Mini-Read Reviews: Dangerous Voices by Rae Carson & Hera by Chrystalla Thoma

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Mini-Read Review is a feature created here on In Libris Veritas in order to showcase the reviews for short stories and novellas which so often get overlooked.

DangerousVoicesSource: Purchased
Publisher: –
Series: –
Edition: eBook, 28 pages
Genre: YA Dystopian Short Story
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Errik has been a prisoner–and alone–for a long, long time. He lives for the moment each day when the window of his dungeon cell shines a bit of light onto his bearded face.

But everything changes when he gets a new neighbor–a young girl with a voice as beautiful as the springrise.

They both know the rules: No singing. No speaking. Voices are dangerous. But they can’t help themselves. And soon enough, Errik begins to remember himself, why he’s here in this dark place, and why his captors will stop at nothing to ensure his silence.

Dangerous Voices is one those short stories that you finish and then cry because it’s over. This was too damn short. Don’t get me wrong, the story is wonderful but I need this as a book….or at least a novella. The imagery alone is perfection. I do think that Carson managed to do things that most people can’t do in 28 pages. She gave us a story worth knowing, worth reading, and full of human depth. In just 28 pages she manages to tap into your emotions and make you vested in each character’s outcome. The great thing about something so short is that it makes your imagination go wild with the possibilities of what could happen.

4 stars

Source: Purchased
Publisher: –
Series: Rex Rising #0.5
Edition: eBook, 51 pages
Genre: YA Dystopian Short Story
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Hera, member of the Gultur race governing the Seven Islands, thought she knew right from wrong and what her future held in store. A chance meeting with a lesser mortal, though, will turn her world upside down and force her to see her race and the laws with different eyes. For Hera, knowledge means action, so she sets out to put things right and change her world.

Taking place in the World of the Seven Islands almost three years before the events in Rex Rising, this is the story of Hera’s first confrontation with the truth.

I’ve had the first book in this series almost as long as I’ve owned a kindle, so I figured it was time I at least tried out the series with the prequel short story…and I’m so glad I did! I’ll admit to being one of those people who judge a book by it’s cover (it’s the cover for a reason), so I didn’t expect much from Hera and I ended up getting so much more. The writing is really great, and there is just enough of the plot and world building to get me interested and raring to go for first book. The world in Hera is definitely different, with humans that have become more thanks to a parasite…the next step on the evolutionary rung, or so they make themselves believe. Through Hera we get just a taste of the corruption within the Gultur race.

This is certainly a series that I’m going to keep in mind when I’m digging through the piles of kindle books. I look forward to seeing the world building in full force and just what the fight against the Gultur is really like.

4 stars

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