Saving Verakko by Victoria Aveline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Trek through an alien forest.
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😠😘🤓😉🥰
The heroine: Lily – Abducted from her backyard by aliens in the night. She and other human women were treated like lab rats at a bunker in a mountain on an alien planet. One of the women, Alice had come up with a plan and freed them. Though a new alien that seemed to help then escape then ran away with Alice, Lily and Alex decided to brave the forest rather than wait around to see what would happen next. Lily has the skills to survive in the wild so she thought that was a better plan.
The Hero: Verakko – He is a Clecanian, though he is of a race that can use their mind to “Sway” other beings called Swadaith. He also has fangs that can release poison into those he bites. He is working with the Queen, Luka and Alice to help liberate the other human females being held in secret facilities. When they are attacked he is taken by one of the Strigy that attacked them and flown towards their base. He is unable to sway the Strigy so he bites him and falls into the forest injured and unconscious.
The Story: Lily had a very unconventional childhood with her family, living off the land in the jungle. So she knew it wouldn’t be fun but also knew she could survive in the alien forest. However, when she and Alice feel the ground beneath them give way and are swept into the river, they are separated. She is surviving alone for more than a week, though she thinks some intelligent creatures may be stalking her, when Verakko is dropped near her.
The book is told in multiple points of view via solo narration. Stephen Dexter does the narration and he is very good at portraying emotion through his voice and has a very pleasing tone and tempo. I dislike solo narration, but I also like this series so it is worth it. I love the way each book in this series that I have read so far has a totally different storyline and setting though they all take place on the same planet.
The story was interesting and I liked the fact that Lily was strong and ingenious. She was also able to detect when Verakko tried to sway her and able to fight it off. They felt attracted to each other, but he is from a matriarchal race where his mother is to pick his mate and his mother has already chosen a female for him, so unless Lily is his fated mate and he gets mating marks, there is no way for them to be together, and he has not recognized Lily as his mate.
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