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This is only my second steampunk novel, and while I don t think this genre in general is really my thing, this author does such a great job that I would definitely consider reading of it anyways as long as she is the one writing it This book has a good mixture of plot, action, and romance along with a large amount of historically inaccurate mechanical ingenuity which steampunk is known for For example, there s a giant mechanical whale that can swallow a ship whole for the purposes of piracy it s interesting, imaginative, and useful all at the same time In this novel we also get a bit of LGBTQ representation with a whole secret society literal of women who love women in a time when that is still very much looked down upon It also brings up an interesting scenario in which their female children have to determine whether or not they are sexually interested in men without having met any.All this to say, if you are not sure if steampunk is your thing I d recommend checking out this author She might not make you a convert but at least you ll still enjoy the ride. 4.5 or 5 stars Not what I was expecting It was so much Long Story Short Annika searches for her exiled sister When she finds her they will return to their secluded village in Iceland Then, Annika meets David He is searching for his mother s homeland so he can bury her runes as per her dying wish Unfortunately, his mother never revealed her origins, but Annika may hold the answers he needs My thoughts As I said, this book wasn t what I was expecting I thought there would be megalodons or krakens, a deluge of nifty gadgets, and swashbuckling romance Riveted has of an introspective quality The dialogue is filled with insights to human nature Cultural and societal values are relevant themes throughout the story The plot progressively thickens with a series of events Of course there is the romance Annika and David are one of the most endearing couples I ve had the pleasure to enjoy They are earnest, candid, awkward, passionate, and unique At first, Annika s frank speech sets David aback His interactions with people, especially women, have been disheartening People recoil from his scarred face and artificial limbs Annika s enjoyment of his company and sincere interest in him stirs him David sparks her attraction, too With time, conversation, and company they fall in love in such a touching way It is rare to find a romance so achingly tender This book has adventure, romance, tears, despicable acts, trolls, villains, volcanoes, forgiveness, the call of the wolf, bravery, tears, sobbing, love, and a happy ending It is different compared to the other Iron Sea novels, but no less because of it Riveted has a home on my Keeper shelf Loved it Can this book stand alone Yes The characters are new to the series None of the characters from previous Iron Sea books are present.Memorable QuoteAnd then there were his theories of gravity, which didn t overturn Hooke s laws, but refined them, deepened them One journal absolutely changed how we see so many things, yet now they seem so obvious Many physicists are still reeling Annika pushed up on her elbow as he spoke, her brown eyes widening with wonder I have no idea what you re talking about, but I like the way you speak of it That seems incredible She was incredible You did the same to me You completely turned the world about It is like paddling along in a canoe and suddenly being capsized except that as soon as the boat upends, you realize that you d been paddling along upside down and never realized it because you could breathe and see And until you take a real breath of air, see what everything looks like without the water distorting the view, you believe that the upside down world is the way things are But you tipped me over Tears glittered in her eyes You truly wrote that Yes And that he d fallen in love with her but it was already so much deeper now Don t cry The Iron Seas series is exactly my kind of shizzam It s a buttload of plot, a healthy dose of characterizationion and then just the most delicious hint of sexy times all grilled in some really fantastic world building It s almost like Brook is writing these books just for me The reason is that I struggle with normal romance novels I need romance novels that don t feel like romance novels because they re too busy being awesome sci fi or fantasy etc with some sex in it This is exactly what Brook does Sure there s sex, and Iron Seas, the first book in this series is far romance y than the next two but, than that, they re just plain great Steampunk It s almost enough to make me bow down and her feet and beg her to never stop.To begin with, this book takes places in a different part of the same Steampunk driven world from The Iron Duke and Heart of Steel But the great thing about this series is that Brook just keep shaking it up She takes you everywhere and with so many great new characters For me, Captain Corsair is my true literary love, so Annika had big ass kicking boots to fill She took a little while to warm on me, and whilst she can never replace Captain Corsair in my heart, she held her own Her relationship with David was lovely, sweet and beautiful.Riveted is a bit of a divergence from Brook s other novels It takes the plot a long time to kick into gear The first half is solidly centered on Annika and David developing a mutual relationship and trust There s very little action or plot in that regard Then the tension and action is ramped up a notch in the second half, and it s back to dodging bullets and mechanical monstrosities AKA business as usual in Iron Seas world.The writing was, as usual with Brook, solid and well constructed The plot progressed well with some interesting twists that I didn t see coming But as usual, it was the characters, relationships and world that really makes this novel While reading the Iron Seas series, Brook will take you to every corner of it and introduce so many wonderful marvels The world, politics, locations and peoples are so fabulously complex and intriguing that it keeps you wrapped up in the continuing story.Annika s home town was one of the things that truly made me fall in love with this novel The normality of their circumstances, the brilliant and respectful way Brook represented it and wove it into the novel, it was all brilliant I love this series and I can t wait to see what Brook does nextA Copy of Riveted was provided for me by the author No favours, money or gifts were exchanged though I readily offered them for a chance to read this early My review and opinion remains unaffected. I mean, I love this series, I just LOVE LOVE it Steampunk Adventure Romance Wunderbar This book I think is even better than the last two in the series, but all three are up there The world building and depth of character in these novels justifies everything I do with my book club, Vaginal Fantasy I love highlighting books that don t get enough credit or widespread acknowledgment I m sure this one will be super popular on its own however, and it deserves it.I don t want to spoil anything, but the hero in this book has tremendous physical challenges after a childhood accident, and has a lot of nano tech equipment welded to his body, which is unusual but fascinating as a character study The chemistry between him and the heroine, a very frank and naive airship crewman who is descended from a Valkerie type enclave of women on this alt world s Iceland yes that typed out dumb but it s totally cool in the book , is just amazing They grow to love each other no matter what their background, without judgement There is a strong lesbian rights storyline as well in this that somehow fits organically into the world building as well It s just really well done and I def urge you to try the series if you haven t These characters don t continue from the last ones, so you can pick this one up and know what s going on, although reading the previous will help with world building Just awesome [ Read Book ] ☸ Riveted ♡ The New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Iron Duke And Heart Of Steel Returns To The Iron Seas With A Riveting New Adventure Of Steampunk And Passionate Romance A Century After A Devastating Volcanic Eruption Forced Iceland S Inhabitants To Abandon Its Shores, The Island Has Become Enshrouded In Legend Fishermen Tell Tales Of Giant Trolls Guarding The Land And Of Seductive Witches Who Steal Men S Hearts But The Truth Behind The Legends Is Mechanical, Not Magic And The Mystery Of The Island A Matter Of Life And Death For A Community Of Women Who Once Spilled Noble Blood To Secure Their FreedomFive Years Ago, Annika Unwittingly Endangered That Secret, But Her Sister K Lla Took The Blame And Was Exiled Now Annika Serves On The Airship Phat On, Flying From Port To Port In Search Of Her Sister And Longing To Return Home But That Home Is Threatened When Expedition Leader David Kentewess Comes AboardDetermined To Solve The Mystery Of His Own Origin, David Will Stop At Nothing To Expose Annika S Secrets But When Disaster Strikes, Leaving David And Annika Stranded On A Glacier And Pursued By A Madman, Their Very Survival Depends On Keeping The Heat Rising Between Them And Generating Lots Of Steam
Riveted is the third installment in Meljean Brook s steampunk adult romance series titled Iron Seas I am LOVING this series Although Riveted may not be my favorite in the series, it s still so, so good I love this magnificent steampunk world Ms Brook has crafted and the character building she has so delicately structured is amazing The heroine Annika advocates for women to love who they love without judgment and empowers others to move forward despite their origins She has struggled with being judged based on where she comes from and she s much too tired to let this continue to negatively affect her The hero David is a half machine man that despite his incredible physical strength, is incredibly self conscious and struggles with his self esteem particularly around women How fun it was to watch these two slowly find their way towards each otherand yes, it s sexy as hell Although the romance aspect is very present, it s not as focal as the earlier installments at least from my memory , but the main storyline featured is entertaining enough without the frequent hook ups If anything, the slow build up was the perfect tease for this innocent feeling romance Riveted is a great addition to a remarkable series that I am having too much fun with If you enjoy both steampunk and adult romance, check out this series NOW My favorite quotePeople are the only things that don t always improve upon knowing what makes them up Well, people and sausage from a manufactory Note I found this photo of a steampunk Herbie and just had to include it It s so stinkin cute Sadly, it has nothing to do with the book, but who caresThe Iron Seas series includes the following installments as of May 2015 The ratings are my personal opinion only 0.4 The Blushing Bounder 0.5 Here There Be Monsters 0.6 The Hook 1 The Iron Duke 1.5 Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City 2 Heart of Steel 2.5 Tethered 3 Riveted 3.4 Wrecked 3.5 Part of anthology Enthralled 4 The Kraken King 4.1 The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster 4.2 The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm 4.3 The Kraken King and the Fox s Den 4.4 The Kraken King and the Inevitable Abduction 4.5 The Kraken King and the Iron Heart 4.6 The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls 4.7 The Kraken King and the Empress s Eyes 4.8 The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure 3.5 starsAnd for the second time in two days I m writing a review for a book I highly anticipated and wanted to love And yet again this is not how I wanted to feel about it I don t know if it s my mood, or just me I mean EVERYONE adores this book I just liked it Oh, well I want to feel as if my guts are riveted together, to feel as if I would do anything just for a kiss, or a touch, or to see them I want to feel as if I can t live without them, and if I have to if I have to live without them, I want to feel as if every moment I had with them was worth a lifetime of love And I want to be loved that way in return Annika also called Annika the Rabbit is from a small and peculiar village of Hannasvik, which is inhabited only with women Now she s out in the world, looking for her sister, lost, but getting by She is thought by all to be very bold, not even close to shy, because of her forward and honest nature And she is, mostly I think, because of the liberal environment in which she was raised She is also in a possession of a good sense of humor Now she sees new things, good and back, and quickly adapts she d become accustomed to new cities, a new life and to seeing men everywhere They were exactly as Annika s mother had described them much like women, but hairier And, when part of a group, stupider.She also meets David, a very intriguing expert in volcanoes He is also intrigued by her And not just by her lovely appearance No, he suspects she holds the joy to fulfilling his mother s last request That s not to say he wasn t fascinated by Annika, the person He is And soon they ll be caught together while mad scientists, secrets and weird machines make their world a very complicated one But, hell, what fun would it be otherwise The steampunk details were very well done here All kinds of unique and imaginativethings appear And David and Annika were likable But, oh and I wish there weren t a but, but there is something was missing for me I m not sure what The story felt slow for me until the end, and for some reason I didn t connect completely with the h H Are the high expectation at fault Something else Maybe this book and I just aren t completely compatible , as this is def not the most favorite in the series to me, as it is to, well, most if not all of mine friends Well, you win some and lose some And Meljean Brook is still an author I love QuotesPeople never believed of others what they couldn t imagine of themselves Pity only served the person who felt it generosity better served the person who needed it He looks very serious, at first,but he has three smiles One is for anyone who reacts to his appearance with fear though that is not even a smile, I think, but something he does because there is no other response to give One is for when he is uncertain, and that is only half his mouth, on the side without scars And there is one that he saves for friends, which moves all of his face, and makes you want to smile, too Pretend that I m brave I don t have to pretend Annika left her hidden all women community to find her missing sister After years of searching whilst working as an airship engineer, she encounters David, a scientist who is looking for the hidden community in order to properly bury his mother s runes Can they overcome pirates, social prejudices, mad scientists, evil plots, mysterious disasters, volcanic eruptions, and their own lack of flirting skills to find true love And stop Iceland from getting blown up In an objective sense this is probably the best of the series, especially in terms of character development and believability But I missed the episodic swashbuckling action of the previous book. So much fun Annika and David sitting in a troll, K I S S I N G Well done There is so much to love about Meljean Brook s The Iron Seas series Each book stands on its own so you really don t need to read the books in order The world is imaginative and original and an alternative history to our own For a brief synopsis of this world, I would recommend that you look at the author s website for her Iron Seas Guide.Riveted is steampunk done right Oh, the whimsical steampunk technology Giant, four legged, sealskin covered, steam powered walkers called trolls scare away the curious from the town of Hannasavik There is a scene where one of these trolls was a rocking, a sight I would have loved to have seen Clockwork sled dogs, robots, airships, even a huge mechanical boat eating whale a homage to Jules Verne perhaps This book is full of awesome Take, for example, the main character David, a broken and damaged man Add in some nanoagents, some clockwork and brass, mechanical legs, a hand that is better and stronger than the original flesh and bone, add an enhanced eye and there you have it Steampunk Man Riveted is set in the sparsely populated Iceland, a land that had been mostly abandoned due to volcanic activity Snow, ice, rocks, active volcanoes, Iceland is not suitable for habitation except for the hardiest settlers It s the perfect place for our heroine s family to hide out The secret town of Hannasvik is a town of women who wish to live an alternate lifestyle without men I love the romantic couple in this book Annika Fridasdotter is an unconventional female lead Seeing herself as a timid rabbit, Annika is anything but that Annika is independent, fierce, spirited, and smart Annika hails from Hannasavik and is an engineer on the airship Phateon She is on a mission to find her sister Kalla and bring her back home David Kentewess is a volcanologist who wants to survey all of Iceland in order to find his mother s people David s mother died in the accident that caused him the loss of his eye, hand, and legs The attraction begins slowly, a yearning and desire that builds up so much so that I was yelling at the book Kiss her already Annika is very set in her ways she wants to be in love before she ll have a physical relationship David is intrigued by Annika, even when she tells him that she won t sleep with him He cares deeply for her and his alpha side shows when she is in danger The book had a little bit of a slow start for me It is quite different from The Iron Duke and Heart of Steel Once I got into the story, I could not put the book down If you are hesitant about starting a steampunk novel or haven t really read many books in this genre, this is a good book to start.I m excited to hear that there are books planned for The Iron Seas series I can t wait to read of this series Thank you to Edelweiss and Penguin for a review copy of this book.Review posted on Badass Book Reviews. I just want to note that, according to the text, both of the protagonists are much less pale than they are portrayed on the cover, and instead of looking Default Steampunk Bosoms, Annika is notorious for loving to wear bright colours that don t match, and whatever the frick shape of clothes she can sew, nevermind if an Elizabethan collar doesn t go with her harem pants David is also badly disfigured on one side of his face and uses assistive prosthetics for his disability, not sassy monocle wearing.This book is fun because Annika has no sense of heteronormativity because she was raised by wolves lesbians, and has to keep her secret lesbian village secret, but is kind of bad at it David just wants to know his dead mom s secret she was raised by lesbians too , and investigate volcanoes.Kudos for fairly good depictions of arctic exploration, and I think Brook was traumatised by accounts of what happen to dogs in historical exploration, because she has written robo dogs to protect any actual sled dogs from being hurt.Then there s the machinations of the villain who is kind of Evil Jules Verne.