This book deals with how Christians deal with their lives when they go through ‘dark times’ and how just because we are Christians we are not exempt of those times, when Christ himself suffered even more than we ever will.
Nathaniel is the main character of this story and he’s a vampire who was a Christian before he was changed. In his new nature he still tries to act like a Christian, controlling his anger. However, he has a hard time dealing with what he has become and his faith is shaken because of it, leading him to believe
God has abandoned him.
Lilly, on the other hand, is the one with all the secrets and the light in this story. She’s basically Nathaniel’s counterpart and everything he’s missing.
I’ve wondered before about Christianity + Vampires and I never thought this mix could be possible. Well, I think Melissa has done it well enough that it is believable.
I didn’t like Lilly’s character enough to empathize with her, but I could relate to some of the things she was going through. However, I LOVED Nathaniel and wanted to get in the book a few times to let him know he was not a monster.
The story is well told and by the end of the book, there are no lose ends. I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because there were some things that were repetitive and because it seemed like it was lacking a sense of urgency or of the couple being scared — it needed more action and I think at the end everything was resolved too fast, Lilly accepted everything ‘no-questions-asked’ and I wish the fight with Augustus lasted longer. Seemed a bit too rushed — I don’t think a few extra pages would’ve hurt the story.
All-in-all is a good story and I can’t wait for the other installments to come! I am glad I was chosen to redo the cover for this story!
'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 fact that the story felt a little bit rushed because the book is short! I think they could've stretched it more without losing the audience. Also, if any of the characters had died at any point, I wouldn't have been too torn by it because I wanted to love them more than I did. Yes, we can tell that Gareth has an emotional wall; we can see that Jessamine is independent and determined, Tabitha is sweet yet very intelligent and focused, but I wanted more depth. The villains are dealt with too easily (it reminded me of 'The Difference Between Night and Day'). I need more sense of urgency to be stretched out longer. I hope the authors are not scared of adding an extra 100 pages, lol.
I loved the "Bonnet Club" and I hope they get deeper into it in another book *hint, hint*
All in all, it's a great story full of romance, action, fantasy and sci-fi. What else can you ask for?