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Polaris Rising

(Consortium Rebellion #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  10,712 ratings  ·  1,620 reviews
A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.

In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six childre
Kindle Edition, 451 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Harper Voyager
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3.5 stars

This had a fun space-travel based action/romance plot, but when the primary characters get captured/rescued five times total between the two of them, that's a little bit of overkill. The story starts out with one of them already captured and the other one is in the process of being captured. Then later on one of them gets captured again, and then it happens again, and then yet again one more time. For two people who have been on the run for years with large bounties on their heads, they
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

💀 DNF at 52%.

Newsflash! I’m a complete, utter, total idiot! (view spoiler) I mean, I obviously wouldn’t have read this ROMANCE set in space if I wasn’t. Becaus
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Release day - February 5th - Today

Wow. That was my first thought upon finishing this book - which I devoured; I couldn't stop reading. This was the absolute best way to start 2019. There's so much I want to talk about, where do I start??

Okay. World-building. Damn. This is everything I'm ever looking for in sci-fi. I've never been one of those readers that loved all the technical and/or military overtones that some sci-fi has. I don't want to be drowned in techy words, detailed descriptions of sa
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars

Honestly Polaris Rising had EVERYTHING I love about this genre. Moreover, it even reminded me of the adventure romances on TV. A space odyssey that brings a princess on the run and a known and dangerous fugitive together. A space princess that can kick ass and isn't just another damsel in distress. A fugitive that believes in the heroine's abilities, trusts her judgements and doesn't feel weak when she takes the driver's seat. I could go on and on.....

The writing is fantastic, the dial
Jacob Proffitt
This might as well have been written for me; a wish-fulfillment romance transported competently to a sci-fi setting (with a plot that holds together) and a helping of competence porn with found-family thrown in for spice? Yeah, sign me up for that! I can see why others might hesitate because the sci-fi is the vehicle for the romance. So it's not the focus and if you're expecting space opera or cultural exploration or alien interactions or lots of complicated worldbuilding this is not that. But i ...more
Aisling Zena
4 stars

I have been battling with a migraine for 3 days now, so I'm not exactly with it therefore my review will probably be blunt and to the point, if it makes any sense at all at this stage.

I don't usually read sci-fi but this was a welcome change of pace. I loved the setting, the worldbuilding and the two main characters, Loch and Ada. Some things needed a bit more work but overall it kept me engaged and distracted me a fair amount from the pain in my head. If you want to plunge in a new world
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
I feel compelled to start with a disclaimer that I don’t normally pick up books with romance as the main draw, preferring instead stories that also include a mix of world-building, characters, plot, and external conflicts. Romances tend to just focus on the relationship, and I was hoping that one set in space would require a lot more attention paid to all the other elements I enjoy. Surprisingly, it actually had a good balance, and because of that I enjoyed it more than most from the genre, but ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

This was a bit of a pleasant surprise. A typical romance, but in the futuristic Universe and heavy on the sci-fi action. Earth rules over the known universe, but Earth and the Universe are both ruled by the families of the Consortium. A daughter of one of the Consortium families, our heroine is running from a faith worse than death - an arranged marriage! So, she has been on the run for over two years, her father having put up a bounty for her capture and safe return. It was bound to h
I've been sitting on this review for a couple of days, because I've been trying to figure out what exactly I didn't like.
So, let's start with what I did like: Ada is a great character. Slightly too Mary Sue for my liking, a little too author's self-fulfilment but she is resourceful and uses her head and knows her limitations, even if her resources sometimes is a fence in the ass of the universe that is able to get her all the tech she might possibly need to take over a heavily guarded facility
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/04/...

Not gonna lie, I’ve always been hard on the romances in my fiction. While I have nothing against romance, I’ve always said that if there’s going to be a romance arc in any book, it needs to be convincing—not to mention I also want the characters, plot and other story elements to be strong. It also helps when a novel is upfront with the reader on what to expect. In the case of Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik, it is an exam
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining science fiction romance (or romantic SF, it's hard to pick), that pretty much sets the bar pretty high for space opera-based settings for romance stories.

Humanity has spread to the stars under the auspices of the Consortium, which is run by groups of mercantile Houses, one of the most powerful of which is House von Hasenberg. Lady Ada von Hasenberg has reached the end of a two-year run from an arranged marriage when she's picked up by bounty hunters looking for the bounty on her
Jen Davis
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A ton of my Book Twitter friends recommended this book to me and I can tell you now, it absolutely lives up to the hype. I love a good sci-fi romance set in space and this one hit all the high notes. A fierce, loyal, and capable heroine. A gruff, powerful, and mysterious hero. Fantastic world building… great plotting and action… and a cast of secondary characters that have me chomping at the bit for more.

Ada is a princess in one of three royal/ruling houses of the galaxy. But she isn’t the kind
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
With 2 hrs and 4o mins of this 12 hr 41 min audiobook to go, I just can't bring myself to push through and finish.

Loved the action, but the romance is so not working for me. There's no chemistry, no emotional connection, and the romance doesn't feel organic. I find myself cringing with each sexual innuendo made by the hero or each time the hero and heroine flirt with one another. The sex scene itself was just...no!
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
An uncomplicated, fast-paced space opera with a kick-ass heroine!
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

This wasn't an especially bad book. It had its moments: we got to see interesting worldbuilding, fast-paced action and a nice heroine. But the hero was mediocre and the writing wasn't really my cup of tea.

The summary is very fulsome when it comes to revealing the basic plot of the book, so I'm not going to go into much more detail. It's basically Ada and Loch doing their best to simultaneously elude the members of Houses Rockhurst an
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
4.5 Stars!!! Seriously LOVED this book!!! Talk about strong female lead character!

Political intrigue, an heir on the run, mercenaries around every corner and bounties chasing them down. All set in space and mostly distant planets.

It’s a well written story that’s just the beginning and I can’t wait to read the next books.

For me, this is without a doubt an author to watch!
Highly recommend to anyone who loves a great, thrilling and exciting space opera!
Great start to the series, but I'd skip the audio version. I started reading my e-copy and switched to the audio when I wasn't able to read and the narrator turned Ada into a more arrogant, dramatic version of the character I was reading. Didn't care for her performance of Marcus Loch (the hero) at all. ...more
Brittany McCann
My biggest question: Where are the aliens? Do we honestly think that in the future and taking over all of these planets that we will encounter NOTHING?!? This was honestly the biggest let down of the entire book for me.

This is much more of a romance novel than a sci-fi novel. If you are a steamy romance fan that likes romance clichés, then this book is for you. I was not expecting it and it was VERY cliché heavy to the point that it was somewhat humorous and exasperating. The main character was
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-moving plot, funny and capable main character, lots of action and peril, light and frothy, what's not to like?
Main character Ada's on the run from her family (a super-rich House, one of three others) and a potential and unwanted marriage to the son of another house. She's picked up by mercenaries, and encounters Marcus Loch, a brutal murderer, also in their custody. The two manage to form an alliance of convenience so they can escape. Which they do, but narrowly, with her almost betrothed R
Jeffe Kennedy
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SFR at it's very best! I loved everything about this story: the capable, regal, kickass heroine and spaceship pilot; the muscular, dangerous and enigmatic escaped war criminal hero; the well-realized universe and secondary characters; and the the fast-paced plot that kept me turning pages. I had a serious book hangover when I finished and the story left me craving more of this world and characters. Highly recommend! ...more
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, sci-fi
This was a fun and engaging sci-fi/romance tale. It was more UF/PNR in tone and feel than regular sci-fi but I think that worked pretty well for the tale as the sci-fi setting gave the story a fresh feel and helped it stand out a bit from the crowd of similar style romance/action tales.

The premise was a good one. Ada von Hasenberg is the fifth of six children and has been on the run from her father/family for the last two years in order to escape an unwanted arranged marriage. Her family is one
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
4.5 stars

This was lots of fun. As is usual for me I didn't read the summary all that carefully so I didn't appreciate in advance that this book is a romance with an SF setting. No matter, because I do love my SFR, and Polaris Rising is an especially good example of the sub-genre. Adequate worldbuilding, lots of action, and of course, sexy times.

Ada and Loch reminded me some of Elena and Clay from the werewolf books in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series - Bitten, Stolen, Broken, an
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2019, scifi, stars-4-0
This SFR turned out to be a lot of fun :O)

A strong-willed princess, on the run from an arranged marriage, finds herself captured by bounty hunters. In an effort to escape, she joins forces with another prisoner, a monster of a man, if his reputation is correct, and by doing so, discovers something that could change the balance of power. What ensues is highly entertaining, with plenty of action scenes.

The narration follows Ada, who is not afraid to fight for what she believes and those she cares
Rhode PVD
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-for-me, ya-na
DNFed at 15%. The universe it’s set in is as sexist as today’s world, right down to men being in charge, often preferring demure women and staring at their breasts. I don’t think LGBTQ people exist. And the hero, who is enormous and bulky with abs (hello stereotype) just told the heroine he likes her because she’s not like other girls.

As a woman who literally owns a t-shirt that says, “What’s wrong with other girls?” I couldn’t stand another page.

Nothing particularly creative about this as SF ei
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Well this one was underwhelming.

I walked into this intrigued by the premise—space princess gets captured and makes a bargain with space outlaw and they eventually steal a space ship and go into space—but this is a standard romcom with all of the tropes of romancelandia and little of the charm, and reminds me why I am so leery of the genre when it doesn't involve an LGBTQIA+ element (view spoiler)

I want to start off with—straig
Luna Joya
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is sooooo good. It’s a romance first and foremost. But the heroine is a kickass space princess on the run with the hots for a criminal...or is he?
Highly recommend!
probably a 2-star book, but the heterosexual nonsense was just overwhelming at times so. 1-star it is.
Enabler Alert - on sale $1.99 on 6/1/19

Earth was depleted of resources and humans went to space and settled on other planets/space stations. Three prominent Houses (families) have form the Consortium. I’ve been reading a lot of historical romance, so it makes me think of the Ton of Regency England, except with people that actually work and a lot more bloodshed. But backstabbing and passive aggressive insults never go out of style.

Ada von Fancyname (it’s in the description and yes, I’m too lazy
2.5 stars

This definitely had a The League series by Sherrilyn Kenyon vibe, scifi/space opera/warring factions, if you liked that series, you'll want to give this one a go.

This was a debut and I felt like I could tell with how the overall story needed to be tightened up more. This was first person pov by the heroine Ada and while I enjoyed her voice and character, there was too much talk of going through the motions of menial tasks. 20-50% and around the 70% mark, my eyes glazed over a couple ti
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are moments in your life when you absolutely know what you should do and then you absolutely choose to do something else entirely.

This story follows our heroine Ada Irene Maria Franziska Von Hasenberg, don’t worry her full name is only mentioned once by her angry father. He tried to middle name her her into submission, but she ignored all of it. Ada is everything I love in a hero. She’s smart, hard working, and caring. This story is how Ada meets Marcus Lock the so called Devil of Fornax Z
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Jessie Mihalik has a degree in Computer Science and a love of all things geeky. A software engineer by trade, Jessie now writes full time from her home in Texas. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing co-op video games with her husband, trying out new board games, or reading books pulled from her overflowing bookshelves.

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