Other Worlds Collection by Assorted Authors
Science Fiction & Fantasy Romance
This book contains 20 novellas. I have reviewed 4 of them.
Antidote by R.A. Steffan
Love and War #1
Skye Chantrell has just escaped a war zone. She’s carrying the stolen antidote to a horrific bioweapon. When her damaged shuttle crashes on a remote lunar outpost, she’s captured by the leader of a rogue group of barbaric aliens. Hunter Tarthasian has every reason to hate the Regime. He and his comrades have gone rogue, vowing to use every means at their disposal to bring down the evil Premiere. The last thing Hunter needs is a female human civvy with a terrible secret crash-landing on his doorstep. Especially when she starts to awaken feelings in him that have no place in his life as a hunted fugitive. Feelings that could very easily get all of them killed.
Absolutely fantastic read and a great series debut! I loved the world building and all the characters were interesting and well developed. Hunter and Skye were a great couple and I appreciated their somewhat quick but well written romance. This was everything I love about science fiction romance.
Tags: Alien | Fugitive | In Hiding | Space Travel
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Overexposed by Allyson Lindt
Max and Taylor have spent the last decade running. From the people who killed their families. From an organization that wants to experiment on them… dead or alive. And from an epidemic that could drive Taylor mad and unleash his psychic abilities. As someone whose mind can’t be read, Max is his link to sanity. The closer they grow, the more they question if friendship is enough.
This one had some great Sci-Fi elements to it with lots of action to keep you hanging on. The world building was incredibly complex and detailed, which also made it a bit confusing in the beginning, but I think I eventually caught up. I’m definitely intrigued by the world of psychics that Allyson Lindt has created and I hope to get more from this world (There’s one small reference to the “next in the series” in the pages after the story). It’s told completely from Max’s POV and she was a pretty good narrator, though I would have loved to get some of Taylor’s thoughts as well since he’s the Ee.
There physical relationship is already established when this book starts but they haven’t admitted their love for each other. And let’s be honest, it’s been there the whole time because you don’t make the sacrifices these two have made for each other without truly loving the other person. They were also very intimate with each other in terms of touching, cuddling, kissing, for it to be anything but love. So Max was a bit delusional about that part of her life, but otherwise a very smart woman. Overall, I enjoyed it but the ending was very rushed and seemed to come out of nowhere and there were a lot of typos, some of which made the sentence they were in, hard to understand.
Tags: Friends First | Post-Apocalyptic | Psychic Powers
Becca Redford and the Big Bad Wolfhound by Shawna Romkey
Becca Redord #1
Detention, homework, werewolf slaying… what’s your Monday look like? All Becca Redford wants is to survive her parents’ divorce and get through high school with as few detentions as possible, but her family legacy gets in the way. All Ben Hunt wants is to maintain his clean cut, varsity football image, but he has a secret to keep. They’ll need to find a way to be together without Becca and her wolfhound killing Ben, and the werewolf wars bringing about the end of slayers and hunters all together.
This didn’t stand out a whole lot for me but I did enjoy reading it. I especially enjoyed the well written teenage voice that Shawna Romkey really nailed perfectly. I enjoyed the authenticity of both Becca and Ben’s narrations as it related to teenagers. We’re talking about 15/16 year olds and their voices really reflected the right tone and attitude. The over the top emotion of first love, the snark of having no control over your life, and the uncertainty of being thrown into big, life or death decisions when you’re not used to thinking about anyone but yourself.
I really liked Ben’s character and wanted to know more about him and his family. They have quite the history and I found it really interesting, especially their work as werewolf hunters. Becca was a bit of a brat, especially in the beginning. She grew on me but I didn’t have the best thoughts about her when I first started.
The adult characters in this book are pretty one dimensional and in some cases down right oblivious to what’s going on. I liked Becca’s Grandma in the beginning but then she pretty much dropped off the page when she goes to care for her friend. That early in Becca’s studies and that close to a full moon, I figured her Grandma would want to be around. And the way the town’s police are just completely unaware of things and quite frankly, terrible at their jobs.
My biggest problem is that I felt like I was reading a reworked version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it kept disrupting the flow for me. From the town that attracts supernatural beings to the forbidden love story to the gang of scrappy friends, I just couldn’t help thinking about Buffy instead of enjoying the book.
Tags: Forbidden Love | Shifter
Resisting Darkness by Amy L. Gale
Supernatural hunter, Dex Jager, will stop at nothing to find the vampire brood that captured his sister, and take them down one by one. After a motorcycle accident lands him in the small town of Whispering Pines, he finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation and partnered with Cora Fisher, the beautiful town coroner. As Dex and Cora grow closer and secrets surface, Dex is faced with the toughest decision of his life. How can you resist the darkness when it’s the one thing you love?
It’s written in first person of the hero, Dex, and I just couldn’t read another page with him as the narrator. His “voice” is incredibly annoying and sexist. I don’t mind a character ogling another or thinking about them with descriptive detail but Dex just sounded so sleazy. He was thinking things like Cora was “a great piece of ass” and he wanted to “chase tail” and things like “I’d been with more chicks than I could count” and I just wasn’t finding any of this attractive.
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