Skin After Skin by Jordan Castillo Price

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4stars

“Look at you, all angular and pissed off.”
Yeah, a diet of ramen and disappointment will do that to you.

Title: Skin After Skin
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #8
Number of pages: 387 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: How Crash becomes the Crash we know is interesting.
Bad things about this book: Quite long and the part with Jacob was too long in my opinion.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read the PsyCop series, I can’t recommend it enough.
Rate: 4/5

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I have been postponing this review for days and it’s not only because I started re-reading the entire series from book one; I suspect it’s because I am angry a little bit about the truths in this book. I have read of Vic having impure thoughts about Crash and about Vic’s memories of his time with ex-boyfriend Stefan, but none of that had made me as angry as seeing first-hand how Jacob and Crash met each other and how they were together. Seven months worth of anger. I was scowling the whole time. I couldn’t help it, it just felt wrong.

“You know what they say about regret. That and fifty cents will buy you a cup of who-gives-a-shit.”

When Crash was introduced I didn’t like him very much. Not because he flirted a lot with Vic (maybe it was also a little because of that, though) but I didn’t really like how he behaved, how he doubted and diminished everything. I didn’t know much about him, his backstory, but what I saw was something I could have lived easily without. Things changed little by little and then Crash became an important friend to Victor and a valuable character who contributed plenty to the story.

For all that Vic has the self-esteem of a teenage girl at fat camp, the minute he wants something, he becomes the center of the universe.

I have to admit that it was kind of nice, different, seeing things from Crash’s pov: his stylist career, his misadventures, the Sundays with his mother, what is going on inside his head, how he start seeing and feeling his talent. Seeing him with Jacob, though, that was hard for my heart because I love Victor to the moon and back and Jacob with someone else was really painful to read. The after Jacob bit was of course better and it was Vic’s appearance that got me going until late at night, or early in the morning, to see how things were going to end. I’m all about Victor Bayne.

Who was I to rob him of his hard-earned discomfort?

Vic from Crash’s eyes was everything I imagined and more; all his anxieties, his many mood swings, all of what makes Vic the man we all love, the man that I adore! Crash feeling Vic getting a “vibe” every time he does some flirting and Vic backing up because he is not on the market was just what I needed after those wrong lovey-dovey chapters. Oh my, those really messed up with my head. I wish I had skipped them altogether. I will now have those images in my head and I won’t be able to unsee them. Just like Victor after finding that camcorder that I now know where Jacob got. Some things are better left unknown. Now it’s just too late.

I’d suspect it wasn’t really Vic and just some bizarre pre-death hallucination if not for the look on his face, the same petulant scowl he gives me whenever I offer him a hand-job, a gemstone cleanse or a veggie burger.

As much as I love Crash as the shop owner, without a shop for now, I really liked him as a stylist. I saw how he understood what the person wanted and he was able to give them that and so much more. A whole experience, not cheap, but that could really change someone’s day or maybe someone’s life. I like people who are like that: they do so little but it changes so much. Like a compliment on a very bad day and a cheer when you feel like everything you do is wrong. I can’t hate Crash, I just can’t. I will just erase those images from my mind and I will pretend that they didn’t happen.

The one that got away, not that’s a plot line that I’m willing to explore fully. We didn’t get much; at first there was attraction for this mysterious new colorist called Red and it didn’t go anywhere. Crash was smitten, that was obvious, but there was more to the story and it didn’t end with the “all sweaty in bed happily ever after” I was envisioning but knew from the other books that it wasn’t going to happen, not yet. Crash wasn’t a stylist anymore, he was broke and in search of the one thing that’d change his life for the better. One bad thing after the other and we get to see how Crash came to be the person I hated at first and liked later on.

“Apparently my Saturn is fucked.”
“And you wish it was Uranus?”

(This made my laugh so hard I can’t barely still keep it together!)

There was so much more to him but he is cocky and stubborn and it was hard for me to relate until I saw how much of that was appearance to hide his fragility and self-doubt. I knew he had potential but he kept kicking himself down, declaring defeat before even trying. It dragged his bad luck; he could’ve had more chances if things weren’t left unspoken, if he had given people the time to explain themselves. He just gave up easily and it made me mad. I was glad when he woke up because I was almost trying to reach inside the book and slap him real hard!

No, Gaydar wasn’t one of the six official psychic talents.

There are so many parts in this book that were merely mentioned in the other Psycop books and it was wonderful to see, for example, how awful Vic types on the computer, how is it to be on the other side when Vic speaks to ghosts, how Caroline is around Crash and some margaritas, and the involvement of Constantine Dreyfus in everything! The guy was literary everywhere. I was surprised, pleasantly surprised, by how things were so much clearer now that I got this other point of view to analyze. Things make so much more sense now.

I now realize that this review is more about Vic than it is about Crash but when there is Victor Bayne there is me, crazy about him, not being able to reason when he is around, even for a short amount of time. I’m not even sorry it turned out this way. It is what it is.

Long story short, this book was really nice even with the hard parts that I’m already pretending to have forgotten. It was refreshing and different from the other psycop books. I’m glad we got to see this much about Crash and I wish him only the best. Now, please, can someone kindly tell me when the last book of the series is going to be released? I’m not ready to say goodbye but I’m missing Victor so badly it hurts!

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Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk

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“I wasn’t strong, or brave, or anything really. But he made me want to be.”

Title: Stormhaven
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin #3
Number of pages: 177 (paperback)
Good things about this book: More love and more magic, what’s not to love?
Bad things about this book: Too short? But maybe not.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it is very short and the story is more and more interesting.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Whyborne can’t catch a break. Now he has one more reason to scowl: electricity. Why is it so weird for a guy to want a poor lit house with a library with books to read almost in the dark causing permanent damage to his eyes? Whyborne can’t understand progress but he can understand magic: he’s a better sorcerer now and every book has a new spell he will use to fight and win whatever will come between him and Griffin.

Not only electricity has come to put a bad taste into Whyborne’s mouth, but a case involving a coworker accused of murder will put the two men in an unstable state: the suspect resides now in an asylum which is bad news to Griffin. I’m furious after learning what happened to him, unfairly and unnecessarily just because people are disgusting and completely selfish. Poor Griffin: his nightmares keep him up at night but he has Whyborne who will be by his side no matter what.

You’d think there’s nothing worse than the devilish electricity, the asylum, the mysterious cult worshipping a sea monster, and the possible end of the world, right? What about Griffin’s parents coming to visit with a surprise and the two of them have to pretend they are merely friends? It is worse because it will put Whyborne back into his pessimistic habits. His mind will weaken and weird thoughts will crawl in there. There’s nothing worse than a weak mind when there’s the menace of the evil rising!

“I wish to be with you until the breath leaves my body, until the last stars burn out, and the earth falls into the dying sun.”

There was so much love in this book besides the main evil plot: that’s a mystery you have to read or else it will spoil the fun. Griffin and Whyborne has come to a turning point in their relationship and maybe things are going to get better or they may easily get worse. Whyborne loves Griffin so much he doesn’t want him to suffer even if avoiding the pain will put him into a pit of despair. He’d sacrifice his own happiness to see the man he loves be his very best. I was heartbroken at Whyborne’s thoughts because he wasn’t being selfish; he was being realistic in a world that considers him a criminal only because he loves a man. Living hidden from society is taking its toll on them but love wins, right? I sure hope it’ll be the case until the very last book.

“You’re really choosing him over your family?”
“Whyborne is my family.”

I love how short these books are and how fast I can read them without putting them down. I have to pace myself, though. I don’t want to get to the last one published and have to wait who the hell knows how long for the next one. I can be very patient, but sometimes I’m not.

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The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

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4stars

“Being lost, being without the plan I’d armed myself with my entire life, got me out of my comfort zone in ways that challenged me and forced me to grow as a person.”

Title: The Big F
Author: Maggie Ann Martin
Series: /
Number of pages: 304 (paperback)
Good things about this book: Sweet and funny and well-written.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it is a fast read.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Super cheesy. Extra cheesy. Cheese fest!! I can’t deny that cheese carnivals make me laugh but at the same time I like them. Really like them. It’s cliché, it’s predictable, it’s my safe haven. You just know that no matter how many things go wrong there’s going to be a happy ending that’ll make you all smiles and giggles. Just how I like them.

I couldn’t put it down and as much as it was almost 99% obvious how this was going to end, I wanted to know how they were going to get there. I was happy the dreaded trio was not present; won’t say what those are because it may spoil the book a little but if you want to know if there is something you won’t like, just ask.

I feel happy and light right now. The perfect book to calm my restless soul. The little things gave this binge-reading adventure a cute side; the family drama, the friendships, the love for pizza, the pressure of not being a disappointment, and love. You may think everything will go wrong because of one mistake, one failure, but then you take the wheel of your life and lead it to a different road, in the meantime finding different parts about yourself that you just didn’t know were there.

“Did you moan after eating an Oreo?” Porter asked.
I smacked him on the chest. “Shut up. It was delicious.”

Danielle failed a class and now she can’t go the college she chose, that her mom “the college whisperer” thought was perfect for her. Time to think of a plan B and set things straight: find a job, register to the community college for one semester and pass that damned class, be stronger, be independent, find the way to get back to the planned path. Easy! Add Danielle’s childhood crush, a coworker and his notebooks of gossip (yes, that’s a gossip journal, Porter), and maybe this plan B will have a few unpredictable turns.

Luke is a nice guy, maybe too busy with football training and team dinners, but he is sweet and you see he likes Danielle. It just seems too perfect from the beginning, like it was supposed to be that way because they already knew each other and it looked like fate. I thought Luke was a little flat, his personality just didn’t show, he was just nice, and I only saw him as a handsome guy with very blond hair. Love is in the air? I didn’t feel it.

He liked to act all tough and smart and cool, but really he was just a nice kid with eyelashes that were too long for his own good.

Porter, Danielle’s coworker at the bookstore, is the boy with the gossip notebooks and the long eyelashes. He likes to write whatever he sees that catches his eyes. He calls himself observant, maybe he is a little judgey, who knows? Maybe he is both. His little notebooks are a nice touch, though; they give him something more than what Luke has, they make him more interesting. Porter is Luke’s roommate: love triangle? Porter and Luke would have made a wonderful couple but that’s just me and my rainbow filter.

This book is a journey to find who Danielle truly is and wants in life; what she is passionate about not what she thinks she likes to do. It’s about self-discovery and taking her life in her hands and fighting the monster of failure to achieve the level of certainty of who she wants to be. It’s light and fun, sweet and cheesy, and it didn’t make me angry, not once: that’s a plus some books just don’t have.

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Spook Squad by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

“Not everything’s about you, Detective.”
Maybe not. But it was a lot safer to assume it was.

Title: Spook Squad
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #7
Number of pages: 321 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Victor Bayne, always Victor Bayne.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read the PsyCop series.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Is this review an Ode to Victor Bayne? Yes. Yes, it is.

Victor Bayne has been through hell and he’s come out stronger and wiser, and maybe also a little bit softer. He’s so much different from the man he was in the first book; he has now more friends he cares about, he knows more about his talent and uses it cleverly, and has someone he loves and trusts with all his heart. He may still have a bit of a drug problem, with all his pills, but I think he will learn to dose them at best to avoid them becoming a problem for him and for the ones he cares about, his family.

The whole book is set in the FPMP headquarters and we get to know more about Laura Kim, Constantine Dreyfuss, Richie and a new psych, an empath, called Jack Bly. A wrong kind of need takes Vic to go to the FPMP to perform the exorcisms he promised but nothing is as it seems and it’s going to take a long time to clean all the repeaters haunting the place and one sentient ghost in particular that has set her eyes on sweet sweet revenge. You make a move on Victor and I’ll exorcise you myself, you witch!!

The empath looked totally innocent, like he hadn’t been catching massive waves of gay emanating from the upstairs office.

Watching Richie sensing cold spots while there was Vic seeing the ghosts doing their thing was funny but it was also sweet from Vic not to say anything; it wasn’t only to avoid revealing he is much more powerful than a level 5 medium, but to make Richie seem useful so that he could keep this job he loves. Victor hiding his strength and saying he maybe senses cold spots here and there is hilarious because it screams lie all over the place and everyone can surely see it now. Come on, Vic get some acting lessons, your lies are showing. Sweet Victor and his many lies; it must be tiring but the lies protect him and the ones he loves so I’m with him forever. Don’t mess with my beloved medium!

“Cool color, huh? Fire agate pearl.”
It was brown.

I love Vic with all his flaws and everything that makes him the man I fell in love with since page one of book one. He has grown a lot and his inner monologues have evolved from really pessimistic to somewhat hopeful, brighter. Sure, there is still a lot of darkness inside of him and maybe it’s going to be there for a very long time, maybe forever, but now he knows a little bit better how to fight it, replace it with happier memories, and how to have the life he deserves: a better life for himself, for Jacob, and for them as a power couple. I will always picture Vic as the model on the covers and the cover for Spook Squad is so on point I can’t stop looking at it: he looks gorgeous, my Victor Bayne, the one and only. Perfection!

I saw him as the Cro-Magnon Red Energy Super-Stiff with one of my subtle bodies, and with another, as Jacob, just Jacob, the man I loved with all my heart, and trusted with my life.

The first books have Jacob having the role of the sexual relief; it seemed that he only served that purpose, to be ready for steamy times when he saw Victor. The evolution of his character is important because this way we see how they not only have sexual chemistry, but they also have love, trust, understanding, maturity, and loyalty. They are indeed the power couple among the power couples of other books I’ve read. That’s maybe because they aren’t in their 20’s: they are in their 40’s and they are in it for the long run. I love this about them: there was not doubt (maybe a tiny inner freak out episode from Vic) when they started living together after only one week of dating, and not a single doubt when they bought a house with both their names on the mortgage. I hope they’ll get married in the last book: I want to watch them tie the knot and start their Ghostbusters business together.

Vic is sweet and everything but when it comes to his talent, he’s all business and I love it! I think I get a little turned on when he uses his powers, or when he creates his white light armor, just like it happens to Jacob. Jacob has now more knowledge of his talent but it’s still a mystery for them both. Jacob being in the action, worrying about his Vic and helping him however he can, it’s precious and I love how far his character has come. I would’ve hated for him to be only Vic’s sexual relief since it was obvious how much he meant to Vic and how much potential his character had. The last book is going to be amazing, I’m sure of it.

Apparently my bitterness was so pronounced I could use it to deflect empaths.

Next is going to be Crash’s book. I’m so curious to see things from his POV and have his side of the action and how he perceived all the emotions Victor couldn’t have possibly hidden from him from their first encounter to their wonderful friendship. Vic cares a lot about Crash, he worries about him not eating, not being happy, so seeing things from his head will be interesting.

Don’t miss this series. PsyCop has been so far an incredible reading experience and if you like paranormal stories, ghosts, murders, a few weird stuff, and mystery, then you must read it.

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GhosTV by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

“I’d blow someone for a valium,” I said in Jacob’s ear.
“Maybe he’s got one… but try offering a hand-job first so you retain some leverage.”

Title: GhosTV
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #6
Number of pages: 379 (ebook)
Good things about this book: Victor Bayne and all his new paranormal misadventures.
Bad things about this book: There’s one thing I thought important that wasn’t explained.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read the entire series and short stories.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

It all started with a bitchy remark and a very bad haircut. Doesn’t sound very paranormal and it’s true but that’s how this whole adventure with slimy hands and lack of ghosts begins. Victor is everything but an athletic human being: he is just like me, straining a muscle doing the easiest of tasks. His lack of self-esteem is causing him to take physical activities into consideration. Can you believe it? My Victor running? My Victor doing weights? Are you crazy? He’s perfect the way he is. That damn woman putting weird ideas in his already overcrowded head!

“Don’t tell me you tried a tanning bed.”
“No. I went outside.”

(^^^ I laughed so much! Tell me about it, Vic!!)

Victor had the wonderful idea of getting his hair cut by a newbie with a disastrous outcome. Thankfully, Crash saw the horror and fixed it giving my Vic a sexy haircut that he admired every time he found himself in front of a mirror or any reflective surface. Jacob also seemed to appreciate it. Lucky him! Being as insecure as he is, I was so happy seeing Victor giving himself some credit; he is a beautiful almost 40 year-old man with amazing abilities and he deserves all the happiness the world can give him.

But this book wasn’t about Victor’s haircut or his lack of upper or lower body strength: this book was about Lisa missing and Victor teaming with Jacob and an improbable Dreyfuss to find her and the other women missing in PsyTrain in California. We find something more about Jacob’s talent and also something more about what the hell that FPMP does and who is the one spying on Vic.

“I tried not to look too puzzled, since everyone could see everyone else in all those mirrors, and I like to keep my bewilderment to myself when I can help it.”

There aren’t ghosts in this book, barely one and not important to the story. This book is all about the GhosTV Dreyfuss has found and given Victor and astral projections. The GhosTV is capable of amplify or diminish psychic activity in its vicinity so Vic was able to see ghosts more or less solid. That was really useful to avoid using all the million pills he usually takes to calm him, to sleep, and to avoid ghosts. But this time the GhosTV is inside PsyTrain and this place has something going on that is not what usually Vic faces. So the TV might make things accidentally messier! For the best? That depends.

First the lack of ghosts, then the disappearance without trace of Lisa and her roommate, with no connection to nothing they did in the facility whatsoever. But is it really that way? Is this place truly different from Camp Hell? What exactly do they do in this place? There are mysteries and Victor meets again a “friend” from Camp Hell, he discovers new things he can do now, maybe increasing even more the level of his talent. He can astral project himself and, contrary to other people doing it, he can actually remember what did he see and talk about during his travels.

I loved everything paranormal that happened in this book. I loved the new abilities and the prospect of being able to grow more as a medium for Victor. I loved that he showed he really cared about Lisa and he did everything in his power and more to find out what happened. I loved how he showed how much he loves Jacob and how much he means to him; they are in this world together after all.

“You got to ask yourself what’s more important– to try to do everything your own way and lose it all, or to ask for help so you can get what you need, when you need it. Always remember, you not here in this world alone. You got friends.”

Can’t wait for Spook Squad after that ending!! Not really a cliffhanger but now everything can and will change and I want to find out how Victor will face this new life setting. Can I say again how much I love Victor and his scowls, his smiles, his sloppiness, his new hair and his beautiful heart? I love everything about him and I know that, by reading the PsyCop series, you too will find yourself falling hard for him. It’s inevitable! Let yourself love that man; he deserves it! As you do!

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Damaged Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

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5stars

“He’s my bodyguard – that’s not changing.
It’s not.
But I can’t even think about anyone else. He hasn’t just pitched a tent in my brain and dick. He’s built a fucking stone castle.”

Title: Damaged Like Us
Author: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #1
Number of pages: 352 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: I loved the different POVs.
Bad things about this book: It has sequels and bad things can still happen.
Do I recommend it? Yes, do read it.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

This was just perfect. No real drama at all. Two wonderful main characters and super interesting side characters. There are so many names to remember but at the beginning of the book there is a very useful characters list. Thank you for that! This is my first book by the Ritchie sisters so I don’t know the background stories of Maximoff’s parents, uncles and aunts but it is still a very enjoyable book to read as a stand-alone of a brand new series. I don’t know if I’m going to read the other series introducing the parents. We’ll see.

There’s only one thing that scares the hell out of me, though. There’s going to be sequels, at least two, so there’s still room for drama and for things to go unnecessarily wrong. I don’t want it, ok? People can be lucky and have a drama free love life! It happens and I wish for it!

Maximoff Hale, aka Moffy, is a handsome bisexual cinnamon roll, named after Quicksilver from the X-Men, super rich with a heart of gold and eyes so green they were described at every possible occasion. I get he has wonderful forest green eyes but I don’t need to be reminded of them constantly. In real life I don’t think people goes all “He turned those forest green at me etc”; it just doesn’t sound right. It was funny, though, because of its cheesiness. I love improbable cheesy lines; they are my number one source of entertainment in romance novels.

Farrow Keene is the handsome tattooed and pierced bodyguard of Moffy, who changes hair color frequently, and has been Maximoff’s crush since he was sixteen years old. Farrow finds Moffy very attractive and he now sees him as a man, even with the 5 years age gap. Five years isn’t much; Moffy is 22 so Farrow being 27 isn’t scandalous or illegal. They’re both grown up men and they are everyday fighting the sexual tension, the very palpable sexual tension between them. The flirting was off the charts! I also find Farrow hilarious and I loved their scenes together.

I would choose the words: sexually frustrated and fucking complicated. But let’s go with excited. It’ll cause the least amount of friction right now.

Since Moffy can’t have friends (I repeat, people are disgusting), he spends his non-working hours with his cousin and roommate Jane and her many cats. Jane is a cat lady and I love her: eccentric and adventurous, she has too many haters because of her body, because of what she wears and what her parents did when they were younger. She is a strong girl but she needs protection so I will fight anyone who wants to do her harm! Those brats and their filthy hater mouths need to learn a lesson and I hope someone is willing to slap the stupidity out of them. I volunteer myself!

“I’ve heard you call Walrus a little bastard about thirty times.”
“With affection,” I say.

The hate towards Moffy and his siblings is over the top, infuriating and unfair and is often what sets him off and takes him to be violent against people (read: sucky people) in public places. He loves his family and is willing to do anything in his power to make their lives easier. Moffy lives to protect his family and Farrow is paid to protect Moffy. What are they going to do now that they have more to fight for? It’s a story worth waiting for. The love story of the century!

“We’re in this shit together, and we’re going to get out together. No matter what.”

I hope we’ll see more of the siblings and the cousins in the next book. I know I want to know more about the ballet rebel with his tattoo and the rainbow brigade. Tom sounds like a very interesting guy! Things are going to get messy, and even if I’m pretty sure of that, I’m not one bit ready to see it happening! Please, gods of Asgard grant my wish, let them have the happy ending they truly deserve!

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[ARC] Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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4stars

“Are you a bad person? Of course not. Does that mean you’ll always do the right thing? Of course not. No one’s perfect.”

Title: Nyxia
Author: Scott Reintgen
Series: The Nyxia Triad #1
Number of pages: 384 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Nyxia is a pretty amazing element.
Bad things about this book: Forced romance plotline, unnecessary.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

*ARC from Netgalley*

Besides one forced and gratuitous flaw, I enjoyed this more than anticipated. I still like Longwei, a side character that spoke almost never, more than I liked Emmett, the main character. We’ll see in the next book if I change my mind.

There’s always this problem with YA sci-fi in which the author thinks it’s a must to insert a romance plotline even if it’s stretched and we can very much live on without it. I was afraid it was going to happen here and it happened unfortunately but not like I expected; it was worse. I’m not going to say more about it but luckily it didn’t spoil the book altogether. I just hope it’s not going to happen again. I’m not a teenager, I haven’t been one for over a decade, but I know for sure that if there is not romance in a YA sci-fi, it’s not a big deal if the book delivers what it promises. This was doing just that and then, it fell into the void of things unnecessary.

Letting that slip because I’m a nice and patient person, I found myself liking a lot of the elements of this book and loving so many more. The twists, the mysterious nyxia, the characters, and space. I love space so much! The whole book is about the journey of these teenagers from Earth to a faraway planet called Eden where they are going to mine nyxia while earning a ton of money.

“But they don’t tell you the pain comes with you. They don’t tell you that hurt travels at light-speed too.”

These teenagers weren’t chosen randomly; there are 10 of them, all poor and broken. They are the perfect candidates for this mission because they are desperate and willing to sacrifice their time and strength to give a better tomorrow to their beloved ones at home. They are forced to compete against each other to gain passage to Eden, the planet with Nyxia mines, an element that is going to change life as they know it.

These boys and girls are all from different parts of the world so they don’t speak the same language. After all the mission is run by Babel Corporation so it seemed right. They all have a mask that translates everything they say; they speak and the voice translated reaches the ears of all the others wearing identical masks. It’s an incredible idea! I loved it!

I loved it almost as much as I loved nyxia. This element was given to each of them in the form of a ring and, through mind communication, they could transform it into what they wanted. The limit, you guessed right, is your imagination. Nyxia consumes your energy because in a way it is a part of you and you have to be careful because, being an element that has a mind of its own, it can take over and destroy you from inside out.

“Well, the first guy on the ground isn’t always the one who loses the fight, Doc.”

I loved their challenges, their friendship, also the twists, and I loved how the characters were all so different. As I said, I loved Longwei: he speaks little to nothing, he doesn’t socialize, he is smart and strong, but he sometimes lets his mask slip and shows a little vulnerability, he looks his age. He’s been chosen so he has to have a hard past and maybe also a hard present, and I can’t wait to see what’s beneath the walls he’s built.

This book isn’t without flaws but it’s a nice one. This is a promising beginning to a series that I know will deliver what I’m expecting. It has what it takes to be great.

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