Scheherazade for Jabba the Hutt!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 🥲😳😋😙
The heroine: Lani – she signed on to go on an adventure in space and everything was great until she became a prisoner of the Zorahn, experimented on, tortured and then abducted by Okaki Pirates. Okaki pirates are known for capturing exotic species in order to eat them as delicacies. The captain is called Gervil and he looks like the baby of Jabba the Hutt and an octopus. Lani was a kindergarten teacher and she loved to read, she has been staying alive for the past 90 days by telling stories and leaving them with a cliffhanger like Scheherazade did for the Sultan.
The Hero: Rohan (a.k.a Third) – He is one of the Crimson Force. He was awoken by Zorahn rebels after being in cryo-stasis for over a thousand years. Like his leader Kadir (a.k.a. Second), Raiht’vi injected him with a poison which will kill him in 90 days if he doesn’t return with the human women he is tasked with finding. He found one of the two and returned her to the rebels and went after Lani.
The Story: Rohan pretends to be working for the Okaki pirates and gets close to Lani. He had heard that she has stayed alive this long due to her storytelling and he is intrigued and attracted to intelligent females so he thinks he will have fun on this mission. When he first sees Lani, he can tell how tired she is and how close to giving up she looks. Though he also sees how attractive she is and wants to get to know her.
Though Lani sees that Rohan looks like a Zorahn (the people who tortured her for months), so is not so happy to see him on the ship. She keeps struggling stay alive by telling stories of Aladdin, Hobbits, Beauty and the Beast and more. She did her best each day to think of new and exiting stories that will keep Gervil’s interest each night so she doesn’t become Lani flavored soup.
The book was told in dual points of view via dual narration. The narration was done by Jasper Woodcock and Misty Dawn. They do a great job and have perfect voices for this type of book. Jasper has a deep voice and a great cadence for alien romance. Misty has a soft, clear voice that sounds age appropriate and intelligent which matched Lani well.
The world building was great, from space ships to different types of Aliens, to bots and food synthesizers. The story was great, it took the story told in the first book and went on from there with a different member of the rebel force and a different human captive. I actually liked this one a bit better than the first.
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