I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Endure Series #1
Published by Createspace on May 29th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Source: The Author
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How far would you go for love?
Since losing her parents at 14, young prodigy Dr. Lydia Ashley has focused on one thing: an appointment on the Deep Water Research Command Endure. Now 21, she’s about to realize that dream, but nothing is how she imagined it would be. Her transitional sponsor forgets her, her new lab is in complete chaos, and, as if that weren’t enough, she’s about to discover something so horrific it could potentially destroy all life on the planet.
Daniel Brewer, a noted playboy and genius in his own right, may be exactly what she needs… Or he may make everything worse.
Has she finally found a puzzle she can’t solve?
Welcome to my stop for the Endure Series blog tour, a NA-Science Fiction/Romance by S.A. Huchton. For my stop, see my review of book 1, Maven; and enter to win an awesome prize pack! [br]
Science Fiction is always a hit or miss for me. While on one hand, it’s fascinating, complex and fun to immerse yourself in; but on the other hand, I tend to get lost, distracted and overwhelmed by the complexity of it. Here, I had that issue. In Maven, the details were pretty good but I found myself re reading a paragraph or two here and there because I felt like I was missing something.
First of all, let me just say. Starla must have done some extensive research for this book. Either that, or she is a genius in her own right. I never felt overwhelmed by THIS, because she did an amazing job at breaking down the logistics of it all. Fascinating stuff. What I was confused by was the development into the plot. Sometimes, you can follow along and SEE where it’s going and other times, it’s just out of no where. Make sense? I enjoyed the dual POV, especially since even though it was in third person, there was a distinct difference between the two. Since this is a futurist Sci/Fi, I was initially expecting a little bit more into the world building. But beings 99% of the book took place underwater, it didn’t feel necessary. I loved the detailed descriptions. All the tech was pretty advanced and it was really interesting.
I really liked Lydia. She makes confidence look sexy. She is smart, beautiful and she knows it. Yet, she isn’t arrogant or conceded. She is socially awkward, which is understandable due to her circumstances. I loved that she didn’t take crap from anyone but was delicate and respectful at the same time. Her relationship with Daniel started off rocky and we see him slowly get back under her skin. Daniel was an awesome character as well. I wasn’t a fan at first, but we see him change and grow, for himself and or Lydia, a little too quickly. I was a little put off by Daniel’s intentions too. Regardless of how the situation plays out– he did not have good intentions at first. At least to me anyway. They had great chemistry though and their scenes were steamy!
As far as plot goes; this is where my “meh” thoughts start. I thought it was pretty predictable. The clues weren’t subtle on who was the “bad guy” and what their intentions and motivations were. Not to mention, for the first.. 5-6 chapters? Maybe, everything revolved around the romance between Lydia and Daniel, Lydia settling in and only will small developments to the overall plot. It’s hard to pin point exactly what I mean. >.< I wasn’t a fan of the ending either. I felt it was too abrupt.
Overall- I really liked it. I loved the science aspect and the romance, just was slightly put off by the plot as whole. I am curious to see how books two plays out. [br]
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An Angkor Wat postcard signed by Daniel
Sandalwood Vanilla goat’s milk soap handcrafted in small batches by Haldecraft
3 oz of Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls (green tea) from Teavana
Stonewear infuser mug with lid
MAVEN and NEMESIS postcards with party mustaches!
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