ARC REVIEW: Diffraction by Jess Anastasi

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Rating 3 Stars

The complexity of the world and events that Jess Anastasi has created is so enjoyable. There were lots of new pieces added with this book and I’m really looking forward to where things will go in the next ones. The start of Diffraction was a bit slow for me, but it picked up and I started to get into it more after about 25%. After that, it’s pretty much non-stop action and Anastasi give the reader lots of emotions to work through with this one. There’s some really good and some really sad.

I enjoyed getting to see more of Kira and learn about her background. She’s been relatively undeveloped up to this point so it was nice to get her story. I like that she’s not afraid to stand up to Rian in order to help someone in need and that her work as a doctor and helping people runs deeply in her heart and soul. She’s so protective of Varean and it’s kind of sweet considering he’s this tough commando who shouldn’t need a protector. I also really enjoyed Varean once he calmed down a bit after the initial kidnapping (he’s understandably very angry in the beginning). However, I would have liked more of the romance side of things in this book. I feel like we didn’t really get enough time with Kira and Varean just learning each other and connecting so it felt a bit like unsupported insta-love to me.

From the beginning, Rian has reminded me a bit of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Nykyrian from Born of Night in the sense that they are both leaders of their renegade band of mercs and that they both have this tortured past that makes them deadly. However, as much as Kenyon tells us Nykyrian is this scary assassin, I never really completely believe her. Don’t get me wrong, I love Nykyrian. But Anastasi really makes me believe that Rian is one scary, bad-ass guy that you don’t want to mess with. She does it so well that I’m still struggling with totally accepting Rian as a future hero (or will it be more anti-hero?) of his own book. That being said, we get to see a little bit of Rian’s vulnerable side in this book and it was beautiful. It really gives me hope for his redemption. I know that lots of readers are ready for Rian and Ella’s story but I actually prefer the slow burn we’re getting. Rian is a very messed up guy and he needs time to work through things before he can really love and find peace and happiness. It’s more true to his character that he would be very cautious and reluctant to trust or get close to someone else.

I had a hard time liking Lianna in this one; she’s very bitchy toward Varean throughout the entire book. I understand that they’re under a lot of stress but it wasn’t very endearing to her character.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by Netgalley. All thoughts expressed in this review are my honest opinion.

••• Book Details •••

Atrophy #3    Romance, Science Fiction    Entangled    January 2, 2017

After his unusual reaction to a weapon, Commando Varean Donnelly is accused of being a shape-shifting alien and imprisoned onboard the Imojenna. Sure, he has abilities he keeps hidden from everyone–including the gorgeous doc examining him–because the government makes sure people as different as him disappear. For good.

Imojenna doctor Kira Sasaki knows there’s something different about the handsome commando the captain’s thrown in their brig. She doesn’t think he’s Reidar, although he might have been a victim of their cruel experiments. But when Kira learns the stubborn commando’s racial make-up, she finds herself torn between defending him to Captain Rian Sherron and his crew or urging Varean to escape while he still can.

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