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Tacenda by [Vann, Christine]
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Tacenda focuses on the experimental partnership between human Karris and nestling Arucken, whose two species seem to have a tense past. The duoare part of an experiment by Arucken's people that involves living andworking together aboard a sentient spaceship - and seemingly testing how the two species can work together and communicate; telepathy included.They face some adversity from other characters throughout the book and their blossoming friendship and its trials make for a great and intriguing storyline.

A read that kept me hooked throughout, left me wanting to know more and - a key aim of most authors, I'm sure - made me want to readthe second book to find out more about this world, its fascinating new species and Kerris and Arucken's ongoing experiment.

Vikki Patis, The Bandwagon

A compelling story is told in this book with a nice depth adding a realistic feel. It is told from three different points of view; Kerris, Arucken and Lily (an unaffected child of the Kalinaw colony). These characters have very different perspectives giving the reader a full view of the story and become immersed in the world. These characters have been well crafted making them believable and relatable, each having their own strengths and flaws and behaviours. I found the development of the relationship between Kerris and Arucken very interesting as theyhave very different ways of thinking and mainly communicate telepathically. This leads to some differing opinions on subjects I did not expect, which left me thinking, even once I had put the book down which was great.

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  • File Size: 1264 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Christine Jayne Vann (January 27, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 27, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01A364Y5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,445,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By R3 on February 8, 2016
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In this sci-fi novel, Kerris and Arucken travel through the universe delivering messages and plant life for colonists to start life on various planets. Their first stop in this series brings with it more than they bargained for. Creatures from the sea have been abducting the colonists' children. When the children are returned, they can no longer properly communicate with the adults. The colonists ask the messengers to help, and what they discover is not what anyone expected. Not only that, but Kerris is hell-bent on finding those responsible for the death of her twin sister.

The world the author has created is well-developed with its planets, politics, and peoples--essential elements for sci-fi. Kerris and Arucken are different species, one human and one nestling. Their partnership is an experiment, but one that seems to work.

I enjoyed this well-told story. You'll fall in love with Lily, the little orphan girl who lives among the colonists.
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When I’m looking for books to read, the cover, the blurb, or the title can attract me. Tacenda got me with the cover and the blurb. Read on for my thoughts!

Synopsis (from the author): Can a unique partnership discover who is stealing the minds of children? Life isn’t easy when you don’t own yourself, not all humans are aware that other species exist, and your ship is semi-sentient. Kerris and Arucken are an interspecies messenger team, tasked with aiding communication across the galaxy. Haunted by the grief of her sister's murder and stranded, Kerris must discover who is stealing the minds of children.

What I liked: The concept of the book amazed me! The idea of the alien/human partnership and the mental connection Kerris and Arucken had was cool! I liked their ship, a hybrid in itself. Add in the sibling rivalry with Arucken’s sister, hinting at familial conflict, the deception about Kerris’ sister’s death, and the elements are there for a great story. I enjoyed Lily, and the interaction with the other species that stole the children’s minds was interesting. All told, Tacenda is an excellent story.

What I didn’t like: As much as I enjoyed the story and the characters, the book has a few technical issues. The grammatical errors pulled me out of the story, and I found a few formatting errors, too, that interrupted the flow of the book.

Overall impression: For me, this could be a 4.5 star read, but the issues mentioned above knock it back. I did enjoy the story, and I connected easily with the characters. Tacenda is a good sci-fi novel that is worth a look!

My rating: 3.5 Stars (rounded to 4 Stars)
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This is an enjoyable and interesting story with very likeable characters. Kerris and Arucken are an experimental human and nestling messenger team that find themselves stranded on a new colony where someone, or something, is steeling the minds of children. The pair must discover who is threatening the colonists lives, save the children and return safely to their semi-salient ship. The world the author creates captures your imagination and the unique relationship that Kerris and Arucken have leaves you wanting to know more. Their relationship is complex, they are a couple but not intimate. Whether it's even possible for their two species to have a sexual relationship remains to be seen, but the potential for one seems to hover at the edges of their growing relationship. The inter-species racism in the book can be viewed as a reflection of the prejudices that exists in today's multicultural societies and the derision Kerris and Arucken face is similar to that faced by many cross cultural couples. Even though these reflections are present, they do not monopolize the story line, but instead add a subtle depth to this easy to read story. The book does leave some ends untied at the finish, which leads me to suspect there will be a second novel. I enjoyed this book and will look forward to reading more about this inventive world in the future. I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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When I read a sci-fi story, to me the most important factor is how realistically the author managed to create a world, in which the story takes place. “Tacenda” did not disappoint. The whole concept of two different species co-existing, working together, and to some point being in a certain relationship, was brilliant. It was very interesting to see the events through two different minds, Kerris the human, and Arucken the nestling, who have quite a different way of thinking, and yet they manage to be quite a wonderful team. Also, the challenging task that they have to complete – to find out who’s kidnapping the colonists’ children and damaging their minds – seems to bring them even closer together.
I very much enjoyed this compelling story, which takes place in a world so vividly described that you get a feeling that you can feel and see everything through your own eyes. The plot moved at a nice pace, and the ending hints at the continuation of the story, and if it’s the case, I’ll be very much looking forward to it. Five stars.
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The concept here is most unusual, unique in fact. Lots to commend particularly as I say the concept as it is one of the most original ideas, I have come across in some time. I struggled a bit at the beginning, because I always have to work a bit harder when I read Science fiction to get my head right more than anything else. However once I persevered the journey was worth it. If you are a Sci-Fi fan this most certainly one for you, and maybe even if you are not. A genuinely clever book with great characterisation withy a good spin on the co-existence of different life forms, an entertaining, plot with enough mystery to keep you engaged and a note to the author, I really liked the cover. Overall an enjoyable book and a worthwhile read. Pick it up and see for yourself.
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