I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. I read this short story two days before Christmas in hopes of starting to feel a bit of the Christmas spirit I'm lacking this year, but it didn't help much. Thankfully, I had a wonderful Christmas and hope that your holidays went well.
White Christmas by Ros Baxter
First in the New Earth trilogy
Apocalypse has destroyed the earth and humans have begun to travel to
different planets to colonize and make homes for themselves. Tabi is a
scientist looking for a way to survive the Hunter Gatherers on the
planet of Tyver and ends up saving a man who has fallen during a battle.
Tabi doesn't expect the man to be Asha, the boy who broke her heart one
Christmas. White Christmas is the only Christmas read I've read this
holiday season and it was very lackluster for me. I was hoping that this
short story would pack a real interesting punch. The storyline is
intriguing and sounds like something that would automatically become a
favorite. There's space, vampires, romance, and Christmas, but none of
these elements flowed well and the story seemed to be a mashup of ideas
that held no solid rhyme or reason.
The word building for this novel is choppy and doesn't flow. Sentences like,
looked like a magic egg of Earth legend, silhouetted on the ice as the
sky flashed and screamed from the firefight raging overhead."
no flow and seem to be thrown into the story to seem concrete. There
shouldn't be a simile or metaphor for any descriptive setting that
occurs in the story; it made everything feel bogged down with
Whimsical Writing Scale: 2
main female character is Tabi who is also referred to as Tabysha. How
anyone came up with the name Tabysha is beyond me. It sounds like the
author thought of a normal way and then had to spice it up to seem more
sci-fi. Not all sci-fi stories need interesting or different names,
especially when said names are laughable. Tabi is a character that I
don't like very much. She's bitter, which is understandable, but her
snide comments don't give a sass element, but an ass element. She was
upset when she rescued her ex and immediately wished she left him for
dead and that is a trait I can't behind.
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 1.5
main male character is Asha. Again with the -sha endings. Seriously
these names give no helping hands for the characters. Asha is cliche and
brings nothing to my female feels. He's dry and unimaginative as far as
male leads go. Asha is also a douchecanoe that thinks that because Tabi
has short hair it means she single because men don't like short hair.
What a douche thing to say. There is nothing wrong with short hair and
guys like Asha who think women should adhere to certain feminine
standards make me want to rage.
Swoon Worthy Scale: 1.5
The concept of the Hunter Gatherers is very interesting and creepy.
These creatures thrive in the cold and suck their prey dry of marrow,
blood, and cells. It's an interesting concept and a well-thought out
idea. The problem was that these predators were used as a tool to have
sex and that's a lame plot.
Villain Scale: 3
chemistry in this novel is as dry as ice the outside on the planet of
Tyver. These two have no chemistry. I'm told it's hot and steamy, but I
don't feel the heat. These two didn't make me warm and left me feeling
cold, which is fitting for this Christmas because it is too hot outside
to want to be warm. The reason these two had sex was to save themselves
from the Hunter Gatherers because for some reason human pheromones
produced during sex repel them.
There was no point to this
story. The concept was so cool, but the unnecessary sex as a plot
device pissed me off more than the characters did. These characters are
the reason this short story was a dud for me and it was a good thing it
was short because otherwise I would've felt I wasted time.
Plotastic Scale: 2
Cover Thoughts: This your typical paranormal couple with a sci-fi backdrop.
How was your Christmas/ holidays? Let me know down below in the comments!