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Winner of a 2015 Galaxy Award for science fiction romance! Twelve years on the prison planet Erebus makes a man long for death. The worst part for Tannin Everette is that he was framed for murder. He's innocent. When the ship Imojenna lands for emergency repairs, Tannin risks everything to escape...only to find himself face to face with the captain's undeniably gorgeous Winner of a 2015 Galaxy Award for science fiction romance! Twelve years on the prison planet Erebus makes a man long for death. The worst part for Tannin Everette is that he was framed for murder. He's innocent. When the ship Imojenna lands for emergency repairs, Tannin risks everything to escape...only to find himself face to face with the captain's undeniably gorgeous sister.Zahli Sherron isn't planning on turning Tannin in. In fact, she actually believes him. Sure, he's sexy as every kind of sin, but he's no criminal—so she hides him. But no one escapes from Erebus and lives to tell about it. With every day that passes, Zahli further risks the lives of the entire crew...even as she falls in love with a man she can never have for herself.The Atrophy series is best enjoyed in order.Reading Order:Book #1 AtrophyBook #2 Quantum...

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Atrophy Reviews

  • Mei
    2019-06-05 08:58

    I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.I think that Atrophy is the beginning book in a promising series! While some things have been concluded, some others have been left wide open! :)Also, I'm asking myself the why of the title... Nothing is atrophying here... maybe it has something to do with the next book/books...Anyhow, the premise of the book is excellent and interesting: shape-shifting aliens! And they don't shapeshift into animals, but into humans! Great twist in shapeshifting! :)What I found slightly irking is some of the behaviour of the main characters.Tannin has spent 12 years on Erebus: a prison planet from where nobody has ever escaped. Erebus is supposedly hell on "earth", but Tannin escapes very easily in my opinion. OK, he's a wizard-hacker and during the whole book he proves it repeatedly, but he just walked into Rian and Zahli's ship without anybody asking a single question... Zahli is protraied like a tough girl, an I had high expectations when she deals with an officer who tries to rape her, but after that she morphes into some needy and often TSTL YA (and you all know how much I hate heroines like that!). When her brother Rian impose his rules, instead of fighting for what she wants in a strait way she goes after Tannin whithout thinking about consequences for him. To me she appeared very selfish and inconsiderate. Their relationship is an insta-love/lust. Sometimes they cannot form a coherent thought for the all-consuming lust flowing in their bodies! They're reckless in their pursuing each other and do a lot of things thay shouldn't do! LOLRian... a tough-as-nails war hero, torured by these aliens and full of rage and want for revenge... He hates himself and everybody around... or is he? To me he was just a very confused, sometimes plain crazy, sometimes with a heavy PTSD.. a very disturbed person. He acts without thought of consequences (and here he resembles his siter): whan he catches Tannin and Zahli in a compromising (cough, cough) position, he threatens both of them and Zahli, very impulsively leaves the ship...Obviously, things happening around all of them should have been an alarm bell about what will happen (i already knew it!), but nobody thinks of it! I don't want to spoil the book for you, so I'll not go on...If you're able to ignore these slight flaws, the book is very interesting and the idea is worthy. The action parts is exiting and all the other secondary characters are great and coherent with their own personalities. As I said, there's a kind of cliffhanger and I'm looing forward to reading the next book and I hope it will be Rian and Ella's! :)

  • Caz
    2019-05-21 12:13

    B+, so 4.5 starsWhen I saw this month’s prompt was to read Something Different, I knew pretty much exactly which genre and which book I was going to choose. Last year sometime, one of my fellow reviewers at AAR reviewed a Sci-Fi romance called Quantum, whcih was the second book in Jess Anastasi’s Atrophy series. I really liked the sound of it and it struck me that while I’m actually a fan of Sci-Fi in TV and film, I don’t read it – so I picked up the first book in the series, Atrophy for the May prompt.I admit that I hadn’t realised, going in, that it’s part of a series in which there is an overarching story that runs through all the books (there are three so far). Still, it’s a thumping good read and I’m sufficiently invested in that particular plotline to want to read the other books - when I can find the time! I also liked that the book is very much an ensemble piece, with a handful of principal characters to start and a few new ones introduced along the way. There’s a romance with an HEA to be sure, but that’s not the primary focus of the story and I was perfectly okay with that; there’s plenty of action and the gradual emergence of a really intriguing plot, all of it skilfully woven together into a rip-roaring, enjoyable yarn.Due to the latest in a string of mechanical failures, the cargo freighter Imojenna is forced to land on the prison planet, Erebus in order to pick up spare parts and make repairs. On duty when the ship applies for permission to land is Tannin Everette, one of the number of inmates who is allowed to work in the prison administration. Twelve years earlier, he was convicted of a murder he did not commit, and when the chance of escape presents itself, he takes it, planning to stow away aboard the Imojenna. He’s not without misgivings; the penalty if he gets caught will be heavy and he’ll be a fugitive for the rest of his life. But on balance, it’s a risk he’s willing to take.Crew member – and captain’s sister - Zahli Sherron, is in the marketplace buying supplies for the next leg of the Imojenna’s journey when she is approached by an officer and taken into a deserted building. Knowing the officer for one with an unpleasant reputation where women are concerned, Tannin is immediately suspicious and follows the sounds of a struggle only to come upon the young woman kneeling on the officer’s body with her hands around the knife in his chest. Tannin helps Zahli escape – and she later returns the favour by sticking up for him when he is discovered aboard the ship. There’s an instant attraction thrumming between them, but her immensely scary brother makes it clear that Zahli is firmly off-limits; and ship’s captain Rian Sherron reminds Zahli that while she’s his sister, as a member of the crew the same rules apply to her as to everyone else – which includes the non-fraternization policy.Tannin is a likeable character, a whizz-kid hacker who somehow managed to keep the authorities on Erebus from finding out about his mad hacking skillz. These make him very valuable to Rian, who has his own reasons for choosing to captain a rickety freighter instead of returning to the military where he could be hero-worshipped until the end of his days. I liked the way the author shows Tannin’s loyalties becoming more conflicted the more time he spends aboard the ship; he’s falling for Zahli and he owes her his freedom and his life, but Rian, once he’s realised that Tannin has useful skills, has allowed him to stay on board and in effect given him a home of sorts. Tannin wants to be with Zahli but owes Rian, too, and doesn’t want to repay the trust he is gradually being given by directly disobeying orders.I didn’t warm to Zahli all that much, though. She’s supposed to be kick-ass and competent, but even she sometimes questions her position among the crew, seeing herself as someone who just deals with the finances and does the shopping. I suppose she’s the crew’s peacemaker, sometimes standing between them and Rian and frequently calling her brother on his shit the way no-one else can. The sibling relationship is quiet well done, but she’s rather a bland character on her own.The romance between Zahli and Tannin works well-enough for all it’s based on insta-lust, but the thing which really captured my interest is the plotline that is clearly going to run through all the books concerning Rian, a former military officer with a reputation for bad-assery of the highest order. Three years before the end of the Assimilation war, he disappeared without trace and was presumed dead, and then, just as suddenly, he reappeared and single-handedly ended the war with one daring, completely mad and potentially suicidal act. But he returned a changed man, bitter, reckless and distanced, always careful not to let anyone see the bleak darkness inside him, the intense and barely-leashed rage that he battles daily to contain. Ever since his return, he has been set on achieving one goal – to hunt down the shape-shifting aliens who captured and tortured him and make them pay. His quest for revenge sees him sometimes making questionable decisions, ones which could have disastrous outcomes for him and his crew, but he makes them anyway, putting nothing ahead of his achieving his goal. One such decision is to accept another shipment of cargo from a known shady-dealer, which turns out to be a woman, more specifically, high-priestess Miriella from the planet Aryn. The Arynian priestesses are known to have powerful psychic abilities and it’s immediately clear to Rian she could be a valuable bargaining chip, weapon or both. But he’s wary of her; her telepathic abilities unsettle him and he keeps his distance, although there’s definitely a spark there which I really hope is going to be explored in future books. Ms. Anastasi weaves a fast-paced, complex (but not unintelligible) and enthralling story with nary a dull moment as the Imojenna wends its way across the skies, evading pursuers, avoiding traps and generally making more enemies than friends along the way. The various crew members are engaging and have important parts to play; these are secondary roles, but they are all clearly defined as characters and all contribute to the overall feeling of camaraderie among this closely-knit bunch. While there are a few things that didn’t quite work for me – there’s a situation near the end which is resolved in a way that feels like a bit of a cop-out, for instance – on the whole Atrophy is a terrific read and one I’d certainly recommend. The world-building is excellent and while there are quite a few characters and plotlines introduced, I was never confused as to who was whom or who was doing what. Lucky for me, there are two more books in the series (Quantum and Diffraction) available with a fourth book, Entropy, coming in 2018.

  • Lekeisha The Booknerd
    2019-06-11 05:56

    This book is difficult to review, simply because it took me almost a month to finish it. It was very slow in the beginning, which forced me to put it down too many times to count. Not much happened until around 35% or so, and even that wasn't really mind blowing. I think if this had been told in first person, it would have been a whole lot better to read. I could only grasp that Rian is an intolerable person to be around. He's arrogant and disrespectful at every turn. Tannin, for all his escape plans, just couldn't deny his attraction to Zahli. Zahli loves and respects her brother, but sometimes he makes her want to shoot him. I'm not sure of what Ella is. Only that she has powers and I can't recall the how because I spent too much time putting the book down.The world is very confusing at times. The whole system failed to make me want to know more. I think that by me not really connecting to the story, it made me just over it all. What worked for me with this is the romance between Tannin and Zahli. Every time they were in each others presence, the story seemed to pick up pace. The sex scenes are good for the way the story is told, so it's not all that graphic. I liked Rian after Ella did her mojo on him. He was still an angry a-hole, but he spent too much time wanting that darkness back and I actually felt sorry for him.All I kept picturing for this world is all the Riddick movies I've watched. The different planets and the tech just gave me that visual. If you love stories with a similar background, this one is for you. Just an okay read for .Find all of my reviews over at Lekeisha The Booknerd

  • Dísir
    2019-06-17 03:58

    A malfunction gets an old, rickety ship onto a prison planet for emergency repairs, the last place any sane person wants to do. But Captain Rian Sherron isn't the sanest person around, so he does it, setting a chain of events in motion that ends up with a stowaway on board who not only finds a place as a tech hacker on board but also some steamy times with Rian's sister. While Tannin and Zahli are well-conceived characters, I'm drawn to the compelling way Jess Anastasi portrays the hard, scarred and so-in-need-of-redemption Rian and the unwitting heat he generates with a priestess he tries to hard to keep away from. But the book is so much more what than the blurb says; to say that it's a story featuring an escaped convict and a woman on a ship would be to shortchange it totally, because the Atrophy actually reads like the season opener of a series that is getting me moist with excitement. There's a motley crew to get to know, multiple conflicts waiting to unfold, shady & tortured pasts to uncover and loads of UST to strip away (Rian and Ella, please) - all of which remind me of Firefly on steroids set in the ever-faulty Millennium Falcon, full of cynical humour, spiffy dialogue and all kinds of made behaviour. The title of the book itself seems a fitting metaphor for the sheer amount of instability we're thrust into, describing inexorable decline of Rian and of the crumbling galaxy he and his crew inhabit, until Ms. Anastasi (w)rites those wrongs away.*ARC by netgalley(ever grateful, mind)

  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    2019-05-22 07:16

    This book had all the things. Literally, anything you could think of to place in an erotic space paranormal made its presence known in this book. Aliens? Check. Spaceships and different galaxies? Check. Hot male prisoner that escaped from a planet with the help of a crazy space caption and his rebellious badass of a sister? Check, check and check. Really, the list goes on. I surely can't say that this book lacked entertainment. It hopped from one thing to the next, making sure the reader was invested until the end. With that said, I wanted to like the book more but just couldn't get there. The author has so much going on that, while it was pretty hard not to like most aspects of the book, it failed to completely draw me in as there was no emotional connection with the characters—all 59,238 of them. Okay, not really, but there were a bunch! I just would have liked to have seen two main characters, not two main characters with six other characters to focus on. Other than that, this book was actually a great read. It was entertaining enough to keep me reading and there was no doubt that its content was original. You won't find a book like it! ~ Kelly, 3.5 stars

  • Hannah
    2019-06-08 03:51

    ARC REVIEW I'm always on the look for a new sci-fi romance to fall in love with. This is the book. I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed this book. The best way I can think to describe it, it's like a darker twisted version of Firefly meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers (both of which I loved). The characters, like with those in Firefly, are all unique and have their own little quirks that makes them charismatic and well just plain likeable. The storyline is captivating and full of mystery and conspiracy, the love story is an easy one, instalove, with an overprotective big brother standing in the way. The Imojenna is a cargo ship, she is also falling apart. But Captain Rian Sherron uses her for his own reasons, if only the crew could keep it in one piece. At the beginning of the book she is falling apart and the stubborn AI is ready to dump the cargo hold to keep it on one piece. Their only solution is to land on the nearest planet and make repairs. Unfortunately said planet is Erebus a prison planet, fortunately Rian has connections being an ex-military and a War Hero.Inmate Tannin Everette has spent the last twelve years of his life on the prison planet of Erebus for a crime that he didn't commit. Tannin learned early on he can have an easy life, well for an inmate at least, by volunteering to do all the menial admin tasks no one else wants to do. In doing this he was in the right place at the right time to overhear the plans for a cargo ship to land for repairs. Tannin sees his opportunity to escape and against all odds was able to escape the inescapable prison planet.Zahli Sherron is the heart of the crew, little sister to Rian and the money manager she also finds them all their jobs. Zahli is also the first one to meet Tannin, he helps her escape the guard who tricked her and tried to rape her. Zahli in truth saves herself by killing the guard but escapes with Tannin's help. When later she finds him stowed away on board the ship she agrees to help him escape. Rian catches him and the only thing keeping him from turning the ship around and turning him in is the fact he likes the challenge and outwitting the system. As it turns out Tannin ends up being more helpful than any of them imagined. During Tannin's twelve years in Erebus and working in the admin building he because a genius computer wiz. Tannin and Zahli fall in love at first sight, but Rian's no fraternization rule gets in the way especially after Rian kind of threatens Tannin with his freedom if he messes around with Zahli.The dilapidated ship and her crew are more than they seem. Tannin soon realizes that the cargo business is more of a cover for their real purpose which is to stop a shapeshifting alien race from taking over. I won't go to much more into because I don't want any spoilers but damn. Overall this was a really good book and I am really looking forward to more books especially Rian's.

  • Eva Millien
    2019-05-24 09:19

    Risking everything, Tannin Everette plans to use the Imojenna’s emergency repair landing as his means to escape…only to come face to face with the captain’s gorgeous sister in this thrilling paranormal sci-fi romance.Even though no one escapes Erebus and lives to tell about it, Zahli Sherron hides Tannin on the ship and the reader can’t help but get caught up in this space opera of a romance as Zahli risks the lives of the entire crew for a love that can never be. The chemistry is a smoldering heat that builds to scorching proportions throughout the story with some steamy sex scenes but in order to have any kind of relationship they will have to defy the Captain’s rules which causes quite a few emotional outbursts and heated clashes among the crew. The characters are strong, compelling and grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning while the steady to fast paced and smooth flowing plot thrills readers with lots of suspense, excitement and romance.There is never a dull moment on the Imojenna as they continuously dodge assassins, deadly traps, and seem to attract more enemies than friends during every exciting encounter but the real danger is a threat that few no one knows about, one that the crew is determined to destroy no matter the cost which keeps the adrenaline pumping throughout the story with lots of excitement. The scenes are well written with vivid details that make it easy for reader to become absorbed in all the action and romance while the intriguing events draw the readers in and refuse to let go and unexpected twists keep readers guessing while adding spice to the story as well.All of the Imojenna crew have strong personalities that spark interest, so together with their grumpy attitudes, I was completely fascinated by the exhilaration of their lives as they barely escape from or stay one step ahead of their many enemies and I can’t wait to find out what happens next on the Imojenna.4 ½ STARS

  • Judi Easley
    2019-05-30 07:04

    I read the number two book (Quantum) in this series awhile ago and really liked it. Then a short time ago, the publisher asked if I'd like to read the third book (Diffraction) and do a review. And, of course, I said yes! I thought perhaps I should go back and read book number one so I would have the whole picture. Now I know how Mae gets involved!Ms. Anastasia writes a pretty good sci-fi adventure. She throws in just enough of the love scene business to satisfy all but the really hardcore romantics. What I really like is that she has carried the "big picture" over into the other books to tie them together nicely. Book one has the Infamous Captain Rian Sheeron taking his crew off after the shape-shifting bad guys. These are the ones who tortured him and are now trying to take over the galaxy. But no one really believes Rian until they see one of these shape-shifting creatures die. That's when their true form is revealed, and it's kind of yucky!This invasion and the Captain's pursuit of the shape-shifters is an ongoing theme in this series. It's a nice tie in. Each book is the story of the individual couple, but the series' theme plays in the background providing the link to the rest of the series. A nice technique and very well done in this case. Ms. Anastasia has a very nice writing style.There were a few weaknesses when characters didn't act the way I felt they should have. Mostly Rian, the captain, and his sister, Zahli. They both had a couple of very childish, impulsive moments when they basically had temper tantrums and didn't consider the consequences to themselves or anyone else. These things aside, if you like some romance and a righteous cause thrown in with your sci-fi, this series might be one for you to try out. I find I'm really looking forward to book three!I purchased this book from Amazon in Kindle format for full price. This is an honest review for which I am not being compensated. All opinions are fully my own. ~ Judi E. Easley

  • Tarsha
    2019-06-14 05:54

    **ARC provided by publisher for an honest review**This was an OK book for me. I think I was way more excited to read it, but wasn't as excited as I started to read the book. I not sure what bugged me, but I couldn't really get into it. The main characters were OK to me, but I think I was more excited about Zahli's brother Rian. He was an interesting, troubled yet memorable character to me. I really hope he gets a book. Would I reread this book again? Most likely not. Would I recommend it? Sure. Plenty of early reviewers enjoyed it. I just wasn't completely sold on it.

  • Maria Rose
    2019-06-15 10:16

    Tannin was wrongly convicted of murder twelve years ago, and sent to the prison planet Erebus for his crime. Biding his time, he can't quite believe that the chance to escape has really arrived, in the form of a derilect ship landing on Erebus for repairs. When a chance encounter in a marketplace has him saving the life of Zahli, sister to the ship's formidable ex-war hero captain Rian, she returns the favour by enabling him to escape with their ship. But with enemies closing in on all sides, and his wanted man status, will Tannin get the life he deserves, and the woman to match or will his past catch up to him too soon?I really enjoyed this story! I read a previous sci-fi romance book that this author wrote (Damage Control) and I actually thought when I picked this up that it would be somewhat linked to that, but it isn't. It's the start of a whole new series (and I can honestly say that I'm thrilled by that news!). It centers around the crew of the ship Imojenna, and we are introduced to several characters in this story who will make up the bulk of the series. This particular story is the romance between Tannin and Zahli. Both of their characters were very appealing to me. Tannin is super smart, a hacker extra-ordinaire (a talent that fortunately his prison wardens never caught onto). While we know that based on his prison experience he's had to do whatever is necessary to survive, he comes across as a good guy and someone who will be loyal to the end. He's definitely smitten with Zahli from the get go, and torn between his feelings for her, and his responsibilities to Rian, her brother, without whom he would have been kicked off the ship (and is constantly threatened by Rian that it is still a distinct possibility). Zahli comes across as a smart and friendly woman, one who has a deep affection for her scarred brother even if they are often at odds. As a crew mate on the ship, she has to follow his orders just like the rest of them, getting no quarter just because they are siblings. But at the same time, she knows he has her back, and vice versa. She knows that getting involved with Tannin is a mistake, and against the ship's fraternization policy, but she's never met someone she's so attracted to. The result is a semi-illicit affair, with some steamy scenes between them. But while this romance is going on, there is a lot more action moving the story along. We get a fair portion of the story from Rian's point of view, a bitter and scarred man seeking revenge on the aliens who captured and tortured him during the last war. His goal now is to find and destroy them. With that in mind, he seeks more and more dangerous cargo shipment assignments, skirting the edges of the law and making decisions that aren't always in the best interests of his crew, but that will lead him to his end game. He's got lots of friends in high and low places to make that happen. On one of their assignments however, he ends up with more than he bargained for - transporting a kidnapped priestess. Mirella has psychic abilities that scare him, but draw him to her, much to his dismay. Their relationship of sorts is just getting off the ground in the story and very unresolved but definitely headed in an interesting direction. Other crew mates are also featured and I love where this story is headed and all the intricacies of the plot. The worldbuilding is great, not too complex as to be difficult to follow, but with an obviously well thought out setting and scenario for the story. Though we get a happy ending for Tannin and Zahli here, I'm definitely intrigued as to what will happen next for the crew of this ship! 5 stars for the start of a great new sci-fi romance series! Note: a copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.

  • Jacque
    2019-06-15 12:10

    I’ve always been a lover of sci-fi stories. Adventures of space travelers boldly going where no man (Or woman!) have gone before, discovering new planets, and all that jazz has always been a fun escape for me. Unfortunately, they all seem to be lacking one thing: Romance. Why, I have no clue. All that flying around in space together, colonizing new planets and what, people can’t connect and fall in love? Then I found author Jess Anastasi and read her Valiant Knox series. Yes! Followed up by Atrophy and I knew I finally found an author who could scratch the Sci-Fi romance itch. Snoopy dance time! After reading the Atrophy and comparing it to the blurb I realized, there is so much missing. The blurb in a nutshell: Tannin has been on prison planet for a crime he didn’t commit. When a ship lands on the planet needing repairs, he sees an opportunity to escape. He meets one of the female crew, who thinks he’s attractive and innocent, helps him escape and the live happily ever after. The end. Let me tell you what is missing from that. The action, the intrigue, the suspense, and most of all, Rian!When I first started reading I initially thought this is going to be a fluffy romance. Tannin helps rescue Zahli and in turn she helps him escape the prison planet. Mutual saving equals insta-love, HEAs, yada-yada-yada. However, in this case there was a added bonus of Rian and NOTHING is ever simple, or what it seems, with him in the mix. I’ll get back to him in a moment. Tannin and Zahli, great couple here. They’re both tough as nails with a vulnerable side – his coming from being in prison and hers from an overbearing brother. The build-up of there is romance is sweet and spicy as it weaves in and out of what’s going on around them. HEA? Of course, but there is one heck of a cliffy and then there is Rian.So let’s put the romance on the back burner and let me get to, IMO, is the meat of this story. Rian and the Reiders. Rian is Zahli’s older brother who also happens to be a war hero. He is crazy, dark, and suicidal all served with a heavy dose of PTSD from having been a prisoner of the Reiders. Reiders are shapeshifting aliens and no one seems to believe aliens exist. WT??? You're traveling in space and you don't believe in aliens?! Whatever. Anyhoo... The Reiders had captured his ship and killing everybody aboard and tortured Rian. Now he has this vendetta going on to unmask them and destroy them and NOTHING will stand in his way. That's were all the crazy and psycho-ness of Rian comes into play. There's so many plot twists you don't see coming because of his actions and that's on top of the assortment of interesting secondary characters, which are part of Rian's crew (Think the movie Firefly) on the Imojenna. I know this is supposed to be Tannin and Zahli's story but for me, Rian and his hunting the Reider are the star of this book. So a quick recap - Great book filled with action and suspense, outstanding characters and the best part, it's a sci-fi romance. The only thing that could make it even better is if Atrophy was a series. I read the book from cover to cover hoping to catch a hint if it was. Ms. Anastasi - if you’re reading this, PLEASE, pretty please make this a series!I received this book from the JeepDiva for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.Stars – 5, Flames - 3

  • Stacy
    2019-06-03 08:05

    Zahli and the rest of the Imojenna crew are forced to land on Erebus to repair their ship and she can't wait to get off of it. It's Tannin's chance to escape the prison planet Erebus and he is taking it. Zahlia and Tannin's worlds collide in a story about love, loyalty and the fight against the aliens that are taking over their world.I really liked both Zahli and Tannin and together they made a great team. They had a lot of issues to work out, but they had each others back when it was most important and their connection only grew as they got to know each other. The romance although important to the story, isn't in your face for the whole book as there are some other pretty big things going on.The entire Imojenna crew helped keep things interesting. They each brought a little something to the storyline. The world of ATROPHY was interesting. I enjoyed the way that Anastasi brought it alive. The world and the problems that came along with it played a big role in the way the characters act and conduct their lives.I'm not sure if ATROPHY will be part of a series, but there is a lot of story potential to work off of it and I hope to see a book featuring Zahli's brother Rian and Mirella. They have a LOT of sexual tension and I can see it exploding into something great. I would definitely read more.* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jo(Mixed Book Bag)
    2019-06-05 07:58

    Atrophy is part Science Fiction Romance and part Space Opera. Zahli and Tannin are attracted but there is a big problem. That problem is found in Zahli’s brother, Rian, who is the captain of the space ship Imojenna. The Space Opera part is the quest Rian is one. I found Rian the most complex character in the book. It is hard to put him in any category. Things have happened to Rian that make him difficult to understand or to get a focus on his personality. His reactions drive the story.The plot has several different twists. It starts as a prison break and ends as a hunt for aliens. The development allowed each character to come more and more into focus. Don’t look for a solution to the alien part of the plot. Zahli and Tannin do get their HEA but that problem is almost part of the background. What the story really does is introduce a great cast of characters, built a complex world, highlight a very big problem, give some of the backstory, and set the hooks for future stories in this world.I am looking forward to seeing much more of the Imojenna and her crew.

  • Ash P Reads
    2019-06-03 06:12

    At first I was a little wary of getting this book but fans of Firefly and Serenity! this is the series for you. Any one who has ever craved for more of this space Western drama television series + movie will LOVE Atrophy. Rogue space bad boys, ass kicking women, mysterious and evolved beings and of course let's not forget shape shifting aliens. Everything your heart desires in an awesome series by Jess Anastasi. So buckle down for this adventure, because it is going to blow your socks off. Tannin and Zahli are the perfect couple, so in sync with each other and OMG the circumstance under which the come together is crazy. But when destiny calls you better answer because then you'd just miss out on all the fun. I'm so curious about how Rian is going to end up. So many interesting characters. I hope Ms Anastasi can churn out the books as fast as I can read them because boy, am I hooked! Whoa what a trip.

  • KJ Van Houten
    2019-05-23 10:52

    Loved this book -- perfect example of what I like to see in SFR! Good book length, gives time for decent world building AND character development. Great balance of action and interpersonal interactions. Romance was sweet, believable, and fit into the plot -- did not feel as if trying to overburden the story just for the sake of seeing how steamy the story can be (which is where I think a LOT of stories fail). Great setup for more in a series, can't wait to see what's next!

  • Literati Literature Lovers
    2019-06-17 11:54

    Best science fiction romance book by Jess Anastasi that I have read. If you loved Joss Whedon's FireFly series or his Serenity movie, than this is a book that needs to be on your radar. Full review to come.

  • Marlene
    2019-05-25 09:54

    Originally published at Reading RealityIf Mal Reynolds went really, really dark, and if the Reavers were shapeshifting aliens who had infiltrated the government (wait, that sort of happened) then you’d get something like Atrophy.Or at least, that’s the way it feels. So for those of you who have never gotten over the loss of Firefly (like moi), Atrophy is a great place to get a Firefly-type fix.The crew of the barely profitable frieghter Imojenna is every bit as oddly assorted as the crew of Serenity. Rian Sherron is the captain, and he’s a man with a lot of demons left over from the last war. So many demons that he is on a one-man crusade to eradicate the universe’s true enemy – the shapeshifting Reidar. Rian suffered years as a lab-rat in a Reidar torture chamber, watching as his crew died in agony, and he lived on in mental and physical anguish.The man that came back from the war became a hero – taking out the ostensible enemy of the IPC in one successful but should have been suicidal maneuver. It’s probable that Rian wanted to go out, whether in a blaze of glory or not, as long as he went. But that’s not the way things worked.Instead, he survived to become a living legend. And now he is spending his post-war years hunting down any and all information on the shapeshifting aliens who tortured him – the Reidar. The job is all that much more difficult, as the Reidar don’t shift into animals or anything easily recognizable. Instead, the take on the face and characteristics of trusted friends and planetary leaders. They hide in plain sight and wreck havoc with human controlled space.Rian has gathered a crew on the Imojenna that all believe the Reidar must be stopped at any cost. But that crew includes Rian’s younger sister Zahli, and Rian often finds himself torn between a desire to product the young woman and his obsession with finding the Reidar.After one of many encounters with the Reidar, the good ship Imojenna is forced to stop at the nearest planet for emergency repairs. Fortunately, or unfortunately, that nearest planet is the prison planet Erebus. When their supply run goes slightly awry, Zahli returns to the ship after killing a prison officer who attempted to add her to his count of rapes and murders. And the ship has one extra passenger – Tannin Everette, the prisoner who helped Zahli cover up the body.As Zahli’s relationship with Tannin becomes more emotional (as well as explosively physical) than either of them bargained for, the young lovers run directly into Rian’s twin goals of protecting Zahli and revenge on the Reidar. Because it turns out that Tannin has run into Rian’s enemies before – the trumped up charge that got him sent to Erebus was part of a plot to put a Reidar operative into his planet’s government. And it worked.When Rian’s obsession causes him to pick up a woman who is either a political prisoner or a telepathic weapon (or both), and keep her from the agents of the Reidar, the Immojenna becomes a primary target of Reidar agents all over the galaxy.And Rian has his hands more than full trying to keep everyone safe. But when it comes to keeping Zahli safe from Tannin – Rian takes on a force that no one, and certainly no interfering and even homicidal big brother, could ever possibly stop.Even in a galaxy that is this messed up, love still conquers all.Escape Rating B+:The Imojenna is a ship on a mission. And it’s a ship where the captain is one slip away from being a homicidal maniac, and the crew never knows who is out to get them, but they are always aware that someone is.When things go to hell in a handbasket, people cuss. A lot. Especially when bullets and plasma bolts are flying at them. I understand the impulse to create cuss words – the ones we use now may not survive the centuries. Howsomever, while “frak” worked as a substitute for “fuck” in Battlestar Galactica, “freck” just doesn’t do it. At least not for this reader. I cringed every time I saw “freck” or “frecking” and it whacked with my willing suspension of disbelief.But the story in Atrophy definitely does work.There’s a romance here, between ex-prisoner Tannin and Rian’s sister Zahli. While their romance contains a high quotient of insta-love, they do bond under very stressful circumstances. And there are other elements – Zahli is the first person who has ever given Tannin a hope of redemption, and for Zahli, Tannin is the first man in her life who isn’t completely under big brother Rian’s whacked-out thumb.The wild card on the crew isn’t Tannin, it’s actually the telepathic priestess Mirella. She seems to be a pawn between the Reidar, their agents, and Rian. However, her telepathy gives her insights into Rian’s character and his horrible experiences that he finds both soothing and irritating at the same time. He needs help, but he’d need to let down his guard to get it. And he’s afraid that if he does, he’ll lose control and kill someone before the healer can put the genie back in the bottle. So Rian is afraid of Mirella, because he needs her and can’t accept it. I hope that their relationship gets some resolution in later books in the series, because the depths of Rian that Ella is plumbing are dark and scary and need to be brought out into the light. As a reader, I found myself more intriqued by the hints of Rian’s and Ella’s crazy possible relationship than the obvious hot spark of Tannin and Zahli.I’ve been trying to figure out how the title “Atrophy” fits. On the surface, there isn’t anything atrophying, or wasting away. However, a deeper dive reveals that it might be Rian’s humanity that is atrophying – his thin edge of control is all that is keeping him from going permanently postal – or so he fears.But the human controlled universe is also atrophying, at least in a way. One of the causes of atrophy, at least according to Wikipedia, is mutations. Part of the ongoing war with the Reider is their infiltration of human space by replacing human leaders with Reidar operatives. In other words, mutations.Food for thought as the series progresses, anyway.And speaking of that progression, the series continues (thank goodness) with Quantum and Diffraction, hopefully next year. And they look awesome.

  • Book Gannet
    2019-05-26 04:56

    3.5 stars. Welcome aboard the Imojenna where the captain is a war hero who may or may not once have been an assassin, has a bit of a problem controlling his temper, some serious PTSD problems and is also on a universe-wide hunt for a bunch of aliens most other people don’t even realise exist! Oh, and there’s his little sister, Zahli, who accidentally ends up helping a prisoner escape from a prison planet which no one is supposed to leave alive.Because although the romance portion of this book is between Zahli and Tannin, to be honest the most compelling aspect of this book is all about big brother Rian, captain and haunted man, out to destroy the evil shape-shifting aliens.Which is probably for the best really, because although Tannin is an interesting character – with his false imprisonment, his escape plans and his super-special hacking abilities – Zahli… well, she just isn’t. She’s Rian’s little sister and she’s supposed to be in charge of their freight business, but in truth she doesn’t really do much and isn’t all that important. Which bothered me a bit. I like my romantic couples – especially in an adventurous setting – to be well matched. Here, though, it seemed that the more interesting and important to the crew Tannin became, the less Zahli had to offer. She’s just the little sister, just Tannin’s temptation. I wanted more from her, and sadly didn’t get it.My issues with Zahli aside, I enjoyed this. The plot is intriguing and nicely woven, leading the characters from one place to the next as they pick up clues and the bigger picture unravels. Yes, occasionally things seem far too easy and convenient, but on the whole it kept my interest and I always wanted to know what would unfold next for Rian, Tannin and the rest of the crew. Even if I did want to keep growling at Ella to keep out of a certain someone’s head. Respect the boundaries, woman! And stop being so precious, because diplomacy isn’t working anymore.As a series opener, this has got potential in spades. There’s a crew of different and intriguing individuals, plenty of backstory just waiting to make itself known, a noble quest that keeps spiralling out of control, and more danger than you can shake a shock pistol at. It’s a romping space adventure with a forbidden romance, scary aliens and definitely left me wanting more. So buckle in, blast off and prepare to enjoy, because wherever this series heads next, there is one thing I’m certain of – the adventure is only just beginning.(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Boundless Book Reviews
    2019-05-17 05:10

    I was provided a copy of Atrophy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.Atrophy took me awhile to really get into, about 30%.  I just didn’t grab me right from the beginning and I had to force myself to stay engaged.  Once we got past the 30% mark things changed for me.  I’m not really sure what it was or if  I was able to focus more.  Sometimes for me when I am not grabbed right from the beginning it’s hard to stay 100% with the story and not wonder off and do other things.  So I will be honest and say this book took me over a week to read.  But once I got to 30% I finished right away.I was pleasantly surprised where Atrophy wound up.  What I thought was going to be a book about just Tannin and Zahil turned into so much more.  Atrophy has danger, mystery, an alien conspiracy and a crazy hero who wasn’t Tannin.  I know that surprised me. Tannin and Zahil felt almost like secondary character to the real main character, at least for me, which is Captain Rain Sherron, Zahil’s brother.   He was larger than life and the crew and everybody around him revolved around him.“As annoying as it was, Rain really was the center of their galaxy, holding them together and giving them purpose.  Without him, they’d be cut adrift in the dark with no real direction.”Rain is a badass ex soldier with a cloudy past that nobody really knows what happen.  All they know is he is on a mission out to destroy the Reidar.  That is his only purpose, it is what drives him. Tannin is a prisoner on a prison planet and helps Zahil out of a bind.  In return when he stows away on their spaceship Zahil talks her brother into letting him stay.  There is a whole lot of sexual tension between Tannin and Zahil and it was fun to read.  And of course Rain being the big brother isn’t having any of that.  He is also this psychotic ex soldier so he is a bit scary.  I like the way Tannin handled himself with Rain.  He never came across like a wimp and took his ass whoopings like a man.  I don’t think Zahil would have respected him or been with him if he was any different.Overall the story was a bit slow to start and get into for me but once it did it was action packed, full of sexual tension and a whole lot of fun.  I can’t wait to see more of this world and this crew, especially of Rain....Sarahttp://www.boundlessbookreviews.com

  • Alex (HEABookNerd)
    2019-05-28 05:57

    Series: Atrophy #1I love Sci-Fi romance and I’m always struggling to find good examples of this genre. I must admit I bought one of Jess Anastasi’s books a month ago and haven’t gotten around to reading it but I’ll be fixing that shortly. I really enjoyed Atrophy and I am very impressed with the extensive universe that Anastasi has created.I loved Tannin and Zahli and how they both wanted to be with each other so much even against Rian’s explicit orders. Tannin was so sweet with a little bit of geek thrown in and plenty of sexy swagger. Each crew member clearly has an interesting story to tell and I look forward to reading them.Though Tannin and Zahli are the “main characters” there is really so much more going on in this book. It’s really about Zahli’s brother, Rian, and his revenge mission against the evil shape shifting aliens, the Reidar. There is so much going on in this book but it’s all presented in a clear manner that builds on itself and I never found myself getting confused. I’m not completely sold on Rian yet but I came to like him more as the book progressed. He has a lot of baggage and history that causes him to lash out but I hope that we’ll continue to see more of his nicer side as the series goes on.The world building in this book is very extensive but I would have liked more information on the Assimilation Wars as well as the daring act that Rian does to end the war. This information may come later as the overarching plot if very present in this series. The other thing that stood out to me was that they are all worried about the Reidar which are capable of changing shape and looking like any person. I would have like a little more suspicion and some attempts to confirm identities. For instance, after they rescue Zahli, there’s no attempt to confirm she’s really Zahli and not a Reidar. Considering the danger, I little more caution would have been appreciated.Find this and more on my blog:Happily Ever After Book Nerd

  • Linda
    2019-06-13 06:58

    Better than Star Wars!Tannin Everett has spent his last 12 years on the prison planet Erebus, framed for a murder he didn’t commit but all those years while doing everything he could to survive the conditions he’d searched & planned for a way to escape. Working himself to a position of trust – as much as any inmate could – a lucky break puts him into position to get security clearance codes to break into a visiting ship landing for emergency repairs. While waiting for the ship to complete repairs he happens to see one of the ship’s crew being almost being raped by an officer & at risk to himself, Tannin comes to her rescue.When Tannin successfully stows on board the Imojenna but is discovered, Zahli the same person he’d saved earlier pleads his case & after being put though something akin to a lie detector, her brother who is the ship’s captain agrees for him to stay.Rian (Major Captain Rian Sherron), Zahli’s (protective!) older brother & captain of the ship has as big a part in the story as Tannin & Zahli. A war hero credited with almost single handedly via a crazy, suicidal act to win the war (what he did is never divulged unfortunately) he is on a single minded mission against the Reidar – alien shapeshifters who have infiltrated even the highest level of society. The plot is woven very well into the telling of the romance between Tannin & Zahli. This was such a wonderful story. I was totally immersed from the 1st page & didn’t want to put the book down. Wonderful character building & well told. The love story between Tannin & Zahli is well crafted, with great chemistry between them. Rian’s “rule” of no fraternization between crew injected a heck of a lot of sexual tension as Tannin tries his best to adhere to the man to whom he basically he owes his freedom to but of course eventually his feelings get the better of him.All the characters in the story – Rian’s crew – are well fleshed & such a colorful lot. There’s humor, wit, loads of sarcasm plus action. I can’t wait to read Rian’s story (there HAS to be one surely!)Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review.

  • Abby
    2019-06-07 08:10

    Oh. My. Heck. This was a fantastic read! Having read the description before I started reading, I was wondering how Tannin could have endeared himself to Zahli enough so that she was willing to try to hide him on her brother's spaceship so that he could flee the prison planet Erebus. I knew there was a romance component so I wondered if it would be one of those 'I was drawn to him as soon as I saw him and although there is no logic behind my decision I will put everyone at risk to help this stranger' type things. Honestly- I loved the way this part was written. Not only did it flow very well (just like the rest of the book), but it also made so much sense while establishing character traits for both Zahli and Tannin. Nothing felt forced- the progression of the book felt natural, but not predictable. There were definitely some surprises in Atrophy, especially nearer the end. And as much as I love Tannin and Zahli- I was grateful for the depth of other characters, most notably Rian- Zahli's brother. I wish there was another book that went into more detail about his history with Reidar and how it factors into their plot (don't want to give spoilers, so I won't say anything more specific). I feel like there were lots of elements in this book, and they were handled well. It wasn't overwhelming or confusing. It made the plot whole and vibrant while opening up possibilities for further exploration in (hopefully to exist) further books. I was hugely satisfied with this book. I loved the characters, the ship they travel on (it definitely reminded me of Serenity and made me feel at home), and this new universe that is waiting to be further explored. I hope, nay, I demand that there be a sequel so that I can find out more about this universe, how far along the Reidar are in carrying out their plot, and to see the characters who I have come to know be able to finish taking care of business. Don't get me wrong- I was not dissatisfied with the ending of the book- I just want more. And I could see this book becoming a trilogy at the very least.

  • AnnaM
    2019-06-14 09:19

    **Thank you, Netgalley and Entangled for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.** This book is a rare combination for me. I loved the story and the characters so much I can still give it five stars despite it needing another light proofreading pass--mostly words that spellcheck would miss, and not *that* many but enough I'd normally kick it down a star.The action starts out heavy and fast with a motley crew in a starship that's falling apart. Thus, and emergency landing on a galactic Alcatraz pushes the characters' lives in whole new directions. There's forbidden romance, PTSD, aliens, conspiracies, and humor that gives the whole story a Firefly feel. After the initial action the story slowed for me for the first couple of dozen pages, but then sped up and introduced very intriguing themes. I love those galactic plots with interesting twists. The backstory for the hero was interesting and plausible. The heroine was likable, I liked her, but a bit bland. She didn't seem to have much backstory or a lot of conflict. For me, the characters who stole the show, the two I really hope get their own story, were Rian and Miriella. I love their chemistry, their interactions, and how Rian reacts to her. Rian is the heroine's brother and captain of the ship. He is by far the most complex character, with the greatest journey ahead of him. Miriella is a priestess with special powers. If I say more I'll spoil the story.There were several very dark issues and themes in this story. The humor made a nice contrast and highlighted that people can bounce back even in the worst of time. The only negative I have is the proofreading. It's not horrible. I've read horrible "can't go on" proofreading. This one has a dozen or so instances of real word misspellings. For example, one time the hero, Tannin, is called Tanning. I loved this story and plan to read the next book, should there be one.

  • Nikki Brooks
    2019-05-26 06:09

    I am a sucker for all things Sci-Fi and always on the hunt for new authors so this was right up my alley! Thinks rag tag space rebels with more baggage than is healthy and add in sneaky alien invasions (a la Body Snatchers style) and you've got yourself a winner. The Imojenna is a piece of space crap! It should have been junked years ago and is pretty much held together by hope! But former soldier, Captain Rian Sherron, has his own secretive reasons for holding onto the clunker. But when she decides she's had enough, Rian and the crew have to land on a prison planet to effect some crucial repairs. But when they crew stretch their legs dirt side Rian is unaware that he's leaving with more than a repaired ship! Erebus is hell in space and Tannin has spent the last 12 years of his life incarcerated here. He is, unlike the other prisoner here, innocent and he's been plotting a way to escape. When he comes across Rians sister in a bit of sticky situation, he comes to her rescue. But now is his chance to escape and he is taking it. Even if it does put the crew of the Imojenna in a sticky spot!Zahli knew being helped by an inamte on Erebus would bite her in the butt, she didn't expect this though. She and her brother are at loggerheads over the fate of Tannin and it doesn't help that he's bringing her girly bits online! But when their romance comes to light and Rian doesn't hesitate in picking his neck Tech Analyst over his sister, he doesn't realise that he may just have put a big old bullseye on her back!I loved seeing the fledgling romance took root, hiding out from Rian and watching as the action, adventure and intrigue unfolds. Loves the backstory with the Reidar, which totally made my skin crawl! This space faring family of misfits has rocketed to the top of my love list!!!!

  • Shymsal
    2019-06-10 12:18

    2.5. I waffled on this rating a bit, because... Okay, this was mediocre -- but I liked it. Atrophy is a fairly good space opera marred by desperate need of a good editor. ...Possibly with less adherence to the whims of spellcheckers, as well. Homonyms erroneously used galore rip the reader right out of the flow of the story time and time again. We follow the antics of human heroes/anti-heroes fighting an undercover alien invasion -- for revenge, not because it needs doing. Yet the only way I figure they've remained alive is because the lone alien who had tactical ability died after plotting the original invasion plans and the rest are just religiously following the provided playbook. The humans are outnumbered, technologically inferior, and have the far-range tactical thinking of a small child playing patty-cake. (Some of them have the same temper as well.) Any decent hidden yet technologically superior alien race should've toasted them a long time ago.The romance is insta-lust followed shortly by insta-love, but this is always better than insta-love alone. And does, sometimes, actually happen so I can forgive it.Characterization was odd. Ex-soldiers who don't bother to wonder how aliens are getting through blast doors like they're made of tissue? And what that might mean about the aliens' regular weapons? Grown women who, on the one hand, let their older brothers act like they have control over their romantic decisions like they were naughty teenage daughters? Then, on the other hand, act like naughty teenage daughters and hide their involvement rather than coming to rational agreements in the name of ship morale?And the name of the alien species was the Reidar... Raider? Radar? I just couldn't take them seriously.Alright. It was a mess. Though I don't know why, I liked it. And I'm going to read the next one.

  • Calm Your Pits
    2019-06-04 07:11

    *** This ARC was received from Entamgled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review***I will always enjoy a well written story with a new twist on things, I like that this story is based in space but isn't surround by aliens. Aliens are a secret race that is just being found.Zahli is a strong, determined character. She does what has to be done and has stuck by her brother throughout everything. She gets kidnapped by some creeper who plans on having his disgusting way with and saves herself, though Tannin isn't too far behind her.Tannin is a smart man, he got on the good side of the higher ups on the prison planet to get any and all information that may actually allow him to escape a place that has never been escaped before. He puts that all aside to come to the aid of Zahli only to find she is capable of dealing with it herself. They instantly feel something between them and end up coming to an agreement to get him off the prison planet. They struggle back and forth with the feelings that are welling up inside them both. To follow the rules or to follow thier hearts? Rian is a reluctant war hero who has PTSD and hidden scars that changed who he was on a very deep level. He uses anything and everything towards his vendetta against the aliens who did unspeakable things to him to make him that way. Thankfully he has very loyal friends/family who stick by him no matter how crazy he gets and always help him clean up his messes.I am looking forward to the developing relationship Rian has with the princess no matter how against it he is. The have some sort of scary connection since she healed him and he realizes that she saved his soul along with his life and he isn't too sure he wanted that to happen even though he knew in the back of his mind that it would eventually kill himLooking forward to the rest of this series when it comes out.

  • Krissys
    2019-05-28 10:06

    Atrophy by Jess AnastasiTwelve years on the prison planet Erebus makes a man long for death. The worst part for Tannin Everette is that he was framed for murder. He's innocent. When the ship Imojenna lands for emergency repairs, Tannin risks everything to escape...only to find himself face to face with the captain's undeniably gorgeous sister.Zahli Sherron isn't planning on turning Tannin in. In fact, she actually believes him. Sure, he's sexy as every kind of sin, but he's no criminal—so she hides him. But no one escapes from Erebus and lives to tell about it. With every day that passes, Zahli further risks the lives of the entire crew...even as she falls in love with a man she can never have for herself.My Review:Atrophy was more than I was expecting it to be. Jess has created a sort of Pitch Black kind of paranormal romance but with a whole lot more depth to it. I really liked that the characters weren't just flawed but they had redeemable qualities and personalities that played well with the living creature that made this casts world. I honestly think the author played down how expansive this world really is. I hope that Jess decides to expand on this book and create a series because there is so much she has brought to the table for her readers.While there are some fairly predictable plot issues and some questionable events that take place that I felt could have been built on a bit more or fixed I really hope that we get to see more in the very near future.My Rating:4 StarsReviewed By: Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review

  • wrecked_life
    2019-06-15 04:15

    Exciting, funny and romantic... I loved this book. It is a sci-fiction packed with action and intrigue. Story revolves around the crew of ship Imojenna and their captain is messed up war hero, Rian. Zahli is his little sister and he is a bit over-protective of her.When the ship had to land on Erebus they picked up an unwanted guest. Tannin has been plotting his escape for a long time now. Even though he is scared of Rian's reputation and attracted to Zahli, still he plans to go throw with his escape.Zahli finds him on their ship and she wants to help him too. Rian is not happy but because of his sister he lets the "scumrat" live. Things are quite interesting on this ship. I loved all the characters. Rian is my favorite character in this story. Story is fast paced and never gets boring. There is so much going on at all times. There is also a mystery about aliens and how they are trying to take over the universe. But Imojenna's crew is hell bent on preventing it. Not that it will be easy thing to do but with Rian's warrior skills, Tannin's hacking expertise and everyone else' determination the might just succeed. But we'll have to wait to read about how things go from here on wards...

  • Katrina Berry
    2019-05-17 09:57

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.What an intriguing start to a new series. The author does a good job of developing her storyline and making it plausible. Well-written with likable characters and lots of action, you are engaged from the get-go. With that being said, I will admit I was annoyed at how easily Tannin escaped from his so-called “inescapable” prison. The author made it seem like cake-walk and way too effortless on his part so there the plausibility portion dropped for me. I also had an issue with Zahli; from how kick-ass of a female she started out as being to then become so whiny and needy. When characters change their personalities and/or flip flop personalities through a story, the book loses appeal for me. I get that with an attempted rape there would be some fallout but that’s not what this was. I believe that the future looks very promising for books to come in this series should the author keep her charries consistent and make sure that difficult endeavors for them not be so easily overcome. I look forward to seeing what’s to come in this series.

  • Petula
    2019-06-16 06:10

    Tannin Everett has been on the prison planet of Erebus for twelve years, since as a lad of fifteen he was sentenced to life for murder. He has worked his way up to trustee status and a job in the commander's office. When a space ship piloted by a famous war hero has to stop on Erebus for emergency repairs Tannin sees a chance to escape. He must stowaway. Zahli is on the crew of her brother's ship. She is in charge of getting the supplies. Shopping on a prison planet is not her idea of fun, but they have been assured that the complex is for the officers, not the inmates. Zahli's brother, Rian, has changed since the war. He is a Moody and dangerous man. He also has a mission to complete, and won't rest until it's done. This book is an exciting Sci-fi adventure /romance. Our hero is an intelligent man with nothing to lose. Despite his time on Erebus, he is also a honourable man. Our heroine is used to dealing with her brother's black moods, and his obsession to wipe out the Reidars . I will let you read the book to find out who they are, and why. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.