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    4 stars

    Dr. Lyssandra Peate spends her days as a Deep Space Explorer, excavating planets and exploring the universe. Razia spends her free time as a bounty hunter, chasing down the most wanted pirates in the universe, while trying to avoid being captured herself. Lyssa comes from a large, prestigious family - full of people who hate her. Razia has no family. Lyssa leads a double life, and she is anxiously awaiting the day when she can become simply Razia. I have now read at least part of every series written by S. Usher Evans, and I find it a little funny that her debut novel is the last one that I read. I wish I had picked it up sooner, because Double Life was a really fun ride. Piracy is literally a game in Razia's universe, with four major pirate webs vying for the top spot. Razia is the first (and only) female pirate, and she has to prove her worth time and time again before she is taken seriously. I typically have a hard time connecting with a lot of female characters, but I did like Lyssa/Razia. Of course, there were times when she was stubborn and impulsive to the point of making very dumb decisions. Sometimes I wished she would just take a step back and think for a second before acting out whatever scheme she was cooking up. However, knowing what had happened to her throughout her life, I completely understood why she acted the way she did. The supporting characters were also amazing. I adored Vel and Sage and I really can't wait to see them more in the next book. While I really enjoyed the story and characters of Double Life, there were some things that I did not fully understand. I am still a bit confused about how the pirate web system works. It's a very cool concept, but I don't have a good grasp of all the rules and intricacies of it. I was able to understand more and more as the story progressed, so hopefully that means I will be able to learn more about the pirate webs as I continue with the series. I also don't understand why Lyssa's family hated her so much. I am assuming that I will learn why as I keep reading, but for right now, they just seem like incredibly cruel people. Overall, Double Life was a really fun ride that left me excited and wanting more. I can't wait to continue with the series and have all of my questions answered. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this story takes me!
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    Loved Every Word!

    This is a tricky review to write because I loved Double Life a lot and I'm trying really hard to not ramble on about things nobody would understand. I wasn't expecting to love Double Life as much as I did. I was confident that it would be a 4 star read (partially because I'm not much of a sci-fi reader). I was pleasantly surprised when I was easily sucked into the world of bounty hunting and planet excavation. My favourite part of Double Life was easily the whole bounty hunting aspect. I can't tell you why, but I loved it. It just felt like this big game where pirates hunt other pirates to make their rankings go higher. Something about that just made me really excited to keep reading this book (and eventually the whole series). I even found the idea of excavating and selling planets was pretty cool. Let's be real though, I thought everything was pretty cool. While the plot of Double Life was mostly about bounty hunting and being a pirate, I actually really enjoyed Lyssa's life of exploring planets too. I liked that we got to see a good chunk of both her identities instead of only focusing on the one. I'm really happy with how that turned out. I wasn't a fan of Lyssa/Razia at the start of the book. I didn't hate her but I didn't love her either. As I kept reading she started to grow on me. There were quite a few times that I wanted to give her a good smack across the face but I ended up really enjoying her company. I think it was her voice that really stuck with me. I loved the sarcasm and witty responses. I loved that she didn't let anybody tell her what to do. I loved that she could seriously kick some ass. I also really loved her relationship with Sage (though we didn't see enough of him in this book to make me REALLY happy). I can tell he's going to be an interesting character in the later books and I can't wait to see more of him. Double Life deserved all the possible stars I could give it. It hooked me from the first chapter and didn't let me leave until I was done (thankfully it was a quick read for me). I don't think I've ever read through a book with this much desperation, just to see what happened next.
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