The Curse of Sotkari Ta by Maria A. Perez

Okay, I will be the first to say that while I love a good space opera on the telly (Battlestar, Firefly, Star Trek!!), I’ve not been one to read them because sometimes the tech part is too much for me. I like my Sci-Fi more on the Fi end than the Sci, if you get me?

Well, that was the case until I found this amazing trilogy by Maria A. Perez. I follow her on Twitter and was captivated by the snippets from these novels that she wove into her Very Short Story (VSS365) posts, so I gave the first two a try on KU. Other than the fact that I had my Alexa read it to me, I was hooked almost instantly.

Mina is an Earthian that has been implanted with the DNA of an evolved alien race, the Sotkari Ta. There are others like her all over the galaxy, and an evil empire known as the Lostai are rounding up all of these super-charged beings to activate the sleeping genes and build them into a military force to rule the galaxy. In an escape attempt, Mina is brought together with Montor, another Sotkari Ta from a different planet. He is arrogant, rude, and everything that Mina doesn’t want in a partner…yet.

Oh, y’all I have to stop there because I am so very bad at spoilers, but let me just say that the journey that Mina and Montor undertake has so many twists, turns, heartbreaks and redemptions that I was absolutely dizzy each night when I’d finish reading to head to bed. In fact, there were nights when I stayed up to get through just one more chapter! This book has love, hate, war, spice, family dynamics – the struggle between found family and family of origin. Strong characters and a main character who is a force of nature in Mina. Have a read – you won’t regret the time spent, I promise!