MINI BOOK REVIEWS: Consortium Rebellion Series – Jessie Mihalik

I’m trying to make more time this year to read full series and backlist books that I’ve had on my TBR and I’m loving the progress I’ve been making! I just recently discovered the Consortium Rebellion series a few months ago. I can’t believe this sci-fi/space opera series exists and no one thought to @ me. For those who don’t know, I’m obsessed with space opera books (I’ve also heard them called space romance? Is this a thing?) and it’s always a struggle to find books that fit what I’m looking for!

35662096Title: Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion #1)
Author: Jessie Mihalik
Rating: ★★★★

Polaris Rising starts out right in the middle of the action, and honestly, that’s the way to do it in order for sci-fi books to catch my attention. This book was such an adventure from the first chapter, al the way up until the final pages. 

I absolutely loved the dynamic between Ada and Loch. Ada von Hasenberg is a daughter from one of the Royal Consortium High Houses, and Marcus Loch is an ex-military man wanted for murder. At first, the two seem to be  opposites, but they work really well together and find more in common than they first believed. Their chemistry was amazing from their first few scenes together and it made the transition into something more feel so natural and believable. 

Polaris Rising had everything I wanted in a sci-fi/space opera story: adventure, fast-paced story, romance, and high stakes. It made me really excited for the next two books in the series!

41951623Title: Aurora Blazing (Consortium Rebellion #2)
Author: Jessie Mihalik
Rating: ★★★½

Aurora Blazing is centered around Ada’s older sister, Bianca, whom we briefly meet at the end of Polaris Rising. She was throwing off some serious vibes with the House von Hasenberg Director of Security, Ian, so I was really looking forward to reading this!

This book was more plot-centric than the first, and less focused on the romance. One the one hand, I was really thrilled about the plot here: we follow Bianca around the universe as she attempts to find/rescue her missing older brother, the heir to their House. However, I did feel like I was missing out on the romance while reading. Ian and Bianca had some serious chemistry and unresolved angst going on, so I really wish the author would have explored that more. 

Overall, Aurora Blazing was the perfect follow up to Polaris Rising. I was disappointed by the lack of romance, but delight by the thrilling adventures, plot twists, and betrayals this one gave readers.

Title: Chaos Reigning (Consortium Rebellion #3)
Author: Jessie Mihalik
Rating: ★★★½

In Chaos Reigning, we follow the youngest von Hasenberg sibling, Catarina, as she attempts to sleuth information regarding a potential betrayal by other Houses. Cat was an interesting character as we don’t really see much of her before this book. She has a reputation throughout of the Consortium of being a ditzy, self-absorbed daughter of a High House, but she presents that front to conceal that fact that she’s very clever and has her own spying ring. 

As with Aurora Blazing, there is a lot more going on plot-wise. However, I also felt like the author kicked up the romance a notch so I really appreciated that. Alex and Cat made a really good team, despite Cat’s reluctance to work with him at first, and it was hard not to root for these two. 

Chaos Reigning was the perfect blend of romance and exciting sci-fi action. I really wish we could have gotten books for the other three von Hasenberg siblings (especially Benedict!), but regardless I’m really looking forward to reading Jessie Mihalik’s next series!

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