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Prime Deceptions

(Chilling Effect #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  302 ratings  ·  77 reviews
The lovably flawed crew of La Sirena Negra and their psychic cats return in this fast-paced and outrageously fun science-fiction novel, in which they confront past failures and face new threats in the far reaches of space from the author of the critically acclaimed Chilling Effect.

Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra find themselves once again on the fring
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Harper Voyager
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Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi_2020
full disclosure: i did not realise this book was a sequel and read this without having read the previous book, however i did not struggle to get into it at all and was able to follow everything easily and now will defiently go back and read the first one!!

I first heard about this because I heard it had psychic cats so obviously I had to read it and while the cats were fun the strongest part of this book for me was the found family feeling of the ships crew. I always love this trope in sci-fi esp
Hannah Vestal
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The La Sirena Negra crew are back again!

I have been eagerly awaiting Prime Deceptions ever since reading Chilling Effect last year. Let me just say, it was worth the wait!

Prime Deception’s biggest advantage was being able to jump right into the action again, but this time, without having the exposition of who everyone is. Where Chilling Effect was the bringing together of this ragtag family, Prime Deception is the exploration of what it means to be family.

Prime Deceptions goes into more detail
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
While I found this to be a fun read, I had a hard time concentrating on it, which may be more on me than the story.
Casey the Reader
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks Harper Voyager for the free copy of this book.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon...
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great sequel to a fun first book. Way more psychic cats, to many Pokémon references to name, some palp action, and a heroine who has her shit together (as much as any space captain can)!
Andrew Gillman
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Do space operas always have to be so deadly serious?

Sure, the protagonist’s life, and that of their gallant, family-sized crew are often in the balance, the galaxy is teetering on the edge of oblivion and bad guys and gals seem to be creeping out from under asteroid and half decently-sized nebula.

But is it still possible to have a good old laugh along the way?

When you’re Valerie Valdes, you have a new book out called Prime Deceptions and you’re writing about Captain Eva Innocente and the intrepi
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Loses a star for sucky space battle choreography, but Ms Valdes has made me a fan, as she is one of the truly rare authors who consistently operates on the principle that, whatever sad or bad things may happen in them, stories should be fun to read.

A bit low on choice lines, too, but not without a few:

“Worthless feces licker!” shouted one of the mercs. “Taste my vengeance!”
“Tastes like chicken!” Eva shouted back.
A plaintive meow and gentle pressure drew Eva’s attention downward. Mala
Fredrick Danysh
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
In this space opera Eva Innocente and the crew of the La Sirena Negra are hired to find a missing scientist and return him to her employers. They will cross space winding up on the planet that was the sight of her greatest shame. A fair amount of the story and most of the dialogue are in Spanish which makes for a difficult read for non-Spanish speakers. This was a free review copy through
Jewel Gilbert
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Terrific! Amazing! Everything I'd hoped for and more! Somehow manages to be funny, charming, and talk seriously about recovering from trauma. Plus a romance that is engaging and believable?? Chef's kiss! AND, Women! Make! Their! Own! Decisions!

Excuse me while I hopelessly google "books like Chilling Effect series" every day between now and when the next one comes out.
Leili V.
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Personally, I need more telepathic cats. Also could have done more with the Pro-Arc doom. My favorite (aside from the one or two telepathic cat cameos, that is), is the rich hispanic culture mixed with edgy, yet honest, narrative. Not horrible!
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pleased to see more cat content than in the first book
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

Once again there are space cats and amazing ME styled plots and references to entice me to read another Chilling Effect novel. Though if I’m honest, I would have to say that I needed little enticing after how much I enjoyed the first book.

I definitely still have that ’15 Reasons Why Garrus…’ Buzzfeed article still on my bookmarks bar on my browser, so, given that Vakar is the same level as amazing as Garrus, I was completely ready to see Vakar and Eva’s re
Lauren loves llamas
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I am still deeply in love with the cover art for this series. The Cat floating in space! The neon text! The gorgeous colors! I would totally hang this up near my bookcases. This is the second in the Chilling Effect series, so there a!re spoilers for the first book in this review

I came out of the last book disappointed because I was expecting something, well, not as dark, pl
David Harris
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm grateful to Orbit for a free advance e-copy of Prime Deceptions via NetGalley.

In this sequel to Chilling Effect, we're given another chance to sign up with Captain Eva Innocente and her crew aboard the space freighter/ smuggler/ gunrunner La Sirena Negra ('a small ship whose business was composed entirely of side hustles') for another series of madcap adventures. This time, having spent several months prodding the dangerous beast that is The Fridge criminal collective, Eva accepts a commissi
Amy A
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
For the past six months, Captain Eva Innocente and her crew on La Sirena Negra, have worked hard to continue thwarting the evil crime syndicate The Fridge. When Eva’s sister comes to her with an opportunity to earn a lot of money by finding a missing scientist, Eva sees it as a perfect opportunity for a big payday for good honest work. Even when she’s not ultimately sure about the end goal.

Their search will take Eva and crew across the galaxy embroiling them in bot fights, never-ending fan conve
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series is such a blast to read! Chilling Effect was one of my favorite books of 2019, and Prime Deceptions was just as good. Both books are as smart as they are funny, and as thoughtful as they are exciting.

Having spent the last book chipping away at our heroine, Eva’s, hard exterior, her character really has the opportunity to shine in Prime Deceptions. A closer look at her past helps the reader to understand how she came to be so jaded yet still so committed to making the world a better p
Lis Carey
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-sf, fiction, cats, arcs
Eva Innocente doesn't want to talk to her sister again.

She doesn't want to call her mother anytime soon.

She and the rest of the crew of La Sirena Negra want paying jobs to pay their bills, and rescue crew member Sue's brother Josh from the Fridge. (It's not clear what the psychic cats sharing the ship want, but they like at least some of the crew members, and know where their purrs are most needed.) An evil organization that is forcing him to work on its nefarious high-tech projects involving ba
Courtney Lake
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.

I was very excited to return to this world and it did not disappoint.

We join Eva and her found-family crew as they are bouncing around the galaxy doing odd jobs to be a general pain in the rear for the Fridge. Then they are approached by her sister to do a job for the counter-organization working against the Fridge, named for some reason "The Forge". This looks like a win-win situation from first glance, find Sue's missing brother, get pai
Eule Luftschloss
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Captain Eva Innocente is a smuggler. Her current mission: Find a missing scientist; a job is a job. But this one is made more interesting by the fact that the missing person happens to be her engineer's brother.

This is part two of a series and I have not read part one. In the beginning, I had some moments where I felt that the author was assuming more knowledge about her world on part of the reader, but I
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrying on not long after the ending of Chilling Effect, we return to Captain Eva Innocente, the crew of La Sirena Negra (apologies if I've misspelt any of these!) and their clowder of psychic cats, having a good time getting paid to screw over galactic crime syndicate The Fridge for Eva's sister Mari's shadowy employers, The Forge. They're dragged further into their crusade against The Fridge when they're tasked with what should be the comparatively simple mission of tracking down a misising s ...more
Serena Coleman
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair review.

Once again we join Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra, a former smuggling vessel, now working to bring down The Fridge. The Fridge is a dangerous criminal organisation which featured heavily in the first book in this series, the very enjoyable Chilling Effect.

Eva reluctantly takes a job from her sister who is working for the mysterious Forge, which claims to be a benevolent organisation which is try
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Captain Eva Innocente and the dysfunctional but lovable crew of La Sirena Negra are ready to take you on another whirlwind adventure through space. Buckle in!

God, how I love a scifi adventure novel that doesn't take itself too serious. I adored Chilling Effect for its humour and heart, and this sequel turned the dial up to eleven. This little found family travelling through space to take down the bad guys and make some money on the (not always legal) side, oh how I wish I could hug them all and
Anne Szlachcic
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in this series by the Author and initially I was a little reluctant to read this book as I had found the first book a little disappointing - but I am glad I persevered .

Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra, a former smuggling vessel, are now working to bring down the criminal enterprise ,The Fridge .
Eva's sister , who works for the Forge , a mysterious benevolent? enterprise , asks her to find a missing scientist , Josh - who just so happens to be the bro
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The problem for an author who writes a very good first-in-series book is that expectations are then set high for the next-in-series. Fortunately for Valerie Valdes, she meets these high expectations with Prime Deceptions, the sequel to Chilling Effect.

Captain Eva Innocente and her crew continue to be engaging characters. My favorite is probably Sue, the engineer whose brother is the target of their mission. (Unless you count the cats; then Mala, the psychic cat, is my favorite.) Eva and her crew
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
My thanks to NetGalley for making an eARC copy of this book available to me.

I wanted to like this more than I did. It had lots of interesting (i.e. not your typical hetero) relationships. It had family drama. It had friends/coworkers disagreeing about what to do, but making things work despite it. It had lots and lots of different and strangely named alien species. However...

The author still continues to use a large number of Spanish words and phrases where it's unclear within the context of the
Read Ng
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a GoodReads giveaway win of a paperback edition.

I had read book #1 in anticipation of this win. I wanted to get a better feel for the characters and universe to give this sequel a proper start. Book #2 does take place about 6 months after book #1 and there are references back to events in book #1, but I think you could read this sequel as a stand alone.

As I mentioned previously, there are times I wish I took Spanish lessons, but I don't think they teach you how to talk so colorfully in
Anais (atrailofpages)
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once again, this book took me on a whirlwind adventure through space! I just love how colorful and creative the world is 😍

We once again follow Captain Innocente and crew who this time work with her sister Mari to find a missing person. With the promise that it will be less dangerous, however, to the contrary, they get into trouble as they always do, and it’s hilarious.

I once again felt like I was at ComiCon and in a video game. Especially with all those Pod Pals and Ball Buddies, which sound aw
Another great space opera adventure by one of my new favorite authors, Valerie Valdes. Still trying to save face from being kidnapped by The Fridge, Eva is asked to locate Sue’s brother to help on a mystery project. Eva revisits and faces her past and has to go through some tough battles to achieve her goals. There is a little “Team Rocket” pokemon stuff going on and a super awesome mech battle. A comic con that never ends and more psychic cat action. New relationships, and new planets to explor ...more
William Bentrim
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Prime Deceptions by Valerie Valdes
This is a follow up to Chilling Effect. Eve is a trouble prone cargo freighter captain. This volume involves her continued fight with the Fridge and the discovery of the Forge.
Both the Fridge and the Forge support their own conspiracy and both are often at odds with Eve and her crew. A side bar story is Sue, who joined the crew in Chilling Effect, trying to find her cybernetic guru brother. Between being involved in bot fights and synthetic creature creation,
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Valerie Valdes is most recently published in Uncanny Magazine, Time Travel Short Stories and Nightmare Magazine. Her debut novel Chilling Effect was published by Harper Voyager in September 2019 and by Orbit UK in February 2020.

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