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 o ...more
The best steampunk romance I’ve read and the best in this series....
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.
For four years Annika Fridasdottor has been searching for her sister who left their homeland when it was believed she'd put her village in danger. Now an engineer on the airship Phateon, Annika continues the hunt at every port-of-call. David Kentewess is a vulcanologist en route with his smal ...more
I don't want to spoil anythi ...more
4.5 or 5 stars…Not what I was expecting. It was so much more!
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.
As I said, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. I thought there would be megalodons ...more
And 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 ...more
In an objective sense this is pro ...more
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 ...more
The world-building in this series is so vivid and descriptive, without being flowery, and all I could think of was This is what Steampunk should be. The world-building alone makes this a 5 star book, but when you factor in the characters and the originality, it makes me wish I could rate this book higher.
There are so many threads to the plot at work and they’re very subtle at first. Each strand leads you a different direction at first, but ultimately th ...more
My original review:
Riveted was probably the sweetest of Brook's Iron Seas romances so far. I loved both Vulcanologist David, who has always looked for joy in life despite some major adversity, and airship engineer Annika, who sees herself as the rabbit her family and friends have called her - but who, when push comes to shove, is brave enough to do what must be done. There is an innocence to Annika, ...more
I have more patience with audiobooks and that’s the only reason I kept with it and finished. I felt like the author made a detailed outline and then colored-it-in-between-the-lines, trying to make it interesting. I felt no chemistry about the characters. I wasn’t interested in them. The flow wasn’t good. I didn’t see enough motivations. I’m still vague about why the bad guy did some of the things he did and what happened to him at the end. Some of the conflicts f ...more
Riveted is the third book in Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series, and easily my favorite of the series, and most definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. I suspect it is going to be everyone's favorite in the series... no joke! While it is based in the same Iron Seas world, it is a completely new setting, Iceland, with new folklore and mythology. New characters, too! And oh how they simply shine. Annika and David both are so unique and strong in their own ways, ...more
I read this lovely book for the first time waaay back in 2012.
The thing is, I never did come around to writing a review for it, and since this is my fourth re-reading (yes, I know...) and I always end up loving it just a little bit more with each one, it was about time I stopped being lazy and just wrote a review.
The problem is... what do I have to say about a good book?
And that's the only kind of book Meljean Brook writes...
I love the characters, but I always love Brook' ...more
I want my own troll. I will call him George. I'd like my own David also.
I wish I could say the same for Riveted, but I found this book quite problematic for a number of reasons. NOTE: Spoilers to follow.
Here's the thing: I think Brook bit off more than she could chew in terms of theme. I mean, we have disability politics, gay rights, Othering, and sociopathy, jus ...more
Another winner from Meljean Brook. If you haven't read any of her Iron Seas book, this is a great place to jump in, since it works as a complete standalone. Of course, it shares the world of the books before it, but Brook lays it out simply and effectively enough that you won't feel lost at all.
Our heroine, Annika, grew up in a secret Iceland village that consisted entirely of women. She never would have left if her sister Kalla had not taken an exile meant for her. She's been searching ...more
Expected Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Trade
Author’s Website: http://meljeanbrook.com/
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Iron Seas Series
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Warm
Romanceaholic’s Pet Peeves: Preachy
Romanceaholic’s Favorite Tropes: Physically Imperfect or Scarred, Starvation
With one of the most creative st ...more
Riveted is book three in the series, but it is a standalone adventure and could be enjoyed separately. I wouldn't recommend it, though, because the overall world of this series is understood by this point ...more
“What I told you is true - I want to love someone first. I want to feel as if my gust are riveted together, to feel as if I would do anything just for a kiss, or a touch.”
For four years Annika has worked on the airship Phatéon, flying from port to port looking for her sister Källa. Annika is from an island is Iceland, one that has to be kept secret, and five years ago, she almost endangered them all by accident. And Källa took the blame, and was exiled. All she wants to do is bring her sist...more
I enjoyed the juxtaposition between sociological views in our world and the corresponding views in the Riveted world, and especially appreciated the "love is love" message that was very clear yet not too preachy.
The steam and m ...more
Hero - not an asshat! Heroine - not stupid! How amazing that that's remarkable. The worldbuilding is laugh-out-loud charming, the plot happens at the proper pace, there's a dastardly villain and just enough complexity to keep it from getting dull - all in all, pretty much perfect for what it sets out to be.
...that said. Yes, it's got that kind of prim political correctness about -isms that leads to easy answers that I don't th ...more
RIVETED begins a little slowly, warming up to the world and introducing these new characters and forging a bond between them. It isn't until half the book has passed that readers are completely sucked into the world that Brook has created. Such a ...more
Alison Larkin did a great job narrating this book. I was impressed how she could get around all of the different accents. The story itself was good. Not as a criticism, but I didn't realize that there were so many sex scenes in these books (or is it just this one). Well written, but I was a little surprised. The story itself was good. The bad guy was absolutely awful, almost too much. But enjoyed the book even with that criticism. Looking forward to listening/reading the entire series. ...more
I really enjoyed this installment in the Iron Seas series. It had a different setting and feel to it. It is definitely one of my favorites. I enjoyed the way it blended social issues into the story. The action was great ( I actually caught myself sitting on the edge of my chair bent over my kindle, caught up in the excitement of what was happening in the story - lol), the main characters are engaging and the romance very sweet. This is currently my favorite steampunk series.
While I can't deny I love the men in Brooks' novels, I absolutely adore her heroines. Annika was no exception. She's strong and resilient, but has a soft core that makes her easy to relate to.
I kind of just want to review the book like this:
does that work?
I also write a paranormal romance series, the Guardians. That series guide is also on my website, including a "The Story So Far" feature, which allows you to catch up on all of the books that previously released in the series if you start after the first installm ...more