Breath of Life

Breath of Life

by Christine Pope

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Breath of Life 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 this SF romance novella, with the Beauty a homesteader's daughter and the Beast an alien on a faraway colony world.

This book also includes the follow-on holiday short story, "A Simple Gift."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013560550
Publisher: Dark Valentine Press
Publication date: 06/11/2011
Series: The Gaian Consortium Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 132
Sales rank: 250,073
File size: 277 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in grade school. Her work includes paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and science fiction/space opera romance. She makes her home in Sedona, Arizona.

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Breath of Life 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 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.
edcsdc More than 1 year ago
I love this simple, sweet story. A Sci-fi version of Beauty and the Beast is wonderfully done. Sarzhin is jumps at a chance to have Anika holds up well from the beginning. She has inner strength and honor that is impressive. I liked that Sarzhin steps back when Anika asks. Her realization that she's been hiding from her feelings and her actions once she acknowledges them made me smile. I would recommend the follow up novella A Simple Gift. All read
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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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