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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,395 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Liora Day, half-human, half-mess with her and you'll die Damaclan, had been thrown onto a rough path at a very early age. But when she is broken out of a cage by Devren, the young captain of the SS Kratos, she is shown that perhaps humanity does have a heart. The Kratos is set on a mission to rescue fallen surveyors from the Revolutionaries, and Liora is given the choice t ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published October 7th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Shelly Singhal
Heavy on the fiction, light on the fiction

I was struggling with this until I hit the part about welding, a planet being 2 'clicks' away and flames and explosions in a vacuum. There seems to be a basic misunderstanding about how a vacuum works.

Also, the story has a lot of random words without any backstory. It's bizarre. Pass on the next one.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Fastpaced and fairly entertaining if you ignore the science inconsistencies. Major con though is who is set up as the love interest: (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She has done it again!!!

I have to say I don't usually jump to read 'space' themed novels but the authors note on this had me reading it straight away. I managed to read this in one afternoon, not putting it down! A fiercely strong heroine with vulnerabilities that you can really relate to, not to mention to male characters that your not quite sure which one to love more!! The story was fast paced and a joy to read, so many ideas for where this story will lead us and I can't wait to find out and
Suzanne McCarthy
Amazing new series in the Sci Fi genre- action, adventure, romance- it has it all. I finished this book in one day. I literally could not put it down. The characters drew me in and the narration was tight and kept me reading. Liora Day is no damsel in distress. She is strong and skilled in fighting, and when ghosts from her past surface, she’s not afraid to face them head-on. The men in this series are created with a level of realism that I found myself wanting to meet them in the streets. I don ...more
Wendy Irving
Gets better as it goes

I almost gave up on finishing this book for several reasons. First, there is a lack of sci-fi tech. Too many old-school gadgets and ordinary ways of doing things that science has already surpassed are mentioned, which indicates the author is lazy in researching tech developments. Especially in the medical field. Second, there are LOTS of errors (missing commas, misspellings, grammar mistakes, etc.), which tells me there needs to be better editing. Third, the initial charact
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
I suppose I have this book to thank for my current trend of reading trashy space operas. So that's a good thing. Other than that, if I didn't hate to leave books (and by extension, series) unfinished, I'd have dropped it pretty quickly.

If you want something with decent world building, an interesting, if unfinished, lead, an abusive maniac for a love interest, and little to no actual understanding of science, this is the story for you.

(The next few books are better, but you've got to really wan
Gail Koger
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book until the cliffhanger ending. I hate cliffhanger endings.
Tree Abbott
Fair to Middling 3.5 stars rounded down

A universe filled with 100s of inhabited galaxies and a diverse set of inhabitants in many colorful configurations and degrees of fearsomeness. Miss Day the protagonist is a half breed. Dispised nd feared by all. A woman of agency and a warrior extraordinary, she has been a circus exhibit for the best part of her life.
What else?
Clean so far.
Not enough world building.
Lots of peril resolved by weapons. As opposed to tactics.
Nascent romance. Two
Monty Bates
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good SciFi

This is a goodscifi read all the way to the end. Oh wait a minute it doesn't end! It just stops all of a sudden and then you will need to buy the next book to find out if there is an ending.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun, quick read

I've read this book quickly and I enjoyed the ride. Alien 👽 species, travels through space, kick ass heroine, a fun book. Thanks for this Amazon freebie 😊
Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel

Very good, but ends on an abrupt cliffhanger. If that annoys you, not the book to pickup. If not, you’ll enjoy it.
Space Cowgirl
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finding Her Destiny💃🔪

ADULT Space Adventure 🚀
Liora💃, a beautiful, half human, half Damaclan warrior🔪 and assassin, is rescued from the reptilian Malivian's🐍 damaged circus freak show ship🚀 by human coalition officers, Tariq🐕 and Devren🐺.
When the coalition ship, Kratos is attacked by rebels and the captain killed, Devren🐺 and Tariq🐕 take over the ship🚀 and the dangerous Liora💃🔪 joins the crew.

This book ends in a cliffhanger.....

This is a typical good quality sci-fi novel with much better than expe
Lillian Cummings
Liora can't believe that she is free but what do the humans want from her? She can't be kept in a cage anymore so she will take her chances with them for now. Tariq hates her on sight as he wants to find the Damaclan that killed his family and she is one of them and he will need to do whatever he can to make sure that she doesn't stick around too long. But they are drawn to each other and even though Tariq says awful things about her she now understands why and she vows to find the monster that ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. Feels more like a part 1, not book 1

Good: the action sequences were fantastic and I enjoyed the world. I really love Liora.
And I liked the use of jump points in addition to warp. It made sense given that they're hopping between galaxies not just through one galaxy.

* it felt very much like Star Trek from a non-Federation point of view. But maybe that's me.

* I felt a bit misled and disappointed in the love interest. Well, it may not even be a love interest, but it feels like it's suppo
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this it's the first of Cheree Alsop's book that I've come across but it won't be the last.
Intriguing heroine, terrific storyline which concludes satisfactorily in this the first book - but leaves plenty of places to go with the future ones.
It reminded me a little of the Nathan Lowell Ishmael Wong series - perhaps because our heroine's life has been so strange that although she is not that young (around 25 i think) it has coming of age overtones along with the space opera. Fun su
Destiny C.
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a giveaway, and I am glad I did. I really liked this book, it had striking characters and a good story. The main character Liora was fierce and had a heartbreaking past, so you really feel for her character. I loved the feel of the crew, and how they were a tight knit family. The story would be dark at times when Liora revisited her memories, and lighthearted when she was with the crew. Her blossoming affection for one of the other characters was odd at times, but love is unpr ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
I downloaded Daybreak as a free book from Amazon quite awhile ago, but it got lost in my e-library and I forgot about it. Thankfully, I came across it the other day and took a peek inside, and a few hours later, finished the story. I was pulled right in and enjoyed the characters quite a bit. Good blend of personalities.
John S Roth
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Story!

I was hooked from just after the first few sentences! Great combination of sci-fi and drama weaved together with wonderful character definition that pulls one I to the story.
Phil Matthews

Very inconsistent. The medical officer's attitude towards the main character is most inconsistent. Didn't make any sense at all. Especially him being a medical officer.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kindle, sci-fi
This reads like sci-fi written by someone who regularly writes fantasy and is trying out a new genre. The writing is solid on a technical level but the writer does not seem to understand what they are writing about. The ship's doctor is a retread of Bones McCoy from Star Trek (as played by Carl Urban in the recent movies). When the James Kirk analog becomes captain it is treated like a knighting ceremony and all the crew is pulled together for it, despite the crew doing emergency repairs from an ...more
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, fantasy-sci-fi
Liora Day is rescued from a perverse circus where she is displayed as the last of her kind with extraordinary mind powers. She hooks up with her rescuers, finds herself torn between two men and goes on a series of adventures in a space ship. Lots of things are blown up and there is plenty of action.

Alsop writes great action, keeps things moving but the story was let down by not enough character development. Liora has no real purpose for three quarters of the book until she learns that her clan
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging space travel adventure and romance. The characters are appealing as well. A waif in distress is rescued, and helps out the ship crew. She has plenty of strange abilities and secrets.
What I did not like was the ship medic's attitude. One minute he hates her, then he's protecting her, later he hates her again, and after that he cares for her.
Also, the author does not get military ranks. A ship captain is the same rank as colonel, and there are five ship ranks below captain (ensign, lieute
Karl Hakimian
While I did enjoy the story enough to finish the book, There were too many issues that kept pulling me out of the story. If it had been the book that it really wanted to be, it would have gotten 5 stars. A rewrite with the help of a hard nosed editor could do wonders for this book, there were lots of ideas worth salvaging.

While the characters had the potential to be interesting and enjoyable, not only were they a bit wooden and two dimensional, they were portrayed inconsistent bordering on psych
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I think I'm being a bit generous with 3 stars, bit I DID finish it, so...

The reviews for this book are somewhat divided. I am definitely in the 'needs a rewrite' camp. It had great potential, but ended up being a skim read. It took me less than 24 hours to read (OK it was a chill out day for me!) and I felt no real connection to any of the characters. I was almost there - but it just needed that little extra push. World building had a good premise, but again, no real depth. Was just skimmed from
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good start.

There are a few grammar and word choices (like desimate) that run through the book and make it a little difficult to read. Terms like "clicks" don't belong in starship distance and navigation. Alsop borrows heavily from popular sci-fi like Star Trek with her use of transporters and warp drives. Her science is a little shoddy. But, if you put all that aside, the characters are dynamic, relatable, charismatic and flawed, there are no clear-cut good or bad guys, the plot takes some pre
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the story, even though it got confusing at times.
I loved the heroine. She was strong, severely damaged but kind and empathetic. However there are two things that didn't give this a 5 star review:
1)The story got confusing at times. There were parts that didn't add up to the plot. And there were parts that needed more development.
2)There were two Male characters that seemed to have an interest in our heroine. One of them starts being the principal interest (which I liked), but I also thou
There's nothing really wrong with this. It just feels a bit... I don't know, clunky. Too much. No nuance. Especially the characters, and I guess that's what's bothering me. Because obviously, I wasn't expecting literature, but I've read plenty of other books of the same type, and this one just doesn't feel that great compared to others.
I had hoped that this book would end at a reasonable place in the story, but unfortunately it ends right in the middle. I guess it's understandable since the aut
Rural Sellers
Sep 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly a "hard" space fiction. Normally something I can appreciate, but this seemed written in the fifties maybe. The aliens seem to be all humans with slightly differing coloring, the technology seems oddly dated. In one battle scene involving multiple ships, a missile arcs in a parabola. In deep space? Right.

I also wasn't prepared for a cliff-hanger ending. Normally not a big deal since, if I like the book, it just means more to come. Yay! But if you're waiting for the end so you can finall
Herschel Blackburn
If you like high tech shoot'em up (cut'em up) space opera, this book is for you. A good plot line that is full of well developed characters. I found this to be a hard book hard to put down. The only negative is that I an not a fan of cliff hanger endings leading to the next book in a series. Almost nothing was resolved in this book and it left me less than completely satisfied. Nonetheless, I highly recommend this book and will probably get around to the next installment when time and other read ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engrossing Start to the Series

Liora Day is not someone you want to face in a fight. This book follows her as she evolves from a slave to a woman who is ready to make great sacrifices.

The story develops Libra’s character by reliving her past while she struggles with the present. There are multiple subplots. Some get resolved, some are left to be completed in future books, and there is a cliffhanger. In spite of the latter, this is a book that you’ll want to read.

I found it hard to put it down lo
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Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling author and the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts of each book. Cheree is a fulltime author and mother, which is much more fun than w ...more

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