Double Life by S. Usher Evans

Double Life

byS. Usher Evans

Kobo ebook | June 12, 2014

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Also available in an eBook box set! Piracy is a game. How much are you worth? Since she was a little girl, everyone - from her father to the Great Creator himself - told Lyssa Peate the same thing: she's worthless. But when she becomes the pirate bounty hunter Razia, she can see the price tag on her own head. Employed by one of the four pirate syndicates, she uses bank transactions and her considerable wits to capture rival members. At least, she would be if Razia's boss ever gave her a chance. It's a man’s world, and all she’s allowed to hunt are purse snatchers while she languishes on probation. To pay the bills, she's stuck in her old life as Lyssa, discovering and analyzing distant planets and selling them for cash. She's doing just enough to stay out of trouble, pretending to be continuing her father's mysterious research while away for long periods of time. Her slimy boss is always asking questions and even assigns one of her younger brothers, Vel, to intern with her. Already struggling to keep the balance between her double lives, she tries everything to rid herself of the kid... ...until the universal police mistake Lyssa’s intern for Razia's hostage.
Title:Double LifeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 12, 2014Publisher:S. Usher EvansLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:131140032X

ISBN - 13:9781311400321

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who doesn't love a great story with space pirates? This is a tricky review to write because I loved Double Life a lot and I'm trying really hard to not ramble on about things nobody would understand. I wasn't expecting to love Double Life as much as I did. I was confident that it would be a 4 star read (partially because I'm not much of a sci-fi reader). I was pleasantly surprised when I was easily sucked into the world of bounty hunting and planet excavation. My favourite part of Double Life was easily the whole bounty hunting aspect. I can't tell you why, but I loved it. It just felt like this big game where pirates hunt other pirates to make their rankings go higher. Something about that just made me really excited to keep reading this book (and eventually the whole series). I even found the idea of excavating and selling planets was pretty cool. Let's be real though, I thought everything was pretty cool. While the plot of Double Life was mostly about bounty hunting and being a pirate, I actually really enjoyed Lyssa's life of exploring planets too. I liked that we got to see a good chunk of both her identities instead of only focusing on the one. I'm really happy with how that turned out. I wasn't a fan of Lyssa/Razia at the start of the book. I didn't hate her but I didn't love her either. As I kept reading she started to grow on me. There were quite a few times that I wanted to give her a good smack across the face but I ended up really enjoying her company. I think it was her voice that really stuck with me. I loved the sarcasm and witty responses. I loved that she didn't let anybody tell her what to do. I loved that she could seriously kick some ass. I also really loved her relationship with Sage (though we didn't see enough of him in this book to make me REALLY happy). I can tell he's going to be an interesting character in the later books and I can't wait to see more of him. Double Life deserved all the possible stars I could give it. It hooked me from the first chapter and didn't let me leave until I was done (thankfully it was a quick read for me). I don't think I've ever read through a book with this much desperation, just to see what happened next.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Space Pirates!! When I heard that this book was about space pirates I was instantly drawn in. I mean, who doesn’t love a story involving pirates? Especially one that has a fine ensemble of secondary characters, a brother/sister relationship and happens to be a quick, engaging read. Lyssa Peate, or Razia as she is known in the pirate web, is our main character. A little warning, she is not the most likeable of characters. She constantly acts based on her emotions, mainly anger, and gets herself into unnecessary trouble because of it, and shoves away anyone who attempts to help her. I get that this is due to the trauma of her past, but I still feel that it is a bit immature, especially for a woman of 21. Putting that aside, Razia is ambitious and intelligent and despite experiencing the difficulties of being accepted in what is considered a “man’s game” she doesn’t let that stop her from attempting to become the universes best bounty hunter, which I applaud her for. Also, by the end of the book she does grow, which I hope continues through the rest of the series. The secondary characters, Sage, Vel, Harms, Pymus, etc. on the other hand were some of my favourite characters ever. I don’t want to say too much about them, but I want to learn more about Sage and how he came to be part of Lyssa’s life. And more of Vel as well, because the sibling relationship between him and Lyssa is great and I loved seeing her go from hating him to actually caring about him and hope that maybe this could lead to bridging the gap with more of her family. The hatred Lyssa’s family has for her is one thing I don’t quite understand. There is the whole thing with her father but the hatred observed seems to run deeper than what should be caused by that. Perhaps it will be touched on it the future, but I feel like so much more could have been discussed in this book regarding this. The pirate game is a unique aspect, and though I was hoping for higher stakes for it, I still think it was a good touch. There wasn’t too much techno-speak regarding it and once the rules are explained it is fairly easy to understand, though, this explanation should have come earlier in the book when Razia is first hunting pirates. (Side note: in the ebook version of this book all of the illustrations of the pirate web are really small and very hard to see) All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I devoured it in one sitting. Currently I am reading the second and am enjoying it even more. So, I recommend that you get yourself this book.
Date published: 2016-11-15