Joined by Mara Gan

Hi there,
If I’m being completely honest, I totally forgot I had promised to review this book. My joinedlack of internet did not help me remember because checking me emails became more sporadic than I would like and I missed the email reminder. I don’t typically read Sci-fi (Another factor as to why I forgot) but I am so glad that I did remember and read it because it was glorious. This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review through my tour host status with YA Bound Book Tours, but that had no effect on creating my now very high opinion of Mara Gan’s Writing and this book in general.

Plot Summary:  Duty and prophecy get in the way of everything.
All I ever wanted to do was read my books, play my sports, and help people. Life and prophecy had other things in mind.
Helping people is what I do; as an empath and semi-frequent telepath, I can easily sense and understand people’s needs and emotions. Sometimes even before they do. Being able to read everyone’s thoughts and feelings all the time can drive me crazy with anxiety, but that moment when I can finally make someone’s life better makes everything worth it.
Unfortunately, I’m also the next in line to rule the galaxy, I’m the only diplomat most planets will listen to, assassins try to kill me on an annoyingly regular basis, and a much-vaunted Prophecy has decreed that I’m going to die. Oh, and someone blew up my home planet.
Kind of a lot to deal with, right?
Too bad I just got another problem: a big, irritating, overbearing bodyguard with serious anger management issues.
And I think I’m falling for him.
(P.s I stole that from it’s Goodreads page)

While I think that is a nice summary it doesn’t give enough credit to Perseus’s (her protector) role in the novel. He is a pivotal (and my favourite) character in the book and I feel he deserves more of a mention because if I knew more about him I might not have nearly forgotten to read this. Like I said earlier I am not normally a big Sci-fi reader but this has converted me. I really originally disliked the political aspects because initially they were monotonous and tedious but grew to love them over the progression of the book as the assignation plot thickened.
My only MAJOR gripe with this is it came out 12th of September 2017. (that’s three days ago from me writing this) it ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger and I have no idea as to when the next part will come out. Mara; I need to know now!!!!

Writing Style:  I enjoyed Mara’s writing style, it wasn’t too wordy or descriptive but also it wasn’t short and ineffective language either. Her portrayal of a young girl under extreme stress was very relatable to me (In a weird non-intergalactical way) and the way she dealt with her issues was logical and not naïve like many female teens are written. On further inspection I realise I actually related quite strongly with Meda which could have contributed to why I enjoyed her writing style so much.

Characters/Relationships:

Princess Andromeda (Meda for short) was a spunky and great female lead who I have already said I related to quite strongly because of how obscenely stubborn we both are. Despite Meda knowing the protection that the mercenary Perseus is offering is the best thing for her she dodges it at ever turn in favour of her freedom. This created a beautiful and hilarious relationship between herself and her protector which was the driving force of my admiration for this book. It was a rollercoaster of emotions when it comes to their relationship and I loved it, it wasn’t forced or instant; it was a incredible progression which only enhanced my love for the couple and the way in which they tackled their demons.
Perseus the legendary mercenary from Mathos was not my typical swoon worthy male lead but he captured my heart anyway. His tortured past was a intricate story that crushed my heart only to rebuilt it and obliterate it all over again.
I liked all of the Mousi (the royal gaurds) but my favourite was Clee. You didn’t really get a proper interaction with many of them but Clee hence why she was my favourite of the bunch.

Another minor gripe was the names. I am not an avid Sci-fi reader and am used to semi-average names and even as  I am writing this post I have to flick through and check some of the names because I can’t remember or spell them. They all begin with M, and it confuses me, I really has to be thinking about who was who while reading. But it comes with the territory of reading Sci-fi so I don’t really have a leg to stand on here.

To sum up the last 400 words or so, I love this book and Mara can’t write the next one quick enough! I was head over heels from the first chapter even when I had to read it in shorter circumstances than I usually like. 5/5 stars and I can’t recommend it enough!! (P.s I tried to link to her below but I couldn’t her find anywhere sadly)

Ps. here’s a giveaway, good luck.  Rafflecopter giveaway

That concludes this weeks post. I will attempt to have Wednesday’s post up by Sunday (I can hope my internet will be fixed; if not I going to go steal my grans for a while)
Until next week my Book Bugs.
(I don’t think you are insects but it sounded cute in my head so I’m going with it,  who knows it might stick. Probably not)

Thanks and Happy Reading,
Maisy.

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9 thoughts on “Joined by Mara Gan

  1. This book sounds so good. Medas bodyguard already sounds like a very interesting man and mysterious. Can you find it in bookstores or is it just ebook. Keep doing your blogs there awesome ☺️

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    1. It really was! Perseus was extremely swoon-worthy.
      I think because its such a new release it is only a e-book for the moment but I don’t know for sure.
      Your support is muchly appreciated dynamo!

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