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Monday, 21 September 2015

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Heartbeat Thief by A.J. Krafton

Book & Author Details:

The Heartbeat Thief by A.J. Krafton
Publication date: June 12th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult


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?


4 out of 5 (very good)

This was a tricky book to get into - mainly because I couldn't 'relate' to Senza at the beginning. For all she was 'cream of the crop', I mainly thought her to be self-centred. As the story progresses, she does change as she faces certain realisations and events. Once you do get into the story, you will be turning the pages with interest as she goes through different experiences and meets with various people who make impacts upon her life. 

Now, this may sound wrong, but I absolutely loved the last few chapters! Not because it was nearly the end, but the caring and compassion that Senza shows, the twist that is revealed (although it wasn't really a twist), and a new chance that is unveiled.

If you like historical novels with a twist, and lots of Edgar Allen Poe quotes, then I can definitely recommend this. I am glad that I stuck with it and gave the story a chance. 

* I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review. *

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Tour-wide giveaway (INTL) - ends 1st October

A copy of The Heartbeat Thief (eBook or Print), Victorian choker, and a bag of Senza Fyne tea.

Click HERE to follow the tour - links updated daily


AJ Krafton is the author of New Adult speculative fiction. Her debut The Heartbeat Thief is due out on Kindle in June 2015. Forthcoming titles include Taking' It Back & Face of the Enemy. She's a proud member of the Infinite Ink Authors. AJ also writes adult spec fic as Ash Krafton. Visit Ash at

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  1. Thank you for hosting me and my latest book, The Heartbeat Thief. I hope your readers enjoyed finding out more about my Poe-inspired tale and good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

    And I'm truly glad you enjoyed reading the book. :) Cheers, Ash

    1. It was our pleasure to host you, and my pleasure to read your book! I wish you well with the rest of your tour, and any new books you may have hidden up your sleeve!

      Merissa :)

  2. This book was a pleasant surprise ... I didn't know what to expect but it was fantastic! I couldnt put it down!
    I'd love to own this in paperback so I can display it (it's gorgeous!)

  3. Great review! This sounds like a good read once it gets going! I'm glad you stuck with it it sounds like it was worth it! :)

    1. It was definitely a good read and I'm glad I stuck with it too! Really enjoyed it :)

  4. Question to the author: What are you working on now? What is your next project?

    1. Hello, Mai... good question! The next NA book in the works is called Taking' It Back (about a girl who works as the "repo man" for her dad's magical pawn shop) while my next Ash Krafton serial is about an exorcist with a serious addiction to magic. The first book is called Charm City.

      Writing my fingers off!