Monday, July 15, 2013

Armored Hearts by Melissa Turner & Pauline Creeden

Armored Hearts

Armored Hearts

When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother’s side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fariytales. Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park and left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair. Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.

About the Authors:

Melissa TurnerMelissa Turner

Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons. Follow Melissa Turner: Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Pauline Creeden 

Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.  
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Review: I can not wait for the next book in this series.  I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it.  I wasn't real sure about this one before I started reading it.  I really didn't know much about Steampunk.  This was my introduction to Steampunk.  I have to say that if this is an indication of what Steampunk is like, I can't wait to read more.

  I am so glad I wasn't a woman at the turn of the century.  I probably would've gotten in all kinds of trouble.  No way would I have let anyone think of me as a second-class citizen.  I definitely would've been part of the Bonnet Club.  Well, at least I would have stood up for them.  I am not much of a scientist or really I should say an engineer.  I would hope that I would be a lot like Jessamine.

  I love this mixture of automations/new inventions and fantasy.  I wasn't real sure when the book started with a surly boy in a wheelchair, if I would like it very much, but I love it.  This book really isn't like anything I've read in the past.  It has the world of fantasy, history, new inventions, relationships and so much more rolled into this one little ball.  

The authors did a wonderful job with character development.  It was great to see how Gareth developed and changed over time.  The authors give the reader a true sense of what it is like to be confined to a wheelchair or at least what I would imagine it to be like.   Teens will love this book.  I would recommend this for those of high school age and older.  I think, girls and boys will both love this book.   

I know I will be anxiously awaiting for the next book in this series.  I can't wait to see how they weave this story of fantasy and science even more.
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 I received a free copy of this book.  However, this did not influence my opinion.  All opinions and views are 100% mine.

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