Synopsis: 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. (From the Back of the Book)
Review: I purchased this book after reading the first chapter. It was so well down and so intriguing, I had to have it. Sadly, it went quickly down hill after that. Not that it was bad, it was just...not great. The characters were well-done and complex - almost. The story was exiting and well-told - almost. The book was a page-turner, keep you up at night story - almost.
The author stated she wanted to write story were X-Men meets the League of Extraordinary Gentleman. She did that, and it's not bad. I don't feel reading this was a waste of time. But given how gripping the first chapter was, I wish she had been able to carry that through the entire novel. Now, I will confess that I intend to buy and read the second in this series. I am willing to give Cross the chance to improve and to see where this story goes. Plus, I rather like the Finley Jayne.
Bookmarks: 6 of 10
Date Finished: 9-8-2011