Book Tour: RAVEN by Pauline Creeden

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Raven by Pauline Creeden
(Chronicles of Steele #1)
Publication date: October 2014 28th
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk, Young Adult

 
 

Synopsis:

This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel – all four parts of the serial in one volume! Also includes bonus features not found in the episodes ~

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.

 
 

Raven PaulineAbout the Author:

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 Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.

Author links:
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My Review: 

Five Stars.. easily. What a great read. I’m a sucker for anything fantasy, but it’s even more drawing if there are assassin’s involved. Creeden did a great job of grabbing my attention from the get go, providing a robust and well-rounded main character in Raven and pulling me into a world that didn’t let go until I’d finished the book.

 

The steampunk setting and nuances is a difficult one and not one that most author’s would attack, but Creeden does it with elegance and skill. I loved the detail and surrealism of a world I could never experience except in the pages of a well-written book.

 

Bravo for a job extremely well done. I’d recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a fantastic adventure, a depth of characterization and a beautifully painted landscape for the plot to flow through. Loved it.
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