STEAM by Stacey Rourke
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal
Time passes, sins forgotten.
The bodies of the victims long since rotten.
Trapped within the essence of the Headless Horseman by the guilt of slaughtering her best friend, Ireland Crane follows the father of science fiction, HG Wells, in search of freedom from the curse that binds her. Instead, she discovers even he has a hidden agenda. A dark, relentless passion to be reunited with the woman he loves has driven him to manipulate time and a murderous Horseman.
Yet heed my warning, as the Raven flies,
The Hessian will come … and you will die.
All that prevents Ireland from abandoning Wells’ twisted pursuit, or introducing him to her sword, are the undead witches haunting her. Begging for freedom from a vile succubus, the ghoulish coven leads Ireland and her crew on a journey through Salem’s sordid past. There, they learn there is more to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s history than a scarlet letter, and the secret they’ve uncovered seeks to destroy them all.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was intrigued by this story, yet saddened and shocked at the same time. This book brought forth all the legends that we love to life and death at the same time. A whisper of just what may have really happened in those days, just by the author's words. She made me believe that everything I knew was not what the legends lead me to believe. She did a fantastic job of setting the scene for all these make believe characters and making them jump off the page at me with every page I turned.
I was intrigued at how the author made these characters feel as if they were real and jumped off the pages at me and demanded my attention, particularly, Ireland and her curse of the headless horseman. Ireland alone made this book feel as if I was watching a movie in my head. I even found myself dreaming about Ireland and what I had just witnessed in the previous pages and day dreaming about what was yet to become of the rest of the story. Ireland is by far my favorite character out of all of them.
I am saddened and shocked at how the ending turned out in this book and knowing that this is the end of the road makes it that much more saddening.
There were also times where I thought the book kind of dragged on in a few places, but overall, I was glued to a world of fiction never before taken to these levels of awe and curiosity to want to learn more about each character and what made them who they became and portrayed throughout the story. Because I was so addicted to the story I was able to overlook the slow parts and keep reading until the very end.
The characters are phenomenal and unforgettable and the story line itself is one of pure genus and heart stopping, exhilarating, and a roller coaster of highs, lows, and a bit of comedy thrown in for kicks, which makes this a fun read. I give this story a five book review for the outstanding job this author has done bringing all of these old legends to life and making this one Saga worth reading.
As I am writing this review, I wanna make sure to give this author a standing ovation for her writing style for this Saga and how she was able to capture my attention and keep me glued to my kindle from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book to all 18+ years old.
Due To the violence in this story, this read is not for the faint of heart nor for the younger generation as some of this author's other works of art are. This one put a whole new spin and took me on an unbelievable ride that will always make me want to dive back into this world from time to time to relive these characters and their adventures leading up to the very end. This saga will be a household favorite from years to come and will always be a surprise to me no matter how many times I read it. This author has really outdone herself with this group of characters and brought forth a group that will be cherished in my mind, heart and soul forever.
The author provided me with a digital ARC copy of the book for review purposes only as part of a blog tour. No remuneration was exchanged.
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About the Author
-RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
-Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
-Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series as well as the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.