Today I am BEYOND thrilled for my stop on the Maven blog tour! From the MOMENT I read Maven’s blurb I was all about reading it. New Adult Sci-Fi’s are few and far between so being a Sci-Fi lover I jumped at this opportunity! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end!!!
How far would you go for love?
Since losing her parents at 14, young prodigy Dr. Lydia Ashley has focused on one thing: an appointment on the Deep Water Research Command Endure. Now 21, she’s about to realize that dream, but nothing is how she imagined it would be. Her transitional sponsor forgets her, her new lab is in complete chaos, and, as if that weren’t enough, she’s about to discover something so horrific it could potentially destroy all life on the planet.
Daniel Brewer, a noted playboy and genius in his own right, may be exactly what she needs… Or he may make everything worse.
Has she finally found a puzzle she can’t solve?
Sometimes I wish that I could just flail and that be review enough. However, that is not the case so I will try to not ramble on about how much I loved this book, the story, its characters, and just everything.
So let’s begin! Characters!
Lydia. She has honestly become one of my absolute FAVORITE female MC’s. Not only is she brilliant but she’s also fiercely loyal and an all-around good person. I never found myself annoyed by Lydia and despite her young age and vast knowledge she didn’t come off as arrogant or burdensome. Lydia’s ability to be completely selfless (especially at her age – early 20’s!) was absolutely amazing and made her all the more endearing. I appreciated that she didn’t use her superior knowledge (because let’s be honest, she’s a Nobel laureate and thus totally justified) to make those around her feel inferior. Although she could have been stifling and boring, she was anything but.
Daniel. Eeek! At first I was super hesitant about Daniel. I think the Play Boy angle is what really tripped me up. However, Daniel was so much more than a bad boy turned good. He was sweet and kind and well, unbelievably intelligent. I appreciated that he didn’t fit into the cookie cutter image of being arrogant and condescending that a lot of New Adult male MC’s fall into. Although it took a good girl to show him the error of his ways, he became his own person and a downright respectable man.
The one thing I loved about this book was the lack of love triangle and the fact that although Lydia and Daniel’s relationship moved rather quickly it didn’t feel forced or unrealistic. There was little drama and there wasn’t some huge failing point. It was sweet and it added a little spice to the Sci-Fi story-line!
Now onto the actual plot. I loved it. There are two things that Sci-Fi authors can fall victim to. A) Overburdening their readers with facts, names, and places or B) providing little details and failing to build a believable world. I could tell that Huchton did her homework and researched the elements she carefully constructed within the plot. I never felt overwhelmed by the details or the science-y concepts. Furthermore, I thought the overall plot was perfectly done and didn’t stray or drag.
This story combines all the right elements, betrayal, romance, friendship, and the possibility of a pandemic wiping out the world’s population! How can you miss it? I highly recommend this book for the Sci-Fi lovers out there, especially if you like your books a little spicy! I cannot wait for book 2!
Starla Huchton released her first novel, The Dreamer’s Thread, as a full cast podcast production beginning in August 2009. Her first foray went on to become a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. Since her debut, Starla’s voice has appeared in other podcasts including The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, The Drabblecast, and Erotica a la Carte. She is also a voice talent for Darkfire Productions, and narrates several of their projects, including The Emperor’s Edge series, This Path We Share, and others. Her writing has appeared in the Erotica a la Carte podcast, a short story for The Gearheart (earning her a third Parsec nomination), and an episode of the Tales from the Archives podcast (the companion to Tee Morris and Philippa Balantine’s Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series), which garnered her a second finalist badge from the 2012 Parsec Awards. Her second novel, a Steampunk adventure entitled Master of Myth, was the first place winner in the Fantasy/Science Fiction category of The Sandy Writing Contest held annually by the Crested Butte Writers Conference. Maven is her third completed novel and the first in a planned series of four, being released under the name S. A. Huchton.
After completing her degree in Graphic Arts, Starla opened up shop as a freelance graphic designer focusing on creating beautiful book covers for independent authors and publishers. She currently lives in Virginia where she trains her three Minions and military husband.
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General Book Information:
This series will be of the “rapid fire” variety, with the next book dropping approximately every 3 months. (June 3, August 26, November 28, February 27th)
Genre: Science Fiction Romance (New Adult)
Date of Publication: June 3rd, 2013
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1484985632
Smashwords ISBN: 9781301686940
Number of pages: 284 (print)
Formats available: print, .mobi, PDF, ePub
Cover Artist: Starla Huchton (DesignedByStarla.com)