Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: Armored Hearts by Pauline Creeden & Melissa Turner Lee

Title: Armored Hearts
Series: Armored Hearts #1
By: Pauline Creeden & Melissa Turner Lee
Published: May 20th, 2013 by AltWit Press, approx. 247 pages



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 fairy tales.

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.





The Review:
I am not normally all that into steampunk and at first I wasn’t aware that Armored Hearts was steampunk. I have adopted the habit of not reading book blurbs for a while. Also, Melissa Lee Turner is on my insta-read list so I was going to read it regardless.

Gareth is a young man who feels that the world is judging his worth by the wheelchair he is trapped him. He grows a mighty chip on his shoulder. He has grown tired of the way people deliberately don’t look in his direction when they see him coming as well as being treated as invisible. His anger is tangible and he starts to build a prickly wall around himself. Ahhh one of the reasons for the title? When he is ten years old, he sees a little girl a few years older than his beloved younger aunt Tabitha. Now, Tabitha is the only person he allows close to him because she is a child and doesn’t see him for his wheel chair. Well, the stranger whose carefree ways remind him of Tabitha asks Gareth to be her look out as she climbs a tree. While up the tree the branch, she is on snaps and the little girl falls but something amazing happens, Gareth catches her. I KNOW! I was all whaaaat? Gareth is just as shocked as the girl is. She runs off but only after giving him a token of her appreciation.

The story soars from there. I was drawn in and I love the way steampunk and Fae were weaved together. It was unique and it also kept me reading. I will say that even if you don’t particularly like steampunk you will most likely like Armored Hearts still because it is so light and doesn’t bash you over the head with it.

I did find a few annoying parts like, Gareth and his Jessemine’s perfume fetish. I just kept thinking man if her smell is that strong she needs to lay off it a little. I mean everything she ever touches or goes smells like her. Woah. She’d probably KILL my allergies. Lol He always couldn’t think straight and got dizzy as he inhaled her intoxicating perfume. Dude, I bet! I would to; it’s called choking to death. Hey Jessie, don’t bath in it girl! A little dab will do ya. lol

A great read.


About the Author(s):



In simple language, Pauline Creeden breaks down Biblical stories and applies them to real life in new ways. Her methods of teaching have brought new light to old scriptures. 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.


Pauline is horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.


She is the Admin for Spirit Filled Kindle and an administrator for Readers' Realm. Her articles, reviews, and devotionals have been featured in RUBY FOR WOMEN Magazine,Devotionals for Bloggers, Faith Filled Family Magazine, and Christian Fiction Book Reviews.


One of Pauline's short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group. She is currently editing and drafting several novels at various stages.







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