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Rift Watcher Paperback – December 21, 2015
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About the Author
C R Simper was raised seven miles north of a small town, with two sisters, thirteen dogs, and an open sky painted every night with billions of stars. This unharried childhood allowed time for much reading, which led into a desire to create stories of worlds beyond her own. She is a member of the American Night Writer's Association. She has two published short stories in the Steampunk genre. Besides writing, she has a passion for genealogy, volleyball, and bargain hunting.
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This story is reminiscent of Star Trek, since it is essentially a space opera with mystery and an extremely slow-burn romance.
There are a lot of things to like about this book.
1) The dialogue is full of delicious dry wit.
2) The characters are interesting. Also, the alien secondary characters are memorable and you’ll wish you could actually meet them.
3) The believable conflicts are well-plotted.
4) Although it leaves the larger series arc open, the book’s conflict resolves in a satisfying way and doesn’t leave the reader hanging off a cliff.
5) There aren’t glaring science gaffes.
6) You’ll find intriguing alien culture information gradually and carefully rationed out
This story is YA with slow-burn romance as noted before. The romance is pretty clean, with only one instance of ogling. Among the mountain of YA romances in which the female protagonist is pursued by one or more unaccountably insistent swains, this book turns that trope on its head, making the heroine the pursuer, but only for friendship’s sake. This makes for a very refreshing story with a quiet theme of other-centeredness and unselfishness, which is incredibly rare these days. This being said, the relationship will be stretched out over three books, or so the author has told me.
Who would enjoy this book? There’s a lot of relationship stuff, so if you like that, you’ll like this book. There’s also some action and adventure for those who enjoy explosions and mayhem.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more. I also read it out loud to my husband, and he didn’t fall asleep as he often does. Once we were finished, he really wanted the next book in the series to be out so we could read it too.
Final note: If the above review sounds overly rational and restrained, it is because I have deliberately contained my inner SQUEEEEEEE in order to make my enjoyment intelligible to others.
I'd like to see a different cover for this book, though...something that feels more mature, I guess. This one makes it seem like Star Trek for kids, which is far from accurate.
But my goodness, I read this in one day and just hopped on Kindle to download the second book.
Author Chanda Simper is an excellent author and her use of words, descriptions, and emotions tied together for a beautifully written book. I am excited to read more of her work and also will be reading this book again! Not only because it was amazing, but also because once everything came together I now have to go back and reread it with that amazing new knowledge. I highly recommend this book to anyone. It is absolutely worth the read!
This book is completely clean and I would recommend it for both YA and adults alike. Rift Watcher isn’t just on my re-read list but it is already on my open to a random page list. This list is the books that are so well written that I can pick a random page and be instantly immersed back into the story. There are only 5 Authors that are on this list and CR Simper is now one of them. Bravo!
I received an ARC from Loving The Book in exchange for my honest review.