This book had been on my radar for a while now, and when I joined NetGalley, it was one of the first things I requested. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be approved, but I WAS! I consumed this story in a day and a half.
- Title : Chilling Effect
- Author : Valerie Valdes
- Genre : Science Fiction, Space Opera
- Pages : 448
- Own/Borrowed/ARC : eARC provided through NetGalley
- Expected publication : September 17th 2019
- GooodReads Link / Synopsis :
Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra cruise the galaxy delivering small cargo for even smaller profits. When her sister Mari is kidnapped by The Fridge, a shadowy syndicate that holds people hostage in cryostasis, Eva must undergo a series of unpleasant, dangerous missions to pay the ransom.
But Eva may lose her mind before she can raise the money. The ship’s hold is full of psychic cats, an amorous fish-faced emperor wants her dead after she rejects his advances, and her sweet engineer is giving her a pesky case of feelings. The worse things get, the more she lies, raising suspicions and testing her loyalty to her found family.
To free her sister, Eva will risk everything: her crew, her ship, and the life she’s built on the ashes of her past misdeeds. But when the dominoes start to fall and she finds the real threat is greater than she imagined, she must decide whether to play it cool or burn it all down.
It was the adventure that it promised to be with a crew that I wish I could call my own. It took me from a failed deal, to a wild fight, to a space chase, to a deep conspiracy and I enjoyed every second of it. Captain Innocente did not shy away from being hot headed and stubborn and used spanish vulgarity with such gusto it made me laugh. It was also nice to see a Latinx character be Captain of the ship.
We were yanked from worlds and other races too quickly to comprehend what or who they were. Each world was introduced hastily, and the plot felt a bit rushed towards the end. While I loved Captain Innocente, there wasn’t much character development in her or any of the characters in the story except for one of them revealing how they felt about someone.
This story reads more as a prequel to more things to come. Stories where people sit around and go “Hey remember that time that …”
The adventure was there. The world was there. The challenges were there. I just wished we got to explore the world and the races it included a bit more. I also wanted to see a bit more about how the events that occured changed Eva, I wanted to know more about what would happen next moving forward past what happened. And if this is fact a prequel, you can bet that I will be reading the next installment to see what else this Captain and her crew are up to.
You can find Chilling Effect on shelves in two weeks. I recommend this story if you are into space operas, found family troupes and just an overall good time.