Book Review – Beyond Forsaken Worlds by J.P. McDonald – 4 stars

Warning: May contain minor spoilers, but opening comments are spoiler-free. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Firstly, I’m going to need some specifics on the massage function of Juniper’s exo-hand.😏

This gave me Firefly meets The Lower Decks vibes with an unlikely crew uncovering an intergalactic conspiracy. Honestly, it’s been a while since I read sci-fi so I have not up-to-date books to compare this to. 

What I liked…

The story is really good and uncovers some deep secrets that put the main characters in danger, and Xan’s pet, Qilin. Nothing gets to me more than a cute animal. 

I love Juniper. She’s so much fun and completely unfiltered. 

I also love Lilianna’s gradual increase in confidence and how she accepts her own desires. 

What I didn’t like…

The analogies and metaphors were overdone and felt forced for my liking.

The constant jumping back and forth with flashbacks got a bit distracting. I’m ok with flashbacks, but this was pushing it for me. 

Final thoughts…

It was a ride and a half, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a space adventure with spice. I’ll be up for book 2.


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