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Armored Hearts (Armored Hearts #1)

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When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother's side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairy tales. Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park, left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of hi ...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published May 20th 2013 by AltWit Press (first published April 16th 2013)
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Emerald Barnes
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
This book follows a young man, Gareth Smyth. He’s a cripple, confined to a wheel chair, and he’s got himself a surly attitude about it as well.
He won’t let anyone close to him, only his young aunt, Tabitha. But, there is one girl who tries to push her way into his life – Jessamine.
The story involves Gareth on a discovery of who is and who he eventually wants to be. With the help of Jessamine and his servants, he finally discovers who he is, whether he likes it or not.
Okay, let say that this n
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Ian
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Ian by: Meghan
Confined to his wheel chair and living in a world where cripples are despised, Gareth is bitter and resentful. Then he saves a girl falling from a tree and discovers he can fly, but he needs to keep his secrets and confides only in his sister Tabitha. As he grows he uses his gift to help the townsfolk, becoming something like a 19th century super hero, all the while his own family's financial situation worsens.

Then an American heiress crashes into his world in search of a title, and in order to
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Tracey
Why do I keep doing this to myself? After some of the dreck I've read for Netgalley and LibraryThing giveaways and because I got it free on Ammie, why do I still do it?

I'm a masochist, and/or optimistic because of the very few real successes I've come across, I guess, and a sucker for a premise that sounds promising. (Also the chalice with the palace or the flagon with the dragon.) So I keep going back to the LibraryThing giveaways, and keep putting my name in.

I feel like I've said this about a
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Alexia Purdy
Reviewed on my blog on 7/24/2013 http://alexiaepurdy.blogspot.com

I haven’t read a lot of steam punk novels, fair warning. The last being Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series, which can fit right along the time period of this one. I absolutely loved Armored Hearts. It has steam punk and fantasy elements seamlessly fused to form unique historical storytelling at its best.

Tristan Gareth Smyth is a cripple, stuck in a wheelchair and unable to walk. He’s a grumpy guy, but he likes being alone an
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Lynn Worton
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have previously read books by Melissa Turner Lee, but I haven't read anything by Pauline Creeden before, so I was curious to find out what these two authors could come up with. This is a fantastic story! I loved it!

Tristan Gareth Smyth is a fascinating character. Unable to walk, he uses a wheelchair to get around. I liked this character very much. He did have a tendency to mope, but he also has a pragmatic outlook on life. He pushes people away by being surly and difficult; I think he does thi
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~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
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My Review
4 Roses

This story is simple and entertaining, being very well described by the synopsis. Showing the frustration of a young man bound to a wheelchair, crippled physically, but feisty and energetic in spirit. Spanning many years of his life, the secrets and mysteries that are revealed as time goes on make his life much more complicated than he ever expected. With adventure, suspense, mystery and sweet romance, this book provides the p
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Elizabeth Towns
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can’t wait for the next book in this series! I’ve never read anything like this, and I can’t wait to read more.

Initially, getting into Armored Hearts was different for me. I wasn’t expecting what I got. Gareth, the main character, is a Lord in this Victorian era setting, limited to a wheelchair and not feeling real blessed about it and letting it show in his attitude in every way. Gareth doesn’t want to bother with anyone, except his Aunt Tabitha. As the reader, you are well aware of his unhap
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
No rating because I didn't finish this one. ::Sigh:: I guess this really cements that steampunk is not for me. It was actually a bit more sci-fi than steampunk, but I didn't didn't connect to the plot. There was also some Christian elements, which makes this book REALLY not for me. Oh well.
Booknut
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
'She moved closer, extended her hand, and ran her fingers through his hair. A shiver shot down his spine. It took all his effort to keep the reaction from showing. He remained still as stone.

"Don't think I don't see who is really beneath the armour...You put up this steel cage around yourself in the form of hostility and disinterest - whichever works to shield you best at the moment, but that's not who you are."'


'He was the rejected, crippled heir. The forgotten and abandoned son of his other. T
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Dianne
From the captivating cover to the final word, Armored Hearts is one of those reads that is a joy to discover! Not too dark, not too deep, but full of surprises, fantasy and love! In nineteenth century England, a young lord, confined to a wheelchair discovers a magical ability that is the tip of the iceberg to long kept secrets about his true identity. After being shunned for his disability his entire life, Gareth is resigned to a solitary existence until a young American girl comes along determi ...more
Marie
Apr 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
This galley copy is courtesy of All Night Reads via NetGalley

Gareth, a young man confined to a wheelchair, discovers a unique ability that allows him the freedom he longs for. By day, he is Lord Smyth, the future Earl of Pensees, fighting an attraction to Jessamine Keller, an American heiress who seems to only want him for his title. But by night, he is a vigilante hidden in an old suit of armor, warding off thieves and brigands in his small village. Little does he know that the power he had kep
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Anny hernandez
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I receive a copy of this book for an honest review
This is the first steampunk that I read and I like it, I am gone keep this short and simple.
I like the characters and I was really impressed with the development of this wonderful fantasy story turn out to be.
Lord Tristan Gareth Smyth has a problem he can’t walk he moves around in a wheelchair, one day on his way to his tutors house, he sees a young girl the girl ask him to please keep a watchful eye, he was confused when he see the young girl
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Meghan
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of steampunk and fantasy, so when it says that the story is both, I can't possibly say no. And I'm glad that I didn't.

This book is great from the beginning to end, well from the moment at the tree till the end (it's a little slow starting out, but I've been told that a little slow most always leads up to awesome ends). It was so good, I had a hard time putting it down, you know, so I could sleep and stuff (:p), so good that I can't wait for book number two so that I can find out
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Rebecca McNutt
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A steampunk fantasy novel with everything from romance to magic, Armored Hearts is an exciting and creative story that presents a very extraordinary scenario and main characters.
MC
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a friend first recommended to me that I read Armored Hearts, I was intrigued. A steampunk Christian fantasy with a touch of romance? Really? Could the writers make it work? Well, suffice it to say, authors Pauline Creeden and Melissa Lee Turner did make it work. Brilliantly.

To give some information about the plot, there will be some major spoilers here, though I will try to keep them at a minimum, so read at your own risk.

The story begins with a young boy in the late 19th century English co
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Aaron DeMott
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all, sci-fi, fantasy
I've been excited about this one since reading an excerpt a month or so ago.

Disclosure: I have a signed contract with Alt-Wit Press, the publisher of this book. Despite that, I will try to give my honest opinion of this work, which I have no financial interest in.

Gareth is a crippled boy in early 1900's England who's confined to a wheelchair... until he sees a girl fall from a tree, and suddenly he's flying. Skip forward a few years.. he's keeping the flying secret from everyone except his aunt
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Madiha
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, reviewed
Originally posted on The Smell of Parchment.

Also head over to the blog to check out the tour-wide giveaway for your chance to win a Five Digital Copies of ARMORED HEARTS (Int) & One Autographed Copy with SWAG (US only)!


I certainly was pretty excited with the prospect of reading this book and was expecting an ordinary story set in Victorian England with a little steampunk involved. What I got was a fantastic adventure with fanatical elements and the fae. That's right, the FAE!

It should obvio
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Jessica
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
I did not know in the beginning that this would be a series. I am so glad to know that now! After the rather abrupt ending I was quite disappointed- until I saw there would be more! Yay! I thought this was a promising first start to the series. We get a bit of everything in this book: mystery, fantasy, steampunk, budding romance... just to name a few.

I will be honest, I am curious to see where the steampunk aspect is going to go in the next book. As of right now, I feel the fantasy (fae) storyli
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Danielle
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I haven't run across a lot of steampunk that melds science with fantasy. Generally the focus is more one than the other, with the technology taking center stage beyond even the plot at times. This book is not such a one.

I was very impressed with the development of this story and the way the groundwork for key elements of the plot was set out neatly and unobtrusively, then left in the background until the appropriate time.

A distinctly character-driven story, Armored Hearts drew me in quickly and
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Amber
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Armored Hearts by Melissa Turner Lee & Pauline Creeden is a brilliantly measured and perfectly blended mix of romance, sci-fi, and fantasy. I was swept away into a world across the ocean and dazzled by the amazing story that played out before my eyes. My hunger for an original storyline, imaginative twists and turns, and an edge-of-your-seat page turner was far exceeded in this beautiful masterpiece.

The characters that I discovered within the pages of Armored Hearts are fun and thought-provo
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Tara Chevrestt
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I like the basic premise: crippled man becomes superhero "The Flying Knight" in a historical period. The hero is very bitter on the outside, but on the inside he deeply cares for people. He grows on you. Even when he insults the heroine, he had me chuckling. The heroine...is sort of a villain in a way. I mean, she bribes this guy to marry her. Pretty nervy. She irritated me at first, but then she started making me smile too, namely when she says, "Consider this bed my web and you my fly. Prepare ...more
Serenity
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it

My Review: So I get a request to read this book and I was excited. I kept seeing this on goodreads, and wanted to read it. It has what I like mixed with a new story line. I like having a new story line thrown into my favorite genres.


Any who, you have Tristan who is a young lord that spends his life in a wheelchair. Because he is in a wheelchair, he becomes unhappy and very grumpy. Being that way, makes it hard to approach people. There is this one person who can bring out the best in him. That'
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Ryan Snyder
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: hmaybe
3.5/5- So creative! :D

Armored Hearts follows the life of Gareth, who is confined to a wheelchair. He does not know a lot about his past and is a complete grouch. One day, he saves a girl when she falls from a tree and discovers he can fly. I am going to stop right there. I mean... the guy can fly. You would think that would mean he would be a little less of a grump, but no. O.O His attitude is less than savory for a great part of the novel and is basically the only thing that turned me off abou
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Jen
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Armored Hearts by Melissa Turner Lee & Pauline Creeden is the first in a series of Fantasy Steampunk books. The story begins in 1894 with Tristan Gareth Smyth, the grandson of the Earl of Pensees. Tristan, or Gareth as he liked to be called, was bound to a wheelchair and longed to be just like other children, although he tried not to show it outwardly. He soon learns by accident that he has the ability to fly and so the adventure begins. The only other person who learns about his secret is h ...more
Nina
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read much in the steampunk genre, but I can say that Armored Hearts has captured my interest in it.

Tristan Gareth Smyth's mother's family is full of secrets, many of them unknown to him because of her passing years ago. After her death, he began living with his grandfather from his father's side of the family. Sadly for him, his grandfather doesn't know much about his mother's family.

Tristan(or Gareth as the book always calls him) has lived his whole life(basically) in a chair. He's ne
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Erin Maurer
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Though I love a lot of books, it is not often that a book takes me by surprise. Armored Hearts is one of those oh, so rare books. You see, I have always been attracted to the idea of the steampunk movement. I love the look, the concept, but most of the steampunk books (yes, even the romances) I have tried to delve into have just not held my interest. Turner Lee and Creeden changed all of that with Armored Hearts.

From the moment I met Gareth, Tabitha and Jessamine, I was completely swept up. A c
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George McVey
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading the book Armored Hearts by Pauline Creeden and Melissa Turner Lee.
This book is about Tristan Gareth Smyth a crippled Lord condemned to life in a wheelchair. One day in a desperate attempt to save a young friends life he makes the startling discovery that he can fly. The joy and freedom that discovery brings him and his need to keep it secret lead to great conflict in this tale. As he grows older it becomes plain that his grandfather and guardian is going to force him into
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K.C. Finn
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was very well written and provided a fast, enjoyable read in a fascinating new world. As a fan of both steampunk and traditional fantasy I found it intriguing to see this combination of the two, particularly using the Scottish connections to the Fae folk mythology.
The characters hugely reminded me of the ensemble in Kady Cross's Steampunk Chronicles (another series that I love) - Gareth is another rendition of the Griffin King moody hero type, though he is made much more interesting b
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Gayle Pace
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
REVIEW
Tristen Gareth Smyth appears to be such a moron most of the time. Sure he doesn't want any pity for being crippled. He is so bitter and he does so to keep people away from him. The real reason is he carries a secret that only his aunt is to know. What is that secret he carries?

He keeps up that wall, never letting anyone in, that is, until Jessamine enters his life. He has to figure out how to keep Jessamine at arms length and not let Jessamine find out the secret. Will his life take a tu
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Marcy
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'Armored Hearts' is the perfect book for me. I love fairies and steampunk. Pauline and Melissa merged these two concepts so awesomely that I just fell in love. Besides that, it has some mystery and action, and everything is set in a historical era, which was described very accurate for the time.

I think the characters are well developed and the storyline was seamless. The book ends giving room for a sequel, but does not leave anything unresolved or plot holes.

The only thing I didn't like is the f
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“You put up this steel armor around yourself in the form of hostility and disinterest—whichever works to shield you best at the moment, but that’s not who you are.” 5 likes
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