Steam

Steam Charlotte Amelia Caprice may seem like an ordinary girl She has a job she hates a boss she despises and zero romantic prospects Her friends call her Charlie when she can keep one for than a few wee

  • Title: Steam
  • Author: Jessica Fortunato
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Charlotte Amelia Caprice may seem like an ordinary girl She has a job she hates, a boss she despises, and zero romantic prospects Her friends call her Charlie, when she can keep one for than a few weeks Though Charlie may seem ordinary, she is anything but Charlie doesn t have a heart Instead, she has a steam driven machine in her chest, always making her feel leCharlotte Amelia Caprice may seem like an ordinary girl She has a job she hates, a boss she despises, and zero romantic prospects Her friends call her Charlie, when she can keep one for than a few weeks Though Charlie may seem ordinary, she is anything but Charlie doesn t have a heart Instead, she has a steam driven machine in her chest, always making her feel less than human Gears and pistons have been using her own body heat to pump her blood for over a decade There is one small problem Her heart is beginning to break When Charlie meets a brilliant man, one who could save her life, she must choose between being heartless and being alive A simple choice for some, but for Charlie living on steam isn t easy.

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    1. In “Steam,” Jessica Fortunato introduces Charlie, a young woman harboring a deep secret—her heart isn’t her own. No, I don’t mean that she once gift-wrapped her heart and her innocence and gave them to an earnest young man who promised to love her forever only to catch him cheating with the neighborhood skank a week later. I’m talking about a machine stuffed into the middle of her chest, replacing her original, albeit faulty, organ.Charlie is none too happy about the organ—because [...]

    2. Fortunato takes a nice-sized leap away from her series, The Sin Collector, in the short story Steam. I’ve enjoyed The Sin Collector and the companion novella, The Sin Collector: Thomas, but with Steam it is a much different genre, set of characters, and overall feel that sets it apart from her past work.At the base of this story is the theme of love. But this isn’t just a love story of romance. There is love on many levels throughout that can touch many different readers. This is all due to [...]

    3. Ever wonder what it's like to not have a heart? But I don't mean being heartless and mean. I mean literally not having a heart? Charlotte does. Even though she may seem like some cool superhuman by having a mechanical heart, bioceramics aren't durable enough to withstand the emotions she's faced in her life, and the repeated stress has put its toll on her survival. Rather quickly (although, to be fair, this is more a short story than anything else), Charlotte finds out she doesn't have long to l [...]

    4. Steam is different from the Sin Collector series, but this is a very good thing. It shows Fortunato’s gift to write a wide range of genres. First of all, Jessica once again hit the mark with her originality. The concept of a girl in the modern day with a metal heart is brilliant. What I love best, however, is the emotion depth of the characters. This book had me in tears at a few points. I was cheering for Charlie and Viktor the entire time. As usual, the themes presented in Fortunato’s stor [...]

    5. Read more: sarcasmandlemons/2013/Steam is an ambitious story that combines elements of light sci-fi and steampunk with classic boy-meets-girl. Only boy is a socially awkward med-school dropout recluse and girl is a steam-driven hybrid. It's a compelling concept that makes for an entertaining read. The romance between Viktor and Charlie is cute and the whole bioceramic heart thing brings up a lot of interesting ideas about what it means to be human. My main complaint is that, as my creative writi [...]

    6. With Valentine's Day here, guys are running around like crazy trying to find the perfect gift for their gal. Flowers, candy, jewelryI don't know about you, but I'd rather get a good book!STEAM by Jessica Fortunato, is just the book (well, okay, in this case short story) that you should pick up for the lady in your life. It is less than a dollar, but worth so much more than that! And if your lady is anything like me, it'll make her heart go pitter patter. But it doesn't go all Nicholas Sparks cra [...]

    7. I got an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for my honest opinion.I have read previous books by Jessica Fortunato and I have to say that I liked them better than this one. This one is fine, but judging by her other books, she can do much better. This story reads like a mixture of YA and Steampunk, with some touches of romance. Charlie is a girl who seems to be normal and ordinary, but once you know that she has a steam-driven heart you discover that she is quite extraordinary. Charlie ca [...]

    8. 4.5 stars.Great story. I love a main character who dislikes Valentine's Day as much as me. ;) There were a few sentences and chapter beginnings I thought read awkward, and a few missing comas. Nothing that made me want to stop reading, but enough to temporarily jar me from the narrative.

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