Review & Giveaway: Raven by Pauline Creeden

Review & Giveaway: Raven by Pauline Creedenby Pauline Creeden
Genres: Steampunk
Source: Author
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.

Review: Every Steampunk I have read brings a different aspect of the genre to the table, when I started reading Chronicles of Steele:Raven I was looking to be blown away. I wasn’t knock off my socks, but I am quite happy to have read it.

I really enjoyed this story, the  characters, the setting, the old and the advance all merged together to create a quite likeable story of love, redemption and survival.  Raven Steele is a reaper, an assassin a hit-woman. She is trained to survive and to kill, trained with purpose, trained to subdue even the biggest of opponents and she is good at it. Though after years of being a reaper her time to put all of it behind comes, the outcome isn’t what she expected.

I enjoyed how well the author exposes Raven’s feelings and desires. She explores her need as a woman, acknowledging that even when she is tough, controlled and focus she still wants and need to love and be loved.
Raven’t character is one of those one can’t help but enjoy. Raven has everything I enjoy in a strong female, she is agile, loyal & intelligent. She represents women beautifully in a violent and men driven world. As an assassin she takes lives, but in an attempt to redeem herself she looks to save them as well.

The characters are well rounded, beautifully crafted and well thought-out. The science, the alchemy/magic makes the story wonderful. The details and settings are fascinating & intriguing. The love story grows as the story develops, and the characters get to know each other, developing trust, dependence and understanding.

I really enjoyed the story, the one thing I would’ve liked to see more was the implementation of more technology, the automaton were a nice touch but I think the story lacked the “steam” touch  I am used to seeing in Steampunk stories. If you are a fan of strong characters and stories of redemption Raven is the story for you.

Do I recommend this book? YES
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