Athena Hera Sinistra never wanted to go to space. Never wanted see the eerie glow of the Powerpods. Never wanted to visit Circum Terra. Never had any interest in finding out the truth about the DarkShips. You always get what you don't ask for. Which must have been why she woke up in the dark of shipnight, within the greater night of space in her father's space cruiser, knowing that there was a stranger in her room. In a short time, after taking out the strangerwho turned out to be one of her father's bodyguards up to no good, she was hurtling away from the ship in a lifeboat to get help. But what she got instead would be the adventure of a lifetime - if she managed to survive.
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Great Audio Book
- James Brown
Kept Us Awake During a 10 Hour Drive... BUT...
Fans of tedious Mary Sue love stories that don't pick up until 6 hours into the tale. This book doesn't even seem to pass the Bechdel Test. Hours and hours of talking about the main love interest who doesn't even really seem to DO very much. The sci-fi meta story doesn't even kick in until the end.
No, I still like sci fi and fantasy, and even romance.
The 'accent' for the love interest and his compatriots was not the best. Slow, stilted, faux-sleepy-Jamaican? We couldn't place it, and it annoyed us. It wasn't a terrible narration but I did feel sorry for the poor woman having to slog through this gigantic tale.
The main character, unfortunately.
We picked this because I saw it on a Felicia Day reading list. Being a big fan of Vaginal Fantasy Book Club, I had high hopes. What can I say? It kept us awake during a long, tedious drive - but mainly because we were gobsmacked at the writing most of the time. Lots of repeated phrases and expressions - ("goons", "daddy dearest" etc...) and lots of the heroine thinking out every possible implication of absolutely everything that happens to her or is said.
I'm a big fan of cheese (I enjoy things like My Life as a White Trash Zombie and Mercedes Lackey) and my husband is a big fan of space operas - but this didn't really hit the spot for either of us. It definitely picked up in part 2 (6 hours in) when the sci fi plot kicked into gear - but the entire first half was mostly about the main character being intrigued by the love-interest guy (with 'calico hair' ...?) - and ultimately felt like quite a slog.
- Miss DePlume