Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Guest Post: Top Ten Lists by Kady Cross (The Girl in the Steel Corset)

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.

Top Ten Heroines Who Kick Butt

1. Finley Jayne! lol
2. Wonder Woman
3. Hawk Girl
4. Jill Kismet
5. Pippi Longstocking (she so rocked)
6. Zoe from Firefly
7. Kate Daniels
8. Catwoman
9. The Bionic Woman
10. Harley Quinn -- I just realized how many comic book gals are on this list!

Top Ten Historical Fiction Books/Films

1. North and South (British version starring Richard Armitage)
2. Pride and Prejudice (the one with Colin Firth)
3. Persuasion (the one with Ciaran Hinds)
4. Jane Eyre (with Toby Stephens)
5. Gosford Park
6. Wives and Daughters
7. The King's Speech
8. The Road to Wellville
9. Sherlock Holmes
10. Young Victoria

Top Ten Classic Novels

1. Persuasion
2. The Picture of Dorian Grey
3. Pride and Prejudice
4. Tom Jones
5. To Kill A Mockingbird
6. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
7. Wuthering Heights
8. Dracula
9. Pygmalion (it's a play, but I think it still counts!)
10. Jane Eyre

Kady Cross is a pseudonym for USA Today bestselling authorKathryn Smith. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and a pride of cats. She likes singing with Rock Band on the 360, British guys, Vietnamese food, and makeup (she’s hopelessly addicted to YouTube makeup tutorials!). When she’s not writing Kady likes to catch up on her favorite TV shows, read a good book or make her own cosmetics.

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I'll be reviewing this book soon, so keep an eye out!

Also, on Friday, June 10, HarlequinTeen will be giving away the jewelry featured on the Girl in the Steel Corset cover via their Facebook page!


Cath said...

Thanks for the great blog post...TGITSC TOTALLY ROCKS, I LOVED IT ♥♥♥

Lauren M said...

Haha, Pippi Longstocking!
I still need to read a few of those classic novels, especially Persuasion! (Luckily I've read most of the others) If it's number one on your list, it's bound to be great!

Awesome top ten lists! I'm super excited for The Girl in the Steel Corset! :)

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

Cath -- I can't wait to read it! It's near the top of the TBR =D

Lauren -- YOU SHOULD SO READ PERSUASION! It's one of my top 3 Austen novels. Captain Wentworth -- be still my heart! ;)

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

awesome list!! this book looks so good!!

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