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Beast Heart

(The Steambound Trilogy #1)

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Book 1 of the Steambound Trilogy. When Gabbys hand turns to steam, her mom hires an engineer to build a clockwork glove. Its the last thing Gabby wantsif only she could be normal. But when her mom is attacked by something monstrous, normal is no longer an option. Now the only person she can turn to is a grizzled detective, who promises to help her become something more. 

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Paperback, 280 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Meerkat Press, LLC
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    Jill Elizabeth
    Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This was a very cool and original tale that grabbed me and held on for dear life throughout the course of the story - even when I wasn't entirely sure why I was reading what I was reading...

    The first 2/3 of the book is parallel stories about two individuals - a girl who loses her mother to a horrific attack and an orphaned boy whose home life sends him fleeing to the streets. They both endure more than 20 people should have to endure - as children, mind you - but find their way over, under, and
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    Clare Rhoden
    Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This clever, entertaining combination of steampunk and alchemy has a Dickensian atmosphere. The world building is wonderfully dark. Don't look for a HEA ending, but prepare to be amazed, intrigued, and moved.
    Lilly
    Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
    [RESEÑA EN ESPAÑOL ABAJO]

    Although this novel has not been exactly what I expected after reading the synopsis, I must say that I enjoyed reading it, especially the second half which is totally absorbing.

    The story starts off pretty nicely and introduces us to a quite peculiar girl, the female protagonist. Gabby wears goggles and it turns out that now her hand is made of steam, so she will also need a metal glove to be able to touch things. She hates it. She hates not being a normal girl and she
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    Linda Hepworth
    Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The first half of this memorable story follows nine-year-old Gabby, and Kemple aged ten, as they attempt to deal with numerous challenges they are facing in their young lives. Gabby sees herself as something of a freak, not only because of her clockwork hand, but also because shes skinny, has stupid freckles on her nose and cheeks, blurry green eyes and has to wear chunky telescopic goggles. No matter how many times her mother tries to convince her that normal is so overrated and that its better ...more
    Lea
    Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    Beast Heart starts with introducing nine-year-old Gabrielle, or Gabby, who is visiting the doctor again for her hand... issue. The mystery of what's happening with her hand is instantly intriguing, then finding out what's actually going on absolutely hooked me! Then the story moves on, introducing Kemple, a boy living with an abusive foster parent and a young girl named Josephyn. The parallels of both stories continue for half of the novel then it moves onto part two where Gabby now goes by ...more
    A Reader in Time
    Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
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    Thank you so much to Meerkat Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book .

    Now, before I get into writing my review for this book, I want to make it clear that I think I was the wrong audience for this book and that this book would be better suited towards someone who likes middlegrade rather than YA. The characters read younger than a usual YA book so I did not feel as connected to them as I would like. Plus, I personally just do not like the middlegrade genre so that aspect just did not work
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    Chantelle Hazelden
    Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    *Full review to come on the blog*

    First book in a trilogy, I'm just sad that I have to wait for book number two.

    At 240 pages long it isn't a novella but in my opinion not quite a novel.

    With its steampunk theme, I'd say it comes under the dystopian genre and honestly is utterly fascinating.

    Broken down into parts and following two protagonists, this is a story with depth and grit.

    Impressed would be an understatement.
    Michelle Meng
    Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This story starts off with a check in at the doctor's office. Gabby and her mom are sitting in the lobby, waiting for the doctor to call them in. Gabby, whose right hand, (the doctors say) is a "special case", is impatient.

    I'm sorry to cut this off, but, can I just say, I LOVED THIS LITTLE MOMENT. Every kid hates going to the doctor's office, am I right? Well, I sure did! I remember when I was a kid, I was scared, nervous, and mad. Let's be honest, we all know the wait makes it worse. And I felt
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    Michelle Lang
    Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    This was such a great read. I'm not sure my review can do it justice. I'm not even sure where to start, so maybe I'll go with the beginning and see if I can put into words how much I enjoyed it.

    I loved how the story starts with the characters at a young age. It kind of reminded me of something I read from Nora Roberts awhile back. It had that same kind of tug and pull to read faster and faster so I could spend more time with the characters and find out more about their lives. It had those kind
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    Cheryl
    Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
    I must sadly admit that this book did not turn out to be a winner for me. This does make me very sad as I am a fan of steam punk. It has been a little while since I have read a steam punk book and therefore, was excited to jump into this book.

    While, this book did have some of the vibes of steam punk, I would say it was more "fantasy". Also, it did feel like it was geared for the younger audience. Which is fine as that is what this book's target reading audience is. Yet, there are so many young
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    Shomeret
    I received a review request from Meerkat Press recently for the YA steampunk novel, Beast Heart by Kyle Richardson. Since I enjoy steampunk, I downloaded a digital ARC from Edelweiss. I hoped that it would suit my escapist mood.

    While reading Beast Heart, I was reminded of a Jekyll and Hyde YA steampunk dystopia called The Heartless City by Andrea Berthot . There was a character parallel. Gabby, the girl who was hunting monsters, evolved from victimhood into someone that seemed very like Iris in
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    Mar 24, 2020 added it
    Third person POV Present Tense. I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters.
    Laura Kehoe
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    Review coming April 8th!
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    Kyle lives in the suburban wilds of Canada with his adorable wife, their rambunctious son, and their adventurous daughter. He writes about shapeshifters, superheroes, and the occasional clockwork beast, moonlights as an editor at Meerkat Press, and has a terrible habit of saying the wrong thing at the most inopportune moments.

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