Thursday, August 21, 2008

Review - Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre

Sirantha Jax, Book 2
Ann Aguirre
August 26, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-441-01627-3

From the back cover:
Sirantha Jax doesn’t take chances…she jumps at them…

Sirantha Jax is a “Jumper,” a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. Jax has worked for the Farwan Corporation her entire career. But now the word’s out that the Corp deliberately crashed a passenger ship, and their stranglehold on intergalactic commerce has crumbled—which means that Jax is out of a job.

She’s also broke, due to being declared dead a little prematurely. So when the government asks her to head up a vital diplomatic mission, Jax takes it. Her mandate: journey to the planet Ithiss-Tor and convince them to join the Conglomerate.

But Jax’s payday is light years away. First, she’ll have to contend with Syndicate criminals, a stormy relationship with her pilot, man-eating aliens, and her own grimspace-weakened body. She’ll be lucky just to make it to Ithiss-Tor alive…

My thoughts:
Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump through grimspace, a special skill that eventually kills those of her kind. Jax is a little different than most and it’s something else that’s taking its toll on her body. She’s just taken on a new job as an ambassador and begun her mission to Ithiss-Tor, a planet inhabited by a species that resemble bugs. If she can get to Doc along the way, she may get some answers. All she has to do is survive everything that lies ahead.

Forced to land, and finding their allies in the middle of a war, March fights alongside old friends like the barely controlled mercenary he once was. For Jax it’s a first look at what the man she cares about once was. Their relationship will be put to the test as outside forces pull them in different directions and they fight to live for another jump through grimspace.

This is the second book in Sirantha Jax’s grimspace adventures. Jax is in desperate need of money, so when the Conglomerate offers her a job she has little choice but to accept. Nothing comes easy, and for Jax and the rest of the crew this mission is no exception. In this well-paced journey through space, Ms. Aguirre adds some intriguing new characters that offer surprises along the way. Emotions run high in Wanderlust and the many twists and turns will leave readers hungry for more.

If you’d like to learn more about Wanderlust and read an excerpt, please visit Ms. Aguirre’s website: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


Enchanted by Books said...

Great review! I havent read the first book yet which Wendy sent me. I have to catch up with all my reading so I can read it already. I've heard nothing but good things about them.

Kimberly Swan said...

Grimspace was a wonderful surprise to me because I'm very picky about sci-fi books, and Wanderlust is even more emotional and action packed than the first. :)

Wendy said...

I love both Grimspace and Wanderlust! And I totally agree, this is one is more emotional and action-packed than the first. I can't wait to get my own copy! Kenda got her hands on an ARC and let me borrowed it, lol.

Rachael, read Grimspace!

Kimberly Swan said...

I think part of what I really love about both of them is that she keeps them very human (even if they're bugs) and it's easier to relate to the characters. It's going to be very difficult waiting for book 3! You definitely need a finished copy for your 'keeper shelf'. :)

Angiegirl said...

Sigh. It will be mine soon...

Kimberly Swan said...

Can't wait to see what you think! :)

Christine said...

I just picked this one up today. Looking forward to it!

Kimberly Swan said...

Wonderful!! If you enjoyed Grimspace you're going to love Wanderlust. :)