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- Print Length: 372 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1682810666
- Publisher: Entangled: Select Otherworld (7 Dec. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0166PXF1I
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #685,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tannin and Zahli are the perfect couple, so in sync with each other and OMG the circumstance under which the come together is crazy. But when destiny calls you better answer because then you'd just miss out on all the fun. I'm so curious about how Rian is going to end up. So many interesting characters. I hope Ms Anastasi can churn out the books as fast as I can read them because boy, am I hooked!
Even though no one escapes Erebus and lives to tell about it, Zahli Sherron hides Tannin on the ship and the reader can’t help but get caught up in this space opera of a romance as Zahli risks the lives of the entire crew for a love that can never be. The chemistry is a smoldering heat that builds to scorching proportions throughout the story with some steamy sex scenes but in order to have any kind of relationship they will have to defy the Captain’s rules which causes quite a few emotional outbursts and heated clashes among the crew. The characters are strong, compelling and grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning while the steady to fast paced and smooth flowing plot thrills readers with lots of suspense, excitement and romance.
There is never a dull moment on the Imojenna as they continuously dodge assassins, deadly traps, and seem to attract more enemies than friends during every exciting encounter but the real danger is a threat that few no one knows about, one that the crew is determined to destroy no matter the cost which keeps the adrenaline pumping throughout the story with lots of excitement. The scenes are well written with vivid details that make it easy for reader to become absorbed in all the action and romance while the intriguing events draw the readers in and refuse to let go and unexpected twists keep readers guessing while adding spice to the story as well.
All of the Imojenna crew have strong personalities that spark interest, so together with their grumpy attitudes, I was completely fascinated by the exhilaration of their lives as they barely escape from or stay one step ahead of their many enemies and I can’t wait to find out what happens next on the Imojenna.
4 ½ STARS
Because although the romance portion of this book is between Zahli and Tannin, to be honest the most compelling aspect of this book is all about big brother Rian, captain and haunted man, out to destroy the evil shape-shifting aliens.
Which is probably for the best really, because although Tannin is an interesting character – with his false imprisonment, his escape plans and his super-special hacking abilities – Zahli… well, she just isn’t. She’s Rian’s little sister and she’s supposed to be in charge of their freight business, but in truth she doesn’t really do much and isn’t all that important. Which bothered me a bit. I like my romantic couples – especially in an adventurous setting – to be well matched. Here, though, it seemed that the more interesting and important to the crew Tannin became, the less Zahli had to offer. She’s just the little sister, just Tannin’s temptation. I wanted more from her, and sadly didn’t get it.
My issues with Zahli aside, I enjoyed this. The plot is intriguing and nicely woven, leading the characters from one place to the next as they pick up clues and the bigger picture unravels. Yes, occasionally things seem far too easy and convenient, but on the whole it kept my interest and I always wanted to know what would unfold next for Rian, Tannin and the rest of the crew. Even if I did want to keep growling at Ella to keep out of a certain someone’s head. Respect the boundaries, woman! And stop being so precious, because diplomacy isn’t working anymore.
As a series opener, this has got potential in spades. There’s a crew of different and intriguing individuals, plenty of backstory just waiting to make itself known, a noble quest that keeps spiralling out of control, and more danger than you can shake a shock pistol at. It’s a romping space adventure with a forbidden romance, scary aliens and definitely left me wanting more. So buckle in, blast off and prepare to enjoy, because wherever this series heads next, there is one thing I’m certain of – the adventure is only just beginning.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Zahli is on the crew of her brother's ship. She is in charge of getting the supplies. Shopping on a prison planet is not her idea of fun, but they have been assured that the complex is for the officers, not the inmates.
Zahli's brother, Rian, has changed since the war. He is a Moody and dangerous man. He also has a mission to complete, and won't rest until it's done.
This book is an exciting Sci-fi adventure /romance. Our hero is an intelligent man with nothing to lose. Despite his time on Erebus, he is also a honourable man. Our heroine is used to dealing with her brother's black moods, and his obsession to wipe out the Reidars . I will let you read the book to find out who they are, and why. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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What does the title have to do with anything?
Anyway, if you want a good sci-fi fi romance with a strong and interesting heroine, rich imagery with lots of action, try the Dock 5 series (along with Finders Keepers and Accidental Goddess) written by Linnea Sinclair, who unfortunately no longer appears to be publishing.
Ms. Anastasia writes a pretty good sci-fi adventure. She throws in just enough of the love scene business to satisfy all but the really hardcore romantics. What I really like is that she has carried the "big picture" over into the other books to tie them together nicely. Book one has the Infamous Captain Rian Sheeron taking his crew off after the shape-shifting bad guys. These are the ones who tortured him and are now trying to take over the galaxy. But no one really believes Rian until they see one of these shape-shifting creatures die. That's when their true form is revealed, and it's kind of yucky!
This invasion and the Captain's pursuit of the shape-shifters is an ongoing theme in this series. It's a nice tie-in. Each book is the story of the individual couple, but the series' theme plays in the background providing the link to the rest of the series. A nice technique and very well done in this case. Ms. Anastasia has a very nice writing style.
There were a few weaknesses when characters didn't act the way I felt they should have. Mostly Rian, the captain, and his sister, Zahli. They both had a couple of very childish, impulsive moments when they basically had temper tantrums and didn't consider the consequences to themselves or anyone else. These things aside, if you like some romance and a righteous cause thrown in with your sci-fi, this series might be one for you to try out. I find I'm really looking forward to book three!
I purchased this book from Amazon in Kindle format for full price. This is an honest review for which I am not being compensated. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley
Sentenced to a life on the prison planet Erebus at the age of 16, Tannin Everette has been waiting for the right opportunity to escape and find freedom again. When the ship Imojenna has to make an emergency landing on Erebus, Tannin sees his chance. But once he's on the ship he wasn't expecting to find help from the Captain's younger sister, Zahli. Zahli owes Tannin a debt and she believes in his innocence even when it means standing up to her brother. But as they travel further from Erebus their problems are just beginning.
What I Liked
I love Sci-Fi romance and I'm always struggling to find good examples of this genre. I must admit I bought one of Jess Anastasi's books (Damage Control) a month ago and haven't gotten around to reading it but I'll be fixing that shortly. I really enjoyed Atrophy and I am very impressed with the extensive universe that Anastasi has created. Though Tannin and Zahli are the "main characters" there is really so much more going on in this book. It's really about Zahli's brother, Rian, and his revenge mission against the evil shape shifting aliens, the Reidar. There is so much going on in this book but it's all presented in a clear manner that builds on itself and I never found myself getting confused. I loved Tannin and Zahli and how they both wanted to be with each other so much even against Rian's explicit orders. Tannin was so sweet with a little bit of geek thrown in and plenty of sexy swagger. Each crew member clearly has an interesting story to tell and I look forward to reading them. I'm not completely sold on Rian yet but I came to like him more as the book progressed. He has a lot of baggage and history that causes him to lash out but I hope that we'll continue to see more of his nicer side as the series goes on.
What Needs Work
The world building in this book is very extensive but I would have liked more information on the Assimilation Wars as well as the daring act that Rian does to end the war. This information may come later as the overarching plot if very present in this series. The other thing that stood out to me was that they are all worried about the Reidar which are capable of changing shape and looking like any person. I would have like a little more suspicion and some attempts to confirm identities. For instance, after they rescue Zahli, there's no attempt to confirm she's really Zahli and not a Reidar. Considering the danger, I little more caution would have been appreciated.