Blog Tour: Raven by Pauline Creeden

Raven by Pauline Creeden
(Chronicles of Steele #1)
Publication date: October 2014 28th
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk, Young Adult

This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel – all four parts of the serial in one volume! Also includes bonus features not found in the episodes ~
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.


 This is the first steampunk novel I have read and I must say, I now have another new favorite genre. The renaissance/classical era along with the use of gears in a modern way is truly fascinating. That, and the manner of storytelling the author has written the story made it even more enjoyable.

Written in the third person view between the characters makes the story more well-rounded. It gives me the perspective of all the characters but the one I particularly enjoy reading the most is Raven's. I absolutely love reading about kickass heroines who have really awesome professions that make them struggle between being a woman while gaining the trust others would have for them if they were a man. That's why, it's all the more fruitful when a guy makes them lose the hardened exterior posed to them by the world.

Also, this book reminds me of John Twelve Hawks' The Traveler trilogy. Both heroines have fathers who were in the business and have now passed on the knowledge to them. Their struggles were almost the same with each other save for the other having a happier (?) ending.

Raven is everything you'd ever want in a book; each elements work without overpowering the other. Thus, reading it is a highly enjoyable journey that you'd definitely want to grab the next book in this series. 

 In simple language, Pauline Creeden 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 a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie’s Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.

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  1. Great review! This sounds like a fun read and I already like the sounds of Raven's character from just the reviews I've read. Glad you liked it! :)

  2. Great Review! :)

  3. Thank you so much and I'm really sorry for the late reply!

  4. Yes. Raven is one tough lady. :)