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Book Review: Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion #1) by Jessie Mihalik

Book: Polaris Rising
Series: Consortium Rebellion book 1
Author: Jessie Mihalik
Genre: Adult sci-fi, romance

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 . . .


My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

Polaris Rising opens up with Ada being captured and locked up on a space ship.  She has been on the run for two years from her father, who wanted to marry her off, and now she has got captured and is on her way back to her father.  So from the very start of Polaris Rising we are thrown right into the thick of things and I really liked that because a lot of books take a while to build up to something exciting (and that’s okay) but I’m glad that this book just catches your attention straight away.

I really liked Ada and found her an interesting character, I liked how she thought.  She’s a character not afraid to take action but she also thinks and plans things out which I liked, she’s good at strategising.  I also liked Loch, even though he’s a hard character to understand sometimes, and I liked Ada and his interactions with each other and how they teamed up in the beginning and came to rely on each other throughout the book.  It made the romance have more depth to it when it developed.

I liked how the universe in Polaris Rising was described, it all felt well developed and I especially like how the Houses were described.  The politics between these leading Houses was all very intriguing to read and the Houses felt unique to one another.  I can’t wait to see if we find out more about the other Houses in future books.

Overall I enjoyed Polaris Rising a lot and think it’s an interesting sci-fi/romance book with great characters and a well developed world/universe.  The plot was fast paced and never boring, I’m very excited for the next book. 

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