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Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. When she isn't writing stories, this self-proclaimed bookworm is reading. Several of her short stories were featured in various anthologies and magazines. Her books include the horror collection Nightmare, the space fantasy collection Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. She is the Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.
on Sep. 16, 2012 :
Cherie takes the reader on another wonderful journey. Creating great characters seems to be one of this author's strong suits. The love story between Ebonys and Nike will pull at your heart strings.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 13, 2012 :
Being stuck on a ship for so long, Nike wants nothing more than to have her feet on solid ground and breathe in fresh air. She aches for a place to call home, and upon seeing Cupidis, its beauty captures her heart. This is where she wants to be. First, though, she and her crew must prepare the way for her people to eliminate the aliens already living on the planet. The Cupidians haven't known war in centuries. Their king is near death, and their spoiled prince, Edonys must find a mate very soon. The gorgeous prince didn't expect to feel such a pull toward one of his human guests. Nike thought it would be simple to conquer these peaceful people, but she, too, feels something unexpected. Will she make the strike to help win the planet for the humans or will she follow her heart?
This is my favorite book in Cherie's Gravity trilogy. It's not as dark and gritty as the previous two. It's full of wonder and colorful imagery that made me fall in love with Cupidis as Nike did. Cherie's descriptions are beautifully written and left me in awe. Nike is a strong and unique heroine. She's more a tough Sigourney Weaver type than the typical softer romantic lead. Edonys was a surprise to me too. He has every opportunity to be vain and arrogant, but he has so much heart. I love that the relationship grows organically outside of their duties to their peoples.
In the first two installments of the Gravity trilogy, we saw terrifying prisons, deadly chases, and fearsome creatures. Pull of Gravity takes you to a different level of science-fiction intrigue. There's espionage, subterfuge, and treachery. I was holding my breath at parts and didn't realize it. Cherie outdid herself with the final novella in the series. Goodness knows I couldn't resist the pull of her incredible storytelling!
(reviewed the day of purchase)