Publisher: Wise Ink
Publishing Date: December 2015
Publisher Description: Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.
Review: Caeli Crys is….you guessed it, Speshul. She’s always blushing or being demur, quiet, thoughtful, brilliant, beautiful, strong and giving. Not to say people cant have those qualities but there is never anything wrong with Caeli. She can heal with her mind and empathically read others minds as well (so she can speak alien languages in a few seconds). Her only downside is the rage she feels for others subjugating her people. Wah?
So as per the recent pattern of romantic novels that try to be SciFi or thriller or fantasy, we get hunky space man Derek, whom she saves with her MIND and soon they are on his spaceship banging each other amongst the stars. Caeli is so great that she endears herself to suspecting crew members and saves everyone with her MIND. The characters are not deeply developed enough with the movement so their antics are rendered flat. The scene progression is all about Caeli with some infusion of new characters that are also uninteresting. The world building is finite, meaning some names of other aliens(?) are thrown out there but they are human?? “Actually” was used 30x which is not the most that I have encountered but is getting up there.
The ending is a kind of cliffhanger or in this case, unresolved spew that hints at a series of MIND numbing journeys featuring Caeli the speshul and her douchebag boyfriend, Derek the Dumb.