Friday, February 23, 2018

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

Author: Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre
Title: Honor Among Thieves
Publication: February 13, 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
  
Synopsis
Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.
  
“Here we sing to the stars. 
Deep in the dreaming, we have come and gone for many evers. 
Until the joining. Until journey’s end. 
Sing back to us when you come, so that we may know the silence is never eternal."
Review 
This is the first book I have read by either author. It is an unusual concept that combines music, space and relationships all into one. It begins with Zara robbing someone to sell the parts for money and then having to fight for her life not moments later. She is a loner with a fierce desire to run free and does not like being closed in. Her theft lands her in more trouble than she anticipated and she has the most notorious Mobster in New Detroit on her tale with a reach even she did not expect, so she commits herself to stay safe. Yet, nowhere is safe for her. Zara's watched the Honors and does not think highly of the program, so when she gets selected, being gracious is not high on her list. She doesn't have many options and she resigns herself to her fate. 

Zara's first interaction with Nadim is of wonder and excitement. She adapts to the ship very quickly. Nadim says she shines brighter than the other Honors he has met. The connection between them is unique and it reminds me of how the wolves in Twilight imprinted. It seems it is their destiny to align. I could feel the genuine bond between them as they learned and grew throughout the story. I think the relationship is so instantaneous and deeper because they can relate to the loneliness within one another.  Nadim through Zara's eyes makes it easy to visualize what he would look like inside and feel the texture of him through the page. 

Overall, this world thrives on advanced technology with a mutual exchange of information between humans and the Leviathan. The world is very vivid and there is still some mystery to why they came to Earth, the journey and the mobster after Zara. This story is fast paced right from the beginning and does not stop until the revelation at the end. I feel this will be a good read for anyone that likes sci-fi fantasy books.

30 comments:

  1. I've been curious about his one because it does sound very unique! I like how the world sounds so I may read it after all. Great review LaToya!

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    1. I thought the concept interesting with the aliens and human relationship. Thanks

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  2. This sounds like it has an interesting premise! I'm a sucker for sci-fi, especially when it has a unique spin

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read it. 😊

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  3. This one sounds good, and I like that it mixes music, space and relationships. Great review!

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    1. Thanks, I'm curious if they sing in the audio books.

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  4. That sounds like an unusual combination of genres/topics, but it does make me curious how the authors pull that off. The romance sounds well done too with how they have a connection. And the world building sounds great!

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    1. Yes, the world is unique and I like the idea of the living ships. If I didn't know it was a ship, I would've thought it was human.

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  5. I thought of requesting this one, but I decided against it (too many ARCs already xD)... Maybe I should have, after all - it sounds good :)

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    1. It's interesting but I can understand not wanting so many ARCs. I'm trying to keep mine down and most books I just wait till they come to the library now.

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  6. I've been kinda eyeing this one, it does look like a neat premise. I can see this one being pretty good!

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    1. I liked it. I still have questions but if was different

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  7. I'm a huge fan of Ann's Razorland series, I'm going to have to check this out.

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    1. I've wanted to read that serious but never got around to it.

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  8. this seems very unique and interesting world-building

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  9. This one sounds good, and great review!
    The last time i read a book with music was last month: Eleanor & Park and it was a great experience. I'm curious about this one now.

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    1. I read that one as well and liked it. This one is an interesting world to experience. Thanks!

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  10. Not my typical genre, but I enjoyed your review!

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  11. I've been wanting to read this. Amazing review!

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    1. Thanks, look forward to seeing what you think about it.

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  12. I was going to pick this one up at the store yesterday, but decided against it. My TBR list is way too long already. Now I think I may need to go back and buy it. Great review!

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    1. I have a long list too and have to turn away from a few that I've wanted. Thanks

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  13. Great review, this book has been on my radar since I first heard about it last year. And it looks and sounds absolutely fantastic and right up my alley. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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    1. I think the space element with the living ship makes it unique. Thanks

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  14. Sounds interesting and I love that cover. Great review.

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    1. I like the cover as well, that's what drew me to the book. Thanks

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  15. Added this one on Goodreads...it sounds fantastic! I haven't read either authors but they have been on my radar.

    Megan @ Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest

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    1. This was my first book for both authors. I've been wanting to read their other books but haven't gotten around to it.

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