Rebel by Hope Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Would be better if it were longer!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😠😘🤓😉
Narration Type: ✨Duet Narration✨
The Hero: Zarryn – He is the first son to the King of a clan on Lokar, a prince who abdicated his throne to go as an instructor to the Lokarian Military Academy. He is in search of revenge for the death of the woman he loved.
The heroine: Layla – one of the human students at the military academy. Layla is a soldier and a weapons expert, with a focus on explosives. She is one of the best students at the academy. Humans are allowed into the academy to learn to fight the Lokarian’s enemies, the Scrum, insect like creatures intent on the destruction of worlds and if the Lokarian’s can’t eradicate them, they will eventually attack Earth.
The Story: This is a short read, about 158 pages and the audiobook is only 4 hours and 20 minutes. At the start, Layla is lamenting about her hook-up with Zarryn, who gave her a thrilling night, but in the morning had eyes filled with guilt and regret, so she took off and is not too happy with the guy. I think this was a missed opportunity and could have been a much better and longer book if the author would have started when Layla and Zarryn first met and became attracted to each other rather than starting after their hookup.
The scrum had once been allies to the Lokarians, but had betrayed them and now are their fiercest enemies with high tech weapons and bombs. The Scrum have some humans that are working with them and have infiltrated the academy. They already found one traitor and more have been causing havoc.
This book is told in dual points of view via duet narration. I love the fact that this is done in duet narration, too few books are done that way, where the male narrator does all the male parts and the female does all the female parts no matter whose point of view the chapter is told from. Amber Lee Connors and Kieran Flitton do the narration and both do a terrific job. Kieran’s voice gives me Tom Cruise vibes and Amber has a soft feminine voice which is very pleasing.
One thing I really liked about this book was that the Lokarians have technology and are more advanced than humans, so many of these alien romance books are barbarian aliens on primitive planets, and I really like the books that have a race that is advanced and high tech. I also liked the characters, Zarryn is a nice guy and Layla is fierce and loves to exercise. The book did feel rushed though.
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