Callie’s Catastrophe by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Gets better as it goes on!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 🥲😳😋😙
The heroine: Callie – she was abducted by aliens just over a month prior to the start of the book, the ship crash landed on an ice planet. Callie had a large extended Cuban family and she is trying to come to terms with the fact that she will never get home. She misses Cuban cuisine, her family and everything from home. She has depression and finds it hard to even get out of bed.
The Hero: M’Tok – He is of the Tall Horn Clan that came from across the waters when the Volcano erupted and destroyed the island. He immediately resonated with Callie, but she doesn’t want it.
The Story: This book goes back to the time of the Volcano when all the new guys arrived from across the water. Callie was depressed, miserable and wanted everyone else to be miserable with her. I think there were too many girls that landed on the ice planet that took way too long to come around and accept the fact that there old life was gone and they needed to start living the new one.
Granted if I were dropped out of this life where there is central heat, online shopping, grocery delivery, 24 hour a day streaming television and movies, sunny beaches in warm tropical places and more, I definitely wouldn’t like it either. But we don’t want to read about people going through a depression and unable to move on. It is just too annoying. We want to read about strong women who bounce back right away and not only survive, but thrive.
It didn’t help that Callie was not nice to M’Tok. You can’t really blame her since she overhears him say she is squat, short, round and has a face like leather. Though she immediately hated him and didn’t even try to understand that the language barrier made what he said worse than what he actually meant. I just didn’t really like her because she was a witch.
Frankly I don’t blame M’Tok for kidnapping Callie. Though it is wrong to take away someone’s choice, neither of them have a choice when it comes to resonance and her denying what they are feeling is causing both of them pain and sleepless nights. Callie refused to even sit down and talk with him. She starts getting nicer as the story precedes. M’Tok is great all the way through, he is calculating at times but is so cute about it that you just have to love him.
The book is told in both M’Tok and Callie’s points of view via dual narration. The narrators are Sean Crisden and Felicity Munroe who did a great job and are both pleasant to listen to. Felicity certainly did the spanish curse words very authentically.
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