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Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review: Rise (Blue Blood Trilogy #1) by May Sage

Rise (Blue Blood Trilogy #1)
by May Sage
April 2016
Paperback, 236 pages
The Klints, a superior race in every way, long ago decided to abolish natural birthing; over the last millenniums, every child had been engineered, created, designed; but things went wrong, hence their need for human breeders.

Lena's life might have changed since their invasion, but she's not particularly affected by their presence on a daily basis, until the day they find out that she's a hundred percent compatible to the emperor of the entire galaxy.

Her job was simple. She was supposed to give birth to his heir and disappear.

But then, someone threatens that child.

In this sci-fi romance, Earth and its inhabitants are ruled by the Klints, superior humanoid beings and inter-galactic heavy-weights. Klints need humans. They are reliant on human female breeders to ensure their superior bloodline survives. Advanced genetic testing finds matches for male Klints from among the female populace. The testing is relentless and far-reaching for Calden, the Klints’ emperor. When one Lena Smith is discovered to be Calden’s perfect genetic match, she is persuaded to bear the heir.

I like the change of pace a work of science fiction offers. The fantastic Klints with their brightly hued hair are imaginative and interesting. Lena is a formidable, lethal heroine who can certainly hold her own when up against an alpha emperor and his enlightened race. And for all her humanity, Lena proves she is indeed a contender. Other characters, like Calden’s right-hand Jaycen, are likeable and add to an overall pleasant read.

At its core, this love story is nothing new or innovative except for its unorthodox development. Calden and Lena’s relationship is based in convenience and logic, completely devoid of intimacy. Although the simmering sexual tension exists, it isn’t initially explored. Though they are a genetic match, a union between Calden and Lena would be impudent at best.

An entertaining read overall, I found it difficult to put Rise down. It’s fairly short. I don’t usually complain about a book being too short, however, I feel Rise would’ve benefited from improved development in the second half. The ending, originally a cliff-hanger of sorts, has been enhanced. While this leads to a more satisfying read, the story arc becomes disjointed and a little awkward. I look forward to future installments in the Blue Bloods trilogy.

4 sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
Once Upon A Time, there was a little girl who just loved telling her own stories. Fastforward about two decades? Not a lot of change, there. 

My mother's collection of novels extends to three rooms, the stepfather who raised me writes awesome short stories: really, I didn't have a choice, I caught a bug. 

I dabble in anything, Fantasy, Contemporary, Dystopian... Really, the subject doesn't matter. 
The gist of it is: I will make you laugh, and I will make you want more :)

I've recently cut the security net and I'm now a writer, full time. Well, at least 95% of the time, I also help authors publish their book by providing manuscript critic, editing, beta reading, and by designing awsome covers. 

Oh, and I cuddle my cat. A lot. That probably should count as a profession.

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