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Chilling effect

by Valdes, Valerie,

Format: Print Book 2020
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 11 copies
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"Jam-packed with weird aliens, mysterious artifacts, and lovable characters... a tremendous good time and an impressive debut." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred)

A hilarious, offbeat debut space opera that skewers everything from pop culture to video games and features an irresistible foul-mouthed captain and her motley crew, strange life forms, exciting twists, and a galaxy full of fun and adventure.

Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra cruise the galaxy delivering small cargo for even smaller profits. When her sister Mari is kidnapped by The Fridge, a shadowy syndicate that holds people hostage in cryostasis, Eva must undergo a series of unpleasant, dangerous missions to pay the ransom.

But Eva may lose her mind before she can raise the money. The ship's hold is full of psychic cats, an amorous fish-faced emperor wants her dead after she rejects his advances, and her sweet engineer is giving her a pesky case of feelings. The worse things get, the more she lies, raising suspicions and testing her loyalty to her found family.

To free her sister, Eva will risk everything: her crew, her ship, and the life she's built on the ashes of her past misdeeds. But when the dominoes start to fall and she finds the real threat is greater than she imagined, she must decide whether to play it cool or burn it all down.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Valdes' debut novel follows starship captain Eva Innocente and her crew as they attempt to navigate the many and varying threats plaguing them. A client falls through, leaving Eva with a ship full of psychic cats, and she must deal with her sister's apparent kidnapping by the Fridge, a cryostasis cartel joined by the fish-faced Glorious Apotheosis, an interstellar tyrant bent on revenge against her for turning down his romantic overtures. While running errands for the Fridge to try to secure her sisters' release, Eva must not only dodge the Glorious' relentless pursuit but also try to keep the reason for their bizarre new itinerary a secret from her crew especially her closest friend, medical officer Pink all while dealing with her budding feelings for her engineer, whose scent-based emotions are giving off some very clear signals. The mixture of space adventure and interpersonal relationships comes off as a more light-hearted take on the video game Mass Effect and should appeal to anyone looking for its particular brand of light, fun space opera.--Nell Keep Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Valdes's space opera misadventure of deceit and family ties is full of heart but slow to develop. Capt. Eva Innocente, a reformed rogue, has gotten herself on the right track, cruising the galaxy with the crew of the La Sirena Negra and taking up small legal jobs even though that means smaller profit. But after receiving a message that her sister, Mari, has been kidnapped by an intergalactic syndicate called the Fridge, Eva has to wager her ship, her crew, and her better life to get Mari back. Soon she's lying to her crew, fending off an angry suitor, and wrangling a cargo hold full of psychic cats. The intrigue, deception, and action somehow never quite rev up, but spirited characters and absurd humor hold this novel together as the plot trudges forward. Readers who get through the smaller early mishaps and into the meat of the book will find it satisfying. Agent: Quressa Robinson, Nelson Literary. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Space ships -- Fiction.
Interstellar travel -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Cats -- Fiction.
Emperors -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes Includes an excerpt from the author's Prime deceptions (pages 419-434).
Description ix, 434 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780062877239
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