world she's created. But I never cared for Finley's constant haranguing herself for doing good things that she had somehow determined were part of her "bad side," and so I have no real interest in reading the series.