Polaris Rising, Jessie Mihalik 5 stars

February 5, 2019 Boookluvr Reads 1

Polaris Rising, Jessie Mihalik 5 starsPolaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
Published by HarperCollins on February 5, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Action & Adventure, Romance
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.

In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.

Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.

When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.

But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for . . .

Sometimes as a reviewer you know that you are going to have a hell of a time writing a review even as you are reading the book itself.  In my case there are various reasons that I may feel that way.  There is the dreaded ok books that I just feel meh about, the books I don’t finish because they were either so boring or so problematic that I don’t know what to say without sounding like a bitch, and then there are the books that are so awesome that I don’t even know what to say.  Polaris Rising was one of those awesome books.  Don’t get me wrong, that isn’t a complaint!  I loved every moment as a reader, but since I don’t think that it counts as a review to throw a book at random people on the street counts as a review I’ll give it a shot.

First a couple of confessions.  1) I typically struggle with the first book in a series.  So often the world building overshadows the story itself and since I am not emotionally invested in the characters yet there is nothing that sucks me in and keeps me there.  2) Until very recently I hadn’t read any SFR.  I don’t recall making a conscious decision not to read it necessarily, I just never sought it out I guess.  So when there were a couple of sci-fi romances recently that were getting some positive buzz on twitter, Polaris Rising being one of them, I decided to dip my toe into the genre.  *Steph – *snerk* she just needed to find the right gateway drug and this one definitely qualifies!  I’m posting a review as well so…  yeah…*

Polaris Rising is everything that the first book in a series should be.  While there was a lot of world building, the characters had thoughtful and compelling backstories that made me want to know more. Protagonists and antagonists alike have me over here clamoring for their book so that I can find out more about them.  And in a world where your public persona means everything, nothing is ever as straightforward as it seems.

If you imagine Game of Thrones in space, you would get an idea of the role that family plays in this world as well.  Power, politics and loyalty aren’t always compatible and Polaris Rising does a beautiful job demonstrating both sides of the knife that comes with those dynamics with both blood and found families.

The love story between Ada and Loch was delightful.  There’s nothing better than a big burly man who makes most people run away screaming getting all soft and possessive over a woman.  I think if I heard him drawl darling in real life I’d likely melt.

Perhaps the best endorsement I can give this book is that I would happily pick it up on read it again even though I just finished it.  While I know I haven’t done this book justice in my review, please consider this me throwing the book at you and begging you to read it.  You won’t be disappointed!

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