I mostly enjoyed this story. In a lot of ways this reminded me of Jayne Castle's earlier "Harmony" books; romance was present and the attraction the cI mostly enjoyed this story. In a lot of ways this reminded me of Jayne Castle's earlier "Harmony" books; romance was present and the attraction the characters felt for each other shaped a lot of their interaction, but it wasn't the defining characteristic of the story. I think if they two hadn't become romantically linked they would have gone the extra mile for each other because that is who they are.
And to be honest I sometimes felt the romance was a bit forced. The timeframe isn't terribly long for this story and they spend the better part of that time tramping through the jungle with Tom's men, fighting off native warriors, unlocking the mystery of what was going on, Tom was practically comatose for a good chunk of time and at one point or other the two are separated. The few moments of quiet they do have together don't feel as deep a connection as they should have warranted.
Also, and maybe this was just me, but Tom's crew is sent to retrieve Andi (and only Andi). He doesn't know why, Andi isn't certain why and together the pair of them can't come to the obvious conclusion that is explicitly stated about halfway through. I honestly kept thinking "It can't be that simple an excuse right? There is something more special at work?". Nope. It really is that simple.
Scott tosses a lot of information at us in regards to the world, the political climate, the outside influences, the religion, the social structure, the business holdings, the outside military based on the planet, the economics, the history of the people, mystical woo-woo that saves lives, Andi's specialness...seriously. Its a lot of information for one book. I'm normally all for it, but there's no time in between anything to really absorb any of it.
I found myself confused, more than once, who exactly they were all running from and why the Head Honcho the rebels (I guess?) all claim to respect can't stop what's happening. And when the motivation is laid out, its a bit of a handwave that's kind of telegraphed, but not very well throughout the story.
I enjoyed the story for Andi and for Tom, and their misfit band of traveling companions. Despite my confusion I wanted to follow through to the end to find out what the big mystery was. And hey I'm always in favor of women who at least TRY to be proactive in their rescue attempt.
**spoiler alert** Let me start with the good before I delve into the bad. I liked that Shay wasn't letting anyone stop her from her dream. Not her mot**spoiler alert** Let me start with the good before I delve into the bad. I liked that Shay wasn't letting anyone stop her from her dream. Not her mother, not her father's reputation and not the SpaceCorps. I also liked that even after becoming a pirate she holds to her principles and (though largely told to us instead of shown to us) proves to her father that her way was just as good as his way. She was clever (if rather reckless), resourceful and ultimately good at what she did.
Jayce meanwhile is just this side of too good to be true most times, but he reacts much of the time as any friend who doesn't understand what happened would. 10 years is a long time to wonder what happened to the perfect life you had almost in hand. I was also surprised when he made it clear to Shay that he takes great pride in his job and what they do. The SpaceCorps aren't, much as Shay would like to believe since they tossed her over, the evil empire. They had a very real concern about who her father was. Granted they didn't know he had no idea she was alive and that she thought he was dead, but they had justifiable reason to treat her case with extreme caution (which Jayce points out and Shay fumes at him for).
The two together were entertaining. When their head was in the game and the romance was stowed away they were dangerously effective. The two of them, despite being a bit sappy together at times, had grown up and apart into adults. Neither carried the "I've been angsting over you for years" baggage and neither rhapsodized endlessly about it. Jayce wanted answers (and deserved them) and Shay had to confront what had really caused her to run. End of story.
What I didn't like was that we're told about how great a pirate Shay is. Not only that, but she's this great pirate with scruples. She took her father's second in command, has the universe salivating over the chance to capture her, and is so well regarded that her client goes out of his way to secure her expertise.
Jayce meanwhile, once Shay runs off and becomes a pirate, apparently goes on to become Super Cool Soldier Guy who is also well-regarded, medals up to wazoo and trusted.
We don't see either progress from starry-eyed teens dreaming of the sky to dangerous effective spacers. The book is too short to answer so many questions raised. Like how did Shay's Steader mother meet her pirate (though I guess he was legit before that, its a little hazy) father?
At the end, even though I thought Shay and Jayce made a great professional team, I was less convinced of their emotional need. While I was certain that Shay was all aboard for their relationship, Jayce's hesitance until it becomes clear that he doesn't have to make a choice gave me pause. If Shay hadn't negotiated the deal she had, would Jayce have risked a relationship? I have a feeling the answer is no....more
In Fisher's first book, GHOST PLANET, I had a few qualms with the narrative style. It was rather confusing honestly. I'm happy to say that this secondIn Fisher's first book, GHOST PLANET, I had a few qualms with the narrative style. It was rather confusing honestly. I'm happy to say that this second book, not related to GHOST PLANET, kept me riveted to my Kindle (of which I read the e-ARC on).
The premise is pretty simple - humans f'ed up by creating a race of beings to be their second class and it turned out very very badly. For everyone. For the "Manti" (which is really a short form of anyone with mutagens basically...yes we managed to be even more offensive towards our creations by labeling them all the 'same') it sort of worked out. Kind of. For the humans...well...they live in gilded cages. Or hunted. Or they disappear. Really the options aren't so great in the beginning (they get moderately better sounding towards the latter half).
We open to both our heroine (Ash) and our Hero (Pax) waking up on the shore of an offlimits lake. Ash is dressed in a flimsy dress and Pax is naked having at some point gone into defensive mode. Neither remembers how they got there, why they are there, why Pax was in defensive mode, why Ash is in a flimsy dress outside the confines of her city or why they're anywhere near each other. Unfortunately for Pax his mating instincts kick into overdrive with Ash, but he does everything short of putting himself inside of a cage to keep her safe from his...courting shall we say.
Which I'll give Fisher credit, even though Pax is very very keen to get with Ash he is also very very keen to gain her trust, help her recover her memory, keep her safe and untangle the web they're in. So while his body (which is part insect) is urging him to make her his, his mind (and heart) are like OMG STOP. TELL THE SHIP TO SHOOT YOU IF YOU TRY.
There's a lot packed into this book--we have the memory issues, the truth of what lies between the Manti and the humans, the rebel faction, the religious faction, the religious rebel faction, Ash and Pax's...relationship and the truth above all truths. While I found some of it a bit repetitive and the truth behind Ash's memory loss to be a bit of an eyeroll handwave, I genuinely was interested to know what was going on. I wanted to see where the whole thing with Pax was going, what was going to happen with his sister, why it was so damned important for Ash to risk everything on a gamble that could have turned out badly (spoiler: she has 9 lives, I swear it).
I was also genuinely pleased with how Fisher handled Pax and Ash's evolution towards their trust. It felt organic and well paced, with only a little bit of impatience with Pax on my end (his urge to mate with Ash had him making...tactically unsound decisions at times, but it was all right, his sister was there to hit him upside his head for it).
Definitely give this a shot, fans of Linnea Sinclair especially will enjoy this....more
Let me make something very clear from the outset--I have conflicted feelings in regards to this book. For a good deal of the book it was playing out bLet me make something very clear from the outset--I have conflicted feelings in regards to this book. For a good deal of the book it was playing out beautifully. Kris gets sent to the future by a future version of herself (a crazy, deranged, gun-wielding future version no less)to save HIM, gets stuck in a world where women are a scarcity, giant alien bugs roam around eating them and the religious zealots are in control.
If ConRad seemed to be more bi-polar then sane, I forgave that since the entire world was nuts (not an understatement). I appreciated the fact that Klein was willing to basically say 'Yeah? So?' to a lot of cliches and had a few surprises lurking about. I was even kind of down with the love-hate relationship ConRad and Kris developed. It seemed heck of a lot more plausible then one or both of them suddenly developing these immense feelings of love when all they did was fight pretty much.
Somewhere around the middle of the book I began wavering. Klein doesn't really hold much back. Her characters are put through hell, given a band-aide and told to crawl through it all over again. More importantly they got hurt, a lot, and for brief stints of time had to handle the consequences of their actions (like deliberately disobeying orders...a dozen times...). Problem was I kind of lost interest in Kris and ConRad as a couple.
Intellectually what he did made sense. Its even spelled out by a character to Kris as to why it made sense in the long term. And her reaction, given her view of how things went down, was completely justifiable. When matters resume between them I was really gearing up for a long fight. The two have so many issues they'd give Freud a heart attack, yet in what is a relatively short amount of time they get over them. Or rather they get over the original problem and push everything else to the side.
And honestly it felt like ConRad was kind of just moving Kris from Point A to Point B with little care for her thoughts. Even after the big problem they face, when she's more or less Tough Chick (in line with Sarah Connor in Terminator 2) it never felt like they were on equal footing in the relationship. The notion just grew over time for me until by the end of the book (things get real convoluted) I would have preferred her to be alone.
The ending was just...I don't have words. Klein took a deus ex machina and then hammered it into the ending. At least twice. Why did that one phone call/conversation have to take the road it did? I honestly believe this is a book that should not have had a HEA for the main couple. Or if Klein was stuck on the idea, make it a duology so that the ending didn't get all clumped together with Kris making decisions that left me confused and a huge amount of time skip.
Kris as a character got to be a bit tiresome after a while, at least in the first half. Instead of thinking, she often reacted quickly and without remembering 'oh wait didn't rules!', leading to some hilarious scenes ("It said it was a COMMUNITY SHOWER!", "ITS A COMMUNITY OF MEN!") and some baffling scenes.
ConRad ran hot and cold for me. He did some really...horrific things. And Kris doesn't always paint him well or give the reader much reason to feel safe with him. His mercurial mood shifts were a bit disturbing too.
Overall I really enjoyed the potential this book brought to the table. It tried to be too many things at once though and ended up short-changing everything in the process....more
I had previously read Andrews only in context with her comedic paranormal romance series "Karmic Consultants". I really, really enjoy those books. TheI had previously read Andrews only in context with her comedic paranormal romance series "Karmic Consultants". I really, really enjoy those books. They're sexy and funny and paced almost perfectly for afternoon reading or sneaking between work shifts. That said Reawakening Eden is well paced, sexy and thoroughly enjoyable (so really it's just missing the comedy).
Right from the get-go Andrews introduces us to Eden, who is scared witless of the world she's trying to survive in, but doing her level best to keep herself and the two kids she's got with her safe. Eden makes no bones about tough it is, how even with all the reading she did on the subject of survival she's unable to manage something like lighting a fire. Meeting Connor is almost a god-send; military grade tough with a generous heart and killer bod...well Eden doesn't complain.
I appreciated that Andrews doesn't dress up Connor and Eden's relationship in pretty words. Though the advent of the sex is quick, the rationale is sound--who knows when the world is going to die, take what you can when you can. Both characters are given a good sense of development, given the limited page count and I found it interesting how for Eden a lot of it revolves around her plans for the future and for protecting the kids. While with Connor we learn a lot more from what he doesn't say, the things he does instead.
The whole cult in Seattle was mildly disturbing and I've never been so glad Connor was who he was then at that moment.
The world itself is a bit sketchier. There doesn't seem to be a reason behind why Lucas and Hannah-Rose (the two children Eden is protecting) survived when seemingly no other kids did. Nor is there any explanation how the virus happened, why no one has gotten pregnant (to anyone's knowledge at least) in the almost year since it happened. Eden and everyone else is pretty much going by what they know--there isn't any way to get news from a local or international scale. I'd be interested to see more in this vein, to find out a bit more about the world at large and who survived where.
Review was originally published at Night Owl Reviews...more
Prelim Review: Futuristic/Scifi romance is a hard sell for me because often the author will either make it way too complicated and forget to focus onPrelim Review: Futuristic/Scifi romance is a hard sell for me because often the author will either make it way too complicated and forget to focus on the romance angle, or focus too much on the romance and make the future sound just like the present just with funky names. Archer, who's historical novels I already adore, made me a happy girl with COLLISION COURSE.
First, and this is a purely superficial thing I love the name Mara and the fact she has white hair. I would have read this book for no other reason. Mara is a tough answers to no one smuggler/scavanger who is not afraid to speak her mind. She hates that the 8th Wing (a military group) pretty forced her hand in helping them and is plenty vocal on it. I don't blame her, I'd be pretty pissed off too. It was underhanded, sneaky and questionably moral. Mara does however have a sense of right and wrong, her life is just full of profit and pro-bono missions for the 8th are not profitable at all.
Full Review to be posted at Poisoned Rationality...more
Prelim review: Honestly speaking I really dislike when authors do crossovers for their different genres--I'm an OCD sort of reader so I feel an urge tPrelim review: Honestly speaking I really dislike when authors do crossovers for their different genres--I'm an OCD sort of reader so I feel an urge to read all the other books. Despite not being that interested in the Arcane Society.
So I'm ignoring that this is part of a trilogy.
As a new Harmony novel it was fascinating because it gave a lot more clues away about the world and the aliens then we've gotten in recent books. Also Dust Bunnies were featured more prominently (I really would like a Dust Bunny adventure book)....more
For the record I've read 8 of the authors listed above previously. In the introduction by Telep she mentions how time travel romance flourished in theFor the record I've read 8 of the authors listed above previously. In the introduction by Telep she mentions how time travel romance flourished in the 90's and early new millennium, but how paranormal romance has sort of shoved it away. I tried to remember the last *new* time travel romance I had read and I believe it would be Gwyn Cready's Tumbling Through Time, which I only liked so-so. I know that Brenda Joyce had several with her Time Guardians series--which was also a so-so series in my opinion. If you count e-books, then Emma Lai's 'Mates of the Guardians' stories are also time travel (the Guardians protect time and such), both of which I enjoyed quite a bit.
So if you're like me you're wondering why I would buy a book about Time Travel Romance (when I should have bought the Vampire Romance anthology, or the second Paranormal Romance anthology) and the truth is that I want to like Time Travel Romances. I was unfortunately tainted by all the ones in the 90's however and grew very cautious of the concept.
Did I enjoy this anthology? At times. I was disappointed more often then not, and felt that some of the endings to the stories were too 'And you can guess what happens next' for my tastes. I'm shallow, I like my romances to end with something along the lines of 'happily ever after' if they're not going to end with 'and they all died'. Give me syrupy sweet or give me bitterly dark.
That said I did enjoy some of them--Gwyn Cready's "The Key to Happiness" was refreshing. In it a man comes back to stop the woman he loves from making a choice that will ultimately kill her spirit. She'll have everything she wants for years, but then one moment in time happens and her world crumbles around her feet. He offers her a choice--take the road you know will lead to success or take the road that may lead to lasting happiness. This was the perfect short story; it tied up loose ends, had development and tension, and didn't end as if it should have had three chapters more to it.
Conversely Sandy Blair's "MacDuff's Secret" is also an interesting read, but I think I would have preferred if it had been longer. Novel length perhaps. A young teacher in Scotland travels back with five of her charges to a Glen that is almost too good to be true. But for a woman who has always done what is expected of her, will she take the chance to have something for herself finally?
Sara MacKenzie's "Stepping Back" was a fun read, though the ending left me unsatisfied. A young woman with no past begins to dig up the history of young woman who had disappeared a century earlier.
Hands down the story I enjoyed the most was A.J. Menden's "Future Date" about a a dating site that measures who you're compatible with across time itself. It was quirky, it was a cute and it was witty--much like her Elite Hands of Justice books are.
For the vast majority of the other stories however they didn't hold my interest very long. Some started out interestingly enough, but soon got tiresome or annoying (Michelle Maddox's "The Eleventh Hour") and some just were boring period (Maureen McGowan's "Lost and Found").
Am I glad I read it? Yes, because these aren't the same sort of tawdry bits of fluff from the days of yore in Time Travel Romance Writing so they did give me hope. I just wish that more of the stories had held my interest. ...more
When I originally picked up this book I thought it was a sci-fi romance. I didn't realize that really it was a science fiction novel, with some romancWhen I originally picked up this book I thought it was a sci-fi romance. I didn't realize that really it was a science fiction novel, with some romance that had a cover (that while pretty) didn't accurately portray the contents at all.
Linnea is a feisty heroine with a plan that may or may not be the stupidest idea she's ever had. Really depends on your viewpoint. She wants to save her planet at all costs--even that of her family ties and respect. Iain is rather the opposite--he'd give up his family pretty quickly all told (some of them are...disturbing to say the least.).
When I first read the book I didn't have any problems with how it was written--its more or less a two part story in one novel. The first part is Linnea's daring plan, making an ally of Iain and uncovering a lot she really shouldn't have. The second part is the consequences (for them both) of uncovering that terrible secret. On a second (or third I forget which this is) read through it felt a little more disparate.
Then also Landon has homosexual relationship between men as the norm for Iain's society--its almost as expected of a man to take a male lover as a female lover. Women are more or less ornaments in his world, used for breeding purposes to create better pilots. Unfortunately the Pilot-Master society is ruthless and it leads to the disturbing person that is Iain's cousin, Rafael who uses sexual abuse against both Linnea and Iain.
I don't think this is necessarily a novel for people who don't like a whole lot of dark in their reading--the end is...less than hopeful for a variety of reasons. The 'evil' of the series in general (The Cold Minds) turned my stomach a bit. Even still I recommend this to fans of suspenseful science fiction books....more
Needless to say spoilers abound in Scarlet for Red.
Have I mentioned how much I love the covers? No? Let me digress into that for a moment. We got to sNeedless to say spoilers abound in Scarlet for Red.
Have I mentioned how much I love the covers? No? Let me digress into that for a moment. We got to see Gina/Red on the cover of Red and we got to see the deliciousness that is meant to be Morgan's naked chest as well. On Scarlet we get more Gina/Red looking badass in black and red leather plus Morgan looking badass with injuries, a fierce look on his face and unfortunately completely covered. The third book, Crimson (due out in November), promises to have a beautiful cover as well. I'd be down for prints of those covers if I thought I could get some.
Back to business. We left Gina and Morgan ready to embark on their new relationship after the threat of Morgan's cousin Kane was eliminated, Gina stepped down from IPTT to find out more about her Other self (her werewolf side) with Morgan in Nuria and Roark Mongomery is three fingers down and swearing revenge left, right and center at Gina and Morgan.
Montgomery is like those classic villians who are willing to threaten anything and everything to get what they want. He doesn't scruple to abuse his power (discreetly) or drug people into compliance or blackmail people into compliance...hell he doesn't even scruple to have them tortured and killed if it suits his goals better. The man has no 'this is going to far' switch at all. The only thing that keeps him in check is making sure things stay as secretive and far removed from him as possible. The only moves he wants made are the ones that can be used to deceive the public into doing what he wants. Quite frankly I can't stand the man at all, but I appreciate the unrepentant evil that he represents. The future is bleak, barren and little better then desert tribes for the most part--that sort of atmosphere deserves a man who will do whatever it takes to grab power.
It also deserves a hero and heroine who will do whatever it takes to make it better and Gina and Morgan fit that bill mostly. They are both preoccupied with personal problems throughout the book--Morgan with his dead wife and kid being cloned and Red with her feelings of uncertainty and uselessness. Red's head is definitely more in the game then Morgan's is for this volume. Morgan runs headlong into what anyone with half a brain would recognize as a trap. That left Gina alone in Nuria, with half the town convinced she had purposely gotten rid of Morgan, the other half convinced that she was dangerous because she couldn't control her werewolf side and all of the town convinced she was sleeping around.
The Nurians surprised me the most I think in this book, but then again Morgan is their Alpha. He is the one who kept them in line with just a hitch of his shoulders. The rumblings from last book of wanting to replace him I think never completely went away and with him running off without a word to anyone but Gina, it must have made folks very worried. Scared too. Add to it the frame job that made Gina look like a murdering slut...well...
I bought this book and read it within the same 10 hour window. I am eternally grateful that I have Crimson from BEA to read next because I'm not sure I could wait until November. The end makes for some interesting dynamic shifts and power struggles, not to mention personal developments I am intensely interested in....more
Red starts out a little bit gruesomely--the first chapter is told from the killer's POV as he stalks and ultimately rips a woman apart in a deluded beRed starts out a little bit gruesomely--the first chapter is told from the killer's POV as he stalks and ultimately rips a woman apart in a deluded belief that she is his 'One', his 'mate'. The fact that she tears apart so easily and dies fazes him only slightly, he just figures there is someone better out there after all.
The book alternates like that--we have a mostly third person POV (either from Morgan or Gina's perspective), but occasional chapters are from the killer's first person POV, especially as we get closer to learning the truth of who he is exactly. I liked that--it gave us a sense of who, or rather what, we were dealing with and later when its revealed who it is, helps to round out the character development so as not to seem like it came out of left field.
Overall I had few problems with the book--it did get a little redundant with both Morgan and Gina constantly thinking about how much they wanted to have sex with the other and the list of reasons why they shouldn't or should wait. It didn't help that Gina was largely clueless about herself and her true nature while Morgan (and the entire rest of the town) was not. While Gina was being Gina, Morgan (and the other Others, or paranormals, in town) saw the subtle meaning behind certain gestures she made. Baring her neck to him, backing down in a fight, fierce protectiveness. It made for some interesting reading.
Guessing who the killer is should either be really simple and a 'I knew I was right' moment or a confusing 'really? but I thought...?' moment. I had a little of both. I guessed correctly, but was left confused as to the killer's ability to remain so...not crazed. Reading the killer's POV chapters should make you think this guy was off his rocker and should be caught sooner rather then later, but not so much. Gina is the catalyst in so many ways and for so many plans and people.
My one true gripe with the book is near the end when Gina goes to talk to her grandfather about a sensitive matter. I didn't recognize her at all. The strong, independent, fierce and capable chick was suddenly replaced with a juvenile trying to deny that she had been caught cheating on a test. If I could have slapped her, I would have. Hard. Then run far far away when she pulled a gun or knife on me. I realize that her world was shattering in a matter of moments, but it seemed too overdone to me.
This is tied in with Gabriel's Ghost and Shades of Dark (collectively known as the 'Dock 5' novels), so spoilers abound for many events and characterThis is tied in with Gabriel's Ghost and Shades of Dark (collectively known as the 'Dock 5' novels), so spoilers abound for many events and character relationships, but a brief recounting of the major plot points occurs to keep potentially new readers out of confusion. The book is also populated with characters that readers will know from the two previous novels (not just Sully and Chaz) so old faces are a friendly sight occasionally.
It was different to read a Linnea book where the romantic leads pretty much are on equal footing in most aspects (power, race, motivation), but I have to say I enjoyed it a great deal. It was nice to see both Rya (I love this name now) and Philip struggle with their attraction and respective feelings towards it. Rya was, with good reason it would seem, in serious hero worship of Philip for about two decades and was having trouble reconciling her Heroic Vision of the Man vs. the mundane reality. Philip meanwhile was struggling with not only his guilt over her father's death, but their age differences and I think the awkwardness of Rya's hero worship.
Some people just don't like pedestals.
Time of course is the great equalizer and by the time their romance really begins their main problem was how little time they had left to express those feelings. Imminent death from all sides does that. I will say, for a little while near the end, their relationship hit a common historical romance trope that is sometimes annoying as sin, but by the end of the book Linnea manages to finagle it into a workable solution to their romantic woes.
Rya's fascination with weaponry was amusing and entertaining (I wonder at the fact that Philip didn't think to question if her feelings were for him or his guns), especially the first few scenes that Philip and Rya re-connect (albeit unknowingly). Rya's ex-lover (can't really be considered a boyfriend) was an aggrevation, but not really anything to be concerned over.
Since the major arc of the Dock 5 books hasn't been concluded I sincerely hope for more exploration into the aftermath of the Alliance's reformation in any future books that come out!...more
I stand corrected on my previous statement that I didn't need to know more about Sully's past/heritage. With the additional of his Kyi-Ragkiril mentorI stand corrected on my previous statement that I didn't need to know more about Sully's past/heritage. With the additional of his Kyi-Ragkiril mentor, Regarth, well it all got a whole lot more interesting. Reading the by-play between Sully and Regarth or the interchange between Chaz and Regarth was highly informative. Not just in how well (or little) each new the other, but also in how far they would push back.
Despite the fact I should have seen Philip as an obstacle, or at least a hindrance to Sully/Chaz's relationship (as I did in Gabriel's Ghost), I understood pretty quickly that Philip wasn't really in it to win back Chaz. He understood that even if by some chance Chaz came back to him, for whatever reason, what Chaz and Sully had could never be replaced by any feelings he had. So instead he became the protector and devil's advocate that Chaz needed occasionally. Someone who was, for the most part, looking out only for HER best interests. The family Chaz needed with everything that happened with Thad, her brother.
What fascinated me most was the not-so-slow dissolve of the original government and the move to a rebel Alliance. I may not be much of a politician myself, but boy how I enjoy them! Small acts are what topple a body of power moreso then large demonstrations. If you break a people's belief in the system, how can they complain when its replaced right under their noses under the guise of 'making things better'?...more
I've read the four books proceeding this one (After Dark, After Glow, Ghost Hunter and Silver Master) plus the novella that (I believe) started it allI've read the four books proceeding this one (After Dark, After Glow, Ghost Hunter and Silver Master) plus the novella that (I believe) started it all, Bridal Jitters and to date I think that other then the duo in Bridal Jitters I haven't fully liked any of the romantic couples featured (to be fair its the same couple in After Dark and After Glow) until this book.
Sierra was a little too reckless to be honest, but other then that I really enjoyed the interaction between Sierra and Fontana. That said the book has 'two' endings, depending on how you look at it. The bad guy is seemingly found out, but a twist near the end makes that just turn upside down slightly. The twist made sense, but was tacked on and not given a lot of development before being pounced on the reader.
The world of Harmony is such an intriguing adventure to be sure. Endless possibilities, but the details given about the original inhabitants of the planet the humans call 'Harmony' make me wish this was more of a scifi book series that would give us a whole book or at least novella with more concrete clues then 'educated' guesses....more
As with Games of Command, I think that Goddess' new cover (the purple) has a very nifty looking space station pictured on it, but the original cover As with Games of Command, I think that Goddess' new cover (the purple) has a very nifty looking space station pictured on it, but the original cover conveys more of what Gillie is like. Plus its what caught my eye and dove me into Sinclair's books. For some reason I thought it was Jem (as in Jem and the Holograms, that 80's rock cartoon) and bought it for that reason. A happy happenstance! And yes for some reason I've been convinced its 'The Accidental Goddess' not 'An Accidental Goddess'. I also think the new covers have less scifi to them and more romance (though they are now carried in the romance section, not scifi like when I got Accidental Goddess years ago).
The Accidental Goddess is fun. Pure and simple. Gillie is a sassy, clever and tough while Mack is the sort of guy girls fall over themselves for. Caring, hard working, witty, and passionate. Who doesn't want that? Their romance alternately made me laugh and sigh in exasperation as Gillie tried to work around what she couldn't tell him and he tried to work what she did tell him into a semblance of order. Simon was a welcome addition to the plight--definitely like an older brother who couldn't resist ribbing his little sister at every possible chance. I could easily see him regaling Mack with tales from Gillie's childhood that would embarrass her to no end.
For me I found it simply fascinating how the Khalaran evolved the myth of Gillie to such epic proportions. Obviously its not dissimilar to what must have happened back in the days of Ancient cultures for us. Gillie's response was perfectly understandable and what she said to Mack was true--what if in hundreds of years people are worshiping him for just doing his duty? How would he feel when faced with that?
I'd argue for a sequel/companion novel just to read about how this newest chapter in the Lady Kiasidira's legecy is effected. Gillie and Mack tried to do damage control, but there's no guarantee that it won't be taken the exact opposite way. Luckily it didn't seem as if there were any prophecies indicating that the Lady Kiasidira would return to the Khalaran people during their darkest hour. I'm not sure any amount of damage control could have helped her then!
I would have liked to see, or at least a mention of, the Raheiran's reaction to Gillie's deification and her resurrection. The end seemed to suggest they still had business with the Khalaran's even after her death, so I wonder at the fact they didn't halt the worship of her. That was their Prime Directive more or less--nurture not interfere, help don't command, wouldn't Gillie being revered as a Goddess go against those precepts?...more
I'm not sure which cover I prefer. I like the blue color of the redesign, but I think that the original cover conveys more of the story. I have the orI'm not sure which cover I prefer. I like the blue color of the redesign, but I think that the original cover conveys more of the story. I have the original cover however so that wins extra points just because it helped me pick it up (though I thought that Ren was Gabriel since he looks more like a ghost then Gabriel does).
I'll say right away I was so happy this was a first person POV from Chaz. I normally prefer those books to third person POV because it helps me feel more 'in tune' with the character. Plus we learn things as they learn things. Which in this case is a wonderful thing because we start with Chaz already planetside and fighting to live. Her past and the events leading up to the prison planet are spread throughout the book as if Gabriel (aka: Sully)'s apparent save from death.
Both of them have heavy enemies and very little time to uncover the plot that Sully found out (the breeding of jukors, though of course this goes deeper then that). Vast Intergalactic Governments are just never the good guys. Except in Accidental Goddess and really they were kind of pandering to a force of evil unintentionally. Plus Chaz wants her good name back, her rank and to be clear of the stigma that she didn't create. They had a large order to fill.
Sully was exasperating, holding things very close to the chest and giving out extra information as it suited him (or when forced to). I'm not talking about his heritage, but facts that needed to be known about the mission they were trying to complete. I would have given Chaz my full support if she took a shot at him once or twice. He was also prone to posturing for the sake of impressing Chaz (especially when he ex-husband was involved).
The only real complaint I have is that it obviously ends in a way that opens itself up to a sequel. Unlike with Accidental Goddess or Games of Command, I think I would have been okay with Gabriel's Ghost being by itself. I had no additional questions regarding Sully or who he was and would have been okay if jukors were never revisited....more
For the record I think the Trilby on the new cover (green) looks more like the one described in the book. Rhis on the green cover however, doesn't havFor the record I think the Trilby on the new cover (green) looks more like the one described in the book. Rhis on the green cover however, doesn't have a mustache like he should. So you know whatever.
I remembered what I liked best about this book is that Trilby obviously had a learning curve to figuring out how to speak Rhis' native tongue, Zafharin. Some of the words could easily be understood, if not fully translated, in context, but after the second half of the book Trilby makes a dedicated effort to learn Zafharin and the reader, in turn, learns with her. Which was nice to see--even nicer was the stilted dialouge that some of the other Zafharin Imperials and Fleet members had in Standard (what Trilby speaks). Not just the normal faults of a foreigner speaking what amounts to English, but stylistic changes. Turns of phrases or flow of words.
Trilby is utterly charming and funny and tough. She is also the furthest sort I could imagine being a freight runner. Outside of some of her cant and cursing, she doesn't come off as being mercenary, which from what I gathered about her past and life, she should have been much harder. Sinclair though seems to purposely do that with her heroines--even Chaz (from Gabriel's Ghost, etc) is tough, but not hard and I would argue she's the toughest of Sinclair's heroines.
I thought it was amusing to watch Rhis go from this demanding jerk to barely constrained sweetheart back to jerk of the year (but secretly so in love he can't think straight) and finally a healthy mix of the two. Well still rather arrogant, but Trilby was there to help keep that in check. The assorted secondary characters were pretty well-rounded as well. Even Jagan, who I assumed to be nothing more a petty playboy womanizer was less shallow then I thought at first. We're still talking kiddie-pool depths here, but not ankle level at least.
A good way to start the week (even if its a little later then I anticipated)! Monday is Games of Command!...more
There really is something about Sinclair's men that make me wanna drool. Seriously. Kel Paten is no exception. I definitely like the original Bantam There really is something about Sinclair's men that make me wanna drool. Seriously. Kel Paten is no exception. I definitely like the original Bantam cover (which I own) better then the new (yellow) one, but I like the ship better on the new cover. Its harder to tell, but the details stand out more. The yellow does stand out more on a bookshelf, which was prolly their intention in marketing I bet.
I'm actually surprised I remembered as much about the book as I did since the first time I read it I was feverish and delusional. The dual romance of the book was amusing to read--on the one hand you have the one-sided courtship of Tasha by Kel Paten clumsily going on (with much of the ship's main crew noticing something) and on the other you have Serafino's two-sided romancing of Dr. Eden Fynn. My heart went out to poor Kel Paten, he thought he had paradise within his grasp after a decade of chasing it, but the entire universe seemed bent on ripping it from him. I wonder if it would have helped his case to make Tank, Tasha's furzel (a cat more or less), warm up to him earlier?
The book could be considered to be two parts--that of when things are (mostly) dandy in the Alliance and our fair travelers don't have overwhelming odds stacked against them and then later when pretty much everything they believed is false in some way. Serafino got the worst of this, I think, given what his sister turned out like, but Kel Paten got an equally bad share of it at the end. I can't imagine what it would be like for such a dedicated man like Kel Paten, who gave up everything because he believed so strongly in the Triad's government, to come to terms with the events of later on. Its a good thing he was already half-cracked because of his not supposed to exist love for Tasha, otherwise I shudder to think what might have happened.
Kel Paten being a biocybe however presented a problem to me--not that he was one, but why they made him one. Very little, beyond his military exploits, is really explained about Kel Paten. He became the way he was as a teenager (or so Dr. Eden assumed), lived a solitary life with few friends, shouldn't have human emotions (aside from the preprogrammed anger responses), can spike into computer systems/ships...but its never explained why. Or how many there are. Or what exactly they did (I was more curious about how they got the brain to interact with the computer, since I don't remember there being mention of brain work too). I spent an inordinate amount of time looking for those answers.
The Ved made my skin crawl and I really want a furzel of mine own. Except I'd likely be as allergic to them as I am every other animal. The Accidental Goddess, the first Sinclair book I ever read and my absolute favorite, is next!...more