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First Flyght

(Flyght #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Her future is brighter than the stars. But one betrayal will change everything…

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

ebook, 216 pages
Published September 6th 2019
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Rhiannon Chillingworth
While the concept sounded interesting, for me this didn't really get interesting until the last 20%.

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.

This was fun. I'm super excited to see what's next! This was breaking bad meets space. I'm loving it
The story was okay--but it was mostly just scrambling and set-up.

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
Laz the Sailor
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, rom-lite
I have liked this author's more complex world building in the past, but this story is much lighter. This is part of a series, and this first book is heavy on the setup. Lots of people to meet and figure out how they fit in the puzzle.

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.
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have previously enjoyed books by S.J. Pajonas and have been curious about The Flyght series for a while. I was ready for another book filled with action, drama, and loveable characters – and I was not disappointed. First Flyght was a book I happily devoured in a single sitting, and I cannot wait to see what comes next in the series.

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
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.

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
Laz the Sailor
I like most of this author's books, so I have been looking forward to this new series. The story moves quickly, and Vivian is a strong woman facing enormous obstacles. But there is too much build-up and not enough action to make it really enjoyable for me.

I understand that the series gets stronger, and I have confidence in the author, so I will read the next one.
Nicole M. Hewitt
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fantastic start to a new series---I kept jumping back to reading this book when I should have been reading books I needed to finish for review. This one kept calling me back to it, and I finally just gave in and read the whole second half, telling myself I'd get back to that review book as soon as I finished. :-)

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
Jul 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read review of audio version:
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.

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.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read many books from S.J. Pajonas already, so I was very hyped for this new book!

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! :)
S.J. Higbee
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Vivian’s character which pings off the page. Hardworking and focused on pleasing her family, she has been a model daughter – to the extent that she has put her own wishes for her future on hold in order to become an heiress worthy of the family farm. I really felt for her when the rug is pulled from under her feet and I think Pajonas manages to tread the fine line between fully depicting the devastation she feels and having her lapse too much into victim mode. By this time, I sh ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vivian worked hard and gave up a lot, including the man she loves, to earn her degrees and to take over her family business. Unfortunately, on the same day that she has finally finished her last college obligation, she finds out that her brother has stolen the family's money and bankrupted the farm. I falls on Vivian's shoulders to find her brother, and earn the bulk of the money needed to buy the farm back from the bank. Her aunt gives Vivian and her cousin Skylar a spaceship called the Amagi, ...more
Diane Burton
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm always excited to read a new series, esp. one by an author whose work I enjoy. That's the case with S.J. Pajonas' Flyght series. The story is so compelling I read it through almost nonstop. Then, I had to find the 2nd book.

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
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
First Flyght

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
Aug 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent Slow burn series

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
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vivian's older brother embezzles the family fortune and disappears. The family farm enterprise is foreclosed. Since only women can be landowners in this society, it falls to Vivian as heir to restore the family's fortune and reputation, as well as buy back the land from the bank. Her cousin owns a cargo ship, so they embark on a plan to fly cargo to try and raise the needed 3.3 million credits in a year. It requires getting a license from a shipping company, one naturally owned by Vivian's ex. T ...more
Why did you read this book?
This was labeled a RH romance.

What format did you read this book in?
Read it as an ebook on Kindle.

Is this an educational book or a book for entertainment?
I read this book for pure entertainment purposes.

What genres do you think this book belongs to?
Science Fiction

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
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m not a sci fi fan but the author really made this an enjoyable, fun read. Low on the romance end, more of Vivian’s situation. Fast paced and well written. I liked all the characters and the plot was interesting. I knew it was part of a continuing series but did not know that it would have a bit of a cliffhanger ending. The story satisfied me enough to the point where I wasn’t upset that I didn’t know that ahead of time. Book 2 should have more of the romance/reverse harem aspect than this one ...more
Kristy Halseth
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an advanced reading copy.

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
Tamara Hauser
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved First Flyght! Once I started reading it I didn't want to stop. After doing everything Vivian's family asked of her, including turning down a marriage proposal from the man she loves, in order to prepare to run her family farm her brother loses it all, empties the bank accounts and dissapears. Now it's up to Vivian to save the farm. And she is willing to do whatever that takes, including dealing with her ex, Ken.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving
Adventure style Sci-fi. Very interesting beginning, with twists and turns so I'm going to continue with the series.
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
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As you follow Vivian through her ever escalating issues you get some pretty great world building, and meet some pretty awesome supporting characters along the way! I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review, but I've already decided to purchase it to add to my collection of S.J. books! She's an amazing storyteller, and this book doesn't disappoint ❤️ ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I bought and read this on the recommendation of an author that I really like. I was a bit uncertain at first, but I really enjoyed it. And even though it is clearly just the beginning of the entire sorry, I didn't feel cheated at the end the way I do by many first book in a series that start that way. Great story and characters. I'm definitely intrigued enough to read another. ...more
Lorraine Gojara
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reverse-harem, arcs
This is a great series starter that is written with imagination.
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.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
The Mysterious Reader
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
S. J. Pajonas’ First Flyght (The Flyght Series Book 1) was a total blast of a read. I love the way Vivian reacted your what happened to her and the crazy hodgepodge of ship, crew (harem in the making) and new path she takes on. Totally fun to read and I’m looking forward to more. Thus book is an easy one to recommend.
Lorraine G
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an interesting start to a new series. The world Vivian lives in is unique and I can't wait to learn more about it. Vivian is growing into her role as captain and I'm curious as to what men will be in her final harem. I really like her "matchmaker" and am hoping more will develop in their relationship . ...more
David Bishop
Jan 25, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poor read couldn't finish

Fragmented hard to follow storyline , plot not well defined, story did not keep my interest , sorry but that is the way it read in the first 50pages then I moved to another book
Catherine Nightlinger
Loved it!

I really enjoyed this story, but if ended to soon. There was no climax to the story and it leaves you hanging. If you read this story be prepared to read the entire series.
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