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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.

Alexander Napoleon Outland, known as Nap to his friend, is captain of the space ship 69 and has a crew of misfit individuals he is responsible for. Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch, Nap is just trying to keep his ship running and his crew fed, he doesn’t look too closely to see if a job is strictly legal and he has no problems doing a little smuggling on the side but when things go wrong on a legitimate job, Nap finds himself in a tough spot. Caught between two different warring factions on a planet with his ship grounded, Nap has to figure out who to trust, who to avoid and how they heck is going to get the smell of poo off his shoes.

Alexander Outland reminded me in some ways of the television series Firefly only with more humor involved (I am a huge Firefly fan so this was a total win in my book). Nap is a smuggler/space pirate, always skirting the edges of the law, as if that wasn’t difficult enough, Nap has to deal with all the women he has loved and left making things more difficult. Written in first person, we get an entertaining insight into Nap’s mind and how his humor works but are forced to figure out what is going on at the same time Nap it trying to work through it. With an entertaining mix of clever dialogue and potty humor, that had me actually giggling out loud, Alexander Outland is an entertaining read from the beginning. The only thing keeping this from a 5 star review is that some of the jumps in logic that Nap made were a bit too convenient, the connection of seemingly random events or information into one big connected conspiracy was a bit too much even for me but that aside, I really enjoyed this book and will be rereading it in the future.

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Title: Alexander Outland: Space Pirate

Author: G.J. Koch

Format:  eBook

Page Nos.: 300

AISN: B0085MNN72

Publisher: Night Shade 

Release Date: June 5, 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

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

“I do not believe that I am made of the stuff which constitutes heroes, because, in all of the hundreds of instances that my voluntary acts have placed me face to face with death, I cannot recall a single one where any alternative step to that I took occurred to me until many hours later. My mind is evidently so constituted that I am subconsciously forced into the path of duty without recourse to tiresome mental processes. however that may be, I have never regretted that cowardice is not optional with me. ”

 

“Fear is a relative term and so I can only measure my feelings at that time by what I had experienced in previous positions of danger and by those that I have passed through since; but I can say without shame that if the sensations I endured during the next few minutes were fear, then may God help the coward, for cowardice is of a surety its own punishment. ”

 

“Few western wonders are more inspiring than the beauties of an Arizona moonlit landscape; the silvered mountains in the distance, the strange lights and shadows upon hog back and arroyo, and the grotesque details of the stiff, yet beautiful cacti form a picture at once enchanting and inspiring; as though one were catching for the first time a glimpse of some dead and forgotten world, so different is it from the aspect of any other spot upon our earth. ”

-A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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