Book Review: Hive & Heist by Janine A. Southard

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Book Review: Hive & Heist by Janine A. Southard

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Hive & Heist by Janine A. SouthardHive & Heist by Janine A. Southard
Series: Hive Queen Saga #2
on April 29th 2014
Genres: Sci Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 250
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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A space station caper! Here’s the sequel to the award-winning Queen & Commander.

Is it really stealing when you take back what’s yours?

Exhausted and broke, Rhiannon’s Hive limps into John Wayne Station on the Ceridwen’s Cauldron. Safe at last, this stop-over is looking bright until the authorities steal their ship’s engine. The only solution: steal it back!

Between stage-handing a play (at the local brothel) and avoiding their law-enforcement roommate (a sentient robot), they grow into a real team. A real Dyfed-style Hive.

The law enforcement robot, meanwhile, is busy detecting a series of thefts and murders. She’s determined to use all her skills—programmed both before and after she clawed her way to sentience—to protect anyone else from getting hurt. Agents from a rival law enforcement group, however, bump into her investigation and create problems that she could really do without. She has a job to do, even if they’re determined to get in her way.

Hive & Heist has action, druidry, and a sentient robot. Oh, and some sheep.

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My Thoughts

Ok, in my review of Queen & Commander I expressed my feelings on these young adults going out on their own with no regard to how they were going to survive, and with none of them having any real knowledge of the real world. (yes I sound like an old lady, but damn it, it’s true!)

So… in this book it started much the same. As I was starting to get disappointed that the plot wasn’t going to be very different from the first, it started getting better. Yes, there was still some dissension in the ranks, but they were starting to work together. At least some of them were.

Victor really surprised me in this! I thought he was going to remain his serious, Gwyn loving self but he really grew. Rhiannon sort of grew. I think it was more being in this new town and seeing how she affected people that helped her to grow. I did like her much more in this one than the last but until a bit more than half way through she kept making the same mistakes that she made in book one.

The character I loved was Melissa! Love, Love, Love her! She added so much to this even though her story and theirs is somewhat perpendicular. Just her being in the plot was fantastic. And the fact that she’s some form of cyborg with human thoughts just made me love her all the more. Janine A. Southard really did a great job when she created Melissa and I loved every part of the book that she was in. (BUT especially the ending SQUEEE!!)

So, much better than the first. Still a bit slow to get started but it picks up. The ending was well worth the wait.


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The Author

Janine A. Southard writes and edits speculative fiction in between working on videogame projects. She’s attended more than the average number of universities, which she claims is a FEATURE not a bug. (“Oxford educated, but Californian at heart;” she’s also lived and traveled in Europe, the United States, and Japan.)

Currently, she lives in Seattle with a husband and a cat. The cat pretends to care about this.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Hive & Heist by Janine A. Southard”

    • Christina

      I loved it! Really excited that I got a bit out of my genre comfort zone for this one.