Release Date: April 18, 2015
Recommended By: Lexxie (Un)Conventional Bookviews
What if love turned you into a monster?
Forget petticoats and demure female behavior. Melusine Doré prefers armored corsets and knives and slays evil creatures for a living. The grim and gruesome don’t frighten her; she’ll take on a cyclops or a dragon and not even break a sweat. But when her rival, the charismatic Levi Cannon, comes to town, all her buried fears begin to surface. Melusine realizes she is in danger of something much more horrifying than facing blood-thirsty beasts – she’s in danger of falling in love. Because love alone has the power to reveal a secret terrible enough to completely shatter her world.
Set in the muddy streets of 1850s steampunk Chicago, Immersed by Katie Hayoz is a dark yet romantic fantastical romp. It is a stand-alone novella, but the first in a series of adventures that follow Melusine on her quest to rid the world of monsters…and her struggle to come to terms with every monstrous facet of herself.
Immersed is also part of the Falling in Deep Collection: From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you've never seen before.
I generally don't like fantasy that features water creatures and/or adventures. For some reason, I just can't connect with Poseidon's realm and lot. I find mermaids, sirens, and their kin fascinating, yes, but them unrelatable. I mean, why would I give up being a princess, my beautiful voice, and uniqueness for a pair of legs all for a human prince that treats me like a special needs charity case?!
Now if not for Lexie of Unconventional Book Views, I would've passed up on Katie Hayoz's novella. First off, the cover, though really pretty, isn't your usual Steampunk. Next, IMMERSED is part of an anthology that features water creatures and monsters. Not really my cup of tea. Thankfully, I was in the right state of mind to try this one out, and I'm glad I did because I. Totally. Loved. IMMERSED!
I love monster hunters and the subsequent hunting. Throw in a pair of rivals and tight romantic tension, and you got yourself a good pot of sexy feats topped with blood and gore. I know it sounds disgusting, but for me it's heaven! Melusine Dore and Levi Cannon are golden together. Their love-hate-love relationship was a delight to follow, and though they are rivals, they do work splendidly together! I love the backstory between these two, it enriched not only the story, but their characters as well. And it surely made their romance all the more sweeter in the end.
As for the rest, KHayoz's 1850's Chicago is beautiful and very coastal here in IMMERSED. I'm very particular when it comes to the auxilliary parts of steampunk novels: the setting has to be more than the sum of its gadgets and automatons, the costume is not just limited to corsets and inventive accoutrements, and lastly, the dialogue and etiquette should echo the time period is in. KHayoz got these things right and she did it skillfully.
Lastly, IMMERSED is a novella and sometimes the length gets in the way of things. Obviously, this wasn't an issue in this case because IMMERSED was a perfect snapshot of this world KHayoz created for us, and where she's planning to take us as the series moves along. Suffice to say I will be reading more of the books when the next story is relased.
In related Steampunk news. Have you seen the trailer for this new design show on GSN called Steampunk'd? Did any of you watch the first episode? I wanted to but realized on the last minute that we don't have GSN. lol
Author, Tee Morris (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences) shares his two cents on the series premier here.