The Heartbeat Thief

The Heartbeat Thief Viral Ebook Sensa Fyne hates death up to the point where she would sell her soul to avoid it After living for about a hundred years and looking forever she realizes that she s

The Heartbeat Thief Viral Ebook Sensa Fyne hates death up to the point where she would sell her soul to avoid it. After living for about a hundred years and looking forever 18, she realizes that she's lived for long enough and accepts death. Thanatos then brings her back in time and she lives her life like a normal person without her fear for death.Welp, that's the summary of this approx. 300 paged book. I thought it was a little boring and extremely slow. Nothing happened really. I was always hoping for something big to happen but nothing ever came up. Kind of disappointed. Throughout the book, I remembered that I was always searching for the inexistent plot. *sigh*Overall, it's a book FILLED with FLUFF and please don't tell me that the importance of the book is the message that it wants to share: to live to the fullest. Because bro, I already know that. I don't have to read this book.Verdict: don't be fooled by the summary written on the book. It's not that good.. 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 hHaunted 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 itWhen 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.From the posh London season to the back alleys of Whitechapel, across the Channel, across the Pond, across the seas of TimeHow far will Senza Fyne go to avoid Death. A viral Kindle The Heartbeat Thief This could have been spectacular. It missed some amazing opportunities, though, and was poorly written, and unfortunately that impacts my rating and opinion of the book. Along with the ending.Unless it is based in some mythology or folklore I've never heard of, the author created a new kind of vampire. Dead/undead, unkillable, stealing heartbeats from others to take the place of those no longer stirring her own heart, Senza Fyne is perpetually eighteen years old. Once so afraid of death that she agreed to this still-hearted existence, now she avoids staying in one place for too long and watches as those she loves age and die.The initial problem I have with this really terrific premise is … it simply takes too long to manifest. For nearly a third of the book (29%, thank you Kindle reading progress counter) Senza is battered by first the death of a favorite grandmother and then of a friend, and – along with her mother's constant badgering that she needs to snare a husband before her great beauty fades – that is supposed to be the reason she is so terrified of death. It doesn't work. She meets with the mysterious Mr. Knell quite some time after the second death in her life, when she seemed to be beginning to recover. If at that point she had, say, witnessed a child run over in the busy street or something of the sort, I could understand her worry blossoming into a full-blown obsession. Or if another adventure in the story had been the focus of the beginning, I would have bought into the whole plot much more readily.The adventure I refer to there is Senza's involvement in the Jack the Ripper murders. Without spoilers, I will say that it felt wildly implausible; for one thing, there's no historical basis as far as I know that all of the Ripper's victims knew each other. I think that would have been counted as evidence. Late nineteenth century police work was primitive, but even then something like a common pimp or customer among the victims would probably have come to light. And quite simply the depiction of the victims in this book is historically inaccurate, and served to make me less than trusting of pretty much the rest of the author's research. (For one thing, the final victim was blonde.)At least Senza didn't become a gorgeous female Forrest Gump, inserting herself into historical events at every turn, and I'm grateful for that. Her peregrinations take her out of history, which actually makes the Whitechapel events stand out even more – not in a good way.Senza is gorgeous – stunningly gorgeous. And the reader is never allowed to forget it, not for a moment. Tight third-person perspective or no, her astonishing beauty is kept at the forefront. ("I can’t imagine you ever looking less than perfect.” She dropped her gaze. She couldn’t imagine it, either.) Oddly, it's never made out to be a burden as I've seen elsewhere; the only readon it's not an asset is that, as her mother does keep reiterating, beauty fades. But Senza has a brain as well, and reads constantly – especially Shakespeare. This should have been endearing, for me. It wasn't, merely because it all comes back, as so many things do, to "show and tell". No matter how many times I'm told that Senza is ever-so-clever and knows Hamlet by heart and can out-argue philosophers and scholars … I was never shown it. There are very occasional scenes in which she is shown reading – or, rather, sitting somewhere with a book and thinking about Mr. Knell or her troubles; she quotes Shakespeare once, to my knowledge; otherwise her dialogue and behavior show no indication of all those brains.One major area where the unique and fascinating premise of the book is simply let down is in the way it is dealt with in the narration. By this I mean: The book is told from the point of view of Senza, the thief, whose existence is turned upside-down by this "gift", and who – at a sheltered and innocent eighteen – has to learn how to manage the new facts of her life. An incident is described from the first days of her altered state – but apart from her awareness of the need to avoid another such incident, there's not really anything here about how she avoids it (does she lock her door at night? Use a doorstop? Claim to kick and snore in order to avoid bedfellows?) The mechanics of stealing heartbeats are glossed over, but more would have been better: I would have preferred less buildup to the change and more on her learning curve. And at certain points the stolen heartbeats are described as having a flavor or weight to them – but again there is little more than that provided. Again, in a tight-perspective narrative, where POV never leaves the main character and where that character's entire existence centers around others' heartbeats, I expected there to be more color, more data. What do they taste like? How do they have weight? What are the mathematics to their being used up? How does she work out her routine of where and from whom they're stolen?So, the idea was terrific, let down by execution – and by the writing. For example, the author has a strange disconnect with gender in her vocabulary, which perhaps will be fixed for a final draft. The mysterious Mr. Knell constantly calls Senza "bien-aimé" – the masculine form of the endearment; a man's hair is described as "blonde", commonly the feminized form of the adjective. And then there are ... all the other problems. "The captivating woman with the eyes that never stopped." Sentence fragment - and... stopped what? "Most interesting was the fact that the fan, once the ultimate female weapon, had been replaced by the ever-useful garter belt and the secrets they concealed." What secrets, and how big is her garter belt? And how did garter belts replace fans? Are ladies waving garter belts about in public? "Exploring the costal colonies—states, she’d remind herself" – aside from the typo, Senza wasn't so old she'd be thinking of the states as colonies. This is ridiculous. I had an issue with the idea of a love interest being named Gehring. Sorry – whatever the spelling, too many evil echoes.And yes, I am aware that at least some of the problems I saw might have been resolved before the book's final release; this was, after all, a Netgalley ARC (thanks to them and the publisher for a free copy for review.) Things like a move to France with no mention I could find that Senza ever learned to speak French. Things like a fairly important character (the innkeeper) who is never given a name. Things like "too" and "as well" being used in the same sentence; "everyone … were"; "laying" where "lying" should have been used (this is becoming more and more common); things like part of a sentence being in the present tense and the other part in the past; things like someone "knicker"ing to a horse (which is wrong in so many ways). Et cetera, et cetera… I did a lot of highlighting. ("His heart banged like a bull"?)Speaking of horses, the line "And she had no interest in being sold off, ridden for sport, or put out for stud" irked me deeply. She is rather unlikely to be put out to stud, no? Speaking of horses some more: "He grasped her hand and tugged it toward him, reining her in like a yearling." What? I'm sorry, anyone who's reining in a yearling needs to be reported to the RSPCA. And … I just don’t see the simile. (It's far from the only bad simile – I just don't want to make this a ten-page review.) And still speaking of horses and being deeply irked, "the master’s quarter horse". As with verbal anachronism, I have absolutely no patience with horse-related anachronism. The odds of someone having a quarter horse – which is a specific breed, not something more vague – in 1921 France is just short of impossible. I should just write and save a diatribe to cut and paste into reviews for books like this: it's so easy to avoid stupid mistakes like this which only serve to rile people who know a little. Research. It took me less than five minutes to confirm my strong hunch that this was totally wrong. Why did I have to? Sadly, this is one of those times that upon working through my notes and beating a review into shape, my rating for the book goes down. I’m leaving it with two stars simply because the idea was so very interesting. But I'm tempted to take one away because it was just badly done. And the ending was dreadful. What an absolutely terrible idea - almost bad enough to completely negate the original concept. Pity.

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  1. Sensa Fyne hates death up to the point where she would sell her soul to avoid it After living for about a hundred years and looking forever 18, she realizes that she s lived for long enough and accepts death Thanatos then brings her back in time and she lives her life like a normal person without her fear for death.Welp, that s the summary of this approx 300 paged book I thought it was a little boring and extremely slow Nothing happened really I was always hoping for something big to happen but [...]

  2. This could have been spectacular It missed some amazing opportunities, though, and was poorly written, and unfortunately that impacts my rating and opinion of the book Along with the ending.Unless it is based in some mythology or folklore I ve never heard of, the author created a new kind of vampire Dead undead, unkillable, stealing heartbeats from others to take the place of those no longer stirring her own heart, Senza Fyne is perpetually eighteen years old Once so afraid of death that she agr [...]

  3. For some reason, when I first started reading this book, I was reminded of a favorite painting of mine There was something about the wording, sentence structure, description all just came together in one masterfully written novel The Heartbeat Thief is a timeless tale of endless beauty, love and loss, sorrow and joy I loved following Senza s journey through time as she learned to cope with a gift given to her by a mysterious stranger In a lot of ways this novel reminded me of The Portrait of Dor [...]

  4. I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley I really really loved this book I enjoyed the Victorian setting and the beautifully flawed characters, as well as the premise behind the story The story is set in Victorian times and is about an 18 year old girl named Sezna who has everything but is absolutely terrified of death and losing her beauty Then a beautiful stranger strikes a deal with herhe will give her the ability to stay young and beautiful forever, the catch is that she must su [...]

  5. Find this review and others on my blog Lekeisha The Booknerd How far would you go to avoid death Would you make a deal with the devil himself Drink some magical potion to live forever, never changing Well, Senza Fyne makes one heck of a choice to avoid the thing she s most afraid of death I love the amazing writing of this story And while I enjoyed that aspect, I was somewhat disappointed in the scarceness of Death himself.Senza Fyne is a young woman of privilege in 1860 England Beauty is as nat [...]

  6. New Adult Paranormal Speculative Fiction Up until I got to the very end of this book, I kept thinking a good way to describe it would be a YA NA alternate vampire book Senza Fyne is young and beautiful with her whole life in front of her, but that s not enough for her After her grandmother and later, her best friend, die, Senza becomes terrified of death Cue mysterious stranger who offers her eternal youth Similar to a vampire, Senza must feed, but not with fangs In order to sustain herself, she [...]

  7. Not sure if it s because I m going through the ebbs and flows of finding myself after my own mother s death But I really enjoyed this philosophical take spin on discovering what it means to live your life to the fullest and to not be afraid of Death in the end And have to say that the heroine than learned about that particular lesson Because once she achieved her Dorian Grey esque dream of evading death and remaining young and beautiful forever She realized just how even trapped and confined s [...]

  8. Occasionally, a book is written that not only tugs at your heartstrings, but also squeezes your brain This is one of those books Instead of being a light fantasy, filled with frivolity and quests, this is a deep look at death, its dark doorways, never ending paths, and painful connections This is a book that addresses not only the fear of dying, but also the consequences of living It is beautiful, thought provoking, heart ripping, and is so visceral it will stay within your own heartbeats for ma [...]

  9. In my honest opinion, I feel like The Heartbeat Thief was written for me It is right down my alley a dark, historical fantasy and it couldn t have been brilliantly done The originality was outstanding, and Ash Krafton s style added a perfect poetic feel to this novel very reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe.First of all, the play on vanity in this novel is something that always fascinates me Senza is a character perfect for today s times She is obsessed with staying young and beautiful forever, and [...]

  10. The idea of taking something from a person to keep oneself animated is not a new one in the fantasy genre vampires drink blood, demons suck souls and zombies eat brains The Heartbeat Thief is an original take on this idea as Ash Krafton s protagonist, Senza Fyne, pilfers heartbeats from those around her in exchange for her eternal youth.At the beginning of AJ Krafton s new adult fantasy novel, I found it difficult to like Senza She appears vain, conceited and uninterested Despite this, I was sti [...]

  11. A darkly beautiful tale Writing dark, poetic masterpieces is AJ Krafton s specialty I was captivated by Senza s tale right from page one But, beware, this story is not for the faint of heart In fact, I had to put the book down for a brief time because it was so bleak My absence didn t last long, however, since I couldn t get the characters out of my mind and I just had to know what happened next It s a compelling, mournful story Ms Krafton s writing is filled with luscious detail and vivid descr [...]

  12. Okay I really wanted to like this book but I got half way thru and I wanted to throw it across the room Except I was reading it on my ereader and I was on a plane If I d had it in physical form I would have looked at the end so I could at least pretend to have finished it but I could not This book had so much potential and then it was ruined by the main character and the fact that 151 pages in I could find the plot I finally realized that I could stop reading and almost cried in relief I need to [...]

  13. I love how this book gives you a piece of history with every turn of the page along with Senza s life starting in the 1800 s all the way to the 80 s I couldn t imagine living that long watching everyone I know pass right before my eyes and never being able to touch someone intimately or lovingly Never growing old or having a family of her own, I m not sure how she endured it This book is packed full of love, loss, and loneliness A.J Krafton did an excellent job bringing this book to life.I recei [...]

  14. I just finished reading this book i haven t even taken the time to reflect so this review is quite raw I very much enjoyed this story i felt many things for Senza throughout this literary journey I was sad for her many times, often feeling so deeply that tears threatened and a lump formed in my throat.The story was slightly dark but how could it not be The writing is brilliant and I am so glad I requested an advance copy for reviewis is not normally my kind of book but I took a chance and was re [...]

  15. This story was simply breathtaking Having read quite a bit of Edgar Allen Poe in high school and in college, I really appreciated the author s nod to his work, and the way she used so much imagery to allow Senza s growing fears of death to take on such a demanding physical presence as if it is truly a threat that lies in wait to capture unwilling victims without hesitation or even mercy It s amazing to me that the author was able to take this fear of death and allow that internal conflict to car [...]

  16. I d participated in the promotional blitz for this book and the author s notes on the research she d done about English High Society intrigued me enough to make me eager to read it It was refreshing to read about a young woman, brought up to embrace and embody the virtues of polite society, dedicated to upholding its foundations even while questioning her place within it all The constant tide of spunky, opinionated, feisty, untamed rebels without a clue was getting pretty tiresome It was invigor [...]

  17. You can see this full review and at Book Briefs bookbriefs The Heartbeat Thief by A.J Krafton is a new adult supernatural standalone that was uniquely different than anything else I have read this year First, can we just gush over the cover for a moment Holy cow, it is just so ethereally beautiful I love the colors, I love the background choices everything is just perfection in my opinion The Heartbeat Thief , though classified as new adult, but completely clean and would be appropriate for you [...]

  18. And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death He had come like a thief in the nightAnd Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all Edgar Allen Poe, The Masque of the Red Death It s 1860, and in Surrey, England, the unmatchable beauty, Senza Fyne, is finally out to society Her life is balls and luncheons, every day like the next, and the it goes on the she becomes disenchanted with it all being passed from suitor to suitor as if a prize to be won.That is unt [...]

  19. I received a free ebook copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Deliciously poetic and hauntingly dark The Heartbeat Thief by A J Krafton takes you on a journey through time and an extremely long life to show you the real nature of Death.There is a period in everyone s childhood when we are afraid of dying That fear is so palpable, so real that even the mere possibility prevents you from sleep because what if you never wake up again This dread passes [...]

  20. This an arc copy eBook supplied by Netgalley I am not receiving any monetary benefit or any kickback for this review I received this arc for an honest review This review is cross posted on , and given directly to the publisher.This book caused me to have a book hangover I just couldn t stop thinking about it The heartbeat thief just hooks you in and doesn t let you go until the last sentence has been said The theme is well expressed and constant throughout the book The theme is about death, and [...]

  21. Reviewed for Reader s Favourite Krafton s The Heartbeat Thief was not at all the book I expected Now, that can be a good thing or a bad thing In this case, it was a very good thing It is a story of the greatest of loves, of sacrifice, and of lessons harshly learned It is a story of the dangers of letting one s fears guide one s choices, and of learning to face those fears.Senza Fyne is a young lady of Victorian society who suffers two devastating losses shortly after making her debut into societ [...]

  22. Originally posted on Powder PageThis was a darkly beautiful novel that really explored death in a way that I ve never seen done before I found it to be relevant to readers without being clich , though Death ended up being a rather handsome fellow That s totally not a spoiler, right I knew immediately that Mr Knell I see what you did there was Death, or a related entity, so I m going to assume that most anyone that reads this will pick up on it too This book, to me, was elegantly done and Senza F [...]

  23. Austenesque with Wilde Overtones that hit all the right notesSenza Fyne is a privileged young beauty living in mid 1800 s England Like all young women of her ilk, her only purpose in life appears to be to land a suitable husband in order to make a successful marriage Given Senza s unsurpassed beauty, her coming out ball is an unparalelled success as all the young men are smitten with her and her prospects for the successful marriage her mother is determined to orchestrate for her are within reac [...]

  24. 4 StarsDark and Poetic, Our main Character Senza Fyne, terrified of death would sell her soul for eternal life And thats exactly what she does without a second thought We see what it really means when people say be careful what you wish forGeneral CommentsThis book was an interesting read and an interesting take on death and becoming immortal We follow senza s path and watch her figure out immortality might not be all what its cracked up to be For the most part I enjoyed this book I liked the wr [...]

  25. This is described as being for new adults Apparently there is a new genre for those in their late teen and twenties This novel follows the adventures of Senza, who appears to be 17 years old, and in the mid Victorian period, because of her wealth, she is about to come out into society She is beautiful, and her mother wants her to be successfully married, for that is the only significant objective for a young woman of the time However, shortly her grandmother dies, and Senza becomes somewhat morb [...]

  26. AJ Krafton in my opinion after reading this book a genius I started reading this book believing it would be a carbon copy of almost every other young adult book I know that technically this book is NA Spec Fic I wasn t sure how much different young adult and New adult would be but regardless I could not put this book down I was surprised every step of the way The imagination that brought this book alive was intense I am fairly positive a few heartbeats reading this book, a price I was willing to [...]

  27. I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.True to its word, The Heartbeat Thief is part Jane Austen, part Edgar Allen Poe The author revives the best of the style of writing found in the classics the introspect of characters, lovely allusions comparing characters to nature and life, beautiful alliteration and prose Mixed with this is a deep foreboding of death, a macabre sensation that follows Senza throughout the story AJ Krafton not only tells you a story, she makes you exp [...]

  28. This book surprised me I was a bit weary when I first received the copy because it was New Adult and the only New Adult books I have read were contemporary romances So, I wasn t really sure on how The Heartbeat Thief was going to go But I ended up really enjoying this one And it could easily be read by Young Adults for sure It didn t have the same vibe as some of the other NA books that I have read.This book is set in Victorian Times and reminds me of all the classic Gothics like Edgar Allan Poe [...]

  29. Senza Fyne is the belle of the ball, but she has an irrational fear of Death It haunts her waking hours and strolls through her dreams When she meets Mr Knell, her heart is lost to the devastating handsome man who teases her that there is a way to cheat Death With each fleeting meeting they have, Senza is drawn to him until she can stand it no longer and asks him for the secret What she doesn t realize is that the wish she wants may not be what she thinks it is.The is an wonderful and intriguing [...]

  30. 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 ch [...]

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