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Riveted (Iron Seas Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Meljean Brook
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Duke and Heart of Steel returns to the Iron Seas with a riveting new adventure of steampunk and passionate romance…



A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland’s inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island became shrouded in secrecy. Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on the airship Phatéon, flying from port to port in search of her sister and longing to return home. But that home is threatened when expedition leader David Kentewess comes aboard.



Determined to solve the mystery of his own origin, David will stop at nothing to expose Annika’s secrets. But when disaster strikes, leaving David and Annika stranded on a glacier and pursued by a madman, their very survival depends on keeping the heat rising between them—and generating lots of steam…



Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The Iron Duke
 
“Meljean Brook has brilliantly defined the new genre of Steampunk Romance.”
—Jayne Ann Krentz,New York Times bestselling author
 
“A stunning blend of steampunk setting and poignant romance.”
—Ilona Andrews, New York Times bestselling author
 
“With adept writing and a flair for creating believable worlds, Brook’s first in the Iron Seas series showcases her masterful storytelling.”
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About the Author

Meljean Brook is the author of the Guardian paranormal romance series and Iron Seas steampunk series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00CVDQNRI
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EXNU9I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Steampunk Romance! September 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Firstly, I would like to point how how much I like the UK cover over the US cover for this book. The heroine of this book, Annika Fridasdotter, is described as being a Liberé or "a descendant of the Africans". In my mind, this means that there's a good chance that Annika is biracial. The person I pictured in my head while reading this book looks closer to the UK cover model than the US. Both are lovely looking women but, the UK one follows closer to the book's description. The image of David Kentewess is pretty much spot on...except I don't think David would have his shirt open like that. Just doesn't follow with how the character acts.

One aspect of this book that I want to touch upon is the village that Annika is from and their unique culture. I'll try to touch on this without giving too many spoilers away but, I really was surprised (in a good way) about this village. Annika's village is basically the Scandinavian Amazon's. I village of both tough and nurturing women only raising girls. The boys are either left with their fathers or the mother's permanently leave the village to raise their sons. This village is described in a way to make the women seem very vibrant. You have the mothering type women and the fierce type women that protect the village. Sexuality in this village is very open and accepting. If you fall in love with someone of the same gender or a man, there is no condemnation. This could have been really hokey and fairly hippie sounding but, I thought this village was very well done and really added to Annika's motivations and character.

Annika is a vibrant and hard working young woman that is trying to find her sister, Källa. By finding jobs on air ships, Annika is able to visit various ports throughout this world and attempt to contact her sister.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Fantasy and romance September 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
Riveted is part of Brook's Iron Seas series (the third book, in fact) that is known for its fantasy, its scorching heat and its steampunk adventure. You have a timid heroine who is looking for her sister, a man made of metal and nano agents, an Icelandic setting and two people who don't fit anywhere but fit together. How can you ask for a better plot?

Brook is a good author. I say that because The Iron Duke blew rival urban steampunk romances out of the water with its action adventure and hot relationship. One would think that would make a good formula for the next novel, but no, Brook then writes a completely different hero/heroine and creates an even more chemically explosive couple than ever before. Each of her books are unique and yet compatible. If you love steampunk (real steampunk, not just clockwork everywhere) and, of course, true love, then pick up Riveted.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A RIVETING Read!!! September 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is perhaps the best book so far in the "Iron Seas" series. This story has humor, love, pirates, monsters, trolls, good guys, bad guys, scary guys and poor sots stuck in the middle! The main characters, Annika and David are quirky and kind, lovable and awkward, and both are very resilient, though they may not see themselves this way. I will caution you that the story starts a bit slowly, but that's because these characters are so rich and I think the author HAD to spend the time so that we could clearly see where these two are coming from, and where they think they are going. Annika thinks that she is going to keep sailing the seas and putting her life on hold until she can find her sister, and David thinks that he is going to fulfill a promise to his mother and go on a volcanic expedition in Iceland. After a fashion they may accomplish their goals, but its what happens to them on the way that makes this a wonderful love story first and foremost, and an excellent steam-punk adventure.

One reviewer complained about the subplots with same-sex love story(ies), saying that she just wants a nice boy-meets-girl story. Rest assured, at the heart of this story that's just what it is. Having said that, Annika comes from a culture of all women. I couldn't help thinking of the Amazons. If "Wonder Woman" were written today, what would we be thinking of the women on HER island? I think that the situation in Hannasvik is a reasonable one to draw given the premise of an all female culture, and Annika loves her mother and her sisters, and so it naturally flows that she would want those people she brings into her life to accept them.

All of the characters were very human. To her credit, even her bad guys had reasons for doing what they did and you could see where they were coming from.

This was a lovely, fun and exciting read.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
There will be a few spoilers because it is necessary to make my case about the problems in this book.

I'll get this out of the way before people jump to conclusions and yell at me- I have no issues with the homosexuality in this book. None. The author attempts to set up a story revolving around a person's freedom to love where they choose free of prejudice, discrimination and violent retribution. Excellent goal. Except... the author completely fails in the narrative to illustrate the good of her moral thesis and I think that the internal logic of the book is jumbled and that detracts from the central moral. I know these are strong accusations but the book was really conflicted and the plot really revolved around that central moral thesis and it just failed miserably. If you are going to set up a morality tale, then your protagonists should really hold the moral high ground- and they failed to.

This book got two stars (instead of one) because I thought the steam punk aspects were exceedingly well done. They were imaginative and creative and really well described. I had such a vision of the sentinel at the Spanish city in the New World- a creaking and rusty Colossus. The trolls and whale were really cool. I enjoyed how the author described how a troll was operated. It was excellent world-building.

I thought the romance was a bit tepid. I'll be frank, I wasn't a huge Annika fan- she bugged me on occasion. She was written to be a woman who was brought up lacking those restraints that are artificially and superficially imposed by a Victorian society like chit-chat, realizing that sexuality is not an appropriate topic for general social discourse, that homosexuality is bad, that her clothes should reflect her station or some such thing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
I love this series but this isn't my favourite entry so far. I found that the 'message', while admirable, bogged the book down a little, and the characters for some reason just... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Colette
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one in this series
First, my one complaint. The cover, while attractive, does not portray the characters correctly. Hair lengths are wrong (and made much of in the story), the gun is probably on... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love. This. Book. My favourite in the series so far...
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

If I had to chose a book that I loved the most this year Riveted would be a front runner. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Under The Covers Book Blog
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere between Iron Duke & Steel Heart
While I loved The Iron Duke, I was disappointed by the lack of a real plot in Steel Heart. Riveted is somewhere in between, because although there were events driving the plot, the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Noura Al Noman
5.0 out of 5 stars don't be fooled by the ridiculous cover art
This was a fun book to read in part because the characters were diverse and imperfect; people worked to do the right thing even in places where 'right' was not obvious, and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by LKL
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, dull, dull.
Wow, it's hard to believe this snoozer was written by the same Meljean Brook who wrote the first two Iron Seas novels. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Romance Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Brook Steampunk book I can almost guarantee I will love it. This...
If is is Brook Steampunk book I can almost guarantee I will love it. This one was no exception to that rule.
Published 2 months ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveted from page 1
This book is so good! I thought the characters were interesting and the romance very original. This is my first book by the author and I was throughly impressed.
Published 3 months ago by BookDevour
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
This was an excellent edition to the series. The mixture of science and history in an adventure story makes this series fast paced, exciting and very different
Published 4 months ago by Natalie A. G. Weissman
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it, but din't think it should have been considered part of the...
A good read, but I felt that this had absolutely nothing to contribute or add to the "Iron Seas" series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jessica
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Meljean was raised in the middle of the woods, and hid under her blankets at night with fairy tales, comic books, and romances. She left the forest and went on a misguided tour through the world of accounting before focusing on her first loves, reading and writing-and she realized that monsters, superheroes, and happily-ever-afters are easily found between the covers, as well as under them, so she set out to make her own.

Meljean lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.

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