I have to admit, this isn’t a book I’d have picked up on my own—I don’t normally go for books set in space unless there’s another reason I want the book, like aliens—so I didn’t really think I’d like it. But fellow blogger Amber @ Du Livre happened to compare the book to Tangled in her review, my favorite movie, which convinced me to give it a try, and I’m so glad I did because this book was fantastic!
Despite the fact that I gave it 4 stars rather than 5, I can’t say there was anything actually wrong with it (the rating is just a matter of personal taste). So here, I’ll just list for you all the great things about the book:
– Both main characters were likeable and developed. Solara was intelligent and hardworking and had her priorities straight (I totally cheered when she took off the dress because that was the same exact idea I had, and I was glad she valued her life over her modesty because it is a major pet peeve of mine when characters would apparently rather die than let someone see them in their underwear). Doran was terrible toward Solara at first, but he was intelligent in different ways, calm under pressure, and not all bad. And both characters grew over the course of the story.
– The whole cast of characters was likeable, kind of quirky, and eclectic, but in a lovable (rather than exaggerated) way.
– The plot and backstory were complex, creative, and well-thought-out. And they totally had me gripped.
– There was lots of action but also plenty of slower moment. And there were a lot bad situations the characters got into but also some happy, fun ones (I loved their day at the festival <3). And there was fighting but also awww-worthy moments. In other words, everything was balanced, and no one thing was ever overwhelming.
– The progression of Solara and Doran from enemies to friends to lovers was perfectly paced and completely believable.
– Solara and Doran’s friendship and then relationship were touching and sweet.
– The found family aspect was sweet too—I always love that.
– This wasn’t an overall funny type of book, but I did have some laugh-out-loud moments.
So yeah, this was just a really enjoyable, well-written, fun, and sweet book! And I’m so glad I decided to read it :-)
YA readers who like action, enemies-to-lovers, slow and mild but sweet and believable romance, found family, eclectic but lovable characters, and books set in space.
Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…
Book Author: Melissa Landers
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Young Adult
My Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series, Standalone within a Series