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Hard Times, Space Times

Get a glimpse of the characters from Tessa Elwood’s upcoming Inherit the Stars in the (free to download) prequel short story Inherit the Stars: Reprieve. Plus: You could win an ARC of the full Inherit the Stars months before its release!

Hard Times, Space Times

BOOK REPORT for Inherit the Stars: Reprieve (Inherit the Stars #0.5) by Tessa Elwood

Cover Story: Simple Silhouette
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 0
Talky Talk: Tease
Bonus Factor: The Future
Anti-Bonus Factor: Familial Tensions
Relationship Status: We’re Just Getting Started

Cover Story: Simple Silhouette

This cover is keeping things simple and to the point. It reminds me of the silhouette I got from Disneyland when I was little. Only I have a perky little braid coming off the back of my head in mine.

The Deal:

In this short story, a very brief prequel to Inherit the Stars, we meet Lady Asa and her older sister, Lady Wren, who is Base Commander of some sort of space station. A space station that’s seriously struggling, thanks to lack of food and energy. Asa is trying to keep spirits up, but first—there’s a rat that needs killing.

BFF Charm: Maybe

Asa seems like a sweet girl. She obviously cares a lot about her sister, and the circumstances they find themselves in. It’ll take a bit more for me to decide if she’s true BFF material, but for now, I can see a promising future.

Swoonworthy Scale: 0

There’s no swoon in this story. (But I hear there’s some in store in the full book!)

Talky Talk: Tease

Inherit the Stars: Reprieve gives us a peek into the world Tessa Elwood has created for her upcoming series, which begins with Inherit the Stars. And I do mean a peek. The story is really too short for any major world-building, but it does a good job of introducing the main character and foreshadowing some of the tensions to come.

Bonus Factor: The Future

I’m a total sucker for anything sci-fi, so a story set on a different planet—and featuring advanced technology—is right up my alley.

Anti-Bonus Factor: Familial Tensions

There’s only the slightest hint in Inherit the Stars: Reprieve of the relationship between Asa, Wren and their father, but that hint speaks volumes. I have a feeling that things are going to get uncomfortable for everyone involved.

Casting Call:

Hailee Steinfeld as Lady Asa

I didn’t get a feel for any of the characters’ looks in this brief story, but something about Asa’s personality reminded me a lot of Hailee.

Relationship Status: We’re Just Getting Started

Although our time was short, Book, it was sweet. I’m looking forward to our next date, and glad that it’ll be much longer.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this story from Running Press. I received neither a private dance party with Tom Hiddleston nor money in exchange for this review. Inherit the Stars: Reprieve is available now.

You can download your own copy of Inherit the Stars: Reprieve for free; but, even better, you could win an ARC of the full Inherit the Stars months before its release! Just leave a comment below with your favorite sci-fi technology (e.g., space ships, plasma weapons, etc.)

We’ll choose a random winner Aug. 26. Per the publisher: U.S. only, please. The giveaway is now closed.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.
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