Source: Publisher through NetGalley
Publication Date: May 2011
Short synopsis (Goodreads): In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one except the "thing" inside her.
When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch...
Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits. Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.
Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help-and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.
But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on, even if it seems no one believes her.
My Review: I wanted to like this book. I really, really did. It had the makings of what I though would make a great book: steampunk, special powers, great outfits, love triangles, etc. but it all fell sort of flat. We’re told too much, not shown enough. Not enough build up or development, either in terms of plot or in terms of relationships (friendship as well as love interests) and things are just kind of handed to them (too many easy ‘Eureka!’ moments or the opposite where it takes them forever to figure something really simple out.)
This book just wasn't my cup of tea, I'm sad to say. I LOVE the cover and the premise has quite a bit of potential, but it was too easy to guess where things were going and it didn't get deep enough for me. Glad I gave it a try but sad it couldn't fulfill expectations. There were some personal pet peeves of mine throughout but really, you could love this book. The least you can do is give it a try. At the very least you can take the cover and ask a seamstress to make you a dress like that and then you'll be the envy of everyone!