Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Audio Book Review: Steam


By:  Stacey Rourke

Publish Date:  September 10, 2015, Audiobook Release April 5, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 8 hrs 53 mins
Narrated By:  Karen Krause

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  3rd in Legends Saga series; Book 1 ~ Crane, Book 2 ~ Raven

Impression:  The ties come together.

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.

First Sentence:
Watching her mother die was the most beautiful thing Preen had ever witnessed.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I had to dive right into this book because I wanted answers. I got some of them. Wells is more involved in their lives than we'd expected. He explains why and how. Also, the supernatural lives of our characters have crossed before, they are all connected in a strange thread.

This story is divided between Ireland and crew in the now and Preen and her coven in Salem during the witch trials. Once again, Preen's life is important to the here and now with Ireland and her growing crew of friends.

I enjoyed Preen's story as she lived and experienced so much. She truly had powers, and used them. It was something to see her evolution, then what she ended up being.

We learn the truth behind what's driving Wells in collecting this group of cursed individuals together. There's a place and time he needs to get to but he can't. This particular group of individuals may be able to do what others before them have not.

This book ties all we've learned of Ireland and her Hessian, Ridley and his Poe curse, and a new woman - Peyton and her ability, together. They are histories that are touched by an individual in time. They don't realize it, but they are tied by the same evil just in different ways.

When we get answers, I had hoped there could have been a bit more of a moment here. It feels to happen so fast as though it's breezed over. The ending... hmmm. I'm not sure what I think. We get an ending but I felt as though it didn't bring the characters to a closure as I was expecting. Will they find each other again?  Between these two moments, I wanted more. I wanted a bigger moment that was clear for me. I felt I didn't get that. Another may love these moments, but for me they felt short.

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