So this book was fun! It kicked off with action and more action. This was perfectly escapist for all the shit going down right now in the US.
In other time I might have been annoyed with Kitty. While she has some flaws and was honest, she also was a little too perfect (being able to able a gun without practice, hang upside down, and other feats of strength) and knew exactly what to do most of the time. But honestly, I really, really didn't care. Go Kitty! I enjoyed all the secondary characters and loved the humor. There was a little bit of a love triangle (but didn't last long). Kitty fell a little too fast for Jeff (days), but what the hey? I really didn't care. Kitty's family (both human and animal) was hilarious.
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TITLE: Alien Earth
AUTHOR: Megan Lindholm
DATE PUBLISHED: 1993
"A classic science fiction adventure from the backlist of Megan Lindholm, who also writes as Robin Hobb.
Generations ago humanity abandoned Earth. Now they have returned.
Far from home, the Human race tries to atone for killing Terra thousands of years ago. Rescued by the enigmatic Arthroplana in their mysterious Beastships, they have been inserted into the fragile ecologies of the alien twin worlds of Castor and Pollux, where they must make no impact, where every drop of water must be returned. Humanity has adjusted – or tried to.
Despite the constant watch of the Arthroplana and the Human Conservancy, John Gen-93-Beta has agreed to captain the Beastship Evangeline on an unthinkable journey to a dead planet… Earth.
And so begins an engrossing voyage of discovery for five travellers: John, his First Mate Connie, stowaway Raef, Tug the Arthroplana and the Beastship Evangeline herself. On a planet none quite expected, each learns the power of being human."
I've had this book stuffed in my bookshelves, with all the other delightful Megan Lindholm novels, for decades. And finally got around to reading it. This is a beautifully written, semi-introspective science fiction novel, featuring original aliens and exploring various aspects of humanity and its place in the universe (sort of). This book is hard to explain, there is so much in it. The characters all have individual personalities, there is character development, the plot is simple but effective, the world building consistent and original, the writing sublime, poignant and exhilarating. It also happens to be a standalone novel. This was a very enjoyable reading experience.
I woke from cryostasis a prisoner. My crime? I have no idea.
I was stuck with a hundred other women, all headed to who knows where. Captive in a dank, dirty cargo hold.
Then, out of the darkness, came Solair.
A handsome alien. Golden skinned. Horned. The dashing captain of a pirate ship. They rescued us--he gave my people food, shelter, and promised us safety. In exchange?
He took me for himself.
But the people who captured us, haven’t given up. They want us back. They’re powerful and will do whatever it takes to find us. The only thing stopping them?
He wants me. And what he takes…
Rescued by the Alien Pirate is book one in the Mates of the Kilgari series by Celia Kyle and Athena Storm.
I’ve been on a Sci-Fi Romance kick lately. The cover and title intrigued me, so I decided to give this new series a try. I’ve liked other books by Celia Kyle, but have not tried Athena Storm.
The concept sounded good, but unfortunately the women introduced; especially our lead heroine killed this book for me.
Varia our heroine. When we meet her she is imprisoned on a spaceship with several other women who have popped out of the cryo-stasis they where put in. Their are still many women in the cryo-stasis; besides the few that’s tubs have stoped working. They don’t know why they are their and she’s become the de facto leader. She is not a nice person. I’m not sure what the authors where trying to go for with her, but she came across as ungrateful, aggressive, demanding, and just all around an awful person/character. She was so mean to the Kilgari, alien pirates, that saved her and the other 106 women from certain death. All she did was pick a fight with our lead hero Solair. All her conversations where a fight. She did not utter one word of Thank You nor did she engage in a calm discussion about anything. Instead she was irate with the Kilgari aliens. Not sure if she got better or changed her attitude, but the fist impression of her turned me off.
Solair our pirate alien Captian of the Queen and all the Kilgari aliens are such nice guys. I like the Kilgari race, but I felt sorry for Solair and all the Kilgari. They are all bending over backwards to help the Human women. They have limited resources and are trying to make due to accommodate all the new mouths to feed and well the women are comeing across as ungrateful. As for Solair our hero, Varia showed no respect to him even though he’s the Captain and his whole crew are making sacrifices for these women. It was just sad to see these nice aliens not get more respect.
Their are a lot of secondary characters introduced. We meet several other Human women and other Kilgari aliens. The alien guys are awesome and relatable, but the human women are eh.
As for the romance between Solair and Varia I never felt it. I stoped at 30%, so not much was happening on this front only that Solair feels a strong pull towards Varia and thinks that she is his fated one and only mate. I didn’t get any chemistry between them only fighting.
I wanted to like this one, but Rescued by the Alien Pirate was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you.
Rated: DNF’d at 30%
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Fighting for love, honor, and freedom on the galaxy's lawless outer rim...
When Earth space marine Harper Adams finds herself abducted by alien slavers off a space station, her life turns into a battle for survival. Dumped into an arena on a desert planet on the outer rim, she finds herself face to face with a big, tattooed alien gladiator...the champion of the Kor Magna Arena.
A former prince abandoned to the arena as a teen, Raiden Tiago has long ago earned his freedom. Now he rules the arena, but he doesn't fight for the glory, but instead for his own dark purpose--revenge against the Thraxian aliens who destroyed his planet. Then his existence is rocked by one small, fierce female fighter from an unknown planet called Earth.
Harper is determined to find a way home, but when she spots her best friend in the arena--a slave of the evil Thraxian aliens--she'll do anything to save her friend...even join forces with the tough, alpha male who sets her body on fire. But as Harper and Raiden step foot onto the blood-soaked sands of the arena, Harper worries that Raiden has his own dangerous agenda...
Note to readers: This sci fi romance contains a lot of action (think wild gladiatorial fights and daring rescues), tough gladiators (the warriors of the House of Galen) and a steamy romance (between a fierce space marine and a gritty, alpha male gladiator). So if you like it fast, and gritty, and sexy, this is for you!
"Again, no fear in her. This woman had been kidnapped, torn from her planet, torn from her side of the galaxy, and tossed into terrible circumstances. Damned if it didn’t make Raiden respect her. - 29% Gladiator"
Gladiator is book one in the Galactic Gladiators series by Anna Hackett.
Hackett is an amazing science fiction romance author. I feel in love with this series and devoured it one book after another. Gladiator surprised and captivated me.
House of Galen is the home of the biggest and baddest gladiators.
Harper is kick-ass heroine. A force to be reckoned with. Her ship is attacked and she finds herself in-slaved to a cruel race and she is soon thrown into the gladiator arena where she rises to the top; gaining the attention of the reining champion of the House of Galen, Raiden.
Raiden is the reining champion of the arena. He’s alpha, demanding, and bad ass. I liked him and his alpha-ness. He soon finds himself captivated by this small human who can fight and survive in the arena and learns fast that he likes having her close in and off the arena field.
Their romance was a lot of fun. It worked. Both had to learn to give and take, to be partners together, and that they both needed something in life and that something was found in each other. I enjoyed the idea of a big tough gladiator being struck almost dumb by the much smaller women. It’s an appealing storyline.
Gladiator is a slow start, but once we get on the Gladiator plant things pick up and move fast. House of Galen isn’t what it seams and we learn that they are trying to help those that don’t belong in the arena. As things move along and start to ramp up in the story we get loads of action, fight scenes, and romance. The author takes her time introducing the characters, world, and what is to come. I loved meeting all the Gladiators of House of Galen and some of the other houses.
Gladiator is a fabulous start to the series. I was mesmerized and couldn’t stop reading.
Rated: 4 Stars
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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!