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mona lisaDr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime tracking down her mother’s dream, locating the last remaining piece of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in At Star’s End by Anna Hackett. When the museum Eos works for refuses to acknowledge her research and fund an expedition to locate it, Eos is forced to approach the Phoenix brothers, a group of treasure hunters willing to travel the dangers and distances of the galaxy.

Dathan Phoenix hasn’t had the best luck with intelligent women (the last one left him tasered twitching on the ground) but can’t deny that he finds himself attracted the brilliant standoffish Eos. If Eos is correct about the location of the Mona Lisa, it would be worth trillions, but will she follow through on her part of the bargain and allow him to sell the missing painting?

At Star’s End is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure, with an intriguing heroine, a lost treasure and a hunky treasure hunter. At only 137 pages, the novel felt a little rushed and I feel like it could have been longer but it was an entertaining read despite being so short. The galaxy Hackett has created is intriguing and I love the relationship between the Phoenix brothers and the intelligent computer is highly entertaining. Eos is a great character, interested in all the galaxy around her, she is a nice change from the cynical herione (not that she doesn’t have her cynical moments) but if I was in a intergalactic market I would be intrigued and curious as well. Written in the first person (like most Carina Press novels I have read), At Star’s End allows you to really see what Eos is feeling and thinking. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in The Phoenix Adventures series.

The Phoenix Adventures Reading Order

At Star’s End

Book 2 TBA

Book 3 TBA

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Title: At Star’s End

Author: Anna Hackett

Format:  eBook

Page Nos.: 137

AISN: B00H08N9YO

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: March 31, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Rachel Bonner, trained to recognize the auras of criminals, has finally found some peace on Rainshadow Island with her dustbunny. In The Lost Night by Jayne Castle, Rachel’s peace is upset when for one night she can’t remember what happened but was found wandering outside the dangerous Preserve. When things start mysteriously happening in Rainshadow, Rachel decides she must work with the charismatic Harry Sebastian to figure out what happened to that lost night.

Harry Sebation, descendant of the notorious pirate who originally settled Rainshadow Island, has been charged by his family to figure out what is going wrong at the Preserve and fix the problem before someone gets injured or killed. Harry was attracted to Rachel from the very first time he met her but if he can’t figure out what happened to her she may not live long enough for him to preserve a relationship.

The Lost Night is the second book in the Rainshadow  series and takes us back to the reclusive Rainshadow Island, home of individuals who prefer to live off the grid but watch out for each other. We got a little taste of the Preserve, the mysterious area protected by a psychic fence, in Canyons of Night. The Lost Night follows Jayne Castle’s standard story, high level psychic characters, scary killer, cute dust bunny but when Rachel and Harry enter the Preserve the story takes a fabulous turn into the fantastic. The story went a direction I didn’t expect and I loved the descriptions of what Harry and Rachel find. I love all of the Jayne Castle stories that take place on the world of Harmony and The Lost Night is a great beginning (kind of) to a new line in the Harmony series.

Rainshadow Reading Order:

Canyons of Night (connected but part of the Looking Glass Trilogy) 

The Lost Night

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Title: The Lost Night

Author: Jayne Castle

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 352

ISBN: 978-0515152845

Publisher: Jove

Release Date: September 4, 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

In Haven 6 by Aubrie Dionne, Eridani has struggled to find her place aboard a transport space ship traveling through space on its way to a new planet for colonization known to the inhabitants of the ship as Haven 6. On a ship with a limited DNA pool, every bonding of mates is carefully selected but Eri is the result of an illegal bonding and, as a result, has no life mate of her own. Eri has also been given the job of linguist, stuck away in a small office away from others charged with remembering the languages of the planet the colonist left centuries ago. As their ship nears Haven 6, they discover that there are beings already inhabiting the planet and Eri is assigned to the exploratory team to contact the locals and return with the information on how to defeat them.

Striver, descended from pirates and colonists from Old Earth is the leader of the group on Haven 6. Striver saves Eri and her team from attack fro the Lawless ones, outcasts from the carefully maintained society on Haven 6. Striver and Eri are drawn to each other but each must deal with the loyalties they have to their people and eventually must decide what is the best course for everyone wanting to live on Haven.

Unlike the other two books I have read in A New Dawn series (which I devoured in one sitting), I struggled to get into the story of Haven 6. But once I was a couple of chapters in then I was hooked and had to find out if Striver and Eri would be able to come to a solution for everyone. Haven 6 is the third/fourth book (depending upon how you consider prequels) but you don’t need to read the other books in the series to understand what is going on, each book is its own world that is being colonized by different ships that have left Earth after it became uninhabitable. The premise of the series is intriguing, what would you do if you were raised on a ship that has been traveling through space for centuries, the descendant of individuals who were born, spent their entire lives and died in space, and suddenly that existence is coming to an end as you arrive at your new world. Would you still blindly follow the rules/orders that were so necessary while you were traveling in space but suddenly aren’t so important? How does free will work in an uber structured society? Would you be strong enough to do something different? In Haven 6 this is exactly where Eri finds herself, being ordered to bring about the death and destruction of the inhabitants of Haven, Eri has to reevaluate what is truly in the best interest of the group and what is in the best interest of herself. They entire series is worth a read.

A New Dawn Reading Order:

A Hero Rising (prequel)

Paradise 21(read my review here)

Tundra 37 (read my review here)

Haven 6

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Title: Haven 6

Author: Aubrie Dionne

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 326

ISBN: 978-1937044855

Publisher: Entangled

Release Date: September 11, 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

It has been awhile since Novel Reaction has had an author visit so it is with great excitement we welcome Aubrie Dionne as part of the blog tour for her new release Haven 6. Haven 6 is the third book in the sci-fi A New Dawn series, which should be read:

A New Dawn Reading Order:

A Hero Rising (prequel)

Paradise 21(read my review here)

Tundra 37 (read my review here)

Haven 6 (read my review here)

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in November 2012. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She’s a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.

Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be “A concert flutist” when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.

Novel Reaction is excited to welcome Eri, star of Haven 6 today. Eri, thank you for joining me!

Thank you for having me. I’ve had so much happen in the last few months, it will be good to talk about it. Our colony has had so much change, and a lot of it is because of me.

Let’s start with the beginning of your tale.  Describe a day in your life on the Heritage.

I worked in the most boring job ever on the Heritage, my colony ship.  I was a linguist, so I studied all of Old Earth’s dead languages. Why the commander had me do this? I have no clue. Maybe just to keep me busy, because they didn’t know what else to do with a product of an illegal pairing. Anyway, I’m over it. My linguist skills actually came in handy on Haven 6, because I was able to decipher the meaning behind the mysterious golden liquid that people have been disappearing into ever since the space pirates landed on the planet.

Why was it so important for you to report back to the commander?

When she assigned me to the exploratory team, I finally felt like I could prove to her I was worth something, even if I was illegally conceived. I wanted to make my family proud and do my job. Little did I know my mission would get in the way of the one person I’d come to love.

What were your initial thought/fears when you landed on Haven 6?

The “aliens” scared me the most. Who were they? Were they peaceful? Could I really use my skills to talk with them? As you read in Haven 6, the exploratory mission did not go as planned. I’m lucky to still be alive.

In one sentence, what were your first impressions of Striver?

Athletic, gorgeous, and determined. I can still picture him running to save my team. *sigh*

If you could exact your revenge on Weaver for what he did to you, what would it be?

Because of the way things went down, I have no ill will towards Weaver. He showed me his true self at the very end. I hope, wherever he is, that he finally finds happiness.

Thanks again for joining me, Eri!  This has been a real treat!

Thank you for having me. Make sure you always have the courage to follow your dreams, however ridiculous they may seem and be true to yourself. 

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Eri thanks for stopping by and answering a few questions about what you went through on Haven 6. As part of the tour I am excited to announce that you can enter to win this beautiful necklace, you can enter the contest at a Rafflecopter giveaway. Check out Novel Reaction’s review of Haven 6 here.


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