- File Size: 350 KB
- Print Length: 92 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (July 2, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 2, 2012
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00815Q71C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kait was born and raised in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest and started writing to entertain herself during the long winters as a child. Insatiably curious with a love of learning new things, she picked up many random skills including three languages, and two martial arts. After travelling three continents (the other four are on her bucket list), she settled in England with her family where she spends most of her time cultivating her daughter's love of reading and writing, scribbling ideas on every available scrap of paper and trying out dialogue on her cat.
Top Customer Reviews
For being dead, Aurelia Popkiss sure does have great adventures. She and her crew have been scavenging through space since the day she "died." For a girl brought up as a lady, she sure has a diabolical mind always planning their next heist. When she discovers a young woman stowed away on their ship, the whole crew isn't sure what to do. Aurielia KNOWS the stowaway Kateryn is up to something, that her "story" doesn't pan out. But why is she here? Can she sift through the lies to figure it all out? And can she out maneuver the crafty stowaway?
This was such a fun read. Aurelia leads a space pirate crew that is quite eclectic. Her crew is awesome and loyal. Each crewman is unique and adds so many flavors to the story. Each pirate has his own reason for ending up on that ship together, and I enjoyed getting to know them. The POV shifts between Auri and her first mate, Keys, whom she's attracted to but knows nothing will ever come of it.
The adventure was fun to follow as you can tell more is going on than meets the eye. You can see the wheels turning in both Aurielia's and Kateryn's minds , but not sure how it will all play out. It reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and how Jack Sparrow wouldn't necessarily lie but would be able to manipulate all situations to his desires.
The romance that blooms between Keys and Aurielia is sweet and believable. They both are attracted to the other and both have reasons for staying away.Read more ›
If you're looking for a fun, fast-paced, and humorous read in a scifi (space pirate) setting and a lot of sweet romance in it, I would definitely recommend this!
Aurelia's crew of prison-hardened men each have a reason for sticking with her, which Gamble slowly and skillfully reveals over the course of the book. Although they're extremely protective and respectful of Aurelia (sometimes they even call her "Miss" either as a sign of deference or endearment depending on the speaker), they never treat her like a delicate flower who can't handle a little action every now and again. In fact, it seems to be the other way around as Aurelia is notorious for keeping secrets from her men, which she justifies is for their own good in case anything goes awry with her plans.
This book was billed as a romance but you don't really see that until towards the end, leading me to believe that this isn't the last we'll see of Aurelia Popkiss and her crew of merry men. If this gets picked up as a series, I'd love for Gamble to show us more of the future world she created. There are glimpses of futuristic technology and weaponry but not really an actual battle scene (not counting the opening chapters) that will satisfy the true sci-fi fans out there. Overall, I enjoyed reading this novella and found myself rooting for Aurelia in this battle of wits. Hopefully in her next book, Gamble will be given a longer word count in order to fully flesh out a few things: the developing romance between Aurelia and Keys; the futuristic world in which this story takes place and the backstories of the Euchronia crew. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to seeing more books by Kait Gamble!
Finding a stowaway in with the booty of their latest haul adds a new wrinkle to their lives, though. Aurelia doesn't trust the young Kateryn, but even she couldn't guess the price her and her crew would pay by having her aboard her ship. She has a sneaking suspicion that the young woman has her own agenda. What she doesn't know is that agenda might put a permanent end to Aurelia's pirating days and to the lives of the crew that have become her family.
Short and fast-paced, this novella wasn't as much fun for me as I'd hoped it would be. I liked the characters and the premise of the story quite a lot. Female captain of a crew of space pirates; what's not to like? Unfortunately, there was so much going on in so few pages that the plot just ended up seeming chaotic and rushed, and the ending was pretty abrupt.
The strongest part of the story for me was the characters. I really enjoyed Aurelia and her crew. I liked how they interacted, and their relationships felt very organic and real. I would've been happy to have more backstory and more time with them without the wackadoo stowaway Kateryn. I also wish the romantic elements between Aurelia and Keys had been a larger part of the story, because the little bit I got at the end just wasn't enough to make this really feel like the romance I thought it was supposed to be.
There just wasn't quite enough in some areas and way too much in others for me to really like this one. It was okay, and not a bad way to spend a couple of hours reading, but ultimately I think this one will be largely forgettable.
Disclosure: An ARC of this book was provided to me by Carina Press via NetGalley. This rating, review, and all included thoughts and comments are my own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really, it's science fiction, with a female protagonist and few romantic elements. Liar's Game is about a rag-tag crew of former prison inmates who are presumed dead and want it to... Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by J. Hilton
A friend recommended me Liar's Game and I breezed through it. The combination of adventure, romance and science fiction make it a read anyone can enjoy. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by S. Hogan
I was not expecting this to be a book I liked and I ended up loving it. When I heard Sci-Fi Romance I was expecting a mushy girls tale ... not so. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Joseph P Roos
Grade: D or 2 stars
Aurelia Popkiss, assumed dead in a prison explosion, acts as the Euchronia's captain. Read more