Friday, July 29, 2011

Book Blogger Hop #4 (7/29/11)

Book Blogger Hop

"Book Blogger Hop" is a weekly social book blogger meme hosted by 

This week's question is:

“Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can’t wait to dig into!”

This week I finally got the three books I ordered nearly two months ago from! I had ordered a book that wasn't getting released until last Tuesday, so I had to wait for other two so they could all get shipped together.

The one book out of that group that I just can't wait to read is The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross. I read the first scene already (too excited), and I know I'm going to like this book... Yay! It's a steampunk novel set in late Victorian England about a girl with a sort of paranormal dark side to her that she can't control when it takes over her.... I'm loving steampunk these days and I've always loved historicals, not to mention characters with duality issues.


The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)
by Kady Cross

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.


  1. A steel corset sounds uncomfortable. I've posted a picture of an adorable baby pickle. It's an illustration from the book I'm highlighting. Please come see what book I'm reading!

  2. Thanks for commenting on my post, pussreboots! It does sound uncomfortable, but probably protects your ribs from getting broken, which is why I think the girl wears it.

    Have a good Friday!

  3. Yay for steampunk! :)

    A writer buddy of mine sent me Leviathan (YA steampunk), and I'm really enjoying it. Fantastic world building.

  4. I recently fell with steampunk too! Huzzah for steampunk! I wish I could read more of it. Very stylish blog here. I love the purple.

  5. @Lindsay: I've got Leviathan in my TBR! Let me know how you like it. If it has any fantasy elements, I can review it on this blog here...

    @Gamila: Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love steampunk now, so I'm hunting down all the good titles I can find. And, thanks for the compliments on my blog. Very kind of you...

  6. GITSC is great. One of my favorite books of the year I think. New follower. Love how pretty looking your blog is. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love.

  7. "The Husband" here from Hippies, Beauty, and Books. When you finish this book stop our blog and let me know how it turns out. This blog hop is making my reading list entirely to long and I'm still trying to get through my "honey-read" list so I can read Catching fire. I guess I'm going to have to start making a wish list for the sake of remembering these books. There isn't enough time in the day!

    Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My!

  8. @Grace: Thanks for following! And, thanks for your kind words about my blog design. I'll definitely visit your blog right now.

    @Mepis: I'll do that, sir! Yes, I know what you mean about long TBR lists. I'm set for the rest of my life when it comes to books to read, lol.

  9. Great choice, Cathy!! I LOVED this book! I'm so excited for you to read it (and hopefully love it too). It has everything I love in books- awesome fantasy, great setting, steamy romance. :)

  10. Hope you enjoy The Girl in the Steel Corset as much as I did! One of my top books for the year, so far, for sheer fun and reading pleasure. :)

  11. @Lisa: I think I am going to love it, since I read the first scene and just about died! The ebook prequel blew me away, so I think this novel as great potential.

    @BJ: Thank you! I hope I do, too. And, I hope I get to read it before this year is over, lol...

  12. I’m seeing a lot of single answer responses with Twilight being by far the most popular choice. I really must analyze all the elements of that series that send girls ga-ga. Such studies are a part of the never-ending "code breaking” we males need to continuously execute to understand and relate with the fairer sex.

    I’ve cracked about 80% of the code. I will continue cracking the code until I reach 100% success. Then I’ll write a book for men and become a billionaire overnight.


    I’ve got four different series I can read over and over again. Three of them were written by deceased authors and three of them are fantasy adventures.

    Follow me back to my blog at and find out how far off the beaten track I’ve gone with my favorite book series!

    Thank God it’s Follow Friday!

    Howard Sherman


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