Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Review: Verity Hart Vs The Vampyres: Part One by Jennifer Harlow

Title: Verity Hart Vs The Vampyres: Part One 
Author: Jennifer Harlow
Series: A Hart/McQueen Steampunk Adventure #1
Publication: April 1st 2014 by Devil on the Left Books
Genre: Adult ~ Steampunk ~ Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Cover Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5


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?

Part One of Five includes:

Chapter One- The Notorious Count Orrlock Has A Ball
Chapter Two- When Worlds Collide

Verity Hart Vs The Vampyres: Part One was a pretty good. I love serial books because they're quick to read if you want something short. So yeah, I liked it very much. Usually with these serial stories, there's not much room for character and world development but I actually think the author did a very good job with that. I had no complaints on that front where with other serial stories I did have some issues with it. So great!

As for the story in general, it was good. As usual with a Harlow book, it features a strong female lead and in Lady Verity Hart's case, one that is a spinster with a father threatening to send her away to the madhouse and she also designs machines that her brother takes credit for because they have no other choice but to do that. It makes for a very interesting leading character.
Also there are vampyres. Bonus points for that!

I don't want to say too much that will spoil the story but it's pretty obvious that Jamie "the American" McQueen will be a pretty big part of the story and I can't wait to read more to see how he'll fit into it all. I loved him in the scenes he appeared it. 

The ending was pretty intriguing as well, it made me wonder what is actually happening and why the Irish people have such an interest in Verity's brother David. Speaking of him, he was also a character I liked a lot. I can't wait to read more about him in the future. 

So all in all, Verity Hart Vs The Vampyres: Part One introduces us to a greatly written and imagined steampunk world in Victorian London. One of my favorites eras to read about, FYI. It was a great introduction into a new serial by one of my favorite authors, Jennifer Harlow. 

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 Virgina 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.

Keep an eye out for the other reviews of the next parts.


  1. I love Steampunk, this sounds like a fun read! Great review!

  2. Eeeps! I've never read of this one before...it looks SO GOOD <3
    Lovely review!


  3. This sounds great!! Will have to check out the rest of it too :)

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.


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