Three stories in one simple package...overall all 3 were entertaining. Now I just have one beef w/ all 3 authors...give me an EXACT pub date for when the next stories will be coming out. This is what I really liked- Meade was hilarious, the good kind of sassy/smartass. Damian's story with Vira has me anticipating something going on b/w the 2 of them...can't wait to find out how that unfolds. Keep writing, people. Definitely action-packed enough that it kept my interest too.
This book gets off to a thrilling start as Najika stands on trial for murder, albeit a murder pretty justified. From there the story never lets up. It held my attention - her escape from the prison caravan and then her eventual journey to the Black Kingdom…not to mention run-ins with ogres, trolls, and yes, even a dragon among other interesting creatures and characters. I'd give this book five thumbs up if I had that many hands. This is an adventure story I won't forget.
After having read some of this author's fantasy books, I was curious what the science fiction was like.
Rebel Girl did not disappoint. Zayna's struggle to rescue her Martian settlement takes some unexpected turns. There was a mystery-element as the story unfolded that made me reading through to the last page and it was refreshing to see some real mental depth to Zayna (loved her irreverent attitude btw!) and ditto Skyler to a lesser extent. I like stories where cooperation rather than one super genius is what it takes to resolve the conflict, and Rebel Girl definitely works on that level.
Although I really, really enjoyed Rebel Girl of Mars overall, I would offer these pros can cons to the would-be reader. #1 There isn't a ton of backstory here. Some may like that (I did), some may find that frustrating with a few unresolved questions. The story gets into the action very quickly (Chap. 2) and the pressure honestly does not let up. Would have liked maybe a few more chapters at the end...it felt like the author left things open for a sequel..hm, as for me, I would've preferred a longer book ;) Still, solid ending :)
Maybe it's just me but 3,000 words is not really enough to qualify as much of a story. It's hard enough to develop a 2-way relationship with that slim amount of story to work with, let alone a three-way relationship. It seems that a lot of authors don't realize how challenging it is to actually write a decent three-way love story. (and No, love triangles don't count).
My advice to this author would be to next time go for at least 6,000 words to make it worth the reader's efforts. I did like the writing style though...would like to see more by this author, just more developed.