Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: May 1, 2011
Date Read: May 4, 2015
Genre: YA - Steampunk
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.
"Aristocrats were a queer lot - marrying for money, staying with spouses they couldn't stand, living by all manners of foolish rules, selling their daughters to save their own hides."
I've had the Steampunk Chronicles series on my shelf to read for what feels like forever. I've put it off quite a lot because Steampunk is a genre that I often have trouble getting into and enjoying but when a friend was going to read book 1 we agreed to buddy read it. I decided I would start with the prequel and I am so glad that I did. I loved this prequel and it was a fantastic introduction to the series.
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne introduces us to our main protagonist and throughout this short prequel I just loved her. Finley is awesome and hilarious and mysterious. I loved getting to know her and her strange situation and potential powers. This novella definitely left me wanting more. It made me fall in love with the characters the time and the world. I can't wait to see what happens in the first book.
"Learn from it and let it go. Dwelling never helped anyone."