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Earthrise

(Her Instruments #1)

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,430 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Reese Eddings has enough to do just keeping her rattletrap merchant vessel, the TMS Earthrise, profitable enough to pay food for herself and her micro-crew. So when a mysterious benefactor from her past shows up demanding she rescue a man from slavers, her first reaction is to say “NO!” And then to remember that she sort of promised to repay the loan. But she doesn’t remem ...more
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Published April 30th 2013 by Studio MCAH
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Dec. 31, 2017: Her Instruments Series Box Set (books 1-4) only $1.99!!!! Buy it buy it buy it!!!!!





Well I'll Be Damned the MacHalos Actually Picked a Non Despicable Book to Read for Once Buddy Read (WIBDtMHAPaNDBtRfOBR™). With the MacHalos. Duh ☠

Actual rating: 4.5 stars. Yeah yeah yeah, I know, I'm on a nauseating book-loving roll. So sorry about that. I promise to read some pure, undiluted crap ASAP.

Friendly warning: Petronilla, my air-headed, blonde mojo with a silly smirk on her face is st
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Sh3lly (GrumpyBookGrrrl.com)
This one is free again (July 5, 2018) on US Amazon.

3.5 stars

Free on Kindle at time of review

A sci-fi story that is not bogged down by unpronounceable words and textbook-like descriptions typical in a lot of sci-fi books! :) Reese is the captain of the Earthrise, a freighter ship with a crew of mixed species... you've got cat-like aliens, a Phoenix, and one that walks on four legs and has wings. They decide to go on a mission to rescue an almost elf-like alien called an Eldritch. He is several hu
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Choko
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
*** 3.75 ***

A buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks:):):)


I had no clue what to expect apart from this book being classified as a Sci-Fi, so I was very pleased to discover a fun Universe of pelted races, humans and Space Elvs!!!! I know, how cool is that??? Well, we get to meet one of them, at least, when a Captain of the trader ship Earthrise, Reese is charged with finding and rescuing a mysterious Eldritch Hirianthial who has been captured by pirates and about to be given to slavers... Reese has
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The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
The cover! The cover! I adore this cover! So much awesomesauce with this cover! A heroine with dark skin and braids. How often does THAT happen in any genre? Julie Dillon is just so amazing when it comes to creating incredible fantasy art with PoC front and center.

Happy happy! Joy joy! Dancing around the room listening to the latest Blind Guardian. It's been ages since I've read such a kick-ass swashbuckling sci-fi adventure. The last one I'd read with a Black female lead was Ascension (which wa
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Cathy (cathepsut)
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Free ARC, provided by Netgalley, thank you!

Wasn't so sure at first, if I would like it, but about a quarter into the book I was in love with all of the main characters. I adore Hirianthial, his psychic landscape is fantastic. The Harat-Shar are great comic characters and the bird-like Bryer is fascinating. The Flitzbe is like a more advanced tribble.

Throw in a classic run-chase-and-hide scenario with an asteroid field, and your swashbuckling space adventure is off to an entertaining ride.

I reall
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Maria Dimitrova
I should learn to prioritize the books my dear wife recommends because this was great! It's been a while since I got so caught up in a series. I actually finished it in a week. Sure there were just three books but still. Especially since RL has been a bitch lately and my reading time is severely reduced.

Back to the book. Earthrise introduces the reader to a universe filled with genetically engineered species called the Pelted. At some point the Pelted left Earth and colonised their own planets.
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 Simply Sam ツ
Alright, here it goes. A semi-crappy review bulked up with some pretty crappy pics but honestly, it's all I have the brain cells for anymore.

I purchased and listened to the audio for this one, and I'll be honest, I don't think he was a great choice for this book.





Big shocker there, right?


His voice was way too raspy, whispery, and gravelly for the role. He sounds like he should be voicing an old-time, down and out cowboy like this,



not a 30 year old woman like this,



I listened to bits in the car
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Gergana
Ufffffff.... It's complicated.

On one hand, Earthrise is a book with an intriguing plot, well-rounded characters, creative world-building and, most importantly, a cover that borders to absolute divine perfection!

On the other hand.... it took me several months to finish it. Why? Let's just say that despite one of the most likable and unique casts that exists in fiction, despite the huge amount of creativity in terms of races, worlds, psychology and the complete unpredictability of the plot, there
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Andrea Jackson
This came highly recommended by people I respect, but I guess it's just a matter of taste. The writing and editing were done well. I love the space camp-y feel. But I just disliked the heroine so much that it ruined the book for me. By the end, her TSTL actions because of her anger towards everyone close to her drove me crazy. She almost got them all killed, because she refused to listen to an ally who had proven himself. I HATE heroines like that. To me she acted like some middle-school brat.

ed
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Athena
The main character ... oh man. I shucked three stars from this otherwise excellent sci-fi novel just because the MC (Reese) is so poorly written. I get that she's supposed to be an anti-hero, oh boy do I get that, but the construction of her personality just makes no sense, at all, in any genre. She's constantly combative and angry (that's her personality, period); she has the galaxy's worst decision-making skills and shows absolutely no command capability, let alone the ability to be in a room ...more
Tiara
TL;DR Review:



3.5 stars. Where have you been all my life, book? Even with my few complaints, where have you been?

Longer Review:

Full Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided to me by Studio MCAH via Netgalley. I would like to thank the author, the publisher, and Netgalley for providing me this opportunity. All opinions expressed from here forward are my own.

I almost put this book a little lower on my NetGalley pile because the NetGalley description had a side note that this was a space
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Megan
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you like found families? Do you like rag-tag crews having adventures in space? Do you like books that prioritise character over plot? Do you like romances that burn so slow you can barely see any progression at all? Do you like A Long Way to Small Angry Planet? Do you like things that make you your heart hurt a little but then fill it with joy?

Maybe give this book a try, is all I'm saying.
Hélène Louise
This book was absolutely perfect for me.
I don't know how to explain it, maybe by making a list: perfect characters, action but no non-stop-action, alternative humans and aliens, an every day live story, endearing characters, humour, a lot of good psychology, people who act like real people, a sentiment of reality in an alternative world and, at least but not last, a very easy and comfortable read.

Some people could say that the tonality is a little bit naive, but not me. On the contrary, I love t
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Cheesecake
I read this a couple years ago...
It is more sci fi adventure/intrigue with a dash of romance.
I enjoyed this for the most part. The author has a vivid imagination!
I was more intrigued by the H than the h. I got tired of her bulldogged stubbornness. She's pricklier than a porcupine. Sure her family sucks, but why is that always an excuse in books to be a jerk? I also got tired of her stomach ailments (which were pretty darn serious). They made me cringe (view spoiler)
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Rosalind M
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
3.75 stars. I found myself deeply annoyed by the main character's combative attitude and poor decision-making, but I kept reading to follow the other beings the storyline introduced. Here's hoping Reese is more tolerable in the next book in the series.
K Orion Fray
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After having read and reviewed A Rosary of Stones and Thorns for Hogarth, I’d kicked her campaign for Earthrise – mainly because it was 1) a book 2) by an author I was familiar with 3) that was offering a signed copy of the book upon completion for an exceptionally reasonable amount of money.

Sold!

So when I finally got my copy of Earthrise after having copy-edited Mindtouch for her, I was ecstatic. Earthrise promised me more Eldritch and more Pelted people and more interesting times in the space
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R.A. White
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
When I picked up this full length sci-fi novel for free on Amazon, I was hoping for something with a bit of a 'Firefly' feel, and it scratched my itch. It may not be quite as humorous as 'Firefly', but the relationships between captain and crew and the solid world building did it for me. Since I don't read a lot of sci-fi I had a little trouble at first with all the different aliens on the ship (and there aren't many, it's just me) and wasn't sure if I'd enjoy a book with only one human
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erforscherin
Earthrise is a pretty straightforward space adventure, something like a lighthearted Star Trek episode-of-the-week: a down-on-its-luck ship crew is given a secret mission from a mysterious benefactor, rescues and befriends an alien, tangles with interplanetary slavers, and eventually finds a clever way to bring them down with the help of some friends.

But the major props here go to the worldbuilding and character-building. If this is your first introduction to the Alliance, there’s a lot to disco
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D.L. Morrese
A cranky female space freighter captain unintentionally gets involved with interplanetary drug dealers and slave traders. It's not an overly original story, but it's entertaining enough for a light read. It's mostly a space opera with a fair amount of chaste romance, some fantasy, and a bit too much introspective angst (for my taste). I found some of the prose...awkward at times. The protagonist is not entirely likeable or believable. She seems slow on the uptake, and her reactions often do not ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
Abandoned. (DNF'd)

I'm sorry to say that I just could not keep going with this audio book. The narration was just too off putting. The narrator's voice is extremely deep which under normal circumstances would be a plus for me, however in this case his voice was so raspy that it sounded to me like he was just recovering for a bad bought of laryngitis. There are odd sections of the audio that feel spliced together along with some kind of odd ambient noises in the background. I think that I like th
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Jasmine
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie
Oh, heh-heh, fluffy space opera. I love fluffy space opera! Dealing with pirates, everyone's broke, awkard situations— well that's some buried trauma we just dealt with. And that's some more trauma. OH WOW that's a lot of trauma. BLOOD. SO MUCH BLOOD AND TRAUMA. WHY IS EVERYTHING TERRIBLE. RUN. RUN. START THE SHIP WE NEED TO RUN.
Pamela(AllHoney)
The first book in the Her Instruments series by M.C.A. Hogarth. Captain Theresa Eddings, or Reese as everyone calls her, owes a favor to a mysterious benefactor from her past and now the favor is due. She must rescue an Eldritch spy from jail. But the rescue has set space pirates after them. The Eldritch are a mysterious race and highly desired by many as slaves. The pirates are not happy to have their possession taken. Hirianthial, the Eldritch spy, is actually a doctor.

I had some minor issues
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shroom-boi
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So a human spaceship captain, two furries, a phoenix, a sphynx and an alien elf walk into a bar...
Hey, I really liked this one! It was less sci-fi than I'd maybe hoped for, but a lot more entertaining that I could've guessed. I absolutely loved the familial ease with which the Earthrise crew pokes at each other, and Hirianthial (yes, I had to look up how to spell his name) will fit in there so well. Though also Reese is going to need large amounts of "shut up and leave him be"...
Also listen, I'm
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Kyoko M.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars

I've been awful busy these days writing my own series, but I finally had the (LONG, ARDUOUS, 4-HOUR FLIGHT-INDUCED) free time to read a title about a black female protagonist in a sci-fi setting. Thankfully, I was recommended this book, and it's a delightful change of pace from things I've tried previously.

Don't let the 3 1/2 star rating fool you. I'm prepared to go into detail, and please don't think there is anything overtly WRONG with the book. I actually like it more than I've li
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Rain
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was SO good. The Eldritch remind me a lot of the Liadens by Lee and Miller - not in a "this was copied" way but just in a, "wow this is also a deftly written, very mannered, dangerous, complex society that has evolved layers of exquisite behavior and social customs to ensure their survival of each other."

I'm hooked.

Really love the many races of Pelted and just, Reese is a terribly compelling heroine, Hirianthial is also very compelling, the Harat-Shar twins... it's good. Really really goo
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
You really have to look a gift horse in the mouth. Reese Eddings took a loan that is now putting her ship the Earthrise, her crew and herself in danger.

I loved the characters in Earthrise. Reese Eddings is at the center the story. She has a lot of internal problems that play out throughout the story. Her mixed race crew is full of interesting people. I loved the pelted ones. They added a lot of humor.

In spite of the danger at the heart of the story this is a slow moving story. Hogarth takes the
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Alice
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book one of a great series

With a crew of alien species, human Captain Reese is flying her battered merchant ship through space attempting to make a profit trading. Unexpectedly she is called to pay off a debt by picking up a Eldrich man being held prisoner for sale to slavers. This begins a series of adventures filled with danger, including those of emotional attachment.

The characters are all well developed with both lovable quirks and weaknesses, and you will soon be strongly invested in their
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Sandra
Feb 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Yeah i'm DNFing this one its my second time trying it and I just can't get into it I might try it again another time, maybe the 3rd time will be the charm
Alexandra
4/1/17 Free on Kindle, $1.99 to add Audible.

Thanks for the heads-up, Sh3lly!

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Katelyn (Lost as Alice, Mad as the Hatter)
Actual Rating: 3.5 for the plot and world; 2.0 for the characters

"...he felt as if he was embracing an armful of naked swords."

Best line to describe Reese, our main character and Captain of the Earthrise merchant vessel. This has to be one of the most emotionally inept characters I have ever read. Childish temper tantrums are not just tantrums, but how she speaks to her crew!!! Throughout the entire novel I was telling her to grow the f up. My niece was more polite and socially intelligent d
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