Welcome to my stop in Cut Her Out in Little Stars book tour, if you want to check out the rest of the tour, I will link the tour schedule for you here. Thank you so much to Terminal Tours for including me in this tour, and the author Daniele Kasper for my review copy.
Title: Cut Her Out in Little Stars
Author: Daniele Kasper
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: Mid January 2021
Cara DeLeon is a woman lost in time. She’s stuck at a job she hates in a city she wants to escape. When tragedy strikes on a subway train, Cara awakens to find herself in the future, but not the one she dreamed of. Her old life is a distant memory and nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a future on the brink of war, she must learn how to navigate this strange new universe.
Commander of the Confederation Fleet Nikolas Caine is a man haunted by past sins as he defends the star system he has dedicated his life to protect. His ship is attacked by space raiders called Hostiles and Cara is discovered on board. Her arrival sets into motion a chain of events that will change his world forever.
Cara uncovers dark secrets that threaten to tear the star system apart and endanger her life. She must fight to survive if she wants to get home to her family. Battling a looming war and his growing feelings for Cara, Caine must finish his mission. Of course, Cara would end up falling for the one man dead set on sending her home. As the ghosts of his past catch up to Caine, Cara finds herself struggling to face her future.
Cut Her Out in Little Stars has surprised me by how much I enjoyed it because I am usually a logic-based and technical science fiction reader. While this book has some science behind it, it is very much a science fiction romance, not something I have considered before, but thoroughly enjoyed.
My favourite part of Cut Her Out in Little Stars has to be the characters. I loved Cara, and her never taking no for an answer. She knew her mind and was determined to stick to it, even if it did land her in heaps of trouble. Caine was a bit on an enigma until very late in, and I still think there is more to be discovered. But I like what I have read so far and can’t wait to find out more of his secrets. I enjoyed what I got to read about the background characters such as Than and Zora, but I would love to know more about them and their motivations.
One thing that I did also like was the romance between Cara and Caine. I liked the progression that it took, and it didn’t feel like Insta-love to me. Cara and Caine balanced each other out nicely, and it meant that the plot flowed through their relationship. However, I did find myself getting frustrated with the characters as all their problems could have been solved by talking to each other. But I know there wouldn’t have been a plot if they did.
The world building within Cut Her Out in Little Stars was well developed, and I felt like I understood where the characters were, but I would have loved a map of the ship as it would have made it just that little bit easier to get my bearings. When Cara did leave the ship, I loved the descriptions of the different planets and areas; they really enhanced the narrative. Daniele Kasper easily explained the science behind the plot and at no point did the book feel over complicated, which I particularly appreciated.
My only small issue with Cut Her Out in Little Stars is the pacing. It is very fast paced, and the book is packed with lots of action. So I did find myself getting overwhelmed by the action, and would have liked a bit more downtime. So I think it could have benefited from about 50 more pages, which could have made it a little bit easier to digest.
I can’t wait to see what the sequel to Cut Her Out in Little Stars brings, especially after the ending that we were given. I can’t wait to see what Daniele Kasper writes next.
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About the Author
Daniele Kasper’s travels have taken her around the world and back again, but her favorite adventures will always be found between the covers of a good book. From rescuing dolphins in the Florida Keys, to getting chased by grizzly bears in Alaska, Daniele has taken her adventures and used them as inspiration for her writing. Eventually, she married a horse trainer and settled down in central Michigan. She is now a farm girl with her husband, The Cowboy. They have four rescue dogs, a multitude of cats and chickens and a couple of cowponies. Daniele loves reading and writing fantasy and science fiction. She also loves all things Outlander and Disney, can’t grow a garden to save her life and occasionally moonlights as an elementary teacher.