Saturday, March 30, 2019

A bookish adventure...in space!

Ada, a princess from House von Hasenberg, has been on the run for two years when she's snagged by mercenaries. They mean to return her to her family and claim their reward. But then Richard from House Rockhurst, the man she was supposed to marry, turns up to claim her for his own. She's in serious trouble this time. But she's not the only captive on board ship with a price on her head. Marcus Loch, the notorious Devil of Fornax Zero, is also a prisoner. If they team up, they just might be able to escape. But can she trust him not to double-cross her the moment he regains his own freedom? And how is she ever going to get Richard Rockhurst off her trail without starting a war between both their houses?


The engine steadied and the window shutters retracted, leaving a clear view of the vast emptiness of space. And for the first time, the magnitude of what I'd done hit me. I was alone on a tiny lifeboat, in the middle of nowhere, with a man twice my size. And he was a known murderer. Without the adrenaline driving me, fear crept in.
Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik is non-stop space adventure fun. I stayed up half the night reading this book because I didn't want to put it down. Ada and Marcus are irresistible characters--both smart, stubborn and tough; they're also complete opposites...and completely perfect for each other. I loved them both. There's also some great futuristic tech--healing nanobots, shield bracelets, FTL drives, etc.--but the story never bogs down in the science. It's all fast-paced, compelling, entertaining action (with some sex and romance, too). Can you tell I really liked this one?

Happy Reading!

28 comments:

  1. I've started delving more into the SF and dystopia genre over the last year. Glad you liked this one!

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    1. It was one of my unwritten-down bookish goals this year: to read more SF.

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  2. I rushed to buy a copy of this after I saw a rave review somewhere (maybe Smart Bitches Trashy Books), but as usual it has languished on the reading stack. Clearly I need to move it up!

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    1. I finished it in a day and a half, so it reads really fast.

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  3. I'd love some space-adventure fun! I'm looking for this one :)

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  4. This one sounds fun! I hope my library has a copy.

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  5. I thought this was fast paced and awesome too! Glad you liked it!!!

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  6. This sounds so good! I wanted to read it before and now your review has me wanting it even more! :)

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    1. Ada and Marcus are such fun characters. I think you'll totally like them. :)

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  7. I loved this one, too, Lark! Reading it rather than listening to the audio is a much better experience. I did some by audio and didn't care for it. I can't wait for the next one! :)

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    1. I'm super excited for the next one, too!! :)

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  8. Hi Lark, This year I too want to read some science and science fiction related books and Polaris Rising sounds really good. I have a book on dinasours that I might tackle first though and for some reason I am curious about Earth Abides which you reviewed some time back.

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    1. Earth Abides is an interesting read, if a bit slower in narrative style. Polaris Rising is pretty much its complete opposite. What dinosaur book are you thinking about reading?

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    2. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte. The book came out last year and Brusatte is a paleontoligist with the Univ of Edinborough and its non fiction and written for people like me who know nothing about dinosaurs but are curious. The book got very good reviews and he's a good writer.

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    3. I'll have to see if I can get a copy, because it sounds like the kind of nonfiction I like to read. :)

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  9. Your post makes me realize I've read no SF at all yet this year!

    Polaris Rising sounds like fun but maybe a little to heavy on the romance for my personal tastes. But like Kathy, I need to think about what SF I will add in to this year's mix. Maybe I need to do a Science Fiction September?

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    1. Ooh...Science Fiction September sounds awesome! I think you should totally do it. :)

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  10. This sounds fascinating! I haven't read a good space adventure in quite some time. I need a good book that will keep me up for half of the night. I've added this on to my "to read" list. Thank you for the great review!!

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    1. Hope it's one you end up liking, too. :)

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  11. Talk about an adventure! I'm not a big fan of sci-fi but you made this one sound like a very fun read.

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    1. I had so much fun reading this one. (And I don't read a ton of sci-fi either.)

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  12. Haaa, don't hold back now! I'm glad this was such a great read!

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    1. When you love a book you gotta proclaim it. ;D

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  13. Nice! I thought this one sounded like it would be a fun read. :)

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