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review 2017-05-21 15:08
Audio Book Review: A Human Element
A Human Element - Donna Galanti

*I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Donna Galanti and Auspicious Apparatus Press. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.


Chase is a new voice for me. In the first chapter I wanted a little more emotion from him, to feel Ben's excitement at looking at the starts and his stunned sorrow at what happened when the meteorite hit. After listening, Chase did do some softer tones with the female characters or deeper tone if noted for a male character. But not a lot of difference between characters other than that. Chase was an okay voice for me. The audio felt clean and no mistakes while I listened.


We have two characters we follow through their lives, Laura and Ben. Ben lives a completely different life than Laura, it's a bit darker in growing up and living. We see little things that Laura does to help those she meets and cares for. Ben...I wasn't sure he has any abilities, but he's had a rough life after the meteorite crashed into the cabin his parents were in. We get the answer to why Ben is so important. But Laura has abilities and we see that from the beginning. There is something more to her.

I know the beginning is building up our relationship with the main characters, building who they are from main events in their lives. But it felt slow for me. We get glimpses of their lives over the years, moments that are (I guess) to be huge impacts on them. I liked Laura but not Ben as much. I should feel bad for Ben with his upbringing, but I just didn't feel it.

Laura makes a vow when her parents die, to never use her powers again. I found this to not connect for me. She wasn't there to try to help them when they died, so that wouldn't connect to her powers. The other two vows, yes they fit and connect. Though I grew to accept this vow as the book progressed.

We get most of the story between Laura and Ben. But there are a few moments that we get from others. The other views share input on if that person is really good or bad, or shares about things we don't know yet. These characters are interesting and highly influential to out main characters.

Each chapter gives us the year it's happening in. We also get told how old everyone is. It's specifically given, so we don't have to do that math but feels like it's an extra in each chapter. After a while, I got tired of being told.

In the chapters there are moments where we reflect on things that happened or how the character came to this moment. Sometimes, with being audio, I would get confused as to when I am in their lives. But then the author would give a solid line that lets me know what I read was a reflective moment and where we are now. There's a lot of reflective moments.

I struggled with believing Laura and her reasoning. At times it felt like she was doing what the author wanted, not living her life. That sounds strange as it's written by the author, but her movements didn't feel to have a continuous flow for me all the time, she was going through the actions of the story. I guess it's more I just didn't feel the sympathetic or empathetic feel for the characters.

The story felt traditional in the genre it's written. This isn't a bad thing, just didn't wow me either.

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review 2017-05-20 14:54
Ascent by Viola Grace Review
Ascent - Viola Grace

Lili Ann Baker has been enjoying her time as a cargo captain. She spends huge swathes of time alone getting world building materials to where they are needed and the appreciative recipients give her the feedback that she needs. When she delivers the final harvest containment to Geko 7, the party that erupts is wild and she is invited by the grateful population to enjoy the fruits of their first harvest.


Admittedly, Lili Ann has more wine than she can account for and the next morning she wakes up in bed with a man who does not meet the specs of the colonists. She assumes he is a pilot, like her, and sneaks away in the early dawn hours.


Her ascent is denied by a hungover ground control and she has to wait on the tarmac until the local government can sort things out. Imagine her surprise when her bedmate is leaning against the side of her vehicle, the mind of the Geko 7 swirling in his eyes.


Yavoy has been waiting for decades to find a woman of his own and despite her rather relaxed language, Lili Ann has something that completes him, an enthusiasm for life.

 

 

Review

 

A fun romp with a pilot heroine and a hero who is the avatar of a planet. This short story makes for a nice afternoon. 

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review 2017-05-19 15:21
Flame (Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides #2) by Michelle M. Pillow Review
Flame (Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides) (Volume 2) - Michelle M. Pillow

Vin (aka Flame) can't believe he's in yet another holding cell. Stupid Earthlings wouldn't know fun if it bit them in the hindquarters. Speaking of fun, the hot little number who claims she's a guard at the jail has been making his body respond in ways he's very happy about. If only she'd get on board with the plan and help him escape back to his ship. First she'd have to believe he's an alien. Right now she's taken to thinking he's crazy. 

 

Review

 

This is my favorite of the three books in this little Aliens come to Earth for a vacation trilogy.

 

The heroine is dedicated to family and works hard. The hero is sweet and steadfast as well as hot. What he says about love is great.

 

There is slapstick fun and a lot of running around that ends with a grand gesture that anyone would swoon over. Good stuff.

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review 2017-05-13 17:29
Darkness Blooming (The Dems Trilogy #2) by Devi Mara Review
Darkness Blooming: (The Dems Trilogy #2) - Devi Mara

Rissa was born and raised in the darkest parts of Sinmer. She is single-minded in her focus and willing to do anything to achieve her goals. She can take care of herself and needs no help from anyone. Least of all, Prince Lonan.
It is not up for negotiation.


After centuries of punishment, Lonan has regained his title. He has never had any use for humans. Aside from his brother’s queen, Sarah, he considers them a waste of space. So when a tiny spitfire stalks into his life, he wants nothing to do with her.
Or else.


With failure a very real possibility, King Farran is taking no chances. The Dems’ fight against the Revolution is building and the group seems intent on wiping out a portion of humanity. With her people threatened and danger building every day, Rissa must work with Lonan for the good of all or doom them all to death.

 

Review

 

Rissa was born and raised in the darkest parts of Sinmer. She is single-minded in her focus and willing to do anything to achieve her goals. She can take care of herself and needs no help from anyone. Least of all, Prince Lonan.
It is not up for negotiation.
After centuries of punishment, Lonan has regained his title. He has never had any use for humans. Aside from his brother’s queen, Sarah, he considers them a waste of space. So when a tiny spitfire stalks into his life, he wants nothing to do with her.
Or else.
With failure a very real possibility, King Farran is taking no chances. The Dems’ fight against the Revolution is building and the group seems intent on wiping out a portion of humanity. With her people threatened and danger building every day, Rissa must work with Lonan for the good of all or doom them all to death.

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review 2017-05-13 16:05
Seal the Deal (Sector Guard` Book 24) by Viola Grace Review
Seal the Deal - Viola Grace

Life counseling the abused and grieving has worn on her nerves, so when she is offered life in the Sector Guard once again, Sekhara jumps at the chance. After some heated negotiations, Contract and Counsel begin life as partners with Counsel’s pet, Maxi, along for the ride. They find a lost Terran, get blasted across the universe, and have to be rescued by a member of Udell base, and that is just Counsel’s first day…

What kind of a career is it when you have to keep your hands off your partner while you fight for your life?

 

Reviewse

 

The Sector Guards Series is a lot of fun as the heroes and heroines have to master cool superpowers and come to be partners. There is a lot of good action in this short story and love. 

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