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(Razia #2)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Piracy is a game. Whom do you trust?

Lyssa Peate has found a tenuous balance between her double lives - the planet-discovering scientist and space pirate bounty hunter named Razia. No longer on probation, Razia still struggles to be thought of as more than a chocolate-fetching joke, and Lyssa can’t be truthful to those closest to her. But both lives are turned upside-down w
Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing
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Christina McMullen
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Alliances for review. Lucky because after reading Double Life, I absolutely fell in love with Razia. The world needs more spitfire female protagonists like this one.
If anything, the second book in the series is even better than the last. Razia has matured... somewhat. She's still just as feisty as ever, and just as stubbornly independent, but open at least to the idea of teaming up when it counts. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure what to make of Liz
Caroline Greyling
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
"Screw them," she said to herself. "I'm going to make them respect me whether they like it or not."

Razia is fighting her way up the ladder in the male dominated world of universal piracy. It’s a tough job and frustrating when nobody seems to take her seriously, despite the fact that she regularly outdoes the competition.
It’s tougher still when she has to juggle her second identity as Dr Lyssa Peate. Dr Peate may be more respectable than Razia in the eyes of the law, but she has more than her s
a  Lena
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book via GR first-reads. I have to admit, this is a solid book. First book of the Razia series called “Double Life” is confusing in the beginning and has a lot of unnecessary details, but when you catch everything up, this second book is pretty fun. They're both action-oriented, so if you don't like slow pace - this is gonna be your thing. Plus, it has everything: space, pirates, good vs. evil, humor, a love story...

The protagonist, young planet-discovering scientist Lyssandra Pe
Michelle Bryan
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading Alliances book 2 of the Razia series by S. Usher Evans....OMG! The story of Dr. Lyssa Peate by day and Razia bounty hunter by night is a must read for every sci-fi fan. I have to say Evans has outdone herself on this one! The action is grittier, the humor is funnier and the story is amazing(ier?):)
You are pulled in from the first page. Imagine a story about a feisty space pirate, mix it with a political thriller and spice it with a dash of romance and you have the base for
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second books are often diagnosed with second book blues. For some reason they have a hard time living up to the expectations of the first book. I'm happy to report that Alliances did not fall victim of this horrible disease! I'm actually surprised at how much I loved this book. I've never been a big sci-fi person and bounty hunting has never interested me before. Somehow, in Alliances, it just all makes sense to me and I think it was a lot of fun to read about.

In Alliances we get introduced to a
Amanda Shelley-Masters
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review

Amazing Book! Evans is a incredible author and I couldn't put the book down for a second! I loved this one even more then the first as this one had even more action and even more laughs as Razia kicks everyone's butts! I got a big kick out of her and liz and all their antics up and down the universe taking out all the guys. I think it would be totally kick butt for Razia to start to own all girl Pirate team!

I think my favour
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
I won a copy of Alliances in a drawing by the author, and I have never been happier with a drawing prize! The plot is intense, complex, and extremely compelling. I love the combination of sci-fi motifs and the conspiracy and adventure elements. The characters are fantastic! Razia is developing beautifully as a character, building on the first book in the series in an organic and fun to read way. She's just as spunky and stubborn and badass, but now she's showing a bit of empathy and humility at ...more
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So much I want to say about this but I do not want to be a spoiler. However I will say that Razia has come to better terms of being Lyssa and the usefulness that brings. And of course, she learns a valuable lesson in not hating others as much as she has felt hated. There is a maturity that grows inside her with the help of a new friend while they uncover one of the biggest political scandals in decades. And all this because of a stolen heritance. Happy puzzle solving intrigue in the continuation ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Psychocat Reads Review of ALLIANCES by S. Usher Evans.

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

If you read my review of DOUBLE LIFE (Razia Book 1), you might recall that I was rather nervous about starting the book, and how things would end when I reviewed it. If you haven’t read the review or the book, go check them out. Suffice it to say, I’m reviewing Razia Book 2, so book 1 didn’t kill me ;)

Now let’s find out what happened when Psychocat and I settled in with AL
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We catch up with Razia about a year after the ending of Double Life. No longer on pirate probation, she's been doing a commendable job bounty-hunting, but getting none of the commendations. She is just as stubborn and unwilling to hear anyone out when they are saying anything she doesn't want to hear. When another female shows up in her territory, it's ON! Despite the unlikelihood of Razia joining forces with anyone, her and Lizbeth begin uncovering an operation much larger than either of them e ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Razia’s back, and she’s still also Lyssa Peate. And she’s still trying to get the male-dominated pirate web to show her some respect and treat her seriously, which suddenly becomes a lot harder when she meets Lizbeth Carter, a government agent with whom she actually has a lot in common. Lizbeth’s trying to get to the bottom of a government conspiracy; Razia’s trying to figure out what her fellow pirates are getting involved in without her. Obviously, they’re a great team.

A great team when they a
Katie Carroll
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Dr. Lyssa Peate, a.k.a. bounty hunter Razia, had finally come to peace with having two identities, but that doesn't mean she's got her life figured out. Lyssa is still something of a loner and has trouble opening up to people, Razia is still considered a bit of a joke in the pirate world, and in both identities she has trouble trusting anyone. After Razia has several run-ins with government worker Lizbeth Carter, who is investigating illegal pirate shipments, Razia is embroiled in the mystery an ...more
Taylor Winsor
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very impressed with this book. I picked it up right after finishing Double Life (and unfortunately had to put it down several times because of work) and fell in love with it, and I'm not going to say too much about it. It has all the action of the last book with a more political-ish thriller feel to it, plus a tease at the romance that is sure to come soon.
Not only does Alliances continue the stories of all the amazing characters from DL but it also introduces us to more, one being Lizbeth
Allen Shepherd
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
S. Usher Evans takes us back to the world of Razia/Lysaa and it is like we never left. We jump right back into the story and it is such a smooth transition from one book to the next. This time Razia is faced/forced with helping a Government Agent track down why the Government needs Pirates to hijack their shipments and just like everything dealing with the Government is never as straight forward as it seems. We also see Razia faced with someone that won't take her bullshit like the rest seem rea ...more
Chasia Lloyd
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series is shaping up to be the funniest sci-fi/space opera series I have read. Lyssa makes a new friend in Alliances who is her complete opposite, and they are fucking hilarious together. Where Lyssa doesn't care much for dressing up and is okay with denying her feelings on everything, Lizbeth is always primped to perfection and telling things like it is. Their bond demonstrates how there's no "one" way to be a girl, and you're fine the way you are. For all the laughs there is in the book, ...more
Kristin Wallin
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved watching this story develop and the addition of Lizbeth in this second installment of series definitely shakes things up. It's nice to see Lyssa interacting with another woman--who is not a member of her family--and having to do some growing up.

All of the characters in this series hold their own and continue to be fleshed out by the author. The reader definitely has a lot to look forward to with the action and trouble that Lyssa gets herself and her friends in and out of. After all,
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, sci-fi, indie
HERE FOR THIS. Okay not gonna lie, sci-fi isn’t really my jam. So while I do find the intrigue and space stuff cool, I’m really hooked on the characters. Lyssa is the SHIT. I love how horrible and flawed she is. Reminds me of me when I’m at my most stubborn and unwilling to apologize. We have sooo much in common. I’m loving seeing all the obstacles and growing pains she has to go through and how she is slowly finding her core group around her. Bring on the next book! And hopefully a little more ...more
Stacy Moll
Dec 28, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The second book in The Madion War Trilogy, kept me glued to the pages, as with the first, I finished this book in one day. Galvan and Theo go through a lot to help their countries and to be together, but it sounds like their work is only beginning and so much more is being asked of them. Well worth the time, this trilogy should be added to you reading list.
Grace Madonio
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So happy to have gotten into this series. I will admit this one was a little harder to read because of all the twists and turns. But I loved the partnership between Razia and Liz. The, at first rival turns into friendly bantering between the two was fun. Highly love this series!
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Alliances more than the first book in the series. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the Razie series.
Alice (Alice's Book Vault)
This book was a wild ride! I have really enjoyed this series so far and cannot wait to read book 3! S. Usher Evans really has a way with words. Highly recommend all her series.
Michael Wood
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good Adventure/Mystery Space Opera


This the second volume in the "Razia" series, and, while I liked the first novel better, it is a good, fun space opera. The plot is byzantine, more strange correlated events than I could count. Since the byzantine plots give the novel much of it's flavor, I won't include spoilers in my review. However, the deadpan, black humour really made it fun to read.
Liz Meldon
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction

Well, Razia was definitely a busy little beaver in this book, and I thought it was great! For me, Alliances was a big step up from the first book. Not to say that the first book was bad. I genuinely enjoyed it, but the second book delved a lot deeper into Razia/Lyssa as a person, exposing her flaws in a way that was very refreshing. Plus Lizbeth is officially one of my new faves in the series, and I enjoyed pretty much every single scene with her. Alliances is a fast-paced, action-packed sci-fi
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, indie
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Alliances is the continuation of Razia’s story and it picks up right after Double Life. When this book starts out, she is struggling with the events that happened at the end of Double Life. She got a glimpse at the person she should or could be and she is really struggling with it. Vel is back at school. He left her all alone, just like everyone else has. Razia is bounty hunting left and right but she still can’t manage to get anyone to notice her. She’s
Nina Lux
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a story of two women tough as nails, of an epic friendship and of courage to pursue the path on which your heart is set, irrespective of other people’s opinions. And it’s a story of empowerment. All set in space, mind. With pirates – PIRATES. IN SPACE!

All right, let’s get down to it. Razia the bounty hunter is on a mission to capture a pirate and when a government official turns up for that very same mission, she’s not having it. So, being Razia, she fights tooth and nail for her right t
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I liked this one a lot better than the first book in the series. This book may have served as a better introduction as the first one felt kind of rushed. This review talks about some details in the story but de-contextualized so you shouldn't find it too spoilery.

I really like that the protagonist had another woman in the cast to interact with; I found the idea that there was literally only one female pirate in the universe to be a ridiculous setup for conflict, and fed too much into silly ideas
Meradeth Houston
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, heartily enjoyed the first book in this series, DOUBLE LIFE, and the second book in the series did not disappoint. Razia, as headstrong and difficult as she is, is portrayed very well and we get a good sense of why she is the way she is (holy mother of all family backgrounds, that's for sure!). There were still a few times I wanted to reach into the pages and shake her by the shirtfront, but she is definitely growing throughout the books, which is something I really appreciate seeing. Liza ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Razia is my favorite space pirate/bounty hunter! She struggles to get the recognition for doing the same thing that the guys do (and usually better), Whether she is Lyssa or Razia, the struggle is the same! I love her strength and her "I don't need anyone" attitude! We get to see some cracks in this facade as she slowly becomes friends with Lizbeth (I love the interaction between these 2 women!) and we get a bit more info about her family....and then there's Sage - we need more Sage!
The action i
Kristin Wallin
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The character that we grew to love (and be frustrated with) in the first book is back with more excitement, adventures, and self-discovery. Life is full of choices to be made, but how do we deal with the repercussions? Fans will be glad to see Vel and Sage back again. Read and see what Razia is up to this time...
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S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a "real job" as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for ...more

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