Blog Tour: The Heartbeat Thief [Review & Giveaway]

Posted September 22, 2015 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: The Heartbeat Thief [Review & Giveaway]The Heartbeat Thief by A.J. Krafton
Published by Ash Krafton on September 18th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Historical, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 329
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth—she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it.
In 1860 Surrey, a young woman has only one occupation: to marry. Senza Fyne is beautiful, intelligent, and lacks neither wealth nor connections. Finding a husband shouldn’t be difficult, not when she has her entire life before her. But it’s not life that preoccupies her thoughts. It’s death—and that shadowy spectre haunts her every step.
So does Mr. Knell. Heart-thumpingly attractive, obviously eligible—he’d be her perfect match if only he wasn’t so macabre. All his talk about death, all that teasing about knowing how to avoid it…
When her mother arranges a courtship with another man, Senza is desperate for escape from a dull prescripted destiny. Impulsively, she takes Knell up on his offer. He casts a spell that frees her from the cruelty of time and the threat of death—but at a steep price. In order to maintain eternal youth, she must feed on the heartbeats of others.
It’s a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allen Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order to stay young and beautiful forever. From the posh London season to the back alleys of Whitechapel, across the Channel, across the Pond, across the seas of Time…
How far will Senza Fyne go to avoid Death?

Title: The Heartbeat Thief
Author: A.J. Krafton
Series: Standalone?
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal, Gothic, Romance
Pages: 329
Published By:Author
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Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth—she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it.

In 1860 Surrey, a young woman has only one occupation: to marry. Senza Fyne is beautiful, intelligent, and lacks neither wealth nor connections. Finding a husband shouldn’t be difficult, not when she has her entire life before her.
But it’s not life that preoccupies her thoughts. It’s death—and that shadowy spectre haunts her every step.

So does Mr. Knell. Heart-thumpingly attractive, obviously eligible—he’d be her perfect match if only he wasn’t so macabre. All his talk about death, all that teasing about knowing how to avoid it…

When her mother arranges a courtship with another man, Senza is desperate for escape from a dull prescripted destiny. Impulsively, she takes Knell up on his offer. He casts a spell that frees her from the cruelty of time and the threat of death—but at a steep price. In order to maintain eternal youth, she must feed on the heartbeats of others.

It’s a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allen Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order to stay young and beautiful forever. From the posh London season to the back alleys of Whitechapel, across the Channel, across the Pond, across the seas of Time…

How far will Senza Fyne go to avoid Death?
(Goodreads)

This book surprised me. I was a bit weary when I first received the copy because it was New Adult and the only New Adult books I have read were contemporary romances. So, I wasn’t really sure on how The Heartbeat Thief was going to go. But I ended up really enjoying this one. And it could easily be read by Young Adults for sure. It didn’t have the same vibe as some of the other NA books that I have read.

This book is set in Victorian Times and reminds me of all the classic Gothics like Edgar Allan Poe, The Picture of Dorian Gray, etc. mixed with Jane Austen. Now, I love Jane Austen and I love EAP. So when someone mixes them together to create a fantastical, beautifully written story, I am definitely down to read it.

The characters are flawed and I like that because it makes them more relateable. I really enjoyed the premise of this story because it is sort of vampiric because instead of Senza stealing people’s blood, she steals their heartbeats. So, I thought that was very unique and interesting. I really liked Senza as a character. Some have said that she could come off as shallow and selfish and I can see how they think that, but I thought that she was very justified with everything.

If you’re in the mood for a great paranormal, I would recommend this book because it is so unique and beautiful. It has historical, Gothic, and paranormal elements within and I really enjoyed this one!

Let’s talk about it. Did you read The Heartbeat Thief? Or do you want to? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
three-half-stars
Stephanie
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