KEEP CALM AND STEAMPUNK ON
The whole of Victorian London knows there is something not quite right about the Lady Verity Hart. She may be the daughter of an MP and the sister of famed inventor Lord David Hart, but she is a spinster whose own father threatens to send her to the madhouse every fortnight. Because Society is correct-Verity Hart is no lady. If they suspected how quick with a quip she is, let alone the majority of her brother’s ingenious machines were her design, the sale of fainting couches would double.
Verity requires one herself when her beloved brother is kidnapped by vampyres in the dead of night. With the aid of an aggravating, rude American bounty hunter with a secret of his own, Verity takes to land, sea, and even air to rescue the only person who could ever love and truly accept her. Or is he?
About the Author:
Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virginia home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time, she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills.
She is the author of the Amazon best-selling F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad, Midnight Magic Mystery series and The Galilee Falls Trilogy. For the soundtrack to her books and other goodies visit her at
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I do love a good bit of steampunk! Especially when there’s vampires involved. This book gives fantastically well thought out story which harkens back the old style adventure novels.
Verity as a character was strong headed and ingenious, a great mix – and one hard to find in novels nowadays.
From a writer’s perspective, the action took a while to really get going. There was a lot of character development, which although needed doing, I feel could have been done whilst the action grabbed hold of the reader. The party at the start seemed to introduce too many characters at once, some of which were really not needed to keep the story going. So it could have done with tightening up a bit. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed book, even the English nuances were not as patronizing as they could have been! I believe me, I’ve seen that happen many times before and to alienate an English reader when your main character is English, is not a good idea! Fortunately Jennifer doesn’t do this (she’s also a lovely lady and I’ve interviewed her in the past here)
The front cover is brilliant, gets it all out there and gives a real sense of adventure.
Overall I’d give Verity Vs the Vampyres 4 out of 5 stars – a fun summer read, perfect for a bit of escapism.