Vivian Kawabata can't wait to claim her privileged destiny. But when the heir to the family agricultural empire finds her bank account empty while shopping for expensive shoes, she’s horrified to discover that her own brother has financially stabbed her in the back. To stand a chance of restorin...more
Vivian was a bit too whiney to be likeable, although I felt sorry for her, and I wasn't really attached to any of the characters.
The last 20%, however, set up a much more interesting plot than the rest of the book and I may well read the second one in the future. ...more
The characters were varied, what with the family dynasty, shitty siblings, ex's, mob bosses, matchmakers, and seedy possible clients...but at times the story just felt a bit flat. Like I said this is just a first book in the series, but while things happened this only felt like background info and a stepping stone to the next book.
Also the only emotion I connected to in this book was anger when reading about the FL's family (most ...more
Note that the "reverse harem" tag is cultural; this is not an erotic romance.
I'll give #2 a try to see if thing happen. ...more
I will be honest and say this one was a wee bit of a slow starter. Events were happening that had me curious, but I wasn’t quite sure in what direction we were goin ...more
First Flyght was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and as soon as my copy arrived I started it right after I finished my current read. I happily dived into this new science fiction romance series by SJ Pajonas. First Flyght was a great start to this new series and I can't wait to see where the series goes next. This is a great introduction to this series and there is so much potential and set-up and characters that ...more
I understand that the series gets stronger, and I have confidence in the author, so I will read the next one. ...more
I truly felt for Vivian as her world fell apart, and I was interested in the reverse harem society and how their world ended up there. I'll be eager to see how Vivian deals with that i ...more
I really enjoyed re-reading First Flyght and enjoyed it even more the second time around. It was great to spot some of the foreshadowing and it was awesome going back to the start of Vivian's journey and see how it started out. There's so much going on in this book and I liked seeing how all those plot threads are set up in book 1, especially knowing where they go later in the series.
This book was AI narrated and the first time I listened to an AI narrated book. ...more
So freaking short but didn't read as shallow and short. All the characters, different personalities, quite a bit if a mystery. Meh on the heat but I'd read more books if it wasn't 4 bucks for under 200 pages. ...more
I really enjoyed reading First Flyght. It has a good balance between action and romance and continued keep me excited until the end. The main character Vivian was very likeable in my opinion but I also enjoyed the other main- and side characters, each with a good personality. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the space setting. So, a very good read in my opinion and I cannot wait for part 2! :)
Vivian is such a fantastic character. Driven to succeed, bred to follow her mother's rules and decisions, Vivian has put her own wishes and desires aside to fulfill her destiny of taking over the family enterprise. Then, she's betrayed by her bitter and revengeful brother ...more
What happens when the life you envisioned is stolen from you, right before you are ready to finally take control of it? When the older brother who has been running your family business, bleeds it financially dry, then runs off before the creditors can catch him...taking all you have worked so hard to accomplish with him. That’s the life that Vivian is thrust into, where all she has ever wanted is destroyed and chaos now reins supreme.
The one person you are supposed to be able to dep ...more
Definitely an interesting story. The world building was rich and well thought out. I liked the story but there was a lot of repetitiveness. I felt like every other line was about how stressed the FMC was and how she was handling so much. Or how she didn’t ever have a choice. She was really whiny. She would have moments when she’d buck up but she’d turn meek again. I liked her harem because they were different, but they didn’t interact very much. The epilogue makes it seem ...more
This was labeled a RH romance.
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Read it as an ebook on Kindle.
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I read this book for pure entertainment purposes.
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DNF (did not finish). What made the book unfinishable in your opinion?
I found the book boring and most of the characters were bland. I really couldn't get into the story and I was 15% of the way in. I e ...more
I feel bad about taking so long to read this. I had gotten a few disappointing books and decided to skip over this for a bit and come back to it. I wasn't ready to face another bad science fiction novel. Now I wish I hadn't skipped over it. The book is really good. Good concept, well plotted, interesting characters. The book was a joy to read and I couldn't put it down. In fact, the moment I reached the end I went and bought the second book in the seri ...more
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I like the new world building even though I'm not a big fan of cultural harem (or reverse harem), but I'm willing to see how it will turn out.
The references to Japanese culture is also quite fascinating, it's the first time I read the book with that included Japanese culture..and probably won't be last..very refreshing.
Also that was the 1st book from this author, and now I'm also g ...more
The characters background and life is fully explained so we can carry on through the series knowing the personalities behind them.
This is a must read.
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Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, Capricorn, Japanophile, and USA Today Best Selling author. She loves summer, downtempo beats, yoga pants, foxes, owls, dogs, sushi, pasta, and black tea. She lives outside NYC with her husband, two great kids, and her dog who always wants to play. When it comes to her work, she writes about everyday women and u ...more