Thursday, 3 September 2015

Review: All of the Above - James Dawson

It would be neater, wouldn't it, if this was a story about self-harm or sexuality or eating disorders or ridiculously hot bass players, but it's a story about all of them.

Yeah, it's a mess.

And it's about to get messier . . .

When sixteen-year-old Toria moves to the faded seaside town of Brompton-on-Sea she doesn't expect to fall in love once - let alone twice. But life has a habit of pulling you in strange directions, and when it comes to matters of the heart, sometimes you just have to let go, be free, and let love choose you.

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Review:
James Dawson has such a distinctive voice and he always manages to create such realistic teenage characters, something he proves once again in All of the Above. This is the kind of book I'd like to be able to send back through time and hand to my teenage self, it's a book about self discovery, a book that shows teenagers it's okay to make mistakes, that it's okay to not know who you are or what you want to be as long as you're true to yourself along the way.

This is a story about growing up, it's about friendships that last and ones that don't, it's about first loves and how they're not always forever loves but how that doesn't make them any less important at the time, it's about discovering your sexuality and how it doesn't matter who you're attracted to, more than anything it's a realistic portrayal of what it's like to be a teenager. I'm sure most people will recognise themselves in Toria and her friends, you may not have shared all of the same experiences as her but you're bound to have gone through some of them.

All of the Above is a fantastic book, it tackles a lot of difficult and sensitive subjects and it does it in a way that is realistic without being preachy. It doesn't try to make you think or feel a certain way but it opens up possibilities that you might not have considered before. I really don't want to go into too much detail about what happens in the story because I think you'll enjoy it so much more if you go in without certain expectations but I think you'll fall in love with Toria and her little group of misfits just as much as I did. The characters are diverse and incredibly realistic and I could recognise traits from my childhood friends in most of them. James Dawson has created a story that will stick with you and characters that you'll remember for a long time to come, his writing gets stronger with every new book and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.

Source: Received from Hot Key in exchange for an honest review

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Winners: What Emma Craves - Amanda Abbott & Laird Wolf - Vivian Arend


I really am so sorry that I'm late announcing these winners, the last few weeks have completely flown by and I completely forgot that these giveaways still needed winners!

First, the following lucky winners will all be receiving an ebook copy of What Emma Craves by Amanda Abbott:

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I'm also pleased to announce that the winner of an ebook copy of Copper King by Vivian Arend is:

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Congratulations to you all! I have passed your details on to both author's assistants so you should receive your copies of the book soon!

Thanks so much to Amanda Abbott and Vivian Arend for sponsoring these giveaways & thanks to everyone who entered. I'm sorry if you didn't win but I'll have more giveaways coming up soon so make sure you check back for another chance to win prizes.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Review: Shards of Hope - Nalini Singh

Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn't welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she's too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden's passionate determination may not be enough - because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken . . . like Zaira.

Rich, dark, sumptuous and evocative . . . bestselling author Nalini Singh is back with a stunning, dark and passionate new tale.

Psy-Changeling Series:
Beat of Temptation (Novella included in Wild Invitation and the An Enchanted Season anthology)
Whisper of Sin (Novella included in the Burning Up anthology or as a separate ebook)
Slave to Sensation
Visions of Heat
Caressed by Ice
Stroke of Enticement (Novella included in Wild Invitation and The Magical Christmas Cat anthology)
Mine to Possess
Hostage to Pleasure
Branded by Fire
Blaze of Memory
Bonds of Justice
Play of Passion
Declaration of Courtship (Novella included in Wild Invitation)
Kiss of Snow
Texture of Intimacy (Novella included in Wild Invitation)
Tangle of Need
Heart of Obsidian
Secrets at Midnight (Novella included in the Night Shift anthology)
Shield of Winter
Shards of Hope

Visit Nalini Singh's website for more information

Review:
It's not often that you can reach book 14 in a series and still honestly say that you love everything about the world an author has created but that is exactly how I feel about Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series. I don't know how she manages to keep this series so fresh but every single book just gets better and better and with every new instalment I find myself with a new favourite in my hands. I had high expectations for Shards of Hope but it still completely blew me away, this was probably the book that took me on the biggest emotional journey of the whole series and I loved every minute of it.

With the fall of Silence we have already seen one major plot arc come to an end but there is obviously plenty more to come and we are now getting to see the full impact of these changes. The loss of Silence has had meant huge changes for the entire Psy race but the Arrow squad are finding it harder than anyone, they have such incredibly powerful gifts and Silence was their safety net so they're feeling lost and unsure without it. Aden has given his whole life to the squad, he was never fully Silent but he was able to keep that hidden and use his abilities to protect the others. Now he wants to see his team not only adapt but thrive in their new environment, he knows there has to be a better way for the Arrows and he is determined to find it for them. I don't want to say too much about what transpires but I will say that I absolutely loved the direction he is taking them in, we get to see some absolutely beautiful moments with the squad and I found that part of the story incredibly emotional and heart warming.

Aden has always put the squad first, it's something that shows what a great leader he is and how worthy he is of their trust but he does have a tendency to put his own needs last and he really needs someone to look out for him occasionally. I love everything about Aden, he's honourable, sweet, protective, caring and funny too, he cares so deeply about the whole squad but Zaira has had a special place in his heart since they were teenagers and now he's determined to act on it. Zaira survived a hellish childhood but it left her damaged, she has a rage deep inside that terrifies her and she's always been afraid to let anyone close because she knows she has the potential to destroy anything she loves. She thinks of herself as broken but she doesn't realise just how strong she is until Aden shows her. They are probably one of my favourite pairings of the series, on the surface they are so different but they need each other and the connection between them is palpable. I love how slow build their romance is, it's obvious from very early on how they feel about each other but Zaira is very wary and skittish and it takes a long time for her to completely let Aden in. Watching the connection build between them was brilliant and they completely made my heart melt.

One of the things I always love most about Nalini Singh's books is the way she is able to include so many other characters without taking away from the couple who are currently in the spotlight. We get a chance to catch up with most of our favourites from both the DarkRiver and SnowDancer packs as well as meet the new RainFire leopards who I'm hoping we'll spend a lot more time with in the future. I loved the RainFire alpha Remi and really enjoyed the interaction between him and Aden, Remi is able to give Aden a lot of advice that is going to have a massive impact in the future and it was great to see a strong bond starting to form between the three Changeling packs and the Arrow squad. I think we're really building towards a point where each of the three races are going to be able to live in harmony and I can't wait to see more interaction between the various groups.

Of course not everyone is happy that Silence has fallen and there are definitely people out there who are determined to stop the alliances that are starting to build. This new threat is certainly going to leave a mark and I'm looking forward to seeing how things progress as the series continues. I love this world, I love these characters and it's going to be a long, long time before I'm ready to say goodbye to any of them. It goes without saying that Nalini Singh is one of my favourite authors and I can't recommend all of her books highly enough.

Source: Received from Gollancz in exchange for an honest review

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Review: The Shepherd's Crown - Terry Pratchett

A shivering of the worlds

Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring.
The owls and the foxes can sense it,
and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots.
An old enemy is gathering strength.

This is a time of endings and beginnings,
old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a
shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between
the light and the dark, the good and the bad.

As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany
must summon all the witches to stand with her.
To protect the land, Her land.

There will be a reckoning . . .

The final Discworld novel.

Discworld Series:
The Colour of Magic (Rincewind book 1)
The Light Fantastic (Rincewind book 2)
Equal Rites (Witches book 1)
Mort (Death book 1)
Sourcery (Rincewind book 3)
Wyrd Sisters (Witches book 2)
Pyramids
Guards! Guards! (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 1)
Eric (Rincewind book 4)
Moving Pictures (Industrial Revolution book 1)
Reaper Man (Death book 2)
Witches Abroad (Witches book 3)
Small Gods
Lords and Ladies (Witches book 4)
Men at Arms (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 2)
Soul Music (Death book 3)
Interesting Times (Rincewind book 5)
Maskerade (Witches book 5)
Feet of Clay (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 3)
Hogfather (Death book 4)
Jingo (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 4)
The Last Continent (Rincewind book 6)
Carpe Jugulum (Witches book 6)
The Fifth Elephant (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 5)
The Truth (Industrial Revolution book 2)
Thief of Time (Death book 5)
The Last Hero (Rincewind book 7)
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
Night Watch (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 6)
The Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching book 1)
Monstrous Regiment (Industrial Revolution book 3)
A Hat Full of Sky (Tiffany Aching book 2)
Going Postal (Moist von Lipwig book 1) (Industrial Revolution book 4)
Thud! (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 7)
Wintersmith (Tiffany Aching book 3)
Making Money (Moist von Lipwig book 2) (Industrial Revolution book 5)
Unseen Academicals (Rincewind book 8)
I Shall Wear Midnight (Tiffany Aching book 4)
Snuff (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 8)
The World of Poo
Raising Steam (Moist von Lipwig book 3) (Industrial Revolution book 6)
The Shepherd's Crown (Tiffany Aching book 5)

Visit Terry Pratchett's website for more information

Review:
I don't think it's possible for me to write an objective review of The Shepherd's Crown. As someone who has been a fan of Terry Pratchett for over 20 years I think it's fairly obvious to say that I went into this final Discworld novel feeling very emotional. We all know that we lost Terry Pratchett too soon, he was truly one of the best British fantasy writers and his voice will be deeply missed. I'll always be grateful that we have so many of his books though and I'm very pleased that he was able to give us one final adventure before he left.

The Shepherd's Crown isn't quite as polished as his other stories, it states quite clearly in the afterword that Terry hadn't quite finished working his magic on this book. It definitely has a beginning, middle and end but there are parts you can tell have had more polishing than others and there were definitely a few threads that I felt sure Terry would have expanded upon if he'd had the time. While this hasn't quite been finished it's still a wonderful story and I do think it would have been his best Discworld book yet if he'd been able to complete it. It was certainly the most poignant book and it's the only one in the series that has made me sob my heart out as well as laugh out loud.

I expected to feel sad after reading The Shepherd's Crown but I wasn't quite expecting the story to be as heartbreaking as it was. It's hard to talk much about why without giving spoilers so I'll just leave it that there is a devastating loss of one of my favourite characters within the first couple of chapters. This particular character has a wonderful, poignant and heart wrenching conversation with Death and I couldn't help but think about Terry while reading it. Those two pages of this book were absolutely priceless to me and I think they probably give a little insight into how Terry was feeling about his own battle with illness. They certainly touched me deeply and I'm tearing up again now just thinking about it.

It was wonderful to revisit Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles up on the Chalk too. Tiffany has come a long way since she started her witch training and I've loved taking that journey with her, she is wise and powerful but more than anything she loves her home and her people. She isn't afraid of hard work and she always puts everyone else above herself which can sometimes be her failing as much as it's one of her strengths. Now she is facing an old enemy and she has to realise that it's okay to ask for help, she will need all of the witches to come together if they are going to put a stop to the fae a final time. There are a lot of other familiar faces in this book and it was nice to get a last chance to catch up with them all. I'm still not quite ready to say goodbye to this world but like I saw someone post on Twitter we shouldn't be sad that this is the final Discworld book, just grateful that Terry Pratchett wrote so many in the first place.

RIP Sir Terry, thank you for the memories!

Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (but I'd already pre-ordered the hardback!)

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August 2015 Recap


Books read in previous months but reviewed in August:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Revenant - Larissa Ione (Read in February, review coming soon)
  2. Lion's Share - Rachel Vincent (Read in February, reviewed in August)
  3. Warm Up - V.E. Schwab (Short Story) (Read in February, reviewed in August)
  4. Vicious - V.E. Schwab (Read in March, reviewed in August)
  5. Ember - Bettie Sharpe (Novella) (Read in March, review coming soon)
  6. Dead Heat - Patricia Briggs (Read in March, review coming soon)
  7. Lover Unleashed - J.R. Ward (Read in April, review coming soon)
  8. What a Dragon Should Know - G.A. Aiken (Read in May, review coming soon)
  9. War's Passion - Lia Davis (Read in May, review coming soon)
  10. Let it Ride - Vivian Arend (Read in May, review coming soon)
  11. Come Home to Me - Jessica Scott (Novella) (Read in May, review coming soon)
  12. Shards of Hope - Nalini Singh (Read in May, review coming soon)
  13. In the Air Tonight - Lori Handeland (Read in May, review coming soon)
  14. Misery's Way - J.C. Daniels (Novella) (Read in May, review coming soon)
  15. An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir (Read in May, reviewed in August)
  16. Abhorsen - Garth Nix (Read in June, reviewed in August)
  17. The Stars Never Rise - Rachel Vincent (Read in June, reviewed in August)
  18. Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch (Read in June, review coming soon)
  19. Uprooted - Naomi Novik (Read in June, review coming soon)
  20. Valentine - Heather Grothaus (Read in June, review coming soon)
  21. Play Me: The Complete Story - Tracy Wolff (Serialised Novel) (Read in June, reviewed in August)
  22. Final Protocol - J.C. Daniels (Read in June, review coming soon)
  23. One - Sarah Crossan (Read in June, reviewed in August)
  24. Dragon Conspiracy - Lisa Shearin (Read in June, review coming soon)
  25. Girl From Above: Betrayal - Pippa Dacosta (Read in June, reviewed in August)
  26. My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  27. Hard to Hold on To - Laura Kaye (Novella) (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  28. Smiler's Fair - Rebecca Levene (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  29. Ecstasy Unbound - Setta Jay (Read in July, review coming soon)
  30. The Thing about Wolves - Leigh Evans (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  31. The Great Zoo of China - Matthew Reilly (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  32. Heartless - Gail Carriger (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  33. Hard to Come By - Laura Kaye (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  34. The Veil - Chloe Neill (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  35. Unlawful Contact - Pamela Clare (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  36. 30 Days - Christine d'Abo (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  37. Pure - Jennifer L. Armentrout (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  38. Masters of Seduction Volume 2 - Anthology (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  39. Her Sinful Angel - Felicity Heaton (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  40. Playing for Her Heart - Megan Erickson (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  41. Seduced in Secret - Shiloh Walker (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  42. The Martian - Andy Weir (Read in July, review coming soon)
  43. Timeless - Gail Carriger (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  44. Consumed by You - Lauren Blakely (Read in July, reviewed in August)
  45. Mechanica - Betsy Cornwell (Read in July, reviewed in August)
    Books read in August:
    (Links will take you to my reviews)
    1. Rogue - Rachel Vincent (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    2. Pride - Rachel Vincent (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    3. Prey - Rachel Vincent (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    4. Magic Shifts - Ilona Andrews
    5. Shift - Rachel Vincent (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    6. Alpha - Rachel Vincent (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    7. Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - Diana Rowland (review coming soon)
    8. Recipe for Temptation - Gina Gordon
    9. Archangel's Enigma - Nalini Singh (review coming soon)
    10. All of the Above - James Dawson (review coming soon)
    11. Anything but Broken - Joelle Knox
    12. The Last True Vampire - Kate Baxter
    13. Girl From Above: Escape - Pippa DaCosta
    14. Wilde at Heart - Tonya Burrows (review coming soon)
    15. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers
    16. Firewalker - Josephine Angelini (review coming soon)
    17. Wings of Hope - Pippa DaCosta (Short Story) (review coming soon)
    18. The Shepherd's Crown - Terry Pratchett (review coming soon)
    19. The Wanderers - Kate Ormand (review coming soon)
    20. Fans of the Impossible Life - Kate Scelsa (review coming soon)
    21. His Lover to Protect - Katee Robert (review coming soon)
    (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

    My top YA reads in August:


    The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent (read my review here)
    One by Sarah Crossan (read my review here)

    My top NA read in August:


    Anything but Broken by Joelle Knox (read my review here)

    My top adult reads in August:


    Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (read my review here)
    Lion's Share by Rachel Vincent (read my review here)
    I could actually have put any of Rachel Vincent's Shifters series down here too since I reread them all and loved them just as much the second time around!
    The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly (read my review here)

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    Monday, 31 August 2015

    Review: The Last True Vampire - Kate Baxter

    Centuries ago, the vampire race was almost destroyed. Now, salvation rests upon one - the last true vampire.

    He is the last of his race. King of the vampires. Michael Aristov roams the nightclubs of LA after dark, haunted by his past and driven by hunger. The sole Ancient One to survive the slayers' obliteration, only he can resurrect the vampire race. But he's unable to reclaim his world without the woman who can return his soul . . .

    Claire Thompson is mortal, yet her intoxicating blood draws Michael like a moth to the flame. Sassy and seductive, only she can satisfy his insatiable cravings, their first fiery kiss igniting an irrevocable passion.

    With the future of the vampire race now at stake, Claire has the power to seal Michael's fate - forever.

    Last True Vampire Series:
    Stripped Bear (Novella)
    The Last True Vampire
    The Warrior Vampire (December 2015)
    The Dark Vampire (2016)

    Visit Kate Baxter's website for more information.

    Review:
    Michael is the last of his kind, the only ancient vampire to survive the slayers who set out to eliminate his race. He survived their torture but has never forgiven himself for the deaths of his brethren and he has been punishing himself ever since by refusing to feed as much as he required and by keeping himself apart from the dhampirs who think of him as their king. Michael is the only one who can repopulate the vampire race and he can only do that if he finds his true mate, the one woman who will return his soul and give him the strength to start turning dhampirs. After searching for centuries he's pretty much given up hope but all his prayers are answered when he stumbles upon Claire in a nightclub. Her blood draws him like no other but it takes him a while to realise how important she is to him and she gets away before he can stop her. Now the race is on to track her down before his enemies can harm her.

    I had incredibly high expectations when I picked up The Last True Vampire, let's face it when a book is compared to works by four of your favourite authors (Nalini Singh, Lara Adrian, Larissa Ione and J.R. Ward) you're going to be looking for greatness. Unfortunately I think that did this book a disservice because it was almost bound to be a disappointment. It's actually a pretty solid start and I have high hopes that Kate Baxter will build on these foundations to create a wonderful series but there were issues with this first instalment that meant I didn't enjoy it as much as I could have.

    Let's start with the positive. The author has managed to put her own twist on vampire mythology, you can tell the series has been inspired by some of the author's mentioned previously but it stands on it's own enough for that not to be a problem. I'm intrigued by the connection between the vampires and dhampirs although I'm still not 100% sure I understand it fully and am hoping we'll get more information about that as the series continues. Usually the vampire society is well established at the start of a series so I'm definitely interested to see how Michael will go about rebuilding an entire race and I think seeing things from the ground up will add an interesting element to these books.

    One of the things I missed the most was having a solid group of core characters who are going to be central to the series though. When we first meet Michael he very much keeps himself to himself and there is only really one dhampir who he trusts. I did enjoy the bond he had with Ronan and it looks like Ronan has a group of warriors he trusts so the cast is bound to expand thanks to him but since Michael is supposed to be the king I felt he should have been the core member of the group and the one that everyone relied on.

    I actually had a lot of issues with Michael to begin with, the way he treated Claire in the beginning was despicable and a complete turn off, he constantly left her in the dark and refused to answer any of her questions so it was no wonder she found it hard to trust him. At one point he used mind control to put her to sleep for THREE WHOLE DAYS just so he didn't have to deal with her - he didn't even wake her up to feed or drink so it's a wonder she even survived! After everything he puts her through I struggled to believe the romance that develops between them even after he realised his mistakes and worked hard to turn things around. Claire was an interesting character, she starts out strong and street smart but it did seem like her connection to Michael effectively removed her brain and she started making more and more stupid decisions the longer she'd known him. To be fair they both turned things around eventually and I was happy with the way things turned out but I could have enjoyed the whole book much more if they hadn't been such idiots. I don't mind the whole fated mates thing in paranormal romance but I do like to feel that there is more than just a physical attraction between them and I'd have liked more of a slow build into a full on relationship.

    In spite of the problems I had with this book I definitely want to carry on reading the series. Ronan was my favourite character all along, although I have to admit the side story with him and another dhampir Siobhan actually turned my stomach, so I was excited to find out he will be the hero of the next book. I'm kind of nervous to see how it plays out because of his connection to Siobhan but since I know she isn't going to be the heroine I'm hoping we won't have to see too much of her. If Kate Baxter can build on the positives and avoid some of the issues then I think I could really fall in love with this series so I'll be keeping my fingers crossed when I pick up a copy of The Warrior Vampire.

    Source: Received from Headline Eternal in exchange for an honest review

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    Sunday, 30 August 2015

    Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers

    Somewhere within our crowded sky, Rosemary Harper has joined the crew of the Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days. Rosemary is looking for a small, quiet spot to call home with adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past. She believes she has found this on the Wayfarer.

    The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants. That is until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet.

    The job will earn them enough money to live comfortably for years . . . if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.

    It soon becomes clear Rosemary isn't the only person on board with secrets to hide. and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

    Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of its eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

    Visit Becky Chambers' website for more information

    Review:
    Reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a bit like diving into a series of a show like Star Trek or Firefly and I enjoyed every minute of it. The story is very character driven so the plot can be a little slow in places but I was having so much fun getting to know everyone and learning about the different alien cultures they come across along the way that this really didn't bother me. Most of the action is towards the end of the story though as they get closer to their destination and that's when I was completely on the edge of my seat waiting to see how things would turn out.

    This is the story of the Wayfarer, a small ship that tunnels wormholes through the galaxy to make long distance space travel much easier. Their latest job has the potential to make the crew rich but the journey will be long and tedious and they're flying into a war zone so the potential dangers are high. The Wayfarer's crew is small and relatively tight nit, but even the closest friends can start to wear on each other after spending a long time trapped together in a relatively small space. There are nine members of crew who come from a variety of backgrounds spanning across both human and alien races. They even have an AI on board who is just as sentient as the rest of the crew.

    Rosemary, the newest human crew member and the ship's clerk, is looking to escape from her past and just wants to get as far away from her home on Mars as possible. Captain Ashby is also human but he was born in space and just loves to travel, his ship is everything to him and he cares deeply about his crew. Pilot Sissex comes from a lizard like alien race who have very different customs to our own while Dr Chef, another alien, wants to live in peace away from his war torn home world. The two ships engineers, Kizzy and Jenks, are both a little on the crazy side and fight like brother and sister while AI Lovey watches over the ship and her friends to protect them from danger. The final members of the crew are navigator Ohan, a complicated symbiotic pairing with a very different outlook on the world, and algaeist Corbin who is in charge of fuel production.

    Each of the characters get to tell part of the story which really allows us to get to know them all, they are all unique but sometimes flawed individuals with their own quirks and interests and I really grew to love them. The interactions between the various crew members were fantastic and I enjoyed seeing how various relationships changed throughout the course of the story. The universe Becky Chambers has created is fully fleshed out and full of intricate details, she has some brilliant settings and we get to meet a lot of interesting alien races along the way. Each species introduced has it's own customs and eccentricities that really helped bring them to life. Although The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet works perfectly as a stand alone story I can't help hoping that we'll get a chance to meet up with the Wayfarer again to join the crew on another adventure.

    Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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