I'm not sure what to rate this. It was solidly a 4-star book until probably the last chapter. As with her first book, the author does a tremendous job...moreI'm not sure what to rate this. It was solidly a 4-star book until probably the last chapter. As with her first book, the author does a tremendous job of creating a unique, fascinating new world of the future. I was absolutely interested in the future she created where humans are nearly extinct and the Manti--a race of human/insect hybrids that were actually engineered by humanity themselves--are in control of the planet, and are also mortal enemies of the remaining humans.
The heroine, Ash, is an easy (human) heroine to root for and to like, as she's smart, doesn't act stupidly, and while conflicted at times about her loyalties, doesn't suddenly meet a guy she has an attraction for and decide that he's no longer the enemy and all her loyalty is with him. In other words, this doesn't fall into some of the old romance cliche in that way (some people might find the attraction/insta-lust itself a bit romance cliche but I thought it really worked)
Pax is our hero and he is, of course, a Manti. The story starts with Pax taking Ash prisoner and we follow their journey back to Pax's home, through rebellion and more, and to their happy ending.
Two things about this book: I mentioned I love the world created, and I do. However, I would have liked this book to be even a bit denser in the world building and details shared. I thought there was definitely more to know.
The other thing is that I thought the ending was rushed. I was at 98% and had decided this was the first part of two books, but everything was wrapped up kind of suddenly and somewhat neatly in the space of one scene/discussion. I do wonder if there's another book to come, because it seems like there's more story to tell, but the rushed ending made me feel less satisfied with it than I might otherwise have been.
That said, fans of the authors first book should pick this one up, as should anyone who loves science fiction romance that's truly got a unique setup in the terms of world. (less)
I'm really loving these books so far. I'm giving them a conditional enthusiastic recommendation, with the condition hinging on how it all wraps up in...moreI'm really loving these books so far. I'm giving them a conditional enthusiastic recommendation, with the condition hinging on how it all wraps up in book 3. But right now, I can recommend for scifi fans and space opera fans. There are some romantic elements, but the world building and characterizations are just so good, along with the way the story is going. I can't wait to read book 3! (less)
I'm not generally a fan of YA but the copy for this caught my eye and Hyperion was kind enough to give me an ARC. I popped it open at the start of a l...moreI'm not generally a fan of YA but the copy for this caught my eye and Hyperion was kind enough to give me an ARC. I popped it open at the start of a long flight cross country and was immediately engrossed in the story. I enjoyed the progression of the journey and the characters quite a bit and would recommend it to fans of YA.
Also, someone asked me if there was a cliffhanger. No, this book is a standalone. Though it's part of a trilogy, it appears that the second book will be totally different protagonists. This read as a complete story. (less)
Didn't know until I read the bio at the end of the book that this was actually Susan Johnson under a pseudonym. She was my intro into erotic romance y...moreDidn't know until I read the bio at the end of the book that this was actually Susan Johnson under a pseudonym. She was my intro into erotic romance years ago. First time I ever read the hairbrush as a sex toy, way back when!
Though I liked book one quite a bit, I didn't like this one as much. I thought the heroine, which was what I liked about book one, became more of a typical of these kind of trilogies heroine, letting the hero really talk to her and treat her like crap, but she persisted in staying because she "loved him". And when the big conflict came and the hero has to do something...weird, it was such a left turn that my brain kept going, "wait, he's doing what?" Still a fun read, and I'll be looking for book 3 (although that wait between the UK (Dec 2013) and US (Sept 2014) releases is...yuck. (less)