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August 20, 2015

#Review of The Heartbeat Thief by A.J. Krafton

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?
 About the Author
THE HEARTBEAT THIEF marks the debut for AJ Krafton, new adult speculative fiction author.

And don't forget to say hello to her alter ego, Ash Krafton, who is a writer of all things spec fic. She believes spectacular endings make the best beginnings... Why not? One billion black holes can't be wrong. 

The second bravest thing she's ever done was volunteering to go first when her Girl Scout troop visited a High Ropes challenge course somewhere back in the eighties. (Thankfully, few photos exist.) The third bravest thing was wearing her purple Colin Stuart boots with the extreme stiletto heel to her kids' school open house one year. (Three floors, all steps, no brakes.) The top of the Brave Things list, however, remains to be written.

Contact Ash through her website: ashkrafton.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/ashkraftonauthor
Twitter: twitter.com/ashkrafton



This book is rich with the gothic which was wonderful!  I love that this was based on the story from Poe's The Masque of the Red Death.  I have to say that this one up against the Dance of the Red Death which was teen. This one over powers that one with 4 stars!  

The story/plot was amazing.  It was disjoined at times but it was ok with the over all.  The characters were very interesting.  I loved the world building and descriptions. 

Overall this was a very entertaining book for fans of all things gothic. 



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