Thursday, January 31, 2019

Book Review of Valiant by Merrie Destefano

The Valiant was supposed to save us. Instead, it triggered the end of the world.

Earth is in shambles. Everyone, even the poorest among us, invested in the Valiant’s space mining mission in the hopes we’d be saved from ourselves. But the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, our fate is sealed. The alien invasion begins. They pour into cities around the world through time portals, possessing humans, forcing us to kill one another.

And for whatever reason, my brother is their number one target.

Now the fate of the world lies in the hands of me, a seventeen-year-old girl, but with the help of my best friend, Justin―who’s suddenly starting to feel like more―maybe if we save my brother, we can save us all…

*We were given a copy of this book in exchange for our honest review.*

As a huge sci-fi fan, I was so excited to read this book and it did not disappoint! This book starts off right into the action, and as a reader, the sense of urgency Sara feels bleeding into me. It did take me a bit to feel like I was caught up in understanding what was fully going on, but once I did I was able to dive deep and eagerly kept reading. 

While this book is fast paced, it has a lot going on, so if you're not careful you may find yourself scratching your head. It takes a bit for the characters to develop, which I wish could happen sooner in the story. I know Sara is in a lot of trouble, but it was hard to keep track of her friends and family and why I should care about them until later in the story. 

Overall I found this book to be very creative, from the invading aliens to the world the book was set in, to the sci-fi inventions the author creates. Anyone who is a fan of sci-fi, action, or thrillers would thoroughly enjoy this book. 

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Merrie Destefano left a 9-to-5 desk job as a magazine editor to become a full-time novelist and freelance editor. Her first novel, Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles, is an urban fantasy published by Harper Voyager, and her second novel, Feast: Harvest of Dreams releases June 28, 2011. With twenty years' experience in publishing, her background includes editor of Victorian Homes magazine and founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine. Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat, and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies include reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, while her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies and listen to alternative music--although rarely all at the same time. For more information, visit her website at

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