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The Key of Astrea

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Jenny Tripper will die an early death because of a family curse that has already claimed her mother. She lives and works in her aunt’s failing fortune-telling shop, and is haunted every moment by a medieval ghost.

But then a mysterious package arrives on her doorstep: a holographic woman pleads for Jenny’s help in saving the Solar System from a powerful interstellar foe. Sh
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published November 3rd 2019 by Maple and Pine
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The Key of Astrea is a unique mix of science fiction and fantasy with underlying mystical undertones. This story revolves around the main character Jenny Tripper who is from the ethnic group of the Romani. Her family is bound by a curse that causes early death which soon claims her mother. She desires to be a lot more than a fortune teller that’s when she gets invited by a holographic woman to join the Cabin and save a group of aliens from an interstellar foe.
Does her constant companion, a medi
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Key of Astrea keeps you guessing all throughout, which I love! It has trials, tribulations, inspiration, family, friendship and the sparse pull on the old heart strings. I don't want to give anything away but, Marson makes sure you feel like you are there with Jenny every step of her adventure! Very well written and hard to put down. Not my usual genre and I really enjoyed it; which speaks impressively to the quality of plot and writing.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An imaginative debut novel!
Marson introduces readers to two separate storylines, one sci-fi and the other fantasy, which are eventually woven together into one exciting adventure. Unique characters and inventive settings are described with such detail that it is easy to picture what is happening while reading.
A good read for both teen and adult fans of the sci-fi and fantasy genres.
B.T. Keaton
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Karen Siddall
Jenny Tripper is barely keeping it together: an outsider at school, a ghost only she can see a constant companion, her 17th birthday coming up, and her mother, at the end stages of cancer, has come home for her final days. Living with her Aunt Bea, her mom’s sister, Jenny helps with expenses by reading tarot cards in her aunt’s shop, with the bleak expectation that she will take over the meager living when her aunt passes away. On her birthday, she receives a strange and mysterious puzzle box fr ...more
Maria Preston
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok , at first glance the books overall attraction is unique, the warmth of the colour red , is inviting and reassuring , well for me anyway . People don't take the colour of a book into consideration, but this is what draws me in to partly because of the book cover most of the time, and the title too .
Let's Just begin the next part of this review.
Through the first chapter, Unity , I must admit, at first I thought it was going to be another space book , boring and stagnate and that I just want to
Emily (Infinite Lives, Infinite Stories)
Despite having a ghost following her around, Jenny Tripper doesn’t entirely believe in the mystical rituals and beliefs of her family’s heritage. Her life seems to be falling apart at the seams when she learns her mother’s cancer treatments aren’t helping. With only a short amount of time left with her mother, Jenny vows to do as she says and help her aunt with her shop. However, Jenny wants nothing to do with her aunt. When her mother’s time comes to an end, Jenny escapes. After receiving a str ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, space
I received this e-book from BookSirens in an exchange for an honest review.

The Key of Astrea is a sci-fi book about not only parallel universes, intergalactic travel and aliens, but also about discovering and accepting who you are.

The worldbuilding is very complex and you can tell that Marson spent a lot of time creating the world(s). The entire story is interesting (although, at times, felt unnecessarily stretched out) and contains many different characters and unique settings.

I had some issu
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

This is an excellent teen adventure, with a mix of magic, fantasy and science fiction to please anyone. There are 3 story lines that follows the lives of Jack,Jenny(Djangini) and Victus, where they ultimate meet each other in Astrea.

We meet Jack, in a parallel Earth where alien races are common place and everything revolves around space travel. At the moment there is peace, but at what cost when peace is managed
Anna Szabó
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What caught my attention was the cover, it left me with mixed feelings. It is simple but drew my attention so I downloaded it and I’m glad I did.

After the first 20% of the book I almost gave up because I just couldn’t get into the story but I kept reading and reading and I realized that the story sucked me in.

What I liked:
world-building. The world-building is so amazing and imaginative. So detailed. I love the different species, it felt like reading a background story from the Star Trek univer
Taya Marie
I received an advanced review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

While reading this book, I really wanted to like it but after thinking about it for a couple hours and letting my thoughts process. I came to understand that the negatives that I found outweigh the positive unfortunately.

It was a constant battle of do i like this?/yeah this is pretty good/but then this is wrong here/but its okay it might get better.

I almost considered DNFing but by that point I was
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of my first ARC’s and I must say that I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. This book contains elements of both sci-fi and fantasy intertwined which made for a very interesting read. The storyline is unlike anything I’ve ever read before and so I found myself immersed in it. The only struggle I had with this book was that there were a ton of major characters and I struggled to remember who was who. It caused a bit of confusion in the beginning and I had to go back and r ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i received a free ebook in exchange for an honest review. reading the blurb, i was strongly attracted by the curse & story telling. however i had no idea it was science fiction. im very bad with science fiction, a genre i have yet found ways to enjoy. for the book, i read skipping all the scientific parts & focusing on Jenny's abilities. it was a struggle to read, forcing myself toward the end. ...more
Gabrielle Malinski Nery
I really enjoyed this book. I think the mixture of science fiction with the Romani traditions is very uncommon, and made me like the book so much.

Jenny is a very interesting charcacter. She is passionate about the things she believe. I really enjoyed seeing this new world trough her eyes.

I think Jack is also an interesting character, and a counterpoint for Jenny naivite, and he also shows a lot of personal development.

Overall, I think at the end the plot gets a little confusing, but it's still a
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Nicholas Marson is a Portland, Oregon native, where he raced outrigger canoes and grew to love coffee. He's two meters tall, and once lived in a tiny house. He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in biology and graphic design. He is an older brother to two siblings, a husband to an incredible wife, and a father to a princess in training. Now he lives in Eugene where he works as a ...more

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