Review of Polaris by Mindee Arnett

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By: Mindee Arnett
Release Date: Balzer + Bray
Publisher: January 20th 2015
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
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Summary:
Following the events of Avalon, Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. Jeth is desperate to find the resources and funding he needs to rescue his mother from an ITA’s research lab and leave this whole galaxy behind for a new life somewhere else. But the ITA is just as desperate, and soon Jeth finds himself pursued by a mysterious figure hell-bent on capturing Jeth and his crew—dead or alive. In a last-ditch effort to save everyone he holds dear, Jeth enters into a bargain with the last person he ever thought he’d see again: Dax Shepherd, the galaxy’s newest and most fearsome crime lord. And he’s not the only one: upon arriving back at Peltraz spaceport for the first time since he witnessed the death of his old employer, Jeth discovers Dax has a new partner: Jeth’s mother, Marian.

This shocking turn of events is only the first in another breathless, action-packed sci-fi adventure rife with danger, love, and betrayal, as Jeth has to once again ask himself how much he’s willing to invest in a morally bankrupt galaxy in the hopes of saving those he cares for.

My Thoughts:
I read Avalon, the beginning of this dualogy, last year and found it to be an enjoyable read. It had a creepy atmosphere that I had hoped would span into this novel but did not. I thought that would disappoint me but I was nicely surprised. In Polaris Arnett really upped the tension and heartbreak for her main character Jeth.

There must be something wrong with  me because I love for a main character to be pushed to the brink and be generally tortured emotionally. I felt that Arnett really put her characters through much more strife in this book than the first. I felt that Jeth, in particular,  had a lot of emotional growth throughout the series and I really began to connect to him in this second book. So many horrible things were done to him and those he loved it was actually painful to read (which I loved). I wanted to see his world be turned inside out. I wanted to see his nightmares become reality–isn’t that awful of me? Arnett delivered and for me, it made this novel (and series in general) stronger.

One of my problems with the first book was my lack of emotional connection to the characters and their welfare. Thankfully I was able to connect to the cast of characters and began to find myself fearing for them. Even the secondary cast seemed better rounded and their interactions and dialog more fulfilling. The romance still fell a tad flat for me but since it was such a small part of the story it worked out.

As for the story itself, I enjoyed where Arnett took things and I really liked that we got to learn more about Marian (Jeth’s mother). The action felt consistent with the first novel and really these two books flowed very well together. I felt that the loose ends were tied up well and nothing was left unexplored.

Final Thoughts:
I felt that Polaris took the series to a better place because I was able to find an emotional attachment to Jeth and the rest of the characters. I liked that Arnett went darker in this final book and still managed to bring things around and provide a good conclusion.

Stacking the Shelves

Notice anything different? I decided it was time for a change so gave My Friends Are Fiction a make-over. I’m loving it. Last week I skipped Stacking the Shelves to post my stop on Cuddlebuggery‘s epic giveaway hop, Getting to Know You. You can still enter to win a pre-order so head over.

I’m including 2 week’s worth of books this time and boy I love each of them. Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review (via Edelweiss):

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Some new Harper titles went live on Edelweiss so I ran to check to see if this was one of them and YES IT WAS. I’m so excited. I hope it’s as amazing as I hope/expect it to be.

For Review (thank you Harper and HMH!):

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Won (Thank you Irene Goodman Literary Agency):

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I feel so lucky I checked Twitter right when I did because I won the last copy and it was purely by luck. It made my day, week, month. I have already read The Wrath & The Dawn and WOW. I loved it.

Traded:

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Purchased:

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Borrowed:

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A wonderful friend took pity on me and loaned me their copy and I’m oh so thankful. I’ve been waiting for this book for years and I couldn’t wait to dive in. I’m a bit more than half way and honestly, I’m the tiniest bit disappointed. I feel so sad saying that. It’s written beautifully of course but the subject matter is a tad dull for me. Isn’t that horrible? I want to love it! I hope the last half will pick up for me.

Gifted (thank you Big Honcho Media!):

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I’ll be having a special something coming next month related to this series. Keep your eyes open!

Posts From Last Week- there aren’t many since I was busy on the website design switch

  • Review of Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes     star
  • Getting to Know You Giveaway Hop– Enter to win a pre-order of one of my anticipated 2015 release (Red Queen, An Ember in the Ashes or A Court of Thorns and Roses (International)

I am very close to hitting 3k followers on Twitter.  My good friend Jon from Bookish Antics is close to 2k so we figured when we both met our goal we’d have a giveaway.

That’s it for me. I’m shocked Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK for my US and Canadian friends. I don’t feel ready to host just yet but soon. I hope you all have a fabulous time next week and I want to let you all know that I am insanely grateful and thankful for each of you. Big virtual hugs!