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Armored Hearts #1
~Published: May 20th, 2013
~Length: 247 Pages
~Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Historical Fiction
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.
~ Pauline Creeden ~
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.
~ Melissa Turner Lee ~
~ 4/5 Roses ~
This story is simple and entertaining, being very well described by the synopsis. Showing the frustration of a young man bound to a wheelchair, crippled physically, but feisty and energetic in spirit. Spanning many years of his life, the secrets and mysteries that are revealed as time goes on make his life much more complicated than he ever expected. With adventure, suspense, mystery and sweet romance, this book provides the perfect entertainment for a quiet afternoon.
While the story primarily focuses on Mr. Smyth, we also learn about several other characters, as well as getting glimpses into the economic situation and social environment of the time. With several side stories, we're able to follow the growth of several characters, and see how they're all effected by Mr. Smyth's secrets. All these characters mix wonderfully to make a dynamic story that sticks with you long after the last page.
Written well, this book provides an smooth and easy read. Pauline Creeden and Melissa Turner Lee did a wonderful job of mixing many aspects of a captivating story, while keeping it flowing quick, giving it a natural and realistic feel. Overall, I enjoyed this book, and am glad to have had the opportunity to read and review. I'd recommend this book to fantasy and historical fiction fans.
*I was given an ecopy of this book, from the author via Girls *Heart* Books Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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