Thursday, 7 October 2021

[MPOV] Pets in Space 6: A Science Fiction Romance Anthology: Behr's Rebel (Marastin Dow Book 2) by S.E. Smith

My rating: 4/5 based on first story, Behr's Rebel (Marastin Dow Book 2) by S.E. Smith
Goodreads rating: 4.86/5
Published: October 5th, 2021
Edited by Carol Van Natta
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Short Stories

October's Book Challenge:
TBNT Book Challenge: An alternative timelines read OR written by a public figure

This anthology came just in time for this month's book challenge, an alternative timelines read. However, it arrived a little late hence I didn't have time to finish reading it. I've only managed to finish the first story to post this review. Thank you to the publisher for this e-ARC in return for my honest review and I will definitely finished reading it to provide a full review later on.

The main reason why I accepted this anthology is because of their charitable nature. 10% of the preorders and the first month's sales will be donated to Hero Dogs, a charity org that provides trained service dogs to disabled veterans and first-responders in the USA. Pets in Space 6 is written by pet lovers for pet lovers in general. I am so humbled to be a part of this good cause.

There are 11 short stories in this anthology, aside from the first one I've read by S.E. Smith, the remaining are:
1. Star Cruise: Time Loop (A Sectors Romance) by Veronica Scott
Eyn, a three-eyed lizard, has a multi-layered shell, but likes to spend time with his owner, Raelyn. Good thing, too, since she’s reliving the same terrible day. If she can’t get out of the time loop, everyone on the interstellar cruise ship she’s on will die, including the man she’s falling in love with.

2. The Cyborg with No Name (Cyborgs on Mars Series) by Honey Philips
A robot dog is Rose’s only companion in the Martian outback. He’s a quirky collection of mismatched parts, but he’s hers. Despite what her former employer thinks, the outcast scientist knows the robots she developed to help with the terraforming process are more than machines. Especially when a robot horse she created shows up at her doorstep and leads her to an injured cyborg ranger.

3. Escape from Nova Nine (A Central Galactic Concordance Novella) by Carol Van Natta
Griffins in space… They’re small, birdlike creatures that were genetically engineered to look like miniature griffins from mythology. Against all odds, they’re thriving in the harsh environment of a rogue asteroid mine. They could be the key to survival and escape for prisoners Julke and Zade.

4. Trade Secrets (The Department of Homeworld Security) by Cassandra Chandler
When is a cat more than a cat? When he’s a space kitten, of course. The kitten has already adopted alien Xan, who’s only trying to keep his friends out of trouble. Earth at large isn’t ready to learn that aliens exist. Then the kitten decides that human Gwen, who’s stumbled across their secrets, would be the perfect pet…, er, mate for Xan.

5. See How They Run (TriSystems: Smugglers Series) by JC Hay
Positive, Negative, and Monocle are three ordinary-looking lab mice who are inexplicably accustomed to low-gravity. When engineer Baker steals them, she discovers they’re more than they seem. She hopes so, because it could save the life of her coworker, who means so much more to Baker than she’s willing to admit.

6. Suri's Sure Thing (Kimura Sisters Series) by S.J. Pajonas
Finn is a gorgeous, goofy golden retriever with a heart the size of the galaxy. He is pair-bonded with workaholic Suri, who would rather be in space than deal with her complicated family life. Finn knows Suri would be happier if she’d only notice her best friend Eric, so they could stay together. Maybe a trip to space would help her see the light…

7. The Thunder Egg (Dryden Universe Novella) by Greta van der Rol
Neyru is a… well, no one really knows. She looks sort of like a tiny winged dinosaur, and she might be psychic. All vacationing professor Drew knows is she’s beautiful and clever, and growing fast. If only he can convince sexy freighter captain Afra to help him get the little alien foundling back where she belongs.

8. Worlds of Fire: Metamorphosis (Worlds of Fire Series) by Deborah A. Bailey
In the Worlds of Fire, people with magical abilities sometimes have familiars, animal companions they can talk to. Gargoyle shifter Jaydon has a gold-bodied, black-winged bird named Delphy. Student Asira has never met a familiar, and isn’t sure what to think when Jaydon says the only reason he agreed to teach her is because Delphy recommended her.

9. Stranded on Grzbt (Far Star Series) by Melisse Aires
Mimi and her companions are stuck in an alien spaceport, trying to find their way back home to Earth. Mimi befriends and feeds a tiny alien creature the size of a mouse, with three eyes, six paws, and a trunk. Her new pet returns the favor by helping her meet handsome alien Kyre, who might be their best chance for survival.

10. Escaping Korth (Before the Fall Series) by Kyndra Hatch
Agronomist Liana Walker is a casualty of the Human-Korth war. Held captive and interrogated as an enemy combatant, her only friend is Rainbow, an eight-legged spider-like creature with a crab-like shell and large, soft antennae. Plus twelve eyes that allow Rainbow to see the truth when Liana can’t. Such as, her interrogator is the same Korth male she grew up with, before the war separated them.
Behr's Rebel (Marastin Dow Book 2) by S.E. Smith
Chummy and Pi are cute and fluffy alien pets. They’re pretty sure they rescued Raia, the human woman they travel with, not the other way around. In any case, it’s going to take all three of them to rescue a Marastin Dow General who is slated for execution.
This short story consisted of 16 chapters on how a human was appointed by a few Marastin Dow rebels to save their general who will be executed in the next 3 days. After the rescue, they were to meet at a rendezvous point to handover the general. Sparks ignited between the human and the general slowly but surely with the human's pets intervention.
With the help of her two innovative pets, a human woman rescues an alien General and becomes part of the revolution he is leading.
I am surprised with the natural flow of the story even though it is sci-fi with many new terms and characters. Also this is book 2 of Marastin Dow but it can be read as a standalone and I am surprised I was not lost in space! I have always avoided reading sci-fi as I'm always confused in the end. However, this is well written with a difference. I have thoroughly enjoyed this first piece and definitely looking forward to the remaining stories with high anticipation.

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Bonus novella: Raia's Pets (everyone who buys Pets in Space 6 can claim a free never-released-before Marastin Dow novella, Raia's Pets)

Publisher: Pets in Space Books for Chavanch Press
Formats Available: ebook only
Price: $4.99

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