Saturday, July 16, 2011

Review: Breath of Life

Author submission in exchange for an honest review.

Breath of Life 
Christine Pope 
Release Date:
June 15, 2011 
Dark Valentine Press 
Word Count:
approx. 33,000 
Purchase Links:  
All Romance 
Author's Website:


Anika Jespers, a homesteader’s daughter on a Gaian colony, thinks she’s destined for a dull existence on her family’s farm. But when her father makes an impossible bargain with their neighbor, one of the alien Zhore, she faces a future different from anything she could have possibly imagined.

The familiar story of Beauty and the Beast takes on new life in this inventive SF romance novella, with the Beauty a homesteader's daughter and the Beast an alien on a faraway colony world.

Annie's Review:

Right from the beginning Ms Pope had scored points with me. He review copy was offered in multiple formats. My Kindle can read .pdf files but you can’t scale the text to make it easier to read. I started with the .pdf file and the text was so small that I didn’t know how I was going to read it. Then I tried the .mobi format – perfect!

Once I started reading the story, I couldn’t put the Kindle down. The book is a sci-fi version of Beauty and The Beast. No singing teapots or candelabras. Instead there are breathing masks and a world of “gray and black and dark red”.

If you are looking for a story that steams up your glasses, this isn’t going to be your cup of tea. However, if you enjoy romance and mysterious aliens, get a tall glass of iced tea, sit back, relax, and start reading “Breath of Life”.

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