Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tears of the Goddess (The Goddess Series, #1) by R.M. Prioleau

 Celestra, Goddess of Beauty, aspires to leave her home of Siyr, the god-realm, to travel the cosmos and create a new world of her own. But her dreams cannot be fulfilled unless she is one of the seven chosen to undergo a trial put forth by the Genesis Spirit—a trial in which she alone must nourish a Genesis Seed with tears from her heart.

Tydus, God of Chaos, is renowned and adored by many in Siyr, but his heart has always yearned for only one—Celestra. Unlike most Siyran goddesses, Celestra is unyielding and determined, but Tydus’s attempts to win her heart go unnoticed as she keeps her attention focused on her trial.

This fanciful tale of romance and determination tells the story of two lovers who strive for happiness and realize how much they need one another

For a very short story this was very well rounded with an instant draw to the characters. It's very romantic in a fairytale way. The danger they face together and love for each other was touching and cute.

A very strong lead female character, determined but also a softer side. Although a very short story (only took about an hour to read through) the characters and world are well developed and detailed.

There is some sexual scenes, but very light and non-graphic. A very fun and quick read.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Secrets (The Hero Chronicles #1) by Tim Mettey

The Midwest lies in complete ruins after a catastrophic disaster kills tens of thousands and leaves hundreds of thousands injured. Nicholas Keller emerges out of the devastation as a shining light of hope for all. But his newfound fame comes with a price that his aunt will not let him pay. They flee into the shadows in order to protect his secret. However, as Nicholas begins his sophomore year at his fifth school in five years, strange and unexpected things begin to happen. He soon tumbles into a web of doomed love, extraordinary talents and a secret past, which threatens the lives of everyone he cares about. It’s up to Nicholas to confront the truth, even if it means his own death

There was one constant throughout this book and that was the mystery behind why Nicholas had to be kept in the background. Always hidden behind the scenes, could not invite friends over and seemed to be talented at any activity he put his mind into accomplishing. When he steps outside his aunt's comfort zone and tries out for football, it puts him in the immediate spotlight at his new school. (also one of her worst fears)

When it came down to really trying to get to know Nicholas, as I reader I became more conflicted as the story went on. By the time I finished the book there was a part of me that wished the secret wasn't left so far into the end of the book, instead brought forward into revelation earlier in the book. The shy, cowering character that Nicholas is in the majority of the book is not too attractive to me as a reader. I did like who he started to become in the end, and would have liked to see more of that.

As the story starts getting more detailed in to the mystery, the fact that Nicholas has a destiny that is beyond his control is appealing. There is a whole world out there that he has yet to discover and for me, some questions that have been left open,to be continued in the sequel I'm sure.

My favorite character was his aunt, Cora. Most likely because I am a female myself her perspective was more relatable for me. I was happy to see that she plays a major roll in the book and was a constant and developing character just as much as Nicholas is.

I do feel that this story has appeal for both boys and girls. A little sports, a little romance and most of all, the supernatural.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

The first book, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, left me wanting more. The intriguing idea behind what was going on with Mara, but also how was Noah able to see the things he did? And of course that cliffhanger!

When anxiously diving into the sequel I have to admit I was hoping for so many of these questions to be answered, but Michelle Hodkin sure has a way of just teasing us. It's quite possible that this book left me more confused about the puzzle pieces than before. It went in a completely different direction that I would have ever imagined and really throws the reader for a loop.

We do find out a lot of answers, but they were definitely not at all close to what I was expecting. This has to be one of the most unconventional series that I have ever read, and I mean that in a very good way. I loved that with almost every chapter the reader is constantly guessing where this is going to go.

I was more than overjoyed to see old friends make appearances and some quirky and not so welcomed new faces as well.

The ending of this book really threw me for a loop, there was actually at one point I was reading with my jaw open, I was pretty shocked and had a clear WTF moment.

I have heard several different opinions about this series, it is quirky and full on psychological. It will mess with your mind, and I for one enjoyed the ride. I would recommend this book to anybody and everybody.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Blessed (The Blessed #1) by Tonya Hurley

From the author of the New York Times bestselling ghostgirl series, the start to a captivating and haunting teen trilogy about three girls who become entangled with an enigmatic boy—a boy who believes he is a saint.What if martyrs and saints lived among us? And what if you were told you were one of them?

Meet Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy. Three lost girls, each searching for something. But what they find is Beyond Belief

I had an opportunity to get a copy of the audiobook for review. It was a book that I was semi-interested in because the physical book as a cover that is interchangeable, the blue side that looks very heavenly, but the other side is dark, black and mysterious. This gave me the idea that maybe the book could be darker than I was originally thinking it might be from the summary.

When I first started listening to the audiobook I noticed right away the narrator, actress Kara Hayward, has a very distinctive voice. Which is not a bad thing, but I noticed right away that I was paying more attention to the way that she was pronouncing the words than what she was saying. It did take a long while before I got used to it. But I do think she did an excellent job showing each characters personalities throughout the story.

The actual story did get a little dark, but maybe not as much as I was expecting. The resonating and very upfront religious focus in the story was a little off putting to me. But you really cannot deny that you didn't expect that when you look at the summary and the cover. It is very obvious.

It's a slower paced book, the girls all going through some very painful times in their lives. It's emotional and overall they really do all have very strong, distinct, personalities. Quite easily they could become best friends or mortal enemies.

What I can say is that now, even weeks after I have finished listening to it. The story has still stuck with me, and not in a bad way. I find myself thinking about the characters and how they eventually come together in those last chapters, it really ended on a high note. It is something that I will be looking forward to the next book in the series, because it's peaked my interest.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fallen Legion Author Interview + Sneak Peek!

Today I want to welcome author Laura Kreitzer talking about her newest book in the Timeless series, Fallen Legion

1) I've noticed on your website that you usually have several projects happening at once, and with NaNoWriMo this month, plus a blog tour for Fallen Legion, what is your favorite way of de-stressing? (Specifically now in November with Thanksgiving right around the corner!)

De-stressing is something I’m not so good at doing, actually. So, after a few years of trying several ways to not make myself go bonkers, I finally figured out the best way not to go prematurely gray. The first is that I get into a routine, which is something I was never very fond of. My routine doesn’t revolve around time or days but is actually all about how I get ready for writing. I realized when I’m writing in my PJs that I feel more stressed, so now I get ready as if I’m going to work before I write, no matter the time. 3am? I still shower, blow dry my hair, and put on clothes. And now I set a timer for how long I work, even giving myself a food break. As far as non-work de-stressing, I watch TV or read, two of my favorite things.

2) I have read a lot of Angel books over the past 2 years; it seems to be one of the most popular trends recently. What is one of the characteristics that you really wanted to come through as the basic emotion that drives your Angels? Passion? War? Love? Peace?

When I first started to write Shadow of the Sun, angel books were still very much so a rarity, so I was lucky to jump on that bandwagon before it became cliché. My angels don’t live in the same universe as other authors’ angels because I literally came up with a whole new world, dimensions, and history. The angels I write have a mixture of emotions, some are divided, some are all about peace and love, but sometimes one has to war to find that balance. Mostly, though, my books aren’t all about angels but are also about Gods, Spirits, and Phantoms, and there are all kinds of fun emotions when you’re playing with so many characters.

3) As a reader, romance and companionship of the Main Character become close to our hearts. When you see your readers cry out for there to be a possibility that Gabriella and Chris be together does that make you cringe? I myself like reading books that don't involve love triangles, it seems Gabriella has enough to worry about without that as well. Is there a possibility that Gabriella might have a different love relationship in her near future?

I made it clear to my readers a long time ago that there would NOT be a love triangle in the Timeless Series because I wanted to show that love in general endures enough obstacles without adding in a third party. I don’t actually read reviews anymore, so I’ve not seen much about Chris and Gabriella as a couple—haha—but that doesn’t make me cringe. Usually the fans who message me tell me how much they love Gabriella and Andrew together. If fans want to play with my characters in their head or even while writing fanfiction (I read one that made me blush big time) that’s perfectly fine with me.

As far as Gabriella having a different relationship in the future . . . I really, really want to answer that, but I’m not going to. Haha. I like to keep the readers guessing.

4) One of my favorite aspects to stories are portals. You have included portals as a way of traveling between/through worlds, space, and time. If you were asked to draw a schematic of your universe on paper, for a graphic novel how complex would it be? If you have already done it can we have a picture?

Actually . . . it would be really, REALLY complex. The books out now have only scratched the surface of how multifaceted the world building is. I do have a couple of PDF documents on my website that gives my fans a glimpse into the universe. Here are the links:

5) I know that sometimes writers begin to have love/hate relationships with their characters, especially in a series. If there was one character you would have changed from the beginning or killed off that you haven't yet, who would it have been and why? If there is not one you'd like to kill off is there one you'd like to see have their own spin off series?

I’m pretty happy with my current characters. There was one that I wasn’t too happy about at one point because the character was named after my best friend who killed himself. He liked the idea of his character being this bad guy who thinks he’s doing what’s best, but after my friend passed away, I couldn’t write him that way anymore. (That character would be Chris.) For those who’ve read Soul Stalker and Abyss, they’ll see a major change in Chris’s character.

As far as a spin-off series, I will be doing that, actually. I think I might do a few novels about some of the characters already written about, and I also plan to write a completely new series based on new characters but in the same world. I’ll make announcements as soon as my ideas solidify.

6) Lastly, I am drawn to one of the titles you are currently working on, The Acid Method. Can you tell us a little bit about it?

This is a new project I’ve been working on since the beginning of the year. I’ve kept relatively quiet about it so far because I’m co-authoring it with someone who wanted to remain anonymous until the project is finished, but she’s okay with my telling you now. Her name is Lisa Langdale, and she’s been my best friend, beta reader, and muse since before I was published. We plan to send this particular gem to an agent to sell to a big publishing house. Well, here’s to hoping. crosses fingers

Here’s a brief description of The Acid Method, which is a YA Dystopian:

Welcome to Silver Island, where justice is only a deathly scream away.

More than eighty years after the Wipe, the only remaining human inhabitants on Earth reside on the isolated Hawaiian Islands. The Silvers—the governing body—serve to control the population in three ways: the Genetic Purity Manifesto that allows only those who match genetically to reproduce, the Population Act to restrict each couple to one child, and the Acid Method that sanctions all criminals to play the role of their victims by forcing them to endure their own crimes.

Being the son of Silvers, eighteen-year-old Red Phoenix spends his days training in the art of killing for the Acid Method. When offered a contract with a massive payout to frame a seventeen-year-old girl for murder, he refuses. That is until he discovers she’s the daughter of the man who killed his sister and got away with it. The girl is Shay Orion, and she becomes Red’s number one target. However, the further he delves into her life, the more secrets he uncovers about his family’s past, and the deeper he falls for her. When Shay’s sentenced to Silver Island, Red must hunt her down like he would any other criminal. But will he be able to carry out the fatal punishment when he uncovers the most shocking truth of all?

Thanks so much for this interview, and I hope you enjoyed Fallen Legion!

Thank you too! am so excited we got a sneak peek into your new project as well, it looks amazing!

Claus: Legend of the Fat Man by Tony Bertausk

Some legends are forged in fire.
Others are born in snow.

In the early 1800s, Nicholas, Jessica and Jon Santa attempt the first human trek to the North Pole and stumble upon an ancient race of people left over from the Ice Age. They are short, fat and hairy. They slide across the ice on scaly soles and carve their homes in the ice that floats on the Arctic Ocean.

The elven are adapted to life in the extreme cold.

They are as wise as they are ancient. Their scientific advancements have yielded great inventions -- time-stopping devices and gravitational spheres that build living snowmen and genetically-modified reindeer that leap great distances. They’ve even unlocked the secrets to aging. For 40,000 years, they have lived in peace.

Until now.

An elven known as The Cold One has divided his people. He’s tired of their seclusion and wants to conquer the world. Only one elven stands between The Cold One and total chaos. He’s white-bearded and red-coated. The Santa family will help him stop The Cold One.

They will come to the aid of a legendary elven known as… Claus

This was a dark adventure story with very imaginative ideas on Elves, and Abominable creatures of the North Pole. I really enjoyed the history of the people, the way that had developed their lives, culture and physical looks. The detail that went into the book was creative and very fun to imagine. Except that this book was no Christmas fairytale. It was pretty dark, fighting for their lives and hard times through most of the book.

The evil Cold One has some ideas of his own on what he wants, even though that takes killing and manipulating those around him to get it. Nick is separated early on in the story from his family, kidnapped even. And it's their mission to find each other again.

This story is a mixture of the folklore of Santa Claus and the North Pole that Americans are used to, but much more. It's a more adult version with evil villains and a family fighting for their lives, finding friendship in the Elves and the combined purposes to beat the Cold One at his own game.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Conjure (The Hoodoo Apprentice #1) by Lea Nolan

Be careful what you search for...

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry--hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends--are lost forever

This book made for a perfect movie that played out in your head. The writing was perfect to bring the characters and world alive in the readers mind. I made the mistake of reading the book during one of my lunch breaks, just in time to read a very descriptive flesh eating scene that made me have to put the book down for the day, or risk vomiting up my lunch. (no it wasn't THAT gross, but pretty descriptive!) That scene will probably stick with me for a long time.

When the kids come across a bottle that tells them of curse that happened long ago to the crew of a boat. They decide to look into the idea of a buried treasure and in turn, also open a curse of their own. They must go to a local woman looking for help to get rid of the horrors that begin to happen. But fall into more trouble than they bargained for.

The pretty fast paced book that keeps you on your toes with twists and turns was a very fun and exciting read. Time is not their friend in their adventure to save their lives and do a little magic of their own.

An ensemble of great characters, suspenseful and fun.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Center of the Storm by Ann Simko

Abandonment, neglect, drugs and a little blood letting. Dodge Landry and his fifteen-year-old son, Chris have a lot in common. But while Dodge only narrowly survived his childhood, Chris may not.

Navigating the murky waters of the foster care system in the mid-1970’s, Dodge hits the mother lode when he is sent to live with Kate Landry on her small Pennsylvania horse farm. Through her functionally dysfunctional family, and with the help of an abused mess of a horse named Storm, Kate shows Dodge no one needs to be perfect to be worthy of love. It is a lesson Dodge desperately wants to share with Chris. The problem is, Chris isn’t interested in listening and Dodge fears his adopted son is headed down the same road Dodge once walked

Chris is a tough one to break. He has his emotional guard up and even though he knows Dodge has been through similar events. He doesn't want to listen. He's not ready to listen.

A Story of a couple of troubled teens, one grown and matured. And one newly adopted, still hurting from a very troubled past. Flashbacks to Dodge's childhood, the one person and a horse that was able to break his hard outer shell enough to heal and from his past, and the desire to pass that on to his own son.

It's a novel that I would refer to as a Lifetime Movie story. It's nothing that I would mean in a negative way. A story that will break your heart, but make you smile and has a meaningful and heartening story at it's core. A feel-good type of story that focuses on struggles in life that make it all worth it.

Hard subjects like abuse, self harm and a lot of anger. This is not exactly a book you would go into looking for twists and turns and a big epiphany moment. It's a book you read when you want to feel things and get told a story of strength and love and renew your faith in the fact that some things deserve time, and effort, and hard work. Because it's worth it.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

What Am I Reading?

Today I was a little stumped on what to post about here on the blog, but wanted to do a quick shout out to the readers to let them know what I am reading.

I have a habit of reading/listening to more than one book at a time. I spread out my choices depending on what I do during the day. In the car I usually have an audiobook (which I keep in the car) but I am between "car books" at the moment. Thinking of starting the audiobook of Red Rain next.

Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction and Lea barely escapes with her life. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers orphaned twin boys and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island—husband Mark and their two children, Ira and Elena—aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature—or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in

On the Kindle, I currently have The Paris Lawyer. I read on my kindle during breaks at work and running errands, and what I call my "down time" during the day.

The Paris Lawyer by Sylvie Granotier
As a child, Catherine Monsigny was the only witness to her mother's death. 20 years later as an ambitious attorney in contemporary Paris, she catches a professional break when her boss assigns her to major felony case in rural France. An immigrant stands accused of poisoning her husband, but her secrets are not the only ones hidden in the scenic rolling hills of Creuse. While preparing the defense, Catherine is reunited with images of own past and a high-intensity search for two murderers ensues. Who can she believe? And what will Catherine do with her past should she discover it?

And finally before I go to bed, and mostly weekends. I have a physical book that I read from. I keep it on my bedside table and try to fit in a half hour-or more of what I like to call Brain Candy. Sometimes this is a book I get in for review, but most of the time it's something that I have been wanting to read, just for me and not planning on writing a review for when I finish (although I usually end up doing so anyway. That book (which takes me awhile to get through) is The Hollow City by Dan Wells

Dan Wells won instant acclaim for his three-novel debut about the adventures of John Wayne Cleaver, a heroic young man who is a potential serial killer. All who read the trilogy were struck by the distinctive and believable voice Wells created for John.

Now he returns with another innovative thriller told in a very different, equally unique voice. A voice that comes to us from the realm of madness.

Michael Shipman is paranoid schizophrenic; he suffers from hallucinations, delusions, and complex fantasies of persecution and horror. That’s bad enough. But what can he do if some of the monsters he sees turn out to be real?

Who can you trust if you can't even trust yourself? The Hollow City is a mesmerizing journey into madness, where the greatest enemy of all is your own mind

I get asked a lot how I can read so fast, but the fact of the matter is that I have what I call readers ADD or ADHD it's the plain fact that I just cannot seem to sit down and read through one book at a time. I always have several going at a time and pick them up depending on my mood. This means that I finish reading more than one book at a time as well because they are all read for different amounts each day depending how much time I spend in my car, if I'm having a slow day at work.

I have several more posts planned for the week so stay tuned! Book tour, author interview and of course, a handful of reviews!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey #2) by Richard Paul Evans

Michael must save his mother—and protect his powers—in the electric sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Michael Vey, from Richard Paul Evans.
Michael was born with special electrical powers—and he’s not the only one. His friend Taylor has them too, and so do other kids around the world. With Michael’s friend Ostin, a tecno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. The leader of the Elgen, Dr. Hatch, has kidnapped Michael’s mother, and time is running out.

After narrowly escaping an Elgen trap, Ostin’s discovery of bizarre “rat fires” in South America leads the gang to the jungles of Peru, where the Electroclan meets new, powerful foes and faces their greatest challenge yet as Michael learns the extent of the Elgen’s rise in power—and the truth of their plan to “restructure” the world

In the second book in the Michael Vey series, the kids continue on to help Michael find his mother who has been taken by the Elgen.

There was not as much adventure in the sequel as the first book. The book is broken up into sections, the first half when Michael and his friends are focus, the middle when  Elgen and Co are focus and the last half when they all come together.  The reader gets introduced to more of the inside workings of the Elgen corporation, the leaders and the current situation. As they are not agreeing on what to do about Michael and the welfare of the kids after the events from book one.

There is a lot of information given and planning. The majority of it being dialogue to move the plot along and we get to see more of the Elgen kids that have chosen to go on the side of the Elgen.

I received a copy of the audiobook for this review. I really enjoy the narrator Fred Berman because he is able to bring forward the sense of anticipation and especially the comedy from Ostin's character. Who is by far my favorite character in this series. He cracks me up! It's been one of my favorite audiobook listens all year (including book 1)

This series is a great adventure story of a boy determined to rescue his mother. Along the way he makes friends that are willing to fight this corporation along with him.

Amazing characters that you'll enjoy and root for along the way. It's clean, it's funny and I highly recommend it.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Seeds of War (Eden's Root Trilogy #2) by Rachel Fisher

Seeds of War is the second book in the Eden's root trilogy.

The mission of Eden must be fulfilled and Eden’s best Seekers are needed. Forming a new group they dub the Seeders, Fi, Asher, and Sean are joined by a new addition as they set out to bring hope and support to the Topsiders in the form of radios and heirloom seeds. Their experiences Topside prepare them for the threat from marauding gangs they call Lobos, but it is a different, less obvious sort of threat that takes them by surprise. As radio broadcasts begin to reconnect Eden and the Topsiders, the Seeders stumble upon mysterious broadcasts from unknown stations. When two of their own new radio stations go silent within days of each other, Fi and her companions realize that something is terribly wrong. Eden finds itself pitted against a growing and unknown force as their very mission lights the flames of war

In a world of apocalyptic ends. The people of Eden rely highly on the ability to connect with other groups for survival. Although they could probably sustain themselves with trips to the outside and growing their own food. It's something that is not beneficial at this time. They must have contact with the outside world to know what is happening and continue their efforts to help society get back to a normal as fast as possible.

The Seeders are responsible for making these trips. To get supplies, talk with other groups and find out the state of the outside world to help keep their own citizens safe. But it's a dangerous world out there, and each trip can have devastating results. With groups of what could be considered savages out to murder and steal amongst other things above it's dangerous for anybody.

In the first book we followed Fi and her family to find Eden. A place where there was safe food and a hidden location. But now is the time to survive and help rebuild, it's dangerous and they don't know who they can trust.

The devotion to each other and will to live is the driving force of this story. There was not as much down time as there was in the first book which involved a lot of traveling. There are still several characters that build the story, but the focus here is the group of Seeders and the reader will come to care about them and really fight for their purpose.

With the deeper development of the characters and the hard work of rebuilding and surviving in this world. I enjoyed reading this book more than the first in the series which contained a lot of walking, dialogue and info dumps to create the world. But now, here in the continuation the reader can dive right in!
Great continuation to the story, both entertaining and heart breaking.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Rogue Hunter: Inquest (Rogue Hunter #1) by Kevis Hendrickson


Fearing retribution from ruthless gangsters over an unsettled debt, intergalactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr ventures to a distant world to collect the reward for Boris Skringler, a notorious terrorist, who has been sentenced to death by political rivals of the InterGalactic Alliance. When she fails to secure his release, she decides to break him out of prison. Zyra soon finds herself an unwilling participant in events that lead to a climactic showdown between the most powerful worlds in the galaxy.

Torn between her desperation to rid herself of the threats to her life and her guilt in agitating the conflict between two galactic superpowers, Zyra is horrified to learn that the lives of an entire world of people hinge on her ability to return Skringler to his captors. However, her distrust of Skringler gives way to lust, unraveling her plans. Will Zyra give into her passion and allow Skringler to go free? Or will she surrender him to her enemies to stop an impending war? The fate of billions depends on whether she chooses life for a killer or the death of her lover

 This is the first book of Kevis Hendrickson's that I have read. When asked if I was interested in a copy for review I was literally looking for more science fiction to add to my reading stack and jumped at the opportunity to read this one. 

I enjoyed the focus on women. Women's rights, and the society they had built on New Venus and able to procreate and continue on in a society of only women.  But the real focus here is Zyra and her quest to capture Skringler. As a bounty hunter, there is a price on his head and if she returns him, there is an award to be gained. One that she needs pretty badly. 

Although the author takes a bit more of an adult edge to the story, it's really not more than just some make out scenes. Nothing to lustful or uncomfortable, it's still pretty tame.  

The idea is for her to capture Skringler who has gone to New Venus in the disguise as a woman (only women allowed) but was caught. In her pursuit to get her hands on him, she herself captured and put in a cell to be questioned on what her motives are. The authorities will not let Skringler go as they have other plans...the anticipated war is upon New Venus. Time has run short and chances of escape is slim.

With the anticipation of the war upon New Venus the authorities are on high alert. The prisoners are heavily guarded and every woman is needed to fight. The story is very fast paced, engaging and imaginative. I was pleasantly surprised by the detail of how the women ended up there, how they continue to procreate and survive without the need of men. 
War is upon them and they fight back!