Mini Reviews | Shadow Run & Island of Exiles

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller
Release date: March 21st, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young adult, science fiction
Format: eBook

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Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.

Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power—and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.

I can’t stop raving about how good this book was! It’s described as being “Dune meets Firefly” which both worried and intrigued me. How can you successfully combine these two? It seemed impossible. If you’ve ever watched either of these TV shows/movies (and you really should) they are pretty darn amazing. Opening a book description with that comparison is setting the bar pretty high. I went in all excited and was completely blown away by just how good Shadow Run was!

Here are some of the reasons why I loved this book:

  • Lots of twists and turns
  • A kickass female captain (don’t mess with her, no seriously)
  • Magical shadow powers
  • A space prince
  • High stakes, fast plot, no dull moments
  • Loveable characters
  • Witty banter and lots of sass
  • Top notch action scenes
  • Schemes, plans and entertaining nonsense
  • Spaceships
  • Awesome character names
  • Basra is the best of the best (you need to read the book to understand)

I honestly could go on and on. You just need to take my word for it. YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE! Go pre-order it. Buy it when it’s released. Request it at your local library. Just be sure to read it. While I’m so happy that I received an advance copy of Shadow Run I now have to wait patiently for the sequel. The wait is going to be excruciatingly painful. I need to know what happens next!

Throwing in some Jayne gifs because why the hell not?