Chronicles of Steele: Raven (Review)

Chronicles of Steele: Raven (Review)

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Title: Chronicles of Steele: Raven (Chronicles of Steele #1)
Author:  Pauline Creeden
Publisher:  AltWit Press
Published Date:  28th October 2014

Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to the ebooks4review for the review copy*

Synopsis: 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: This
was my first steampunk novel. Ever since hearing about the genre I knew it was
going to be one I liked. And of course, in this novel I did as well!

This book was about reapers. People who kill others as
part of their job. But for every life they take, they need to save another to
stay in balance with themselves and not lose who they are. I haven’t read many
books that include reapers in them at all yet, and I will say that this was a
very unique way to portray them. They weren’t exactly anything but human – but their
training almost seems to set them apart from the humans completely. I loved it!

The novel wasn’t slow paced, but there were an awful lot
of details in there. In fact, as I was reading in some cases I wished the novel
was a little shorter so that I wouldn’t feel like I was reading so many
pointless details.

But the romance was a slow and steady one, and that I
loved! No insta-love, no silly love triangles. Just Raven trying to do her job
and being a little bit distracted by a certain person who is sent to stop her
from doing her job. Yes, perfect timing to fall in love. What’s best about it
though is that Raven doesn’t even recognise the feelings she feels throughout the
novel. All she wants to do was to be focused on her task. I loved her
determination, her edge and how she was caring as well. Raven was an ideal
character to me. She was feminine, but independent.


Isn’t everything steampunk just so awesome?

I liked the steampunk in this. It was used well. At the
beginning some steampunk-ish words were thrown my way which I obviously didn’t recognise
because I haven’t tried books like this before. I got confused by the wording
because there aren’t really any explanations, but soon enough you understand.
It just took a little time, and a few pages.

I also really loved Grant’s character. Grant and Colton
were the perfect gentlemen throughout this when they were being themselves. I
know lots of readers fall for the bad boys or whatever, but I would have a
gentleman instead any day…

The plot here was decent. There were enough twists to
keep me eagerly reading. I liked how the alliances and who and was and wasn’t
an enemy shifted at times. It always made me curious who Raven could trust and
who she couldn’t.

The ending to the book was good, but I wanted a bit more
closure! Especially on the romance part *pouts* But alas, there is going to be
a book two! I look forward to reading that and seeing the story from Darius’s
point of view in the future.

Olivia’s Question: Do you like the steampunk genre?

Olivia-Savannah x

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