Top Ten Tuesday: Girl Crush

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

October 3: Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends

I feel like I’ve done this topic recently or perhaps a time or two before so this week I am putting a spin on the topic.  I’m going to pick characters I have a girl crush on.  Here is the definition of Girl Crush I am using: Girl Crush – feelings of admiration and adoration which a girl has for another girl, without wanting to shag said girl. a nonsexual attraction, usually based on veneration at some level. 

Ten Female Characters I have a Girl Crush on.

  1. Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)  Elena Deveraux – out of all the ladies on this list Elena is the one I am least familiar with.  Of what I’ve read, though, I’ve enjoyed and I look forward to seeing how the series progresses.  I am way behind at having read only two or three books.
  2. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley Davidson – This might be my biggest girl crush on the list.  I love Charley. The sarcasm, hot husband, phenomenal cosmic powers. Sigh.  Big girl crush here.  I want Charley for my BFF.
  3. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) Celaena Sardothien – I’ve given up on this series but from what I remember I was totally impressed by the complexity and kick-assness of this character.  I also appreciated how she wasn’t a whiny YA heroine.
  4. Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13) Merit – She might be my second favorite girl crush on the list.  It wasn’t an easy road and I almost didn’t stick the series out but in the end, I loved reading Merit’s story.
  5. The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13) Ivy Tamwood – This is a bit of a deviation from the other books on this week’s list.  Ivy isn’t the main character in this series.  I liked Rachel and all but man Ivy was something else.
  6. Up from the Grave (Night Huntress, #7) Cat Crawfield – I so miss this series.  Cat was one of the best kick-ass heroines around.  Sigh.
  7. Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22) Bethany – I had trouble thinking of someone from my favorite author’s main series but Bethany fits the bill.  Styxx’s story was so epic that he needed to have an H.E.A to match.  She is one of my favorites despite being absent from much of the book.
  8. Deadlock (V.I. Warshawski, #2) V.I. Warshawski – I’ve not read this series for a long time and don’t have any plans to pick it up again but that doesn’t change the fact that V.I. is all kinds of awesome.  If you are not a fan of paranormal or sci-fi then this is a safe pick for you as it is a good old detective series, no magic or other funny stuff.
  9. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Diana Bishop – When I stumbled across this book I knew it belonged on the list.  Diana isn’t perfect but she is totally crushworthy.  Matthew isn’t too shabby either ;)
  10. Vampire, Interrupted (Argeneau #9) Marguerite Argeanu – My last selection is also a little different.  Marguerite is only the main character in this book but she is present in many of the books.  I love this sneaky matchmaker and if I wasn’t happily married I’d want her to find me my own H.E.A.  She is always spot on in her picks.

Well, there you have this week’s list what literary crushes do you have?

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Monday Morning Check-In: Busy

Greetings everyone.  Wanted to make sure to get a post up today and let you know that the next two weeks are going to be busy.  We are going to our college’s homecoming in two weeks and the night before a friend from college is going to visit so we can all head down together.  Before we go I have three laundry lists of things that need to be done.  The only problem is that I am working the next seven days as my boss is going on a much-deserved vacation.

So not a lot of reading got done over the weekend because I wanted to get as much cleaning done as I could.  I did manage to get to see the third episode of the new Star Trek: Discovery.  I don’t want to talk about it.  #Disappointed  I canceled my year subscription CBS All Access (which is NOT All Access #NoBigBang).  I looked up how the show will be released and will only be paying for two months subscription during the times that the show airs.  $12 is a far more reasonable price for this Star Trek that is nothing like Star Trek.  After a few more episodes I’ll post an updated review.  So far it isn’t looking good.

Well, I need to go scrape tar paper off my kitchen floor.  Please think about calling your representatives in Congress and the Senate to demand gun reform so perhaps we can prevent more mass shootings.  It is time to demand real reform.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Book Review

 


A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2)Book Genre: Science Fiction 

Book Series: Wayfarers #2

Released: 3/14/17 by Harper Voyager

Pages: 364 Price$16.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers)

Source: I borrowed a copy of this book from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heart-warming space opera—the sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.
Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.
Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

My Review:

This book was way different from the first in its series.  If you happen to pick this book up not knowing it was second in a series you will be fine reading this as a stand-alone or even out of order.  Not much is going to be spoiled from the first book, only one plot point.  I highly recommend going back and reading the first book as it is also an excellent story.

I almost enjoyed this story as much as the first, just a tad less and am unsure if it is even enough to deduct a star or not.  Maybe I’ll know by the end of the review.  Like I said this story was structured differently from the first.  The story revolves around two points of view instead of multiple and shifted back and forth in time.  We follow Lovey as she adjusts to a life that didn’t go as planned and her struggle to find purpose.  We also learn how Pepper’s back story and some startling revelations as to what has become of humanity among the stars.  Have to say it was a bit disappointing…  Not going to go into more to avoid spoilers.  Pepper struggled with much of the same issues as Lovey only from an organic existence instead of an artificial one.

The book also delves into the question of what makes us human and what defines self-awareness and artificial intelligence which probably isn’t too far off from being an issue in our world.   Soon we will be needing to answer questions as to what rights AI will have and if a machine can be alive and have a sense of self.  Interesting ideas to ponder.

While the first two books in this series had a different feeling to them they both share a lot of heart.  I felt for these characters like I did the first crew.   Both stories tackle interesting issues and gave my brain something to chew over for a while.  I see that there will be a third book in this series and I look forward to reading it as well because this is a talented author that delivers a thought-provoking and entertaining story.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Among the Stars

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

September 26:  Ten Books That Feature Characters That live or work in Space

I’ve been on a science fiction kick lately so I decided for this open-ended topic I would pick ten characters that either live or work in space.  They might be human or alien or living on another planet but all of them will spend most of their story not on Earth. After all with all the crap going on right now space sounds like an ideal place to be despite its inherent danger….

Ten Characters That Live or Work in Space

  1. Yesterday's Son (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #1)  Going to start with probably my favorite space character that I have.  Spock.  He was my first crush, and was the first alien I was introduced to growing up.  He remains one of my favorites and I often find myself longing for his cool, calm, detached logical facade.  Because we should all know by now that Vulcans do have emotions they have simply learned to control them.
  2. Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) John Perry from Old Man’s War.  Here is what I said about him in the review: “The characters made this story, getting to know them and grow with them and grieve them. Took my breath away at the end. John is, of course, the main character in this story but also my favorite.”
  3. The Space Between the Stars Jamie Allenby in this fairly recent release is an interesting character.  She is far from perfect and faces a great internal battle for much of the book to overcome her past.  This is a science fiction story for those that want more of a character driven story than a hard-core science fiction.
  4. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) This is tough story to pick just one character from as it is the ensemble cast that makes this story great.  If I had to pick just one I would have to say Rosemary Harper was in my top three.
  5. Artemis Jazz Bashara is the main character in the upcoming release of Andy Weir’s next book.  I’m not going to say much more as I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but I enjoyed her character quite a bit.
  6. Born of Legend (The League, #9) Not the latest release in this Kenyon series but the last one I’ve read and the only book in The League series that I’ve given five stars to. Danger is the type of character I love from Ms. Kenyon.  She spend countless books making us hate him only to have him redeemed in his book.  This was a great read!
  7. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) Another instance of a great ensemble cast to pick from.  I’m going to pick Marvin from this story and mainly for the movie version of the character.  Who doesn’t love a depressed paranoid AI.
  8. Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) I read this before I was writing reviews and it is a toss-up between the two lead characters as to which I enjoyed more.  For the sake of the list I’m going to pick Amy because why the hell not, its a good name ;).  (actually I’ve never been particularly fond of my name…)
  9. Tor (Women of Earth, #2) It has been a while since I read this one but I’m going to step out of my norm for the list and pick the character Mohawk as a favorite from this story.  Partially because he was mentioned in the review as one of my favorites and I do remember being rather fond of him.
  10. The Martian  I tried really hard to not put this book on the list.  I didn’t want more than one book by an author or from a series/franchise but I just couldn’t do it.  I’ve simply not read enough science fiction yet.  Then there is the fact that Mark Watney is an amazing character.  I loved so much about him!  His sarcasm, inventiveness, intelligence, wit, persistence! He will remain one of my favorite characters and stories for years to come.

Well there you have my list this week.  What characters that live or work in space do you love that I haven’t met yet?  Feel free to leave book suggestions in the comments!  Wrote your own TTT list?  Leave that there too for everyone to go check out!  Happy Reading~

Immortally Yours by Lynsay Sands

Book Review

 


Immortally Yours (Argeneau #26)Book Genre: Romance, Paranormal, 

Book Series: Argeneau #26

Released: 9/26/17 by Avon

Pages: 384 Price$7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book:  Immortally Yours: An Argeneau Novel

Source: I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

One hundred and twenty-five years is a long time to nurse a crush. That’s how long it’s been since Beth Argenis first met Cullen “Scotty” MacDonald and he instantly became the star of her most X-rated dreams. Back then, he was rescuing her from a Rogue Immortal. Now Beth’s a Rogue Hunter—a damn good one. She doesn’t need saving anymore, despite what Scotty thinks. What she does need is the fierce, wild desire that finally erupts between them.

Scotty has hesitated to claim Beth as his own. But one explosive kiss confirms what he’s long suspected: She’s his life mate. But Beth is tough, fearless, beautiful…and in immortal danger. Unless he wants to lose her forever, he’ll have to rethink everything he once believed about love and destiny as well as confront an enemy who’s terrifyingly close.

My Review:

I’ve been reading this series for some time now and have absolutely no plans to abandon it anytime soon.  I’m in it for the long haul regardless of if I love the current release or not.  Fortunately, the latest book is one that I LOVE!

The 26th installment of the Argeneau series brings us back to Canada where the rogue hunters are little scarce thanks to the drama going on with the doctor.  They are relying on hunters on loan from Europe and we end up with Beth and Scotty’s story.  Some parts of this story felt familiar and we probably met these two before for another couple’s coming together.  Please note Ms. Kenyon, this book is a perfect example of how you can revisit a plot from an earlier book without copying scenes word-for-word…  Moving on.

Beth and Scotty’s book is one of the more somber and serious Argeneau books focusing more on drama than laughs.  Don’t worry they are in there too.  But both leads had a pretty tough human life and we deal with topics in this book that don’t lend well to slapstick.  I loved how Ms. Sands tackled some heavy topics and didn’t sanitize what was most likely reality for many young poor women from Beth’s human era.

I enjoyed how it wasn’t an easy coming together for these two.  They had to work at finding their h.e.a.  Both needed to overcome insecurities and prejudices and grow as individuals before they could work as a couple.  Scotty was fun but came with his own set of baggage and needed to own up to it.  Beth was a kick-ass heart of gold heroine and I simply loved her.  She was a great pick for the pompous Scotty.  In the end, as with all of Ms. Sands’ stories, they found their H.E.A. and the mystery was solved.  There were some fresh faces in this book and I look forward to seeing who they might get paired up with in future novels.

If you love this series then I think you will love this one too.  If you feel that it is getting a little stale then I implore you to hold on for this book as it had a fresh feeling to me.  Over all, it simply was a great read and I enjoyed every minute of it.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz

Book Review

 


Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a WomanBook Genre: Non-Fiction, Humor, Comics

Book Series: N/A

Released: 9/ 26/17 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

Pages: 128  Price: $14.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book:  Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.  

Book Synopsis:

A collection of Loryn Brantz’s vibrant and relatable Jellybean Comics about her everyday experiences as a lady 

Home manicure tips, awkward seduction techniques, scoping out the snack table, and—most important—prioritizing naps: Lady Stuff reveals these womanly secrets and more. In sections like “Grooming and Habitat Maintenance,” “Mating Habits,” and others, these brightly colored, adorable comics find the humor in the awkwardness of simply existing.
 
Like the work of Sarah Andersen, Gemma Correll, and Allie Brosh, Loryn Brantz’s Jellybean Comics are accessible and funny; lighthearted takes on the author’s everyday experiences and struggles being a woman.

My Review:

Like many of you, I’ve seen this author’s work on Facebook and other social media platforms as memes but did not realize that when requesting this book for review.  What pulled me in was the title and description, also the fact that it was a read now title on Net Galley.  I decided to take a shot and see what this book was all about.

What I received was a fun little read that was quite clever and poignant at times.  Besides being totally funny I found myself thinking oh yeah I totally get that.  These illustrations are going to be so relatable to any woman, this would make an excellent gift for your best girlfriend!  Not very long but well done this book also worked well on my e-reader, perhaps the only time that a graphic novel book worked for me!

Not much more I can say beyond that.  It was a fun read that would make a great gift!

My Rating: 4 Stars

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Book Review

 


The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)Book Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Humor

Book Series: Don Tillman #1

Released: 10/1/2013

Pages:297  Price$24.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: The Rosie Project: A Novel

Source: I borrowed the audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

My Review:

This is my second reading of this book if you wish to see the original review it is linked here.

My library is reading this book for a book talk and I decided to listen to the story this time instead of reading it. It was just as enjoyable the second time around as it was the first. After rereading my earlier review I do not see any changes I would make and stand by my earlier assessment. As to listening to the book vs reading it. The fact that the narrator speaks with an Aussie accent does add a fair bit of charm to the story but might be a bit of a struggle to those who have difficulty understanding accents, my husband for example. If that isn’t an issue for you then I recommend either version as both are enjoyable. Cute story.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Monday Morning Check-In: New Trek

Good Monday morning everyone!  Well, this was a political weekend…  All kinds of fighting on social media. I must confess I came out and supported those exercising their first amendment right to protest.  Not going to go into it further here.  Anyway, it was another big weekend for me as Sunday was the day that Star Trek returned to TV briefly before being sequestered away online where CBS has decided to solicit money in order to access the show henceforth.  I, of course, coughed up my $$ in order to have access to future episodes, but I would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge that I have mixed feelings about it all.   So today I have decided to sort out my opinions on Star Trek Discovery and CBS’s plan to only offer the show online on my blog.  Because I can.  Warning: if you’ve not seen the show there will be spoilers ahead.

First off I think it should be mentioned for those who don’t know I am a huge Trekkie.  I love everything about Star Trek, the message, the movies, the shows.  I tend to not be too critical of the different interpretations of the franchise as well, for instance, I enjoyed the rebooted movies.  I thought they were great fun and appreciated the nods to the established dogma and the changes made to bring in a new audience.  So I anxiously sat down on Sunday night to see what Star Trek Discovery had to offer me as a lifelong Trekkie.  

The show started off good.  Sure, it felt different but there were pieces of old Trek in there.  The first episode felt more like a movie than one of the tv shows.  Fancier camera angles, which got to be a little annoying and made me a bit dizzy.  I get it, they are in space no need to constantly rotate the screen.  The action was focused on only three main characters and I kept waiting for us to be introduced to the rest of the crew.  Yes, the first TV show was centered around Kirk, Spock, and Bones but at its heart, it is an ensemble show and we got to know the rest of the cast.  I can’t say that we were even told any of the other bridge crew’s names.  I tried to let it go and attempted to figure out other pieces of the show.  I did like the styling of the new show, the set design if you will and the uniforms.  The new show sure looked slick.  First Episode thoughts: We liked it and wanted to see more.

The husband and I decided to subscribe to CBS Access and watch the second episode that was already available for viewing.  Of course, the first episode left off on a cliffhanger and having finished our chores earlier in the day decided to dive right into the next.  This is where I started questioning things.  Both of us were yelling at the characters on the screen and wondering just what the hell was going on.  THIS did NOT feel like Star Trek.  It was way more aggressive than previous incarnations of the show.  With possibly the exception of Deep Space Nine which dealt with the topic of war and the federation, but in that case, there was still plenty of fun to be had.  There was little to no joking on this show it was way too serious for typical Trek.  Up until the end, however, I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt though.  New show, new direction and I had only seen two episodes so far.  It wasn’t until we get the sneak peek at the upcoming episodes that I started questioning my decision to buy the full year subscription to CBS Access…  What they were showing looked nothing like the Star Trek I know and love and I’m not quite sure I want to continue with this series.

I’m torn.  If as a Trekkie I don’t support the new show how will CBS ever justify bringing us new Trek content?  If they don’t make money they will kill the franchise.  BUT as a Trekkie should I support something that feels so bastardized from everything I love about Star Trek simply to save the franchise.  If the show has very little in common with Star Trek beyond the name what is the point?  I’m not sure I like the new look of the Klingons and I don’t like that I have to buy a subscription to watch the show.  And if the main people who are going to be buying access to view this show are Trekkies why the hell would you revamp the series so heavily and alienate the fans?  I’m going to watch the first season, I paid for it already, but I am also going to be judging the show heavily.  I sincerely hope I’m wrong and the series stays in line with Trek of the past.  But I have to say I’m worried that it won’t live up.  That it is going to be much more violent, much darker, and give little hope for the future of humanity.  Roddenberry wanted Star Trek to be an example of what humanity becomes.  Show us what life could be like if we set aside the racism, nationalism, sexism, and are freed from economic suppression of today.  I’m not sure that Star Trek Discovery is going to live up to that legacy.  Episode Two thoughts: Disappointed and worried about the direction of the show.

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

September 19Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

I think I’ve finally figured out that I’m a mood reader.  So going to my stacks and saying I’m going to read X, Y, and Z this fall usually doesn’t pan out.  I might read one or two, sometimes even as many as half of the books that I plan on reading.  So please take this list with a grain of salt.  Most of them are either books releasing this fall, review books I am committed to or have already read, or titles that I have been planning on reading already.  So let’s take a look at what titles I may or probably won’t be reading this autumn.

Ten books that I might read this fall.

  1. A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2)    This is going to be an easy one as it will be the next book I read.  I am just over halfway through the first book and enjoying it immensely. So many great things to say about this series but I will hold them until my review if I haven’t posted it already.
  2. Dragonsworn (Dark-Hunter, #28)  This one I’m torn over.  Really wasn’t happy that the last book was only 1/3 new plotline so it made me hesitant to dive into the next one.  Maybe I’ll read it this fall maybe I’ll wait until the next book comes out.  Who knows?
  3. The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15) This one I am holding out on because I’m not crazy about who the main storyline is about.  Then again last time that happened I ended up LOVING the book so maybe I should consider moving this one up in priority.
  4. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12)  This will be the book I read after number one on the list.  Yes, that is right I scored an ARC of Ms. Jones’s next to the last release in the Charley Davidson series.  Can’t wait!
  5. Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #7) This book releases next week, will I read it anytime in the near future?  Most likely not but I will probably buy it.  That counts right?
  6. Intensity (Chronicles of Nick, #8)  This has not even been put on the buy list at work.  I’m torn over this series.  I want to know what happens to Nick and I can’t wait to read his book in the main series but I am so over YA… I’ll get to it eventually.
  7. Immortally Yours (Argeneau #26) This one feels like cheating.  I’ve already read it but haven’t posted the review.  I’ve decided to start holding all ARC reviews until release day, just makes things easier.  Anyway, this was a good addition to the series and I look forward to sharing the review with you!
  8. Artemis Another instance of cheating on my part for the list.  I’ve read this book already too.  BUT I do plan on picking up am copy as soon as it is released so my husband can read it. How is that for integrity publishers?  I don’t share my ARCs with ANYONE, not even my own husband!
  9. Shifter's Magic (The Wolvers Book 8) This is another release I’m behind on.  I did manage to pick up a copy last week for book buying day or some other made up holiday the internets were sharing about all over Facebook.  It’s on the list.
  10. Archangel's Blade (Guild Hunter, #4)  I’ve been thinking it is about time to return to this series and see if I can get back into it.  I put it aside when I was having some personal drama so maybe it is time to try again.

Well, there you have my list for this week.  What books are you looking forward to this fall? Share in the comments and feel free to post a link to your own list!

The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Book Review

 


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Space Opera

Book Series: Wayfarers #1

Released: 8/18/15 by Harper Voyager

Pages: 467  Price: $15.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book:  The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers)

Source: I borrowed this book from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A rollicking space adventure with a lot of heart
When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possibly want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and some distance from her past.
And nothing could be further from what she’s known than the crew of the Wayfarer.
From Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the chatty engineers who keep the ship running, to the noble captain Ashby, life aboard is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. That is until the crew is offered the job of a lifetime tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet. Sure, they’ll earn enough money to live comfortably for years, but risking her life wasn’t part of the job description.
The journey through the galaxy is full of excitement, adventure, and mishaps for the Wayfarer team. And along the way, Rosemary comes to realize that a crew is a family, and that family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe… as long as you actually like them.

My Review:

Let me start off by saying this book is awesome.  It is also so what I needed in my life right now reading-wise.  This was the exact sort of book I was looking for.  A science fiction character-driven novel with subtle social commentary.  Ahhh, like putting on a warm fuzzy sweater on a chilly morning.

There is was so much that was great about this book that I’m not quite sure where to begin.  I want to share it all with you, spoiler free, of course.  Let’s start with what I enjoyed most about this story.  The characters.  Hands down the diversity and personality of characters in this book were out of this world (ha, ha, space pun). We have a bit of everything in this book same-sex relationships, aliens that are not carbon copies of humans, the excentric off-the-wall-wondering-if-she-is-crazy-but-want-them-as-your-BFF character, the sour-puss, and so much more.  The diversity of character and species is reason enough to read this book.  I loved them all and enjoyed getting to know them and their backgrounds.

The next aspect of this story that worked for me is that it was a space opera.  If you are looking for a dry technical heavily political serious piece look elsewhere, however.  While this is a space opera science fiction is much more a character-driven story.  We get some science but nothing too technical.  It felt a bit like an extended Star Trek mission but better.  The species and space had more diversity and didn’t feel like they were all based on humanity and Earth only tweaked.  The author did an excellent job of putting thought into creating these new worlds and cultures.  You can also tell she worked hard to make them feel authentic too.

Then there is the subtle social commentary.  Oh, how I love a book that makes us take a good hard look at our society and question just what the hell are we doing.  Why do we have the problems, political and social, that we have?  Most of all I love a story that shows us another way.

This was a fantastic story, not about a crew on the ship Wayfarer but about a family.  A group of vastly different ‘people’ that came together and built a family.  Where everyone has their role and are needed to be complete.  I absolutely loved this story!

My Rating: 5 Stars