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Beast Heart (The Steambound Trilogy) Paperback – March 31, 2020
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5 stars: "Beast Heart is a combo of sci-fi steampunk and horror. I was genuinely rooting for all three characters. Each one is a badass in their own way. Beast Heart is the first book in the trilogy and I cannot wait for book 2. This is the first steampunk novel that I've read and it is a fantastic intro into the genre." —Crystal's Library
"Beast Heart is an intelligent, well written, absorbing story. The tribulations of the main characters deserve our time, mind and heart. Everything in Beast Heart is about what makes us tick." —Mythical Books
5 stars: "The writing, the pacing, the originality, the characters…really, everything about this book is what I was hoping for. It grabs you and doesn’t let you go until the end. Highly recommended. Worth all the stars!!" —Jessica Belmont's Blog
"This book was so much fun. I loved this dark, twisted world ... Not only are these characters engaging, but the entire world is fascinating! I loved the dark, steampunk world Richardson created. It was great combination of spooky/horror, and more modern/realistic.I cannot wait for the next book to come out!" —Book Unicorn Reviews
"I did really enjoy this compelling story that enthralls me in three days straight. It is a great addition to YA novels with its brilliant storytelling and steampunk background and a touch of paranormal. Even this got the horror and brutal part, still, there are bits of humor and lightness as you explore the book. It’s an easy read and you get to catch on every scene. Also, you will like the actions and anticipations until the last page." —Descendent of Poseidon Reads
"It was a marvelously original tale set in a marvelously original world. There’s familiar stuff here, but it’s skewed just enough to keep you guessing and flipping pages faster and faster as you approach the end." —All Things Jill Elizabeth
About the Author
Kyle Richardson lives in the suburban wilds of Canada with his adorable wife, their rambunctious son, and their adventurous daughter. He writes about shapeshifters, superheroes, and the occasional clockwork beast. His short fiction has appeared in places such as Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology and Daily Science Fiction.
- Publisher : Meerkat Press (March 31, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 280 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1946154350
- ISBN-13 : 978-1946154354
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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#5,070,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1,399 in Teen & Young Adult Steampunk
- #5,656 in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction & Dystopian Romance
- #7,361 in Teen & Young Adult Paranormal Romance
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This is an intriguing, yet poignant, tale of a future time, when technology has greatly advanced. A young girl has a couple of maladies which seriously cause her grief. when her mother is brutally murdered, a police detective takes her into his home and life, in order for them to help each other.
Simultaneously, in another scenario, Kemple's abusive life, in a foster home, take on a new, more daring existence when an additional foster sister is added. Is Josephlyn a curse or a blessing? Both of their lives go down a new "path".
Beat Heart adds a creative twist to paranormal and sci-fi tales. Thee author has combines the two genres into a trilogy which is sure to entertain.
The book was a little difficult for me to get into because I felt I was reading two stories at the same time and the connection between the two felt slightly vague. However, each one was intriguingly bizarre, so they kept my interest.
The characters are clearly defined and feel real, in spite of their bizarre situations. The background scenes are portrayed in a way the reader can easily fell he/she is there.
"The jury is out" on whether or not the Title is a "good fit". The Cover image is colorful, hints at the story content, and is eye-catching. It is a good choice.
Over all, I offer a Four Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Gabby is special, a term she hates, and a fact she truly doesn't understand. Even at nine-years-old, she realizes that her hand turning to steam isn't something anyone knows what to think of. When her mother, the only person she has, is murdered by a vicious beast in front of her, a detective helps her swear vengence and raises her to be a dangerous huntress. But he can't prepare her for the hunt she's about to make.
Kemple is an orphan, growing up under the harshest of guardians, but when a girl joins him, she helps him escape. He does his best to live as a homeless child in the streets of a nearby city, but an accident not only separates him from his friend, but leaves him with a monster in his heart. Strange things are happening to him, and although he doesn't understand them, he knows that if he lets whatever monster inside of him free, it will kill. When he happens across a clockwork girl and her father, everything changes. While the monster inside of him doesn't break free, he begins to wonder if his new found sister might be just as bad as the beast inside of him. But when he runs into the huntress, who is determined to kill him, his life is more than flipped upside down.
This is a packed read, and one which is extremely well woven, too. I was completely taken in by the world setting and writing style—such a different feel than many of the recent reads for this age group and genre. The tale is dark and gruesome, at times. The lives of these characters is harsh and carries the aura of a dismal, steampunk urban world. And yet, there's this undying glimmer of hope, not obvious but more as a constant whisper.
While action, intrigue and tons of secrets coat every moment, it's the characters which matter most. The chapters switch between Gabby and Kemple, allowing the reader to sink into each ones' life. The two don't meet until much later in the book, allowing each story to sink in. The characters are so different and both are allowed to open up to the reader with their very different lives. Often, I find such character depth a little slow, but not in these pages. The author allows each one to get under the reader's skin, while developing a delicious weave of secrets, mysteries, and tension along the way.
Unfortunately, the book ends on a cliff-hanger. But fortunately, that means there is so much more to come. The secrets only start to unfold in these first pages, and the promise of terrifying moments, dark plots and undying hope still remain. There's even the hint at a possible romance, and that with a monster just lurking around the corner, waiting to destroy it all.
I received a complimentary copy and grabbed up by this read so much more than I thought I would.
The world building is smooth, it feels just steampunk enough with the airships, engineers, Gabby's (super cool!) goggles, and various mechanical parts. Not at all what I expected from this book, but a welcome surprise! Roughly 25% of my way through, I had a hard time from then on putting the book down for bathroom breaks, let alone stopping all together, so I ended up finishing the book in one sitting... oops! Both Kemple's and Gabrielle's stories drew me in so deeply, I realized I cared for both of them and just had to know what happened... if that's not a sign of great writing, I don't know what is.
I highly recommend this book with its fantasy and steampunk aspects... a little beauty and the beast-esque as well! Even with the cliffhanger ending, it's a worthwhile read, for sure! I just need book two now ;)
Thank you Meerkat Press and LibraryThing for the advanced e-copy in exchange for my honest review.