Maven Blog Tour Stop: Book Review

Author: Starla Huchton

Publisher: Createspace

Release date: May 29, 2013

Rating: 4 stars – I REALLY ENJOYED IT!

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How far would you go for love?

Since losing her parents at fourteen, young prodigy Dr. Lydia Ashley has focused on one thing: an appointment on the Deep Water Research Command Endure. Now twenty-one, she’s about to realize that dream, but nothing is how she imagined it would be. Her transitional sponsor forgets her, her new lab is in complete chaos, and, as if that weren’t enough, she’s about to discover something so horrific it could potentially destroy all life on the planet.

Daniel Brewer, a noted playboy and genius in his own right, may be exactly what she needs… Or he may make everything worse.

Has she finally found a puzzle she can’t solve?


All Lydia has ever wanted was to be a part of the Deep Water Research Command Endure. She’s always been captivated by the marvels of the sea. When her dream of joining Endure come true, Lydia jumps at the chance. There is no where else she’d rather be and meeting Daniel Brewer is an extra perk. But when startling revelations surface, it is up to Lydia and Daniel to delve into further research where every single perception Lydia held changes.

Can we talk about the cover? It’s absolutely stunning! I really love the simplicity, yet, mystery surrounding the story. When I first read the synopsis I was immediately intrigued. It sounded like my kind of book. This did not disappoint and I was so glad to have jumped on board the train for this!

I really liked that the book is told from two perspectives: Lydia’s and Daniel’s. Their voices are creatively unique and quite infectious. There were points throughout the novel that I could not stop myself from reading no matter how late it was. The thing about two person perspectives within a story that I really like is that the reader gets to see both sides of the story. I got the chance to see both of them grow and blossom from who they were from the first page to the last. It’s something that Huchton does very well.

The other factor that I liked about both characters was their development throughout the story. Especially, Daniel’s. He’s seen as the resident playboy, but when he meets Lydia it changes. He realizes what he may have needed. And she in turn learns what love is and the feelings that come with it.

Their romance was gradual and very well developed. No insta-love here, which is refreshing. I love, love, loved this aspect of the story. It made it believable and relatively well written. Huchton’s writing is impeccable and captivating. I really liked this futuristic world that she created. It’s creative and unique – two things that I love to see in stories!

The book is categorized as Sci-fi/Romance but I think it’s much more than that. There is mystery and politics involved. The latter is subtle, but nonetheless there. The mystery is what drove this story. Okay, so it was also the romance. I really liked that too!

You’re probably wondering why this is getting 4 stars rather than 5, right? Well, I was in a terrible reading slump and there were times where I did not want to read this. The beginning was hard for me to get by and probably delayed my timing. But it get’s so much better after the first 7 or so chapters. It is at this point that it saddened me to turn of my Kindle because it was so late.

I thoroughly enjoyed Starla Huchton’s new series and cannot wait to read the sequel! There are so many things left unsolved that I cannot wait to discover! I also want some more of Daniel….. Hey, what can I say? I love me some hot techy boys. Can you blame me? No. Definitely recommend this NA indie novel. It is sure to be captivating and enthralling the sinker you delve into the world of the Endure research facility.


SAHuchton_picStarla Huchton released her first novel, The Dreamer’s Thread, as a full cast podcast production beginning in August 2009. Her first foray went on to become a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. Since her debut, Starla’s voice has appeared in other podcasts including The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, The Drabblecast, and Erotica a la Carte. She is also a voice talent for Darkfire Productions, and narrates several of their projects, including The Emperor’s Edge series, This Path We Share, and others. Her writing has appeared in the Erotica a la Carte podcast, a short story for The Gearheart, and an episode of the Tales from the Archives podcast (the companion to Tee Morris and Philippa Balantine’s Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series), which garnered her a second finalist badge from the 2012 Parsec Awards. Her second novel, a Steampunk adventure entitled Master of Myth, was the first place winner in the Fantasy/Science Fiction category of The Sandy Writing Contest held annually by the Crested Butte Writers Conference. Maven is her third completed novel and the first in a planned series of four.

After completing her degree in Graphic Arts at Monterey Peninsula College, Starla opened up shop as a freelance graphic designer focusing on creating beautiful book covers for independent authors publishers. She currently lives in Virginia where she trains her three Minions and military husband.


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