May 21, 2010

Review: Midnight's Ghost by Sara Brookes

The timeline is excruciating.

Taran has three days to get her former lover – whom she’s barely speaking to – and the mysterious teenager she knows nothing about from one planet to another. Given the fact her ship, Eidolon, is the fastest in the star runner fleet, Taran knows she can make the run in the time Wallace has allotted. As the best – and only – female pilot, she’s got something to prove.

As if things weren’t complicated enough, Wallace, and the teenager he has in tow, are both escapees from the harshest prison facility in seven galaxies. Not only is Taran putting her career on the line, she’s got the Intergalactic Patrol hot on her heels. It isn’t long before unresolved feelings and tempers flare to life again and Taran is left second-guessing her decision of putting everything she stands for on the line.

Her determination may just cost her everything.

One man who feels no remorse for a crime he committed and one woman pilot determined to fulfill her promise equal one impossible mission.

I knew the moment Sara told me about this book that I need to read it. You may have noticed that I have a  little obsession with science fiction so it's not surprising that I jumped up and down like a crazy teenage girl when Sara offered me a copy for review. First I have to say, I really like the cover. It resembles Taran and Wallace so good and I really like the colors and the layout. Me and my cover infatuation again.

But back to the important part of the book: the actual novel inside. I grabbed this book yesterday evening and am writing the review now only 18 hours later(and I slept a few of those hours). I practically inhaled this book from the first to the last word.

Midnight's Ghost starts with a big bang. Let me quote the first few lines for you:

Whoever said karma was a bitch wasn’t kidding. I wondered what cosmic entity I had pissed off this time in order to earn this particular boot in the stomach. I mean that literally, by the way.

That was enough to get me hooked. Taran, our heroine is a real kick ass woman. She is a Star Runner which means she transports persons or cargo through the universe with her OWN spaceship. How cool is that? One of my never forgotten childhood dreams.  As you can see in the first few lines the world she lives in has no problem with beating the shit out of a girl but she knows how to defend herself. She is strong, not only with her hands but also with her mind. She is witty, says what she thinks and is never too shy to giver her 2 cents. She is her own boss with her own ship(I can't say that often enough) and business, because she has this little problem with taking orders. *wink* This girl is exactly the way I like them. Okay I admit throughout the story I wanted to slap her from time to time for being way to stubborn but I know I can be that way too from time to time so I won't throw any stones.

Taran meets her ex in all the mess of this little, let us call it "discussion with hand and feet" and I'm not sure what's worse for her the fight or Wallace presence. He broke her heart in the past, even if I think that this is something she just sees that way because of her stubbornness but women are women after all. He still is what she wants, she would never admit it but he is what her heart and her body craves. I have to say I agree with her body very much.

So let me talk about Wallace a bit. He is an Ilium an alien race as near to a human as you can get. He's bossy, funny,  a total smartass and sometimes a bit full of himself or better said that is what the reader thinks at the start. He needs Taran's help. He has to reach the planet Delphine Five in 3 days which is near impossible for most ordinary star runners. But he knows that Taran can make it and he has no other person to turn to. It is a really important mission and he needs to be sure that it will be done- no matter what. So even if he knows that she just hates his guts he has to ask and take all the insults and curses she throws at him.

The relationship between these two was scorching from the start. Taran tries to keep her distance but she sees soon that her resistance is futile (LOL..sorry I  couldn't resist). There was this one scene on the ship where nothing really happened besides Wallace telling Taran what he wants to do *huge wink* and OMG I really had to fan myself.  I love the build up between them and I liked that we only discovered bit by bit of their past through the story. They captured my attention and didn't let go.

The plot In Midnight's Ghost was wonderfully woven into the romance and I liked that .it took the centre stage at the end. I enjoyed the action and who doesn't like spaceship fights? The political intrigue behind the action was fascinating and well thought through. I can't wait to read what happens in the next book.

All in all Midnight's Ghost is an action packed erotic romance and in my opinion even not as geeky readers as me will appreciate the science fiction part. Highly recommended.

To learn more about Sara an her books please visit her website here.

Read other reviews @Goodreads, buy the book @LiquidSilverBooks

And be sure to come back next Tuesday. Sara will be here for an interview and a giveaway for Midnight's Ghost  on next Tuesday(that the May 25th also know as the Magic Bleeds day).


pattepoilue May 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

This is a wonderful review hon. I WANT this book! Damn you, I said I would stop buying books!!!!
You're not good for my bank account *hugs*
I can't wait to read this book.

SusiSunshine May 21, 2010 at 4:42 PM  

@pattepoilue Thanks hon. I'm so sorry hon but you won't regret it with this book.

Blodeuedd May 21, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

Wow you totally devoured this book. But then I might have noticed a little obsession you got for sci-fi ;)

Sara Brookes May 21, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

Susi, I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. It was so much fun to write. And I know what you mean, I could talk about Wallace all day. ;^)

SusiSunshine May 21, 2010 at 11:32 PM  

@Sara It is a wonderful book. And Wallace totally blew me away.

SusiSunshine May 21, 2010 at 11:33 PM  

@Blodeuedd Yes I did. I just couldn't stop. And it says something that I had to review this one so fast. ;)

Lea May 22, 2010 at 12:28 AM  

Geeze, excellent review Susi. I too love the cover and what is inside of this one sounds even better.

*sigh* Me thinks I'm heading for Liquid Silver. lol

Thanks for sharing!

Alexia561 May 22, 2010 at 9:38 PM  

Great review! I love it when a book grabs you and won't let go! Haven't heard of this one before, but now I must have it! *L*

SusiSunshine May 22, 2010 at 9:54 PM  

@Lea Isn't it a nice cover. And I loved the story. Couldn't stop reading.

@Alexia That it totally did. Hope you like it!

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