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Aurora Blazing

(Consortium Rebellion #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,216 ratings  ·  352 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 verseif anyone knew about it.

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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…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
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
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, Adas 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
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
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I wont 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 dont 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 Adas sister Bianca.

Bianca von Hasenberg might not be the action hero like her little sister, but she
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
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
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it

This series is turning out to be excellent! I can't wait for book 3!
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
Bambi Unbridled
4 stars / 2 flames. Review in progress.
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
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
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 ...more
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 Hasenbergs 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, ...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
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 its had some interesting, lasting but useful effects that come quite handy when her ...more
Alex in Spades
3,5 To the Rescue Stars

I really enjoy how the plot of this trilogy is going. This one was an emotional rescue mission going wrong on so many fronts (but with a happy ending). The plot did slow down a bit, and that amount of technical informations, and code breaking lost me a bit in this story.

But I loved Bianca's backstory. In Polaris Rising, I just thought she had this icy demeanor, but knowing what happened to her - talk about heartbreak - it really explained a lot.
"Despite rumors to the
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The first book in this series really left an impression on me but sadly this one wasn't as good. The star of this entire book is Bianca. A house marriage left her shattered and with unseen scars but she presents a good facade. I really admired Bianca, she was pretty kick-ass despite what she had been through and was going through. The plot in this moves at a good pace, and focuses on the strong bonds between the siblings. However, the weakness here is the romance, which is a let-down. We met Ian ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aurora Blazing has a different vibe to Polaris Rising which is why I didn't rate it as high.

It's about Ava's older sister and starts pretty slow because her persona and way of doing things is a polar opposite to her younger sibling. She keeps a facade of a typical society princess, spoiled and pampered, but the truth is way more complicated than that. Bianca's emotions are tightly controlled, and it takes her longer to lose her cool. In that regard, both her and the main hero are suited to each
Karina Webster
I very much enjoyed the first book in this series, it is one of my favourite books of the year. This one was still super fun and enjoyable, but i prefer book 1. Although Ian is very yummy & i did enjoy Biancas history and storyline. Definitely an author ill keep reading and its been great to read some enjoyable sci-fi romance. ...more
Rike @ RikeRandom
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This was surprisingly good, 3-4 stars! Unlike the Polaris Rising, Aurora Blazing actually had a heroine that wasnt just driven by her libido. Sure, romance was still a main part of the plot but it was a lot more balanced with the action part. Bianca was a pretty great heroine, dealing with trauma and fighting not only for herself - I would have loved to get to know more about her network. Ian was meh, but waaaaay less creepy than Marcus. There was still a ridiculous amount of white skinned, blue ...more
DNF at 26%. I feel bad that this series isnt working for me.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I fell in love with the first book in the series, so I cant tell you how thrilled I was to get the second
AND, Aurora Blazing was everything I wanted and more.

Bianca is part of an intergalactic house, known for its ruthlessness and power. When Bianca discovers her brother is missing, she goes against her fathers wishes to find her brother. Her father sends Ian to stop her and bring her home, but she convenience Ian to help her find her brother. Sending them into an amazing adventure and directly
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, avon, sf
CW: heroine was tortured and experimented on by her ex-husband (off page), violence including futuristic weapons, gory medical details, miscarriage (off page).

A Space Princess finally free of her abusive ex-husband who experimented on her uses her unwanted skills to help find her kidnapped brother, causing her bodyguard extreme consternation. Along the way she comes in to her strengths and finds out the very bodyguard who rejected her all those years ago has been in love with her, forever.

Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was late to work because I couldn't get out of bed until I'd finished this book. it was that good. I'm completely in love with this world and I want more of it. MORE OF 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
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Author of Polaris Rising, a romantic science fiction novel out now from Harper Voyager. For a peek at the first three chapters, visit my website. Aurora Blazing, the second book in the series, arrives in October! The first chapter is available!

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

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Consortium Rebellion (3 books)
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