Review: Armored Hearts by Pauline Creeden

March 8, 2014 Lindsay's reviews 3

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Armored Hearts by Pauline CreedenArmored Hearts Series: Armored Hearts #1
on May 20th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk, Young Adult
Source: the author
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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, 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.

Armored Hearts brings together a unique combination of genres, that I never would have imagined, but they manage to mesh together seamlessly. Fantasy brings to mind fairies and magic, while Steampunk is science based. Together they create a balanced story, with the best of both worlds.


Gareth begins the story as a bitter, disgruntled child, but he has been given every reason to feel that way. His parents are gone, leaving him with his emotionally distant grandfather. A mysterious illness has left him confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk, and he can feel the way people stare at him, and yet fail to acknowledge his existence. His only friend in the world is Tabitha, his younger aunt.

Gareth’s character starts off in such a dark head space that it was actually quite difficult for me to put myself in his shoes. He holds the world at a distance, and that kept me away as well.  It wasn’t until Jessamine comes into his life that I really found myself following along with his transformation. She is tough and persistent, and I loved her immediately! Together, the two of them are able to harness both magic and science.

This book is such a strong beginning for a series, except that it isn’t the beginning… Winter Fae is! Winter Fae is the prequel for the book, but I actually read it afterward. It filled in blanks and helped satiate my need for more. I am really glad that I read Armored Hearts first. I prefer to head into a book with a clear mind, and a mystery in my heart. This prequel answers so many questions that I was glad to have unanswered at first. If you prefer to have all the cards laid out first, then I would suggest reading the prequel first. There is a distinct difference between these two stories. While Winter Fae is very much Fantasy, Armored Hearts is more Steampunk. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series to see how it evolves!

At the time of this post, Armored Hearts is on sale for .99! Click —>here<— to pick up your very own copy of Winter Fae and get started on this series! We also have a GIVEAWAY going on for a few more days, so be sure to go here —>here<— and enter!

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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3