100 Words: The Girl in the Steel Corset

X-Men as sleuthing 1890s London teenagers. Split-personality Finely Jane plays the Wolverine role, with duke Griffin King substituting for Professor X. (Watch for Gambit, Emma Frost, Colossus, Forge, Quicksilver.)

Convenient modern tech, invented by one girl, was eye-roll worthy. Removing the steampunk veneer could strengthen the advanced technology.

Despite predictable plot twists seemingly ripped from 1990s cartoons—Finley’s family secret; power origins; The Machinist’s Diamond Jubilee scheme —the tropes are still fun.

(And Finley, dear? Bemoaning which dashing lad has you crushing harder—the gentleman or rogue—and if your wuv could ever be? Makes you vapid. Stick to ass-kicking.)

Learn More: The Girl in the Steel Corset
Author: Kady Cross
Publishing info: May 24th 2011 by Harlequin Teen; ISBN 0373210337
Age Range: Recommended for ages 13+, but your mileage may vary! Minimal swearing mostly of the Brit-kind, moderate violence, minimal alcohol use (please don’t light your absinthe’s sugar cubes on fire >.<), and moderate sexual situations.
Olivia’s Rating: 2 out of 5 smiley pumpkins

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