STEAM by Stacey Rourke
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal
Time passes, sins forgotten.
The bodies of the victims long since rotten.
Trapped within the essence of the Headless Horseman by the guilt of slaughtering her best friend, Ireland Crane follows the father of science fiction, HG Wells, in search of freedom from the curse that binds her. Instead, she discovers even he has a hidden agenda. A dark, relentless passion to be reunited with the woman he loves has driven him to manipulate time and a murderous Horseman.
Yet heed my warning, as the Raven flies,
The Hessian will come … and you will die.
All that prevents Ireland from abandoning Wells’ twisted pursuit, or introducing him to her sword, are the undead witches haunting her. Begging for freedom from a vile succubus, the ghoulish coven leads Ireland and her crew on a journey through Salem’s sordid past. There, they learn there is more to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s history than a scarlet letter, and the secret they’ve uncovered seeks to destroy them all.
Books 1 & 2
First off I have to say that this series may have the some of my favorite covers of all time. I absolutely LOVE them. I have a tendency to gravitate toward darker things, which is probably why I loved these covers and was even more thrilled once I realized they implement classic horror stories - both fictional and non-fiction. Color me SOLD.
I don't want to spoil any of the books in this series so this review will be short and sweet, but I absolutely recommend this series for anyone who enjoys horror, comedy, action, or any combination of the three. Rourke does a phenomenal job of scaring you while pulling your heart strings a bit, and ultimately keeping you completely entertained. You grow to love each of these characters for different reasons and when one of them is missing from the pages, you notice. The series does need to be read in order but each of the installments offer something entirely different, and I don't think I could ever choose between them. Pick up this series, you won't regret it!