I received this book via the author, Scarlett Dawn. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: Mark #2
Published by Self Publish on 2016-06-20
Length: 149 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:
Subject Name: Madeline Faire
When natural disaster strikes Joyal, Madeline is tossed from her planet into the hands of the Kireg. Madeline has always feared the Kireg, an alien who can bend—or snap—a mind with only a thought. What she found on their home planet is even more frightening. Civil unrest has exploded and enemies are everywhere. But the one thing she never expected to find was her mate, the rebellion leader who started the war.
*THIS IS A STANDALONE NOVELLA WITHIN THE MARK SERIES*
Moon Mark by Scarlett Dawn is a standalone in the Mark series and possibly my favorite of the two novellas. Madeline Faire is training as a scientist when the tidal wave hits Joyal, wiping out a good portion of their population. She is then pulled from Joyal in a lottery and given to the Kireg who are in the middle of a civil war. Out of her element, Madeline must find a way to keep herself and the other humans alive.
Madeline is a great character! She is smart and her intellect and natural curiosity get her into all kinds of trouble with the mind-reading Kiregs. Her curiosity rules her thoughts and well these thoughts aren’t always pleasant to the eavesdropping mind-readers. Like Braita, she’s innocent and naive when it comes to relations but her curiosity in how relations work endear her to others.
Geo, the Kireg rebellion leader, is a tough one to like in the beginning, but he quickly grew on me. He is powerful, calculated, and intimidating, yet he is gentle and his cause is good. He’s fighting the Dynasty for the freedom of all people on Kireg. How could you not like that?!
The novella centers around Madeline and Geo, their relationship, and the dangers of the rebellion. I found myself intrigued by the political aspects and just as curious about the Kireg as Madeline is. I loved the love/hate relationship between Geo and Madeline and how they each sacrifice for the other. And the world-building….PERFECT! I was fully immersed in the story, unable to tear myself away.
Overall, I think Moon Mark may be my favorite Scarlett Dawn book! It was steamy, the world was amazing, and the plot intriguing. If you enjoy science fiction with a little dystopia and a lot of romance, I highly suggest you pick up a copy. While this is the second novella in the series, it can still be enjoyed as a standalone, though I do recommend reading Cold Mark as well.
This sounds like a really fun book that has so many unique elements to it! I am really intrigued by the plot. I am glad that it was such an enjoyable read! <3