RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge Review: Killbox by Ann Aguirre


Title: Killbox
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publication Info: Ace 2010
ISBN: 978-0441019410
Genre: Paranormal

RITA®, and the RITA statuette are service marks of Romance Writers of America, Inc.This RITA® Reader Challenge was written by Kate. This book finaled in the Novel with Strong Romantic Elements category.

Book CoverPlot Summary: Navigational grimspace “jumper” Sirantha Jax forms an army to defend colonists stationed on the outskirts of space from a legion of flesh- eating aliens.

That’s one heck of a short summary. Wowser.

And here is Kate’s review:

Now first of all let me say, if you’ve not read this book, STOP. Reverse and start at the beginning of the series of which this is number four. Not because you won’t enjoy it, but to get the most out of Killbox you need to see where these characters have come from as they’ve all changed so much since the first installment.

In this one Jax and her hunka-hunka-burning-semi-psychotic-love March are forming a new armada to defeat the Morgut, massive evil cockroachy things, and they’re are pretty nasty…

What I liked about this book is that I didn’t feel secure about any of the character’s fates. Reading this I didn’t know if Jax and March are both going to make it, or if they’ll end up together, especially as there’s some fairly heavy hints at another love interest in this one…cough..cough..Vel, you dark horse you… Which for me gives a breath of realism to their relationship, yeah she can space jump and he’s all looky here I be psychic, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll make it just like any other couple. I also liked the rising tension in this, something is coming for humanity (and all the other races) and there’s a sense of real fear, as it appears to be an insurmountable threat, and bits of it reminded me of Aliens in the bug hunting sections. And I know he gets some hateration in some readers but I love March. I like that he’s a hero, he has to make the decisions that nobody else wants to for the good of the group, and it damages him, as it can get lonely at the top, especially since he has to push Jax away in order to do this job.

What made me said ‘meh’? One word. Cliff—frigging-hanger.

Overall this is another good book from Aguirre, and that’s what makes the ending such a pain in the chops, so it’s a solid B+ from me.

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  1. 1
    Chelsea says:

    THANK YOU for warning me about the cliffhanger. I have these books loitering in my wishlist waiting for me to feel in the mood for a reading binge. But I avoid starting series until there are many books, especially if there are cliffhangers. HATE cliffhangers.

  2. 2
    Kerry says:

    I say thanks for the warning about the cliffhanger too. I have this one and plan to finish up the series, but maybe I’ll wait until more are out before I face up to the cliffhangers.

  3. 3
    H. Vert says:

    Another thank you for the cliff-hanger warning!  I really don’t like when books do that. 

    I have a copy of the first book in this series.  It might be time for a second read.

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