Friday, November 14, 2014

Raven Blog Tour

Title: Raven: Chronicles of Steele #1
Author: Pauline Creeden  

Genre: Steampunk Fantasy
Hosted by:
Lady Amber's Tours

This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel - all four parts of the serial in one volume!

Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in

My Review: I am fairly new to the Steampunk genre and I am in love with it. I could not be more thrilled. The Chronicles of Steele Raven took my breath away. It was so fast paced and action packed, there were times I was left trying spin my mind around what had just happened. Every detail was completely formed in my mind I could picture the mechanical horses and how the steam would roll out of their nostrils and the movements they made almost animal like but not quite there. Oh and the characters where to begin. I love Raven Steele! She stole my heart from the very beginning with her story. I don't know how anyone could not like her. Darius was such a sweet young boy he melted my mothers heart. He was so intelligent and yet so sweet and simple all at the same time. I couldn't help  but love him. I found several of the other characters in this story so exciting and with out them this story would not be the same. As Raven is pulled back into a life she thought she was leaving she all to soon realizes that this is what she was meant to do. The life of a reaper is not easy and she must make sure to not upset the balance of life and death for every life taken one must be saved. Not an easy task. As Raven goes to it to protect the life of one it's her life that may be taken. The battles fought are fierce and leave you on the edge of your seat. When all is said and done can Raven do what needs to be done to protect Darius without killing anyone or ending up dead herself? With the Duke's guardsmen lead by Captain Jack Grant quickly at her heals finding a safe place is a must. Learning who she can trust and who to not turn her back on becomes a whole other challenge for Raven. Rapidly the table turn and those sent to kill her are soon working with her. Will they be able to save the one life that hangs the most in peril in time? I will leave you with questions unanswered as I feel you need to read The Chronicles of Steele Raven to seek your answers. I will say that I am in admiration of Pauline Creeden as her writing had me pulled so far into this story I didn't want to leave. I at this point can only hope that Pauline will give us another Steampunk novel that will leave me as breathless as this one has. I give this story an absolute must read!

Author Bio:

In simple language, Pauline Creeden 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. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. 

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie's Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.

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