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Polaris Rising

(Consortium Rebellion #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  4,118 ratings  ·  811 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
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Published February 5th 2019 by HarperAudio
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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
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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
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
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!
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
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
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
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.
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!
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 and
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!
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-na, not-for-me
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
 Simply Sam ツ
***3.5 Stars***

This started off strong but began to wane a bit towards the end. Don't get me wrong, it was a fun story overall, with plenty of space action, romance, and political intrigue, but there's only so much of the back and forth that I can take before it gets tad tedious. And I kinda wanted some aliens. But apparently, at least thus far, only humans occupy the 'verse in this book universe. In any case, I liked Ada and Loch (though, I kinda didn't like Loch when he got all pissy and
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
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!
♥ WishfulMiss ♥

This has been on my TBR List for a while now and I can't believe it took me this long to finally read it but I'm so glad I finally did because I loved Ada and Loch. The story is crazy good and starts off with a bang that hooks you right away and the pacing doesn't slow down until the very end.

I loved this sci-fi read, it has a kick ass heroine and a big gruff merc hero. There's action, humor and plenty of chemistry between the MCs. Not only that but there is plenty of interesting secondary
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should have loved this but sadly didn't. It's a romance in space, with a kickass space princess and an grumpy outcast. It's sprawling and action packed, with a really interesting (if not particularly innovate) world. But I also found it repetitive and the narrative voice not super convincing. I will definitely read the rest of the trilogy though!
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ada von Hasenberg is the seventh child of theHouse von Hasenberg. Ada was to be offered into an arranged marriage with House Rockhurst but after witnessing her sister's horrible marriages, this strong-willed, kickass Hasenberg flees home and now has a bounty on her head. When she is capturedon the boarding docks of another planet and taken aboard amercship, they place her in a cell withMarcus Loch, the Devil of Fornax Zero. His bounty rivals hers. There are rumors he murdered every commanding ...more
Anne - Books of My Heart
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What can I say? I LOVED Polaris Rising! I enjoyed the characters, the world, the romance(s) and the narration. It was all outstanding. I wanted to listen all the time. I stopped with about an hour left at bedtime which was a mistake because my mind raced with the story anyway.

This trope reminds me a bit of Amanda Bouchet's
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
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A space princess escapes an arranged marriage only to end up captured and imprisoned with a notorious criminal, and that’s just the opening setup to this balls to the wall adventure. The universe is controlled by three enormously wealthy families, all rivals but currently in an uneasy truce. Ada is a daughter of one of the houses and grew up in the lap of luxury, but since running away from her family and fiancé she’s enjoyed living a lower key lifestyle—that is, until her father’s minions catch ...more
Mar 18, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: requested-copy
DNF @ 33%

My hopes were high when I first saw this title for two reasons. 1. I’m always looking for my next Fortune’s Pawn (because that book was hands down amazing) and this one sounded like it had the potential to come close and 2. the amazing blurb on the front cover from my favorite duo: Ilona Andrews.

Runaway space princess, badass and dangerous male lead, and of course, space. This really did have all the elements of a story I would normally love but there was something off about it for me,
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
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Ilona Andrews
As the fifth of six children Ada's main purpose in life was always to marry into one of the other prominent houses so that her father, the head of the von Hasenberg, could place a spy in an enemy camp. Her father doesn't care that it would be a loveless marriage and that she'd be miserable, he just sees it as her duty to her family. Ada isn't quite so willing to go along with his plans though and she's spent the last couple of years on the run, hiding as a mercenary and taking whatever jobs she ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review posted on Got Fiction?

Someone recommended I read Polaris Rising, and while I don't really read Sci Fi, I was really intrigued by the plot, add the fact it's Sci Fi Romance, and I wanted to give it a shot. I'm trying to read more authors than just my favorites.

This books starts out strong. A fight, a capture, an escape, and a kiss.

Ada is on the run. Her father wants her to marry someone from a rival house, and he didn't take her seriously when she said she would not marry the man he'd
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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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