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Sara's Review: Radiant (Valos of Sonhadra #5) by Naomi Lucas


KINDLE UNLIMITED PUBLISHER: Naomi Lucas RELEASED: February 11, 2018 GENRE: SCIFI, FANTASY, ROMANCE LENGTH: 210 pages FORMAT: EBOOK, PAPERBACK

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Yahiro never thought she would end up in prison. Let alone on a prison ship where escape was impossible. But none of that mattered anymore because while she was curled up in the corner of her cell, the lights went out.And when they turned back on it was worse.

Ending up on a planet—one so different than Earth—greeted by the screams of those who were injured in the crash and the corpses of those who didn't make it, she sets off with the survivors in hopes of finding a way home.What she finds instead are three golden aliens that won't let her out of their sight, a city on the back of a giant beast, and a ghost world that will never let her leave. ONE BOUNDLESS STAR

I tried with this one and did read the entire thing when what I wanted to do was DNF. Radiant is a part of a more extensive series that is told by different authors all revolving around the same general theme, and each is a standalone book. One of the main issues I had with Radiant was it didn’t line up with the mythos created with all the other books in this world. Yes, Yahiro bleeds on the heartstone, but the heartstone didn’t belong to her men. I couldn’t reconcile this. I won't spoil who the heartstone belonged to, but it doesn’t fit with all the other books I’ve read. I kept thinking did the authors not get together and lay out a general mythos for the Valos? The writing style of Radiant didn’t translate well with me, and I never connected with the characters. I was almost always confused about what was going on and just wanted it to get done. Unfortunately, when I don’t like what I am reading, it takes forever. It was a miracle I stuck with this story until the end. I kept hoping it would get better, the only light for me was it did have an HEA.


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