Happy Saturday, Reading Nook!
I'm sure that most of you are probably hanging out with family, and reading! So let me be one of the first to tell you: you want to read Until Midnight by Melissa Landers.
It's a novella that takes place between Alienated and Invaded, and best of all: it's adorable and FREE!
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published December 23rd 2014 by Disney Hyperion
Format read: E-Copy
After realizing Cara is homesick, Aelyx decides to bring Christmas to their L'eihr-bound ship, with unexpected and sweet results…
At the end of Alienated, Cara made the decision to go forth with her stay on L'eihr, while Aelyx agreed to return to Earth to help the alliance. Now, as Until Midnight begins, the couple have only one day to spend together, before they're separated. So when Cara confesses to missing Christmas, Aelyx - in true Aelyx fashion! - decides to bring Christmas to Cara onboard the ship. However, in his eagerness to bring the holiday to life, he over looks some fundamental questions. The results are both hilarious and romantic, in true Cara/Aelyx fashion…
While Until Midnight is a relatively short novella at one hundred and twelve pages, Landers packs a lovely story that's alternately romantic and thought-provoking in those brief chapters. We quickly catch up with Cara and Aelyx and their ever-evolving relationship, and readers will undoubtedly love seeing how they've become even more of a solidified pair since Alienated.
They're continuing to learn about one another, while also working to learn about (and bridge) traditions on both Earth and L'eihr, even if some of them aren't always familiar to one another. Landers has always been good at showing the slow burn between Cara and Aelyx, and it's not hard to see how their thoughtful relationship choices in Until Midnight, are continuing to help them develop longevity as a couple, and furthered trust in each other.
Outside of Cara and Aelyx, Landers also deftly incorporates subtle hints of what is (likely) to come in Invaded. We learn about the challenges that lie ahead for those who are interested in the alliance, and the stance of those who are opposed. Landers continues to do a good job of showing both sides of the argument, and I can't wait to see how it all plays out.
Last but not least, Landers makes it a point to include some nice development of the relationship between Cara and her brother. It's a nice reminder of what (and who) really constitutes a "home", even when you're light-years away from home, and I'm really looking forward to further development of their relationship.
About the author:
Author Bio: Melissa Landers (melissa-landers.com) is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati and in the small town of Loveland, "Sweetheart of Ohio."