Book Review: Polaris Rising

Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion #1) by Jessie Mihalik

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 children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.
Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.

When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.

But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for . . .

Review:
I’ve never read a space opera before so I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Polaris Rising was full of adventure, interesting characters, romance, and great world building.
Ada is strong, both mentally and physically, and can certainly fend for herself. She was raised in a cutthroat political family, but is now on the run, avoiding an arranged marriage. She meets Loch, a famous fugitive, and the sparks fly.
I found this a fun read, though there were times it felt slightly repetitive. There was a lot of detail given to the world building, which was occasionally distracting. This is certainly an adventure novel, full of gun fights, kidnappings, daring escapes, and space travel. It’s easy to get into and get lost in.
The characters were good, even if they felt a little stereotypical — this book was more about the relationships and the adventure than the character development.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read and a good escape from reality.
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Harper Voyager for the review copy of this book.
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Book Review: Hazards of Time Travel

Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates

An ingenious, dystopian novel of one young woman’s resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society, from the inventive imagination of Joyce Carol Oates

“Time travel” — and its hazards—are made literal in this astonishing new novel in which a recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled (future) world and is punished by being sent back in time to a region of North America — “Wainscotia, Wisconsin”—that existed eighty years before.  Cast adrift in time in this idyllic Midwestern town she is set upon a course of “rehabilitation”—but cannot resist falling in love with a fellow exile and questioning the constrains of the Wainscotia world with results that are both devastating and liberating.

Arresting and visionary, Hazards of Time Travel  is both a novel of harrowing discovery and an exquisitely wrought love story that may be Joyce Carol Oates’s most unexpected novel so far.

Review:
I absolutely loved the premise of this book — that in a dystopian future a young woman gets sent back in time to the 1950s as a punishment for free speech. There is definitely a bit of a cautionary tale about where politics is going…
I did enjoy the book after she is sent back, but not nearly as much. She has to learn how to make her way in this foreign time, scared that she is being monitored and deciding who to trust.
Overall, Hazards of Time Travel turned out to be a cute read and didn’t live up to it’s early potential.
Thank you to Edelweiss+ for a review copy of this book.
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Author Interview: Alex D. T. Baker

Today I am happy to introduce sci-fi author, Alex D. T. Baker, to my blog.

100_1530Tell us about your books. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?

I have three books out right now: Soul Burn and Bloodlust (parts 1 and 2 of the Frailty series) and Symbiont. All three are in the sci-fi genre.

The Frailty books have one foot in the Thrill/Suspense genre that contains a little bit of everything: serial killers, a slightly sexually demented detective, demons, and vampire-like people I call Blood-dealers.

Symbiont is the one I am promoting right now. Even though it’s not the most recent work, it is the one I am gearing up to do a follow-up for, so I would like to get as much exposure for it as I can. As for what it is about, here’s the synopsis, which I think sums it up nicely:

When Apoehl, the last of a race of benevolent and powerful aliens, comes to Earth to escape the war mongering Chilk, he is forced to abandon his failing body. To survive he must merge his life force with a human.
Jennifer has become the latest in a long line of hosts. Now she finds herself endowed with inhuman energy, in possession of the memories and strengths of those before her, and caught in a war.
It falls to Sam, the grizzled retired Marine now in command of a covert Government agency, and Paz, Sam’s mountain-sized right-hand man, to protect her from Brett, who craves the power for himself and will do whatever it takes to get it.
But as Jennifer fights against her past and questions the person she is becoming, the greatest struggle could be with herself.
Together, Jennifer, Sam, Paz, and Brett will unfold and build the story of the conflict that will change them all and decide Apoehl’s fate.
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Author Interview: Cyndia Rios-Myers

Today I am happy to introduce author Cyndia Rios-Myers on my blog.

cyndia photoHow do you come up with the ideas for your stories?

Dreams are a big source of inspiration. I have the wildest dreams sometimes.

Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?

The motivation drives the medium. Depending on the “feel” for the story, I might write on my laptop, on my iPad, or in Composition notebooks.

What inspires you to write?

The “What Ifs” in life. The other side of the fork in the road. The road not taken.

I love books that explore What Ifs — so much fun to play with those ideas. Read more

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