Breath of Life

Breath of Life

4.6 13
by Christine Pope
     
 
Anika Jespers, a homesteader's daughter on a Gaian colony, thinks she's destined for a dull existence on her family's farm. But when her father makes an impossible bargain with their neighbor, one of the alien Zhore, she faces a future different from anything she could have possibly imagined.

The familiar story of Beauty and the Beast takes on new life in

Overview

Anika Jespers, a homesteader's daughter on a Gaian colony, thinks she's destined for a dull existence on her family's farm. But when her father makes an impossible bargain with their neighbor, one of the alien Zhore, she faces a future different from anything she could have possibly imagined.

The familiar story of Beauty and the Beast takes on new life in this inventive SF romance novella, with the Beauty a homesteader's daughter and the Beast an alien on a faraway colony world.

Novella: 32,000 words, approximately 120 pages

Editorial Reviews

100 Romances Project - Annie Not Given
Once I started reading the story, I couldn't put the Kindle down. The book is a sci-fi version of Beauty and The Beast. No singing teapots or candelabras. Instead there are breathing masks and a world of "gray and black and dark red".

If you enjoy romance and mysterious aliens, get a tall glass of iced tea, sit back, relax, and start reading "Breath of Life." Five stars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013560550
Publisher:
Dark Valentine Press
Publication date:
06/11/2011
Series:
The Gaian Consortium Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
132
Sales rank:
157,633
File size:
199 KB

Meet the Author

A native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Many reams of dead trees later, she’s happy to announce that her debut novel, Fringe Benefits,was published by Pink Petal Books in April 2010. Her short fiction has appeared in Astonishing Adventures, Luna Station Quarterly, and Dark Valentine magazine and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize.

Pope writes in a variety of genres, including paranormal romance, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and historical romance. She blames this on being easily distracted by bright, shiny objects, which could also account for the size of her shoe collection. After spending many years in the magazine publishing industry, she now works as a freelance graphic designer and editor in addition to writing fiction.

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Breath of Life 4.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 13 reviews.
silverjo More than 1 year ago
Breath of Life is the re-telling of Beauty and the Beast using a Science Fiction background. I have read several books recently where story line of a fairy tales is used. Some like Cinder take that tale and give it an unexpected twist. Others just use part of the premise in the story. Breath of Life does neither of those. Christine Pope uses all of the main points in Beauty and the Beast in Breath of Life. The location is what makes it Science Fiction. Breath of Life takes place on Lathvin IV, a planet settled by two different races, humans and the Zhore. The planet was still in the autmosphere-building stages and the life of the homesteaders was hard. Anika’s family was one of those homesteaders. One of the Zhore was their nearest neighbor. Everything changed when Anika’s Father is late coming home. From there you can guess the rest of the story. The facts are the same only the location has changed. I enjoyed reading Breath of Life. It is novella length and there were no surprises. The writing was good and the two main characters were well developed. If you are looking for a light SFR story try Breath of Life.
theborneanbookworm More than 1 year ago
I found it impossible to keep this book down even when I just needed to go to the loo. With such an enchanting story like that, it seemed to me that the author knew and understand what she's writing and about to present to her readers. Like I said before, 'sci-fi' is one of those genres I have avoided from reading but somehow, she made the genre likeable and entrancing. The plot was simple and quite Beauty and The Beast, without the handsome prince of course, yet it's very mature unlike the Disney version and truly engaging. I had the feeling of sentimental while reading, admittedly speaking. Apart from that, I really liked the two main characters, Anika and Sarzhin, as they seemed to be mismatched physically, but emotionally they are two similar persons who share one feeling in common - loneliness. Annika for me is a strong, independent character and the first person narration fitted well with her personality. Through her perspective, I literally felt everything she touches, sees, hears and smells vividly, as if I, as the matter of fact, were Anika myself. And Sarzhin, I just couldn't help but feel sorry for him. Despite his freaky alien nature, like everyone else, he just wants to love and be loved in return. Another thing about the story that pulled me in was the setting itself. The alien imagery made me value planet Earth, its beauty and my freedom to breathe fresh air easily more than ever before. Nonetheless, the author's description of Anika's surroundings and other planets as well were in fact photographically superb! I hardly found anything I dislike about this book; overall it was very well-written. I wished it was longer though. What's left to say now is that I've genuinely enjoyed Breath of Life that I think I could read it over and again. This book certainly has its place in my 'Favorites' lists and I would love to read more from this author in the future. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially those who love both sci-fi and young adult romance.
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90 pgs on nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completely enjoyed this story. Will read others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple, yet held my interest becausr it had some mystery to it. I found myself wanring to know about the alien that as mystery. Loved the ending thanyou.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting beauty and the beast
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does a great job with the characters in this story. Anika and shirzhan's love story is a great retelling of beauty and the beast with a twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally, I'm not into scyfy romances. I enjoyed this one very much. I could truly visualize the planet and characters. Neat beauty and the beast twist.
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