I was eagerly anticipating this book and it didn't disappoint. I didn't want it to end. It's also good to see characters from the previous book, specially baby Luna's pretty cool powers. There were funny moments in the book that really surprised me. I liked the way Zuri and Kobe developed their relationship, learning from each other's culture and both of them falling in love as they spent more time together. There were enough action and antagonist, plus a teaser at the end with Titus and Citun-they might have a story of their own hopefully... it's a race. I wish the story is LONGER, five months of waiting, well maybe I just read it too fast lol. I just finished it in one night. I highly recommend this book if you like your romance with a scifi twist, alien heroes and alien enemies. If you prefer human heroes, then this book is not for you. It's better if you read the books in order to get an appreciation of the characters from book one.
First off, I highly recommend reading Bay's Mercenary first. In the first one, Scholey sets up a fantastic, mesmerizing, captivating world with creatures and characters that enraptured me. The second book, Zuri's Zargonnii, builds on the fantastic world development that Scholey paints masterfully. It took me a minute to get into the writing style and voice that its presented in, but, dang, once I was in, I didn't want to come out! SO, SO GOOD! I had such a fun time reading this.
Okay, so, The second book in the Unearthly World series starts out with Zuri who is stranded on this strange, fascinating world. She and a group of humans crash landed on it on route to a new home while escaping the war between the Tonans and the Castians, two different species that look slightly similar but are completely opposite regarding treatment of humans– Tonans want to kill, torture, maim, hurt in anyway humans and Castians want to mate with them because the Tonans poisoned the Castians' females' drinking supply, thus, killing them, leaving them without mates.
Earth is pretty much destroyed because of insane weather that flooded, froze, and left the majority of it barren and dead. So the humans had to move on and, unfortunately, a lot of them have been killed (especially the males).
Zuri and her fellow humans, after crash landing, have to try to survive on the foreign planet, trying to find out what foods are edible and what liquids are okay to drink, finding shelter, etc. As you can imagine, it's rough going and their numbers slowly dwindle. She encounters creatures called 2BKs, beings that I found so interesting. Their world was some kind of mathematical playground where the leaves were perfectly round and everything had a very sort of stark, very precise way about it– like resembling mathematics or equations, perfectly symmetrical. They even fought with some kind of telepathy, question-asking, scientifical thing... Freaking. Awesome. And their eyes... wow, Scholey is SO creative. I don't read a ton of Sci-Fi but I thought this stuff was just... amazing.
Anyway, along comes Kobe, the super sexy, super fierce, somewhat (okay, very) intimidating alien with long white hair, glowing red eyes, patches of fur, and... yeah, he's pretty much like a yeti/abominable snowman with human-like features and is hella powerful. They're called Zargonniis and they're somewhat... primitive, kind of. But incredibly intelligent, too, if that makes sense? Lots of fun. Love these guys.
Anyway, he and his warriors/mercenaries come along, looking for human females, and come across the only three who are left from Zuri's shuttle– her and two males. Being that Kobe and his crew are, like, seven feet tall with glowing red eyes, they run for their lives, albeit in vain. What I loved about Zuri (and Bay as well) is that, although she is soft and fleshy and virtually helpless against pretty much everything in outer space, she is just as fierce as Kobe and his fellow Zargonnii warriors. She isn't afraid to tell it like it is and throw attitude (I loved how Kobe is with her and her "mouthy" ways). She's incredibly brave, doesn't pull punches, and gets the job done. But she's also vulnerable and relatable and unsure and scared, which I loved so much.
Zuri gets captured along with the other "females" (the two dudes, Leo and Cash) and are jetted on the enormous alien ship along with Kobe and his warriors back to their planet.
Zuri, of course, is not interested in this, despite growing closer to Kobe, and tries to escape via a shuttle. Kobe catches her in the act, thus scaring her. She accidentally released the latch and falls out, plummeting to the Zargonnii world below. Kobe, without a thought to his own safety, jumps after her, saving her life.
The adventure that follows was so much fun. Learning more about this scary, intense, dangerous, bizarre, and intriguing world that these characters live in was fantastic. The creatures and the different, strange things on the planet and the jungle made it an exciting journey I'm not soon to forget.
The development of the characters was very well done, as well.
I loved the banter and fun times with Kobe and Zuri.
I honestly thought they had great chemistry. There were so many times that Kobe was being compassionate and holding her with his hair or feeding her and she was cradling his face or being with him or having an incredible "holiday" together... I mean, don't get me wrong, this isn't a saccharine, sappy, hearts, and syrupy sentimental blah blah blah for endless amounts of time book. This is authentic, with times where love and affection are shared and expressed beautifully. It's definitely not dark or despairing but its not candy and lollipops either.
I love this world that Scholey has created. It's fascinating, captivating, and incredibly alluring. It's a fun, exciting... different... kind of adventure that I highly recommend. I can tell that her writing is improving as the series progresses. This is definitely a world that I can escape into again and again. If you're looking for a Sci-Fi to get lost in, pick up this series. I think you'll find that it's out of this world! (Yeah, I totally went there.)
This was a very good story. I loved both Zuri and Kobe and enjoyed their story a lot. This was a good addition to the series and I just realized that this is an off-shoot from another series (The New World series) so I may have to try that series soon.
Zuri is a human that escaped from a crumbling Earth but ended up on the wrong planet when her shuttle crashed. Her and the other survivors were left alone by the planet’s inhabitants but other aliens saw them as fair game and killed off some of her party while others died from bad food or sickness. Zuri and 2 men are the only survivors left when the Zargonnii show up intent on taking them to the Zargonnii home world.
Kobe is a Zargonnii warrior and is in space with others of his kind. Kobe is part of the Zargonnii men from the south part of the planet but they’ve heard about a human female mating with a Zargonnii male in the northern part of the planet. Some of the stories have made the Zargonnii men from the south curious so Kobe’s leader has decided to check out a planet they believe has humans to see fi the stories are true.
Kobe is the one that captures Zuri on the planet she and the others have been staying on. She fears the Zargonnii but Kobe manages to convince her that he could easily hurt her if he wanted and she’s safe with him. One of the aliens that attacked the human survivors on the planet (before the Zargonnii got there) was a race of telepathic aliens called the Gorgano. When they attacked Zuri found that her mind opened up and linked with them telepathically which gave her much information and allowed her to attack the Gorgano mentally and saving them from the Gorgano attack. Now Zuri found that some of the information she got was the ability to understand the Zargonnii language. This enabled her and Kobe to communicate to an extent but it takes a little bit before she’s able to speak the Zargonnii language (although she learns very fast because she can understand it). She’s given to Kobe to be kept safe on the trip back to the Zargonnii planet and she grows to like Kobe, finding he’s actually quite sweet…a gentle giant or sorts. Zuri wished she could stay with him but she’s been told there’s an area on the Zargonnii planet that’s been prepared from the humans to live in. Zuri doesn’t like the sounds of this though because it sounds more like a cage/zoo than a real home. Because of this, Zuri decides to escape even though she really likes Kobe.
When Zuri tries escaping she doesn't do a very good job and Kobe finds her. There’s a mess up and they both end up falling from the ship as its flying low over the planet. Fortunately the Zargonnii men are hard and almost indestructible and although their landing leaves a hole in the ground around 7 feet deep they come through mostly unharmed (Kobe used his body to protect Zuri in the landing). Unfortunately they've landed in the part of the Zargonnii planet that the females live in (the males and females of this race don’t interact except during sex) and it’s not safe for either of them to be there. They head for the male section of the planet but are left travelling through a harsh jungle for weeks with Kobe doing anything needed to keep Zuri safe. During this time they come together sexually and the longer they’re together the more they bond. Kobe decides he doesn’t care what his leader says, Zuri is his and he won’t let her be taken from him. They make it to the male area and meet Zane and Bay’s family (from book #1 Bay's Mercenary) and get transport to the south part of the continent. There’s an issue with the Gorgano’s kidnapping some Zargonnii females for experimentation and Zuri agrees to help save them since she’s able to do the mind battle with the Gorgano. This ends up being an interesting situation and a mis-understanding has Zuri separated from Kobe for a short time but things get straightened out quickly and they’re reunited. They get home and get to start their well-deserved HEA.
This was a really enjoyable story. I loved both Kobe and Zuri and was happy with how their story worked out. They’re a great couple and they have a great interaction that makes the story fun to read and engaging until the end. So far there’s no book#3 for the series but I’ll be keeping my eyes open for it because I definitely want to continue this series. I’d recommend this book. Thumbs up! :D
What a great read!! Zuri and Kobe have such a great chemistry, full of sarcasm and humor while they trek through the beginnings of a new relationship and cultural understanding. This story brings out how whether human or alien, we need more than just our immediate needs met. Our emotional wellbeing is just as if not more important than our physical needs. In this story the reader gets to know the female Zargonnii better and what motivates them and how unique their culture and lifestyle is and how it works for them. I have to say that I have really come to enjoy reading this series and look forward to more.