Author: Tabitha Lord
Publisher: Wise Ink Publishing
Part of a Series: Horizon
Type of book: different worlds, future, science fiction, romance, genocide, empathy, healing, doctor, survival
Year it was published: 2016
WINNER Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
FINALIST Next Generation Indie Book Awards
FINALIST National Indie Excellence Awards
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.
Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.
As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.
Main characters include Caeli and Derek. Caeli is a blonde empathetic young woman who can heal others with her mind and is capable of other powers like mind-reading and some shadow magic. She has went through quite a number of tragic events and has been attempting to survive instead of living and thriving. In my opinion, her character is not consistent. Derek is commandeer of a ship and has recently lost a partner he is close. He is a soldier and places a lot of values on orders and, in my opinion, doesn't seem to understand emotions a lot. There are other characters, but unfortunately they don't have as much importance as Caeli and Derek do.
Love is a panacea
The story is written in third person narrative from Caeli's and Derek's points of view. I admit that the world building was a bit unique because the inhabitants were humans on different planets, and I also liked the suppression and genocide that Caeli experiences. What should have been meaningful to me, and should have been filled with angst, isn't. As I understand, surviving is trying to continue life through basics of food, water, shelter and, occasionally, sex. Once the survival stage is over, then hidden emotions emerge and will overwhelm the person, asking to be dealt with. Caeli, in my opinion, doesn't experience the after-flood of emotions. It often feels that with her finding Derek and falling in love is a panacea against them. Her character as well seems contradictory because in the first half of the book, she tries to do what she can for the survivors of the genocide, but then she leaves and not much is devoted to psychological state of mind with her wrestling with guilt and uncertainty.
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Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island. She is married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable lab mix. Her degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and she taught Latin for years at an independent Waldorf school, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.
Tabitha’s debut novel, Horizon, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Infinity, the second book in the Horizon series, will be released in June 2017. Her short story “Homecoming” appears in the anthology Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a senior editor for www.BookClubBabble.com.
Visit her blog at www.tabithalordauthor.com where she discusses favorite topics including parenting, teaching, and her writing journey.
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From time to time I sometimes read books that normally will fall outside my area of enjoyment. As any reader knows, this can be either a hit or miss situation, and unfortunately for me, in this case it was a miss situation. While I enjoyed the creative world building, I feel that something tended to lack in the story; perhaps the idea that there is a lot of focus on romance, (too much I think,) or that not enough time was spent on character growth for the characters. From the description, I expected this book to be a story of Caeli's journey through emotions of pain and grief as well as her rising above those emotions to do what is right. I also expected for Caeli to be in conflict about her feelings towards her former love versus her current love. Instead, there is insta-love between Caeli and Derek and most of the time is spent on them making googly eyes towards one another.
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BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:
May 22 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Horizon / giveaway
May 22 - To Be Read - review of Horizon
May 23 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Infinity / giveaway
May 24 - 411 on Books, Authors and Publishing News - spotlight / guest post/giveaway
May 25 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Horizon / giveaway
May 26 - Cheryl' Book Nook - review of Horizon / author interview / giveaway
May 30 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Horizon / giveaway
May 31 - Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf - review of Horizon / giveaway
May 31 - Lisa Loves Literature - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 1 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review on Horizon
June 2 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review on Infinity
June 5 - Haddie's Haven - review of Horizon / guest post / giveaway
June 6 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Horizon
June 7 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Infinity
June 8 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Infinity / giveaway
June 9 - Cheryl' Book Nook - review of Infinity / giveaway
June 12 - To Be Read - review of Infinity
June 12 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Horizon / giveaway
June 13 - Haddie's Haven - review of Infinity / giveaway
June 14 - Mystery Suspense Reviews - review of Horizon / guest post
June 16 - 100 Pages A Day - review of Horizon / guest post / giveaway
June 19 - Elsie's Audiobook Digest - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 20 - Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf - review of Infinity / giveaway
June 21 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Infinity / giveaway
June 22 - Books, Dreams, Life - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 26 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Horizon / giveaway
June 27 - Crossroad Reviews - review of Horizon
June 28 - Baker Kella - review of Horizon / author interview / giveaway
June 29 - Baker Kella - review of Infinity / giveaway
June 30 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Horizon
July 4 - Sharing Stories - review of Horizon
July 4 - Books for Books - review of Horizon
July 5 - Lukten av trykksverte - review of Horizon / giveaway
July 6 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Horizon / guest post
July 7 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Infinity
July 7 - A Book Geek - review of Horizon
July 10 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Infinity / giveaway
July 11 - Books for Books - review of Infinity
July 11 - Crossroad Reviews - review of Infinity
July 12 - Lukten av trykksverte - review of Infinity / giveaway
July 13 - A Book Geek - review of Infinity
July 13 - Reviews in the City - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 14 - Sharing Stories - review of Infinity
July 14 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Infinity
TBD - Bound 4 Escape - review of Infinity / giveaway
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)