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Maven (The Endure #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  71 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
How far would you go for love?

Since losing her parents at 14, young prodigy Dr. Lydia Ashley has focused on one thing: an appointment on the Deep Water Research Command Endure. Now 21, she’s about to realize that dream, but nothing is how she imagined it would be. Her transitional sponsor forgets her, her new lab is in complete chaos, and, as if that weren’t enough, she’s
Paperback, 284 pages
Published May 29th 2013 by Createspace
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Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
Since Maven certainly didn't please me, I tried to think outside of my chocolate-piranha obsessed self. Objectively, I tried to think(turned out to be a mighty task) think what Maven could possible provide a reader with. Engagement? Entertainment? Heartwarming story? A story? Characters? Anything? Chocolate piranhas?

How do you say 'Nope' and shake head in dejection in Piranhnese?

Maven begins the *cough*story*cough* in a futuristic world with our 21-year old Nobel laureate protagonist, and follow
Jun 27, 2013 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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All Lydia has ever wanted was to be a part of the Deep Water Research Command Endure. She’s always been captivated by the marvels of the sea. When her dream of joining Endure come true, Lydia jumps at the chance. There is no where else she’d rather be and meeting Daniel Brewer is an extra perk. But when startling revelations surface, it is up to Lydia and Daniel to delve into further research where every single perception Lydia held changes.

Can we talk about the cover? It’s absolutely stunning!
Melissa Hayden
I couldn't stop reading this one! A thing I haven't done in a while. Finished in 2 days time.

Love Lydia and her spunk. Not only is she a genius but quick. Daniel!! Oooo, boy that man is something, and the exponential growth in his character. Wow! There are sparks between these two, and they fly. But when the left over files Daniel finds in the trash from Lydia's predecessor, they could find something dangerous to them for the knowledge and to the world...

Refreshing drop of water with this story
S.J. Pajonas
Aug 01, 2013 S.J. Pajonas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I loved this book. LOVED. Starla writes the same kind of science fiction that I write: light on the science, a little bit of mystery, and a romance (with some great sex and fiery chemistry). So, of course, I devoured this book. I looked forward to every time I picked it up, and now, I'm really looking forward to Book 2, NEMESIS! She just put her cover reveal up today.

This book also epitomizes the best in self-publishing. I may have noticed a few proofreading mistakes along the way (no big deal
Jul 30, 2015 Kenttrell rated it it was amazing
Its been established that I'm a Starla Huchton fan but I like to think that im good at being impartial when it come to playing the "critic" and writing these reviews.

With that said...I was once again not disappointed with Starla's work. I was slightly worried that I was going to get lost in jargon of science world but I didn't at all. This book was a good combination of science, drama, action, and romance (gotta love a little romance in mix!!). Lydia is strong and beyond smart and a bit a fire c
Jul 29, 2015 Corinne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Maven is a smart science fiction romance set in an undersea research facility called Endure. For anyone from my generation, it will bring back fond memories of the television series SeaQuest, complete with dolphin tubes and the plural dichotomy of civilian scientists along side military personnel. The science behind the facility is introduced in bite-sized pieces and wonderful descriptions that will appeal to both hard science fiction lovers and those who may not be into heavy detail. The crew i ...more
Rachel Barnard
Jul 21, 2015 Rachel Barnard rated it it was amazing
“How was she supposed to juggle saving the world and a social life?” (Page 112).

Lydia has been waiting six years to board the Deep Water Research Command Endure and to meet the famed Daniel Brewer, a fellow young genius like herself. Lydia is a Doctor of Marine Biochemistry and a Nobel Laureate in her twenties and she has longed to find someone similar to herself, another prodigy of sorts, but Daniel doesn’t even hit the radar of her expectations when they first meet. He was too busy with his ne
Jul 11, 2013 E. rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, sci-fi, new-adult
“Maven” by S.A. Huchton is an exciting science fiction tale that is Book 1 of ‘The Endure’ series and introduces Dr. Lydia Ashley, twenty-one year old genius and Nobel Prize winner, who has just been assigned to the remarkable ship, Deep Water Research Command Endure (DWRC Endure). She has been accepted as part of the Transnational Subaquatic Research (TSaR) program and meets Captain Samuel Brewer and his son, twenty-two year old Daniel. Lydia has been looking forward to meeting a peer who is li ...more
Jun 04, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I am really lucky. I have a lot of immensely talented friends. From teachers to scientists to menches, authors to musicians to runners to moms and dads - my friends pretty much rock, some of them literally. But I don't often talk about (brag) about my friends or who I know. Some folks already know the folks I know because they know them as well, or are them. Only one person has threatened to poke her eyes out with a fork if I talk about my friends with her too much. Yes, she's joking - but she i ...more
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
This is the first book in the Endure Series by S.A. Huchton. I have not read this author before and typically don't read "New Adult", but something about this book caught my eye when I signed up for the Book Tour. Honestly, I hadn't planned on doing a review. My plate was/is full this last half of July and I just didn't have room for another book. And yet when I read the excerpt I was intrigued. So intrigued I had to read a little bit more. Before I knew it I was half way through the book and le ...more
Aug 07, 2013 Jane rated it liked it
Maven (The Endure Series#1) by Starla Huchton

3 Stars

Lydia, a young genius and Nobel prize winner by the age of 21, landed her dream job on the government undersea research facility ‘Endure’. From being quite young she really couldn’t imagine wanting to be anywhere else and worked tirelessly on her studies to reach her goal. Having the chance to work with some of the best scientists and computer tech’s, especially Daniel, the captain’s son, was what enticed her the most. Daniel, spoilt and bratty
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3.5 stars
Science Fiction is always a hit or miss for me. While on one hand, it's fascinating, complex and fun to immerse yourself in; but on the other hand, I tend to get lost, distracted andoverwhelmedby thecomplexityof it. Here, I had that issue. In Maven, the details were pretty good but I found myself re reading a paragraph or two here and there because I felt like I was missing something.

First of all, let me just say. Starla must have done s
Jun 26, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing
Starla Hutchon has started a series that is phenomenal! Maven has a mixture of futuristic science and an adorable romance all in one. Lydia Ashley is a young Dr (21 !! ) who has been hired on board the Endure. She is so excited because she has dreamed of meeting Daniel Brewer, the Captain’s son and also a genius. She has put him on a pedestal. Their first meeting isn’t what she expected and she was let down. She is in charge of getting a lab back in order and doing so causes her to work with him ...more
Sep 19, 2013 Adriana rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

Every now and then, I like reading something that’s a little different from what I usually read. So when I stumbled across an email for the Nemesis blog tour, I just HAD to sign up and read this series.

Dr. Lydia Ashley is a 21-year-old genius in the year 2050. I wish we could've seen more of her genius-ness. I wanted to her doing some extremely difficult experiments, which we did, but it was late in the book.

Daniel is a genius like
Eric Townsend
Aug 11, 2013 Eric Townsend rated it liked it
Maven was one the quickest and easiest reads I’ve had in quite some time. The characters were engaging, especially the main character Lydia. She has a sharp sense of humor, she’s absolutely brilliant and refuses to take anyone’s crap. Who doesn’t love a kick butt heroine? She does it with her brain power not her feminine wiles or having to resort to physicality, a refreshing change of pace. Her relative innocence when it came to certain things, most notably relationships, was done very well by H ...more
John Walker
Aug 26, 2013 John Walker rated it it was amazing
Starla Huchton knocked it out of the park with this book. I say this very simply because it's true. From the very humble beginnings in the first couple of pages, it is evident that this is the foundation for a very strong series. I enjoyed both the science presented, and enjoyed the character development, especially the developments between and of Lydia and Daniel. (Trust me, that sentence structure makes sense.) While I'm not one for romance, I found that Starla really captured the essence of a ...more
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“Maven” è il primo volume di questa serie, intitolata “The Endure series”. Devo essere sincera, appena iniziata la lettura temevo che questo libro non mi sarebbe piaciuto. Ero davvero scettica e quasi mi stavo pentendo di aver partecipato a questo Blog Tour, considerando che avrei dovuto leggere due libri. Ma meno male che non mi sono lasciata fermare dai miei dubbi perché questo libro è stupendo
Brian Sims
Just finished reading Maven by Starla Huchton. Loved it. But since I know the author I could be biased. It's a brilliant sci-fi/romance novel about two brainiacs who hook up aboard a deep water research command. One of them is the Captain's son, the other is someone who the Captain admires. Between all the love scenes (which are great), this dynamic couple prevents a bunch of bad things from happening, including a plot to endanger the world.
Myra Espino
Sep 22, 2013 Myra Espino rated it it was amazing
Awesome! I love the story and the concept of this book! The story is also great. It's cool and interesting in a geeky way!

About the story, I love the way how the concept was created and even though it's on the science side it's not boring. You can easily catch up with the issues and what the story was all about. The characters are also cool. I love how, even though the have similarities with the genius part, the differences of there attitude and personalities are. They are easy to like. I love h
Taylor Freeman
Jul 29, 2015 Taylor Freeman rated it really liked it
Loved it. Was such an awesome and different story line than I'm used to!
Loved it!

This book was very intriguing and full of action (and steaminess!) Can't wait to read book two and book three!
Sep 18, 2013 Dalene rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2013
First, I would like to thank S.A. Huchton for giving me this book for an honest reveiw. I really enjoyed the story, it wasn't to science speak you find in some sci-fi books. I liked the main characters and the world building was ok. I liked the romance also, Daniel started out being a self-centered playboy, who was spoilt, I like the change that he went through after meeting Lydia. I look forward to reading Nemesis next.
Sep 02, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, kindle, romance
So fun! A fast-paced, smart & super sexy read. I loved the science component & the characters. Read this in one sitting last night & am starting Nemesis today. If you dig marine biology, young geniuses, underwater research facilities with resident dolphins (!!!), jasmine tea, hot sexytimes, nefarious scientists, shady businessmen, or soccer, you should go read this RIGHTNOW.
Rachel Cotterill
Mar 08, 2015 Rachel Cotterill rated it really liked it
Shelves: strange-charm
This is a fun, fast paced novel that's half romance and half sci fi adventure. Assuming you can suspend your disbelief for long enough to accept a teenage Nobel laureate, the scenario is even quite plausible - featuring funding politics and corporate cover- ups a plenty. Fun and engaging; I'm looking forward to the next one.
InD'tale Magazine
Huchton's sci-fi novel joins the growing genre of New Adult, and readers will be waiting with bated breath for the next in the Endure series.

Read full review in the October 2013 issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Denise Allen
Dec 17, 2015 Denise Allen rated it it was ok
Wasnt happy with it, at all...
Nov 15, 2013 Hmr28 rated it did not like it
This one was so boring I skipped through the last half. While technically the writing is fine there was little to no plot and the characters were bland and uninteresting as was the dialogue.
Dani Morales
Jun 02, 2013 Dani Morales rated it it was amazing
This book is beyond amazing! Full review to come on June 25th!!
Feb 17, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
A fantastic ride for fans of romance and sci-fi!
Shelley (Bella)
Excellent debut! Review to come 6/28.
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A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. She is a three-time finalist for Parsec Awards for her podcast fiction work, and was the first place winner for Science Fiction & Fantasy in the Sandy competition in 2012. Her work spans science fiction, fantasy, New Adult Romance, Young Adult titles, Steampunk, Contemporary, and various other varietie ...more
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