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- Print Length: 320 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1543210961
- Publisher: The Kraken Collective; 2 edition (November 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077RDNH86
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So, I really enjoyed this. I wasn't really sure what to expect, going in, but it ended up being a fast-paced and enjoyable novella. I did feel like the beginning was a bit slow, but that was probably more me than the book. I started reading in fits and drabbles, so it's likely my own fault that I had a bit of trouble getting into the story.
However, once I got further into the story, I found myself drawn in. The story is really fast-paced, with lots of events and revelations to keep you interested. There's really not a lot of downtime while you're reading it, which is nice, especially in a shorter form. The writing style is also really nice. I read a fair amount of this while sick, knowing that I didn't have the brainpower for anything complicated. The writing is smooth and easy reading, with few (if any) errors in the text. That made it really easy to sink into the story, even with my sickness-addled brain.
I also liked that, while this is a f/f romance, and the relationship between Laura and Shailene takes center stage for the most part, there are other significant relationships throughout the story, from Laura's friendship with her big, Shailene's relationship with Janice, to the cameos we get from Laura's family. The variety of relationships really gave the story a nice and grounded feeling, and ended up adding a lot of emotional depth to the story, which was great. Not to mention that the romance itself was pretty dang cute.
I definitely had a good time reading this, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a short and pacy science fictional romance.
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This book was everything I hoped it would be. A super fun and quick-moving storyline, alien intrigue and secret government organizations, and a cast full of women who support and protect each other instead of being pitted against one another. It was super refreshing to see a sorority (cheerleaders, no less) depicted as being a loving and loyal family instead of the usual backstabby, catty Mean Girl tropes we usually get in high school/college-age stories.
Cheerleaders From Planet X has a Buffy-esque feel, with a cast of tough-as-nails girls saving the planet, exciting action scenes, and seriously cool aliens... except a lot better, for obvious Joss-y reasons. If you want sci-fi with the above vibe without the underlying grossness (also, queer girls who don't die!) you'll really enjoy this. The reveal of who the aliens actually are and where they come from is also super-neat, and I can't wait to see more of this universe. (Yes, bonus points for Greek mythology nerding. Love it.)
But my favorite part is the building romance between Shailene and Laura, and the ultimate payoff - no spoilers, but I'm such a sucker for amnesia stories done well (even the sci-fi type), and this definitely is. The resolution moment is *good,* and makes my heart ache a little just thinking about it.
Totally recommended for anyone who's looking for a lighter read with a powerful emotional core. And aliens.
Is there going to be a sequel? Or is this the last of Laura and Shailene we’re going to see?
I definitely loved their relationship and all the things they had to go through to finally get together. And Laura’s family is awesome and I love the glimpses of them we get throughout.
All around, this is a great, fun story with lots of mystery and a nice pacing the relationship.
This story feels complete, but there's definitely a lot left open for future books.
I wish we'd gotten to see more of Ana's motivations. I'd have liked to see more of Ana, period. That's a relationship that is clearly important, but we don't get a ton of Laura and Ana together.
One instance I think of "just a friend," one of "girls or boys."
The continual plot twists keeps the reader guessing and, overall, I found it to be an enjoyable read.
The characters in the book are college age or higher but there is a YA feel to the book. I think this is mainly because the content of the book is non-explicit in violence, despite all of the action, and the f/f romance is pretty sweet and innocent.
For diversity, Laura comes from a mixed family and she's half Filipina and half white. The Filipino aspect is well depicted and there's some good humor that comes out of it.
The story is a mix of sci-fi, mystery, superhero tale, light f/f romance, action and adventure with sprinkles of humor.