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August 22, 2015

Steampunk Sunday: Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Series: Falling In Deep Collection | Anthology
Format: Mobi
Release Date: April 18, 2015 
Publisher: Self
Source: Bought
Recommended By: Lexxie (Un)Conventional Bookviews
Genre: Steampunk

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.







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36 comments:

  1. I admit, I have a hard time with mermaid type reads as well even though I always buy them and hope for the best but this really does sound unique. Plus, I love the steampunish elements to it and okay, that cover is fabulous!

    Wonderful review!

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    1. Well then give this a try. Hayoz just might win you over like she did me :)

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  2. I'm so happy you loved Immersed, Braine! And I didn't mention it in my own review,b ut I usually don't enjoy water-creatures at all. It didn't feel like Immersed was really about water creatures though, even if those were around.
    Have a fantastic Sunday!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. True, but you know... Melusine and her stuff... even that turns me off. I don't get the whole reasoning behind wanting to leave the ocean and be human etc. in general.

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  3. Nice to get a surprise like this every now and again. I totally agree with your perception of mermaids and co. - can't really connect, not for the life of me. But this novella sounds good. Happy Sunday <3

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  4. Ah yes it's difficult to find good books featuring water creatures I agree... I didn't know about this one but wow now I'm intrigued!

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    1. Good! That's all I want, start with curiosity :)

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  5. Oooh, yeah. When I first saw that cover, the first thing that came to my mind was a paranormal book with mermaids and sirens - I never would have thought this book was a steampunk. O_O In any case, isn't it amazing when we give something we didn't think we'd like at all a try? That happened to me thrice this year - loving books I thought I'd hate with a passion. Plus, romance with blood and gare sounds like heaven to me, too! ;)

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Yup, it's great when we get daring and step outside our comfort zones and come back satisfied with your adventures.

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  6. Glad to hear you enjoyed it even though it didn't seem like your usual cup of tea :) I've added it to my wishlist now

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    1. I wish lending it is enabled, I'd totally lend it to you.

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  7. Okay, I've never read anything Steampunk at all, and since this has a really steamy romance in it, I'm going to read this book as a starter, because your review just made me want to read it, omg! Lovely review, Braine!

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

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    1. What?!

      Oh girl, you''re missing out on a lot! Let me know if you want more recommendations. You want romance? Try Bec McMaster's London Steampunk.

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  8. Ways to please you, blood and gore. Got it! I'd seriously read this one and It's not in my usual genre either.

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    1. It's a shorty so it's easy to get through since it'll be an out of comfort zone read for you.

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  9. Interesting choice. I haven't heard of this book before. It sounds like something that I would enjoy. Great review, SW.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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    1. I hope you grab it, Grace! It's a quickie too!

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  10. I wouldn't have guessed it was steampunk by it's cover! I'm not quick to pick up books about mermaids, sirens, etc either but this one sounds pretty good. I'm very curious now!

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    1. Right? At first glance I thought it's a thriller or something, definitely not fantasy and steampunk at that.

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  11. I'm not a fan of deep sea adventures as well, so this book will probably not make my radar anyway. It's great when you're able to enjoy a book so much that you can give it the highest marks. And considering it's a novella, it just doubles your appreciation even more.

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    1. Yes, what you said! LOL I can't wait for the next one!

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  12. I love romance, love beasts and adventure but I've never read a Steampunk romance before. Might have to give this a try since it seems to have everything else that I like.

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    1. You have to try Steampunk at some point. Hopefully you like it. There's a few series that are heavy on the romance or steam and light on the punk

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  13. I read Lexxie her review of this one as well. It sounds like a great book! I have read How to be a Mermaid that was part of this collection as well and I hope they will do a box set collection, so I can grab them all at once. I am not a fan of rivals in a romance, but it sounds like it works here. The settings sound very lovely! Great Review!

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    1. GIve it a go, she didn't drag the rivalry for long though as there's obviously something between them.

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  14. I don't mind the watery fae folk, but I usually have to work hard to find ones I like. This sounds fantastic. I'll have to check this one out.

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    1. Why do you think that is? I think I've come across more people who struggle with water creatures versus those that love them

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  15. I don't like mermaid books either, but this sounds quite good and oh well I really like steampunk novels even though I haven't read of it, so I might check this out :)
    Great review ^^

    @ "Book Addict"

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    1. Then you will love this! The "water-element" isn't very in your face, the other parts took the forefront and she really wrote a fab story that she won me over, mermaids included

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  16. *squee* I'm now so very excited to read Immersed, Braine! TWO gushing reviews = goody-goodness in my book. :) I'm glad you gave this a go even if you aren't a fan of merpeople. ;)

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    1. Yup! And it's a super quick read! Very satisfying read in every angle

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  17. Steampunk's usually not my thing, but water creatures make it sound interesting. Maybe I should check it out.

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  18. I love the idea of mermaid reads but I feel like they never meet my expectations. This sounds good though.

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