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Beast Heart

(The Steambound Trilogy #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Book 1 of the Steambound Trilogy. When Gabby’s hand turns to steam, her mom hires an engineer to build a clockwork glove. It’s the last thing Gabby wants—if 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 … mor ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Meerkat Press, LLC
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Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

When the author of this book contacted me to ask me if I wanted a free copy of his young adult steampunk novel I was like "ah.. yes please!". Everybody who knows me knows I adore steampunk and everything steampunk-related. Unfortunately, I am aware that this genre is a very small niche and it's not often that a new book/movie from this genre comes out. But when it does, heck I get in line for all the clockw
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
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
* I was sent this for free from the author in exchange for an honest review *

This book was super fun and easy to get into. The story is fast paced and covers things like magical misty-clockwork appendages, beast-form people, vicious cats, traumatic events, and revenge.

I liked that it had a lot of different bits, but was condensed to two main PoVs who tell the tale, Gabby and Kemple.
Gabby is a girl who never fits in because of her hand, and she is forced to grow up from a very young ages due to
Zoe L.
Apr 01, 2020 added it
You know, I can’t for the life of me remember the last steampunk book I read! Maybe it was never! Which is actually really a shock to me because I think the genre is so cool! WAIT! Does The Infernal Devices count? Anyways, this book was such a refreshing take on the paranormal genre and I was so enthralled with the story!

I love how the two parallel stories blended and morphed into one. I am kind of a snob when it comes to dual perspectives (*insert me turning my nose up*), so it really takes ama
bookish tanna
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
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. ...more
A Reader in Time
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
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
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it

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 ha
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 she’s 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 it’s be ...more
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.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It may be a little different from what I would typically love because it was kind of slow in the beginning, but what I loved about it is that all the events in the beginning would all make sense and would be connected in the latter part of the book. There is not a single part of Richardson’s narrative that went to waste. This book was divided into two parts and that division also has a significance because in the second part was where there was a huge character development with the two main char ...more
Ina Trimble
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Think I have found a new favorite author.
Laura Kehoe
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review coming April 8th!
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arcs, recommended
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 Brie ...more
Michelle Lang
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 o
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
I go by 'Jo' now
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
My review of this as seen on my blog - Descendant of Poseidon Reads

Beast Heart shows dual perspectives between Gabby and Kemple as they face their own struggles and challenges throughout the story. I think it is just the right move as I like how both of them flourish and improve. Knowing at their young age, life has already shown them the gloom and bad side of living, and later chooses their own path of dealing with it. They both suffer in a different way that is in Kemple part was way more
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
Crystal Zavala
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: meerkat-press
Beast Heart is a combo of sci-fi steampunk and horror. The alternating narrative starts with 9 year old Gabrielle who just wants to be "normal". She has strange goggles and steam for a hand. When her mom is killed by a vicious beast, Gabby declares revenge.
Kemple and Josephyn are foster kids who decide to run away from their abusive foster dad. When they arrive in the city, they have to fend for themselves and look after each other. Kemple decides to face one of his fears and ends up getting scr
Tonja Drecker
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monsters mix with steampunk, tragedy, and hope in this adventurous read, which pulls at the heart-strings and leaves the reader at the edge of their seat until the very last page.

Gabby is special, a term she hates, and a fact she truly doesn't understand. Even at nine-years-old, she realizes that her hand turning to steam isn't something anyone knows what to think of. When her mother, the only person she has, is murdered by a vicious beast in front of her, a detective helps her swear vengence an
Jessica Belmont
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Kyle Richardson‘s writing and I was so excited to read Beast Heart! This is such a unique story. This is such an original concept and I absolutely loved it.

This is not a story I want to summarize for you. It’s one I want to you to go pick up and read. You’re missing out if you haven’t read Kyle Richardson’s work, and I’m telling you, you really want to read Beast Heart.

The writing, the pacing, the originality, the characters…really, everything about this book is what I was hoping
Stéphanie Louis
This review has also been published on my blog: https://phanniethegingerbookworm.word...
DISCLAIMER: A review copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own!

This book has a great premise and it’s definitely promising. I don’t know if I wanted too much out of this book or if in the end, it might not have been my thing but I missed something in this book. Something that would have given it a 4 or 5 – star rating. Now please don’t ask me what it is becaus
Megan McMillen
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I probably would have given it a 4 if it were a graphic novel, but as just a novel alone it falls flat. There was some nostalgia involved because it DID bring to mind the comic books and graphic novels which led me to fall in love with reading in the first place, but I feel like maybe the author should have fleshed things out a little bit. It's a fairly short story, and would have been much better if we had known the characters better. It started out really juvenile at the beginning, and I almos ...more
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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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