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…My Thoughts: I'm going to admit that I'm a big fan of these short stories that give us a glimpse at the life of the main character in a series, outside of the actual events of that series. It's just neat to see the circumstances that brought Finley to where we met her at the beginning of The Girl in the Steel Corset. Sure, they were touched upon but this is so much better than a little mention.
Finley's otherness is delved into in this story. I like that it's a benefit for once instead of being the incredible drain on her that it is in book 1. I love that her intense loyalty to those she believes deserves it is present here. And simply because things like this give me the happy shudders, I loved the mystery she uncovers. Gruesome things can be so delicious.
A very nice introduction and companion piece to The Girl in the Steel Corset.
Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: The Girl in the Steel Corset
More books by Kady Cross
Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The YA Reading Challenge, The Steampunk Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne was a free Kindle download I picked up 05/01/11.