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Aurora Blazing

(Consortium Rebellion #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  3,941 ratings  ·  516 reviews
Bianca von Hasenberg did her duty for High House von Hasenberg and ended up trapped in a terrible marriage. When her husband dies unexpectedly and leaves her a happy widow, she vows never to marry again. Instead, she uses her connections to save other young women. Information is power and Bianca has a network that would be the envy of the ’verse—if anyone knew about it.

ebook, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Harper Voyager
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Soula While Mihalik gives some refresher background to how the universe works and the relationships between characters, they do not go in depth as to what h…moreWhile Mihalik gives some refresher background to how the universe works and the relationships between characters, they do not go in depth as to what happened in the first book. And they do reference and continue the story from the first book all throughout Aurora Blazing. Also, the character dynamics in book 2 will seem inconsequential without understanding the history from book 1. So to answer your question simply - yes, you need to read the first book, Polaris Rising to get the most out of Aurora Blazing, even if they are told from different character's perspectives. (less)

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I fell in love with the first book in this series, Polaris Rising at the beginning of this year. From Jessie Mihalik's vibrant voice to her strong women and action packed plot. Her debut novel had everything I would have wanted in a sci-fi romance.

Now, fast forward to the second book.

This time it's about Ada's sister Bianca.

Bianca was a surprisingly interesting character. Intelligent, tech savvy, while expertly wilding an impressive spy network. She was a strong woman with some very interesting
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fun entry in this series. This time we spend time getting to know Bianca (she who threatened Loch with a "rusty spoon"). She's had a lot to deal with over the years, and is critical to House von Hasenberg's successes. When the House comes under attack, she takes off from Earth, determined to deal with matters herself. Close on her heels is House security officer Ian Bishop.
Though this installment is a little less fun than book one, I really liked Bianca and how well she dealt with numer
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I VERY MUCH enjoyed this book, even more than Polaris Rising! (only a little more. I liked them both).

Bianca von Hasenberg is 25 and a widow, and it's clear very early that her dead husband wasn't just a real jerk in his treatment of her, but also that he did medical experiments on her. I am a sucker for a broken heroine, who has seen some things and is trying to find herself, and I think that's why I loved this book so much. Despite growing up in the ruthless world of the highest house in the u
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy, romance, sci-fi
This is second in a series and characters from the first show up and are important for parts of the plot. I highly recommend reading the other first.

Can I start by gushing about my love of that cover? I'm pretty sure that cover brought the series to my attention. And the story wasn't bad, either, though like the first, romance is the primary influence with sci-fi a secondary effect on plot and relationship interactions. So if you're looking for clever worldbuilding, interesting gadgetry, or poli
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*Spoiler Alert*

Ian and Bianca were a drag and the romance was lukewarm at best and IMO, of the three couples, Ada’s and Loch’s love had the most organic and believable trajectory. Similarly, the political machinations and Ferdinand’s abduction felt like author manipulation. How could the heir apparent have been so easily taken? Mmm Mmm. Not buying it.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed Polaris Rising a lot, I was very much looking forward to return to this universe and inhabitants. Once more, Mihalik gives us an entertaining scifi adventure, with a dusting of romance to boot.

This time, Bianca, Ada’s elder sister, is the main lead. Her experience and indeed character are quite different to our previous heroine. This one has had her share of suffering, and is still recovering from it, trying to build herself back, one tiny bit by tiny bit, which is not easy when
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4 ***

"...“Anyone lucky enough to be entrusted with your heart would be a fool to treat it carelessly.”
― Jessie Mihalik, Aurora Blazing..."

This second instalment in the Consortium Rebellion Sci-Fi Romance series is just as fun as the first one. I have been surprised at how much I have enjoyed the writing of this author. She stays in her lane with the sister of the first book protagonist and the theme of war between the powerful families of the Consortium. Bianca is considered a grieving widow
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
3.5 stars

Not quite as good as the first book, Polaris Rising, but still an enjoyable and easy SFR read. I would have liked the romance part to start happening a little bit earlier in the story rather than leaving it to quite late in the book, but it did end nicely for the characters.

Looking forward to the final book in the series, Chaos Reigning!
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Another entertaining SF romance in this series with a very different protagonist from the first book.

Bianca von Hasenberg is the older sister of Ada from the first book. She's already survived an awful arranged marriage that ended with her husband's death and has returned to her family's home. She has damage from her marriage though that's partly physically disabling, but also enables her unparalleled intelligence-gathering abilities. Her skills constantly put her in conflict with House von Hase
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
4.5 Stars! Wow! I LOVE these books! Loved the first one, and was BEYOND words excited that I was able to be given a free copy for review from the publisher.

If you enjoy action packed sci-fi, these are PERFECT for you! Great characters, flowing plot, which is fast paced and exciting.

I highly suggest and recommend you read the first book before this one. There are bits of this story you might find confusing - such as the family dynamic and the fact that this book picks up not long after the last
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit slow in the first half, hence the 4 stars. Loved it though!
I will protect you even from yourself, so stay out of my way and let me do my job.

This is probably the first bodyguard book I don’t like. Bianca is my favorite sister now. I’m sure that even after reading the third book, Cat’s story, I’ll still love Bianca the most. And I just don’t understand her attraction to Ian Bishop. She was smarter and better than Ian in every way and he kept getting in her way THEN insulting her. He called her many names and even stopped looking for her brother to chase
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I won’t lie, these are the types of romances I can only take once in a while and in small doses, but when I do, damned if I don’t have a lot of fun with them. The first book Polaris Rising served up so much entertainment, I was beyond excited and curious to check out the next installment, a standalone follow-up featuring Ada’s sister Bianca.

Bianca von Hasenberg might not be the action hero like her little sister, but she
I first read this book immediately upon receiving it for review. I ADORED it. Utterly and completely. Just as much as I loved the first book, Polaris Rising. But life got in the way and I never ended up reviewing it. By the time life had settled down a bit, I wanted to do a re-read so I could do Bianca and Ian justice.

Then my wife started reading Aurora Blazing, randomly, because I'd loaded in on her Kindle. She didn't know that it was book 2 in the series. She just loved it and it made me want
Anne - Books of My Heart
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4.5 hearts
I LOVED Polaris Rising!  So I was ready for the next book in the Consortium Rebellion trilogy, Aurora Blazing. Ada's sister, Bianca is the main character and we get her point of view. We were introduced to her already in the previous book as she is very close to Ada.   While Ada is a skilled warrior, Bianca is a d
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a blast! Fans of space opera, intergalactic suspense, house politics and sizzling banter between two strong-willed characters will love Aurora Blazing. This story focuses on Bianca von Hasenberg. She did her duty when she married. Her husband turned out to be a monster, but and he left her both gifted and cursed. She will never again leave herself vulnerable.

Bianca knows information is power, and she uses it to aid other young women, but when her brother disappears she sets off to find him
Bambi Unbridled
4 stars / 2 flames. Review in progress.
nick (the infinite limits of love)

This series is turning out to be excellent! I can't wait for book 3!
I loved book one and wasn't sure how I was going to feel about book two because of the main characters were different and all that BUT I really did enjoy this book. I will say that the romance was not the biggest draw for me because the smoldering lasted a little too long for me and I just wanted to move past it by the time it was happening. What really kept my eyes glued to the pages was the fast paced plot with tons of action and a rescue that I could definitely get behind. The connection betw ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Aurora Blazing sufficiently consumed me. So much so I only got 4 hours of sleep one of the 3 nights it took me to read it. This installment was about Bianca von Hasenberg and can I say, what a badass. Anyway, Bianca is like the black sheep in plain sight of the family. Widowed by questionable circumstances, she leads a very secretive and outwardly cold life. You see, her dead husband experimented on her and it’s had some interesting, lasting but useful effects that come quite handy when her brot ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I had a very good time with the first volume and I was really curious to discover the story of Bianca and Ian.

No one really knows it, but Bianca is not the same since her late husband experimented on her. Since then, she has been protecting her own and those she can help with the information obtained from her network. But when she is attacked and her brother disappears, she knows that she will do everything in her power to find him. And even when her father
Three and a half stars.

This second novel in the Consortium Rebellion series focuses on Ada's sister Bianca von Hasenberg. Formerly married to one of her father's political allies she has returned home after her husband's death. What no-one knows is that her husband was the very definition of mad scientist and implanted nanobots into her brain which enable her to hear electronic transmissions such as messages and decrypt secure files. Now Bianca uses her skills to gather information and to help o
Jeffe Kennedy
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, wow! I *so* loved this book. I'd read Book #1 in rough form before release and loved that, but Book #2 eclipsed Polaris Rising. (Full disclosure: once I finished Aurora Blazing I bought a finished copy of Polaris Rising which is on sale on Kindle right now and loved it even more on the re-read.) Bianca is a fantastic heroine, relying on her brains and grit to save the people she loves. And Ian the hero... well, I love me a quiet, secretly in love with the heroine but suffering silently kind ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.7 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lady Bianca von Hasenberg still emotionally and physically deals with the trauma her first marriage caused. Now a widow, she works to help other girls and women through her network of spies and her technological skills. When her brother Ferdinand and the von Hasenberg heir disappears, she won't be patted on the head and told to stay home by her father o
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
You remeber the movie Bodyguard? Well this book reminded me of it, but with a SF twist! LOL

Bianca was really, really interesting: a delicate rose, but with iron thorns! As Bishop found out! LMAOOO

Great book!
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-release
Review from Tenacious Reader:

Aurora Blazing was another intergalactic adventure with a strong female protagonist, Bianca, who is mastermind hacker with some serious computing skills. Another girl after my own heart like her sister, Ada from Polaris Rising, but in different ways. I mentioned her tech skills, but her strengths definitely don’t end there. She finds ways to gain an advantage by knowing as much as she can, and as many secrets as she can gather
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Picking up shortly after the conclusion of the first title in the Consortium Rebellion series, Aurora Blazing gives listeners Bianca von Hasenberg’s story. I already liked Bianca in the first book, but I became immediately intrigued by what we learn in the first chapter. First - we already knew she had a short and unhappy marriage. What we find out is that her deceased husband, a brilliant scientist, experimented on her. Her nanobots and brain can pick up and decode transmissions and signals, so ...more
As the oldest daughter of House von Hasenberg Bianca did her duty and married a man she didn't love to help her father build political alliances. It wasn't a happy marriage, especially since her husband was a mad scientist who liked to experiment on her, so after she is unexpectedly widowed Bianca vows to never marry again. Instead she uses her newfound independence, and her own secret network of spies, to help other women trapped in difficult situations.

When the House is attacked and her oldest
Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)
Buy the book or borrow it from the library.

First, the ebook is priced at $11.99 on Amazon! That is stupidly expensive and way over priced for this book. Honestly, just check it out from the library.

Im kind of on the fence about this book. Its very middle of the road and so far this series reminds me of Spaceballs. Its not funny like Spaceballs, but rebel princesses running away from marriage who falls in love with the bad boy.


Again we have a so called badass princess, Bianca and her tough an
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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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