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Adult, Review / June 9, 2017
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky ChambersThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date: July, 2014
404 pages
Source: Purchased
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Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

If living in a world that struggles to be respectful, sensitive, or loving to those that are different gets you down, reading this might be a cathartic experience.

The job of the Wayfarer and it’s crew is creating wormholes for space travel. But that’s not what this book is about. It’s about the relationships between its crew members Captain Ashby, clerk Rosemary, mechanics Kizzy and Jenks, cook/healer Dr. Chef, algeist Corbin, pilot Sissix, navigator Ohan, and last but certainly not least, the ships AI Lovey (I shan’t cry). read more

By: Diane
Adult, Review / June 21, 2016
Radiance by Grace DravenRadiance
Author: Grace Draven
Series: Wraith Kings #1
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date: January 2015
296 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy
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Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.


Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

“You might have a face to turn my hair white, but your honesty is handsome.”

Radiance starts out pretty strong. The characters were emotionally mature and charming.
Their first meeting actually managed to have some swoon, despite the fact that they found each other  physically repulsive. Their reasonable temperaments and lack of self pity or wallowing over their situation was refreshing. I was pretty sure I was going to love this. However as the story goes on, though we are told the stakes are high and much is made out of the awkwardness that comes when these two cultures blend,  there didn’t seem to be enough momentum or actual plot. I never believed in the urgency or lack of safety. read more

By: Diane
Review, Young Adult / January 1, 2012
Starcrossed Perigee by Tracey Lee CampbellStarcrossed Perigee
Author: Tracey Lee Campbell
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date: May 2011
408 pages
Source: Review copy from author
Genres: Science Fiction

Aric Brennan is a whisperer - a perfectly engineered human/alien hybrid designed specifically to charm and seduce. When Lucy is stalked by his unearthly creators, she has no choice but to trust him to help her navigate a way through a horrifying reality - a reality filled with creatures which should really only exist in nightmares.

I had to wait a while before I wrote this review becuase although I truly enjoyed reading this book, I did have several issues with it that has taken me a while to put into words.

The story is about a girl called Lucy who lives with her Uncle on his farm. Her Uncle hires a new “farmhand” (I think that’s what its called) called Aric who seems to be able to read Lucy’s thoughts and is able to do other things humans shouldn’t be able to do. Needless to say he’s far from human. Before we know it, Lucy and Aric are on the run from aliens and other supernatural beings which shouldn’t exist and Lucy has to flee her old life with Aric to avoid being abducted. read more

By: Alison