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    Fast-paced romantic sci-fi

    Three and a half stars. This second novel in the Consortium Rebellion series focuses on Ada's sister Bianca von Hasenberg. Formerly married to one of her father's political allies she has returned home after her husband's death. What no-one knows is that her husband was the very definition of mad scientist and implanted nanobots into her brain which enable her to hear electronic transmissions such as messages and decrypt secure files. Now Bianca uses her skills to gather information and to help other unfortunate woman who are being forced into arranged marriages. Bianca loves to torment her father's head of security, Ian Bishop and uses her special skills to feed him information anonymously, although she also fed him misinformation when he was trying to track down Ada. Then in one night there is an attempt to assassinate Ada and her oldest brother is kidnapped. Bianca will need to pull on all her resources to rescue her brother before his disappearance escalates the war between House von Hasenberg and House Rockhurst. I really enjoyed this second book in the series but it wasn't without its faults. It felt more of a romance than the first book and there seemed to be constant descriptions of what Bianca and her team were wearing - I get it when they are attending a masked ball but just day-to-day clothing? Nah, not necessary. Also, despite the very different scenario and the promising start, I felt there were too many similarities with the first novel(view spoiler). Overall, a fast-paced sci-fi, romance with a heroine with special powers and a super-human hero. I definitely want to continue reading the series - which sibling will be next?
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    great second title in the series

    I originally found the first title in this series, Polaris Rising, mentioned on an e-book forum a while back, bought it and loved it. I was then bummed to find out that the next title in the series (this one, Aurora Blazing) wasn’t going to be out until October. Then I got happy again when I was given an advance review copy of Aurora Blazing and didn’t have to wait until October. Although I mostly read mysteries, I also appreciate a good space opera and/or a good romance from time to time, and Aurora Blazing is a fun combination of both. In its continuation of the storyline from the original protagonist of the first book to her sister, with the developing relationship between Bianca and Ian, and in having some steamy scenes, it’s like a romance - although to be honest, I skipped some of the steamy stuff, as I do with most romances… The setting, however, is a nicely imagined space world that is a little more built-out than in the first book, with lots of spaceships and gadgets, some Houses spread across a bunch of planets to fight a war, and a nice cast of characters. I enjoyed watching Bianca develop her inner strength and make a silver lining out of the nasty stuff her now-dead former husband had done to her, liked watching her back-and-forth with Ian, and I especially “liked” the villainous new (at least I don’t remember them from the first book) Silva Syndicate. There are plenty enough high-jinx and adventure to merit a space opera badge for Aurora Blazing as well as a romance badge. All-in-all, I enjoyed this book just as much, or maybe even a bit more, than its predecessor. And I am now looking forward to the third in the series, which, per a little note at the back of the book, will feature the last sister, Catarina, and is due out in May 2020. Finally, one little heads-up - if you haven’t read Polaris Rising, I think you can still enjoy Aurora Blazing, but I think you will enjoy it more if you read the first one first… NOTE: As mentioned above, I received an ARC of this title from the publisher/Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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    SciFi Romance

    I really enjoyed this second installment in Jessie Mihalik's Consortium Rebellion series. The pacing was excellent. (I lost sleep due to multiple "just one more chapter" events.) The main characters were beautifully developed and I loved that the main character didn't need saving by anyone. My only complaint was that the secondary characters didn't get enough page time. I'm looking forward to the third installment
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    Amazing

    Lover her work . Can't wait for the next release. New favourite author
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    Aurora Blazing

    This was a great sequel. It has a slightly different tone in a way than book 1 because Bianca is quite different than Eda, but I liked it. There is plenty of action, intrigue, danger and adventure with Bianca trying to figure out what happened to her brother. Bianca is a likable main character. I liked reading about her and her intelligence network and how capable and kind she was, but also how she was hurt due to what her now dead husband did and how she struggled with some things. I liked the romance between Bianca and Ian when things finally heated up. I did find the build-up a bit tedious as there is a lot of arguing and them both being ridiculously stubborn. I was happy when they started working together and when their relationship turns into something more it was wonderful to see. They make for a great team. While this is Bianca's story and her adventure, there is still some we see of characters from the previous book which was fun.As well as more we learn of the other siblings and some new characters too. The world building and politics are expanded upon in this book. Emily Woo Zeller did a great job with the narration and I really enjoyed listening to this book. I can't wait for book 3 and plan to listen to that one as well.
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