Mini Review: The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles 0.5) by Kady Cross
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…
An ebook exclusive prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I’ve been eager to read “The Girl in the Steel Corset” since its release. There’s been a decent amount of positive feedback, which helped increase my interest. While browsing the Kindle store, I came upon “The Strange Case of Finley Jayne”, which is a free prequel novella for “The Girl in the Steel Corset”. Typically, I’m all for novellas – if they increase your interest in the story/characters, then they are doing their job. This one, however, I can’t really say I loved. Was the writing bad? No. Were the characters poorly written? No, in fact, Finley is a well written character. But the fact that it takes you until you hit around 60% into the story for anything really interesting to happen? Eh. It’s a novella, so it’s short. I wasn’t expecting a lot to happen, especially given that it’s a prequel (I figured it’d be a nice introduction to the characters and the world), but quite frankly, I found myself bored until a little over halfway through. Will I go on to read “The Girl in the Steel Corset”? Yes. I think Finley is an interesting character and I’d like to see what the ‘thing’ inside of her is, I’d also like to see where her next job brings her. I didn’t hate “The Strange Case of Finley Jayne”, I don’t want it to seem as such, but I didn’t love it either. It’s worth reading if you’re interested in the story.