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As the carrier of a rare gene Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp Then a crash landing kills everyone on board leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash But her fun's not over A group of rogue fighters frees herfor a price her help in overthrowing the established order


10 thoughts on “Grimspace

  1. says:

    I've always said that I'm a honest reviewer so to continue being truthful it has to be said that this review is late due to me being stranded in London overnight after spending the day getting ever so slightly drunk and then going to see The Avengers in 3D So yeah now we've got that out of the way I can't see any reasons not to like Grimspace Apparently some people found it difficult to connect with the characters but I had no such problem I would liken the lovehate relationships filled with sarcasm and humour between the crew to that of other group relationships in sci fi It reminded me a touch of Firefly and even so of TorchwoodSirantha Jax has all the typical elements I look for in a good heroine she's strong snarky ass kicking she's not immune to the local hottie but she can keep her head and focus on the important things when it matters but at the same time Jax is different as well She's thirty three for a start a fair bit older than your typical heroine and I like the idea that women don't have to be fresh out of high school to kick ass and be awesome More of this please And the author's choice to mix typical urban fantasy with science fiction works really well Urban fantasy is a genre that constantly produces and of the same thing some people will come back to it time after time because of this reason but I prefer something a little uniue and uniue is hard to come byI remember Tatiana's review of Unholy Ghosts and how she said that there's no point reading the synopsis of urban fantasy books any because they are practically all the same Grimspace is one of those rare books that does offer something different The setting for one thing and the use of a team for another I normally find the latter to be the big difference between sci fifantasy in books and on tv The majority of tv shows have a team of main characters who work together to solve the paranormal mysteries Buffy and Angel did Firefly and Roswell did Torchwood Vampire Diaries The Secret Circle in urban fantasy books there's usually only a heroine and the occasional appearance of mr sexyI used to think this was because they used 1st person narrative but Ms Aguirre has disproved that theory and successfully written a novel from Jax's POV but with a well developed team dynamic I've been re watching Torchwood recently and I couldn't help comparing Jax to Gwen Cooper the group newbie who is at first reluctantly accepted but eventually develops a closeness with the group still punctuated by sarcasm and jovial insults of course Being inside Jax's head is hilarious she has a perfectly timed mental comment for every situation and I found myself laughing aloud many times I really liked this and I really liked MarchI commented early on about the way March was introduced to the reader the way he is described by his actions and behaviour instead of his looks We are never told that March is beautiful or perfect or sparkly he is enigmatic and interesting and that's a million times hotter than just being hot However we are told that he has a cute butt I don't know about you but I say YAY There's some smut too as if you needed another reason to read thisOkay I can't promise anyone that they'll love this if you're not a hardcore urban fantasy lover then you're probably picky like me and a lot will depend on how well you connect with the characters All I can say is that I found it extremely enjoyable and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series


  2. says:

    ⚠️ Warning I know most of you already have the popcorn handy but now would be a good time to grab a drink as well And clear your schedule This should take a while Actual rating 45 stars Oh who am I kidding? Let's try this again shall we?Actual rating 55 stars Now that's like itFirst let's get something out of the way real uickThere That should take care of most of the problem Then again maybe not Oh well Are you ready? Let's do this💣 Irritating list of the Potentially Irritating Things I should have found Irritating but didn't find Irritating at all 💣view spoilerIf you're unsure of what usually irritates me just ask Shelly she'll be happy to give you the full list Of what doesn't irritate me It's shorter Much shorter hide spoiler


  3. says:

    One occasionally hears the words space opera tossed around the science fiction world and it is certainly been applied here While I'm not entirely sure of my grasp of genre characteristics it occurs to me that Grimspace is actually soap opera Grimspace is full of Very Serious Angst It begins with the main character Sirantha Jax in prison Her unusual genetics allow her to 'jump' a ship through space and there was a disaster where she and her partner were piloting a ship that crashed and dozens of people died Because of amnesia surrounding the event she's been agonizing for weeks wondering if she's falling prey to the jumpers' end of life mental illness One day a new visitor arrives in her cell a haughty and aristocratic man They meditate discuss and he offers her a choice escape to freedom or die in the Corporation prison It is obvious to everyone but Jax that the Corp is setting her up but she's too busy guilt tripping herself to see it Still she's ornery and ragey so March is able to goad her into coming along Of course March is the pilot of the escape ship which will mean he and Jax have to connect uite intimately in their minds March brings her to a planet where some frontier type rebels are looking to find and train jumpers before the Corp does and so break their hold on interstellar transport It'll lead them to a muddy planet a space station and eventually back to EarthIt isn't a bad book by any means and I was motivated to try it by friends' positive reviews I enjoyed it for a while although I felt like there was excessive self pity Jax and arrogance March standing in for characterization and a general tendency to have climactic events every few pages gun fights chases car wrecks aliens that want to eat them stranding the end of a dynasty More importantly it ended up unable to strike a narrative tone that was consistent with theme or action Sarcastic distancing? Check Emotional melodrama? Check Noble self sacrifice? Check Horror? Check Apathy? Check Lust? Yep It attempts to be simultaneously flippant and angry and then throws in emotional moments in intimacy and shocking plot revelations I felt like everything should be In Capital Letters Because it Means Something Important Surprisingly there's a fair amount of death which doesn't seem to play fair with the reader when one is writing pulp The plot revelations are not really anything unexpected to everyone but Jax and so it ends up seeming trite It's hard to put my finger on exactly why the writing doesn't work for me Perhaps because Aguirre takes aim at a moral of Individuals Versus Big Corporations as a theme and it seems so ordinary Perhaps its because the relationship between Jax and March was evident from within about two hours of their meeting each other book time certainly not my reading time although it had to be concealed in the adolescent style banter of I don't want to You have to Make me Just do it No you make me coupled with the supposed intimacy of 'glimpsing' each other's 'secret' thoughts I was mildly intrigued for awhile with the thought that Jax may be on her way to burning out mentally and becoming a paranoid misanthrope I don't normally do maudlin but it could have gone there Jax is clearly addicted to the process of 'jumping' of losing herself in the Universe of the experience and that might have been an intriguing path Except it turns out that she has Snowflake powers so she won'tHonestly about the time they are on the Macho Man's space station and Jax view spoiler accidentally kills the alien baby hide spoiler


  4. says:

    Grimspace is what this novel calls the hyperspace dimension used for FTL faster than light travel between star systems Ominous no? Certain humans like our main character Sirantha Jax carry a gene that enables them to guide space ships through grimspace But Sirantha has been involved in a tragic and mysterious crash that killed everyone aboard her ship except her and now she's in custody and being blamed for the crash and is undergoing psychological torture treatment When a tough looking stranger shows up and offers to break her out if she helps his cause Jax decides she has nothing to lose And so begin her wild adventures across space with an unusual set of crew matesThis is a fun science fiction space opera type of story but truthfully? What it felt like was an urban fantasy even though there's no magical fantasy element and very little urban about it But there's a smart mouthed kickass heroine lots of humor and sarcasm non stop action and adventure and a strong romantic component to the story Which isn't a bad thing if that's the kind of book you're looking for I liked the older main characters who are both damaged in their different ways but good people at their core Bonus points for being the first book in a series but not having any cliffhangers at the endIt was an exciting roller coaster ride and I had a lot of fun reading it This one goes in the not deep but fun category Even though it's written in first person present tense which is a narrative style that always annoys me the plot was gripping enough that I didn't even realize it until I read a friend's GR review that mentioned it I had to go open the book up again to see if it was really true It just goes to show if the story is compelling enough normal rules may not applyContent note violence and death scattered F bombs and a mildly explicit sex scene


  5. says:

    Buddy read with the wonderful MacHalo Group5 StarsThis book is cover to cover awesomeness I actually need to recover from the awesomeness that is this book before I could sit down and actually write a coherent review Simply put I fell completely in love with this book When I first heard about the buddy read planned by one of my Goodreads groups I almost didn't join in I am so far behind in my reading that I wasn't sure I had the time not to mention the fact that I had not heard of this series before At the last minute I found a copy of this book at my local library and decided to join in on the fun I am so glad that I made that last minute decision When did I become someone worth dying for? I really love so many things about this book but the main character Sirantha Jax really was one of the best female leads that I have come across in a long time She's in her 30s and she has done a lot in her life so far I cannot tell you how nice it was to find a main character that is over the age of 25 Jax is tough and she adapts to situations as needed She is willing to do what needs to be done but still takes the time to think about the people around her I'm Sirantha Jax and I have had enough I really like the male lead in the book almost as much as I liked Jax March is fantastic He is one of those people who seems to know how to handle almost any situation He is a natural leader He is a protector and is than willing to risk himself for others when necessary I will admit that I really hoped that romance wouldn't play a part in this book but then something happened and I started falling for March I understand why Jax was drawn to him because I was under his spell by the end of the book myself Call me cynical but anything that makes March happy cannot be good for me It's no secret that I love it when a book is able to make me laugh I don't need to laugh constantly but a little bit of humor really adds to a story in most cases This book was funny It's not a comedy by any stretch of the imagination but the characters just have such a great sense of humor The way that they talked with each other and their thoughts were just so entertaining I really must applaud Ann Aguirre for her skill in incorporating such a wonderful sense of humor into these character so flawlessly Nodding I fall in behind March not because I acknowledge his authority in any fashion but because if by some chance we were wrong and there's something big and ugly left in these wetlands I really prefer it eats him first Give me a chance to run The world building in this book was not only solid it didn't bog the story down in any way One of the reasons that I almost backed out of the buddy read was because sometimes a first novel in a series can get really heavy with information and are often not as exciting as later books Somehow this book made me fall in the love not only with the characters but with the world that they live in incredibly fast I will admit that I was uite confused about how Jax's ability worked at first but I decided to just go with it I will always come for you Jax I thought the romance in this story was fantastic If you had told me that there was a little case of insta love in this book before I started it I may have skipped reading it I am glad that nobody told me For some reason the insta love in this story works for me March and Jax are real with each other and can see parts of each other that nobody else can see I really had my own case of insta love for March happening so I really can't blame Jax for it anyway For the first time I grasp that bending doesn't necessarily mean weakness Defiance doesn't always euate to strength I would highly recommend this book to anybody that enjoys urban fantasy The characters are wonderfully done including all of the secondary characters The concept is uniue The pacing is fantastic This book is simply hard to put down I cannot wait to start reading the next book in this series Initial Thoughts I am going to need a moment to recover from the awesomeness that is this book Cover to cover awesomeness view spoilerEven Sarah liked it level of awesomeness hide spoiler


  6. says:

    25 starsSirantha is kick ass? Really? I have bunny slippers that are fearsomeAhem the reviewSirantha Jax is a navigator a human with a particular genome that gives her the ability to navigate the space in between space known as grimspace Typically the lifespan of navigators is short since all that time in the nether reaches of space turns a person's mind to moosh But Sirantha now in her thirties is a veritable ancient in her professionThe novel begins with Sirantha in a holding cell following the fatal crash of the spaceship that she and her partnerlover Kai were piloting She can't remember anything about the crash except that everyone else including Kai is now dead Her employers the Farwan Corporation have been providing her counseling which bears the suspicious taint of interrogation with intent to pin responsibility for the crash on her Oh and drive her bonkers Though it seems it will be a short driveThen out of the blue a stranger arrives in her cell Enter the hero March a pilot and a player in a kind of rebellion against the evil Farwan Corporation Farwan controls grimspace by being the sole purveyor of navigators like Sirantha March and his cohorts plan to change that but first they need a navigator and soon to be disgraced Sirantha Jax fits the billMarch helps Sirantha escape custody and space hijinks ensueSome reviews draw a comparison for better or worse to FireflySerenityThis Browncoat says No March is no Captain Mal and Sirantha isn't any of the plucky and wonderful ladies of Firefly Hell I like Mal's crazy not wife Saffron a damn side than SiranthaAs I read the positive reviews of Grimspace I came to a conclusion The brains of both the author and fans of this book work in ways that are alien to mine I don't mean that as a put down But rather I felt like the story was talking at me rather than to me Por ejemploThere's a bit of inner dialogue in the first or second chapter where Sirantha looks at March and thinks that she can't remember a time when she didn't hate himAnd I'm like Whuh huh? Lady you've only known him what? Twenty four hours? A bit premature for such a big melodramatic statementThen there's the way the March's crew treats Sirantha Keep in mind that while they rescued her from the Corp's custody it wasn't out of altruism but because they need her for their big plan to free up grimspace The instant Sirantha sets foot on the ship nearly everyone is nasty to her No one with the possible exception of March we learn his reason later although it feels like an afterthought has any reason to be such a shitheadOn their first stop a frontier town everyone there is also nasty to her Even though wait for it they need her As they travel across the landscape to some outpost everyone is clearly afraid of something but no one will take the ten seconds reuired to explain to Sirantha that the planet is infested with the ravenous flying things from the movie Pitch Black So when a tussle between rival frontier gangs breaks out Sirantha defends herself and wounds her attacker which summons the hungry flying raptor things And everyone is mad at Sirantha blaming her for the attackEven though NO ONE FUCKING TOLD HER THAT THERE WERE BLOOD SEEKING MONSTERS ON THE PLANET I don't know about you folks but when someone gets up in my face there's a chance blood will exit new holes in my attacker's body So unless told otherwise if my life's in danger extreme violence will happenOkay so it gets worse Rather than telling everyone to go fuck themselves with something rusty and sharp Sirantha agrees because yes Everything Is Her Fault Everything For the next couple hundred pages If there were bugs in grimspace she'd have blamed herself for their demise on the spaceship's windshield If only I hadn't put us in grimspace the cute little space bees would still be aliveHead desk It's Martyr In SpaceThe love story is eually disappointing First because March is taken straight from the pages of paranormal romance He's big strong and emotionally stunted And an asshole But not in a witty heart of gold way like Captain Malcolm Reynolds No he's just a big blob of mind reading angryDid I mention he can read Sirantha's thoughts? Yeah that's so not sexy I've been married long enough to know that while honesty is essential in a relationship there are things that are best left unsaid in each partner's mind My husband is my hero but I don't want in his mind and I definitely don't want him in mineSirantha and March's love is essentially fated a trope that rarely works because the bond forged between navigators and pilots in grimspace is so tight that it almost always leads to sexingSo fated love plus boring unsexy hero and martyred heroineThe plot? Maybe my eyesight is getting crappy with age but I couldn't find it Sirantha and company set off to find recruits for their navigator school technically abduct entire communities which seems just as bad as what the Corps does but who needs internal logic? They stop at the frontier town so Sirantha can be bullied and get her ass kicked by a younger woman Next they go to a planet where they accidentally hatch a cute lizard alien baby Spoilers aheadcute alien baby who meets a sad end but no one really cares including Sirantha There's some sexy times in a pirate's hideout then Sirantha jumps ship and works in child care seriously on another planet before being guilt tripped into returning to the crew Then she's kidnapped by a tall skinny insectoid bounty hunter who decides she's innocent of her crimes and helps her expose the evils of the Farwan Corporation Tah dah the end Grimspace for all its faults is an easy read so three stars rather than two kind of like a pity fuck I guess


  7. says:

    45 Fragging StarsMacHalo Girls Some really cool chicks to read a book with Sirithura Jax Anti Heroinesk which is not the same thing as a bitch Oh Captain My Captain March Theta Wave orgasm inducing OMG I want to try that semi asshole hero Um yes please I think I love you Space Jumping somewhat confusing but just go with it Off world clans and mad scientists image error


  8. says:

    Warning I've finished this book about four days ago but I'm still freaking out a little Bear with meBuddy Read with the dysfunctional MacHalo FamilySo I'm not gonna write a review today because I've received a big number of messages these days asking me about Grimspace If you don't believe me ask my unicorn So I'll be answering the most interesting ones Liz what did you hate about this book? A Your uestion is stupid I hate you Dear Liz love your hair Can you tell me why are you freaking out over a book with just a 377 average rating?A That's exactly what I'd like to know actually How come this amazing gem is almost unknown it's still a mystery to me But I'm on a mission to reveal the world its awesomeness So spread the word we've got an amazing author here writing a kickass series I've seen five stars by friends in next installments Space jumping kickass heroine amazing secondary characters and heartbreaking ending What are you waiting for?? Go read itAnd thanks my secret is to use conditioner BEFORE the shampoo Hi there Liz Is it true you snore?A Yes it is Women snore too Moving on Give me five reasons why Jax is amazingA Just five?Main Character is no Mary Sue This girl kicks butts saves the guy and has a sick sense of humor without losing her diplomatic finesse the last thing is not trueAge factor She's in her thirties bitches How awesome is that? Grown up mature women have fun too And there's no danger of whining or childish decisions here unless her inner five year old tries to kick peopleRare genes have given her the ability to jump ships through grimspace which allows us to meet different planets and crazy people It kind of feels like Star Trek BSG and Firefly all in oneContrary of what you'll think this MC is not right in the head With every jump she edges closer to dying and after the initial incident she fights PTSD all the time So you'll see her struggling weak and angry Somehow refreshing isn't it?Humor You haven't read anything like it Minor spoiler Jax and March I SAID MINOR SPOILER STOP READING have this mental connection and they can read each other thoughts in a completely scientifically proved way I think? like Barrons and Mac And the banter between them is askdjnalsjknaskfnkfjn and every time he glares at her askdjaslkdjlks this is me fangirling again Man I just can't fight these feelings anymooooore ♪♪ I'm a mess I know I've heard rumors of insta love What can you tell us about it?A People are jealous and you should hate them too Okay no Actually we've had an interesting conversation with the MacHalo freaks about it but I'm not sure this was actual love at first sight I think there was the little detail of having to share their mind and most intimate thoughts with each other every time they were jumping so that's an advantage you won't see every day I do think there's a lot of attraction and loneliness but it's near the end of the book that I see real feelings Also Tetha Waves? yes pleaseview spoilerMarch opening up to Jax saying she had destroyed him every time she remembered her partner saying he couldn't take it any Saying so many things And my heart was hurting so much Just tell me what's romantic than a guy destroying a town because of you? THAT'S FUCKING LOVE PEOPLE This man's pure narcotic delicious and addictive hide spoiler


  9. says:

    Oooh I created another category on my shelf for this book Vaginal Sci Fi YumI liked this book I really liked the way it was written There were some pacing problems though especially towards the end but it was a really interesting book that avoided a lot of cliches I've been reading lately had a nice romance that didn't take over the whole book I really liked it and just got the seuel so yay Urban fantasy fans might want to check it out


  10. says:

    Buddy read with my MacHalo girlsOHMYGOD THAT WAS AMAZEBALLS Ann Aguirre you wrote yourself a brilliant little gem here I'm fangirling like a mo foSirantha Jax is a Jumper She has the J gene which means she can take a ship through grimspace Grimspace is the secondary space that bends distance beneath between two points in straight space Once she jacks into the nav system she and the pilot who handles the nuts and bolts of flying the ship can travel long distances through space uickly It's sort of sci fi mixed with a psi like abilityJax is falsely accused of a crime and ends up with a rag tag space crew on a rebel mission that sort of reminds me of thisGrimspace has all the hearts❤ Unconventional kick ass heroine ❤ Lots of humor❤ Alien babies froggy baby Z❤ Hilarious bitchy side kick Dina rocks❤ Romance that isn't cringe worthy❤ Awesome world building❤ Unexpected bonding in unusual circumstances Velith mindblownI have a new favorite series and there are 5 books left for me to devourI loooooooved it In case that wasn't clearI might add later if I can stop the fangirling Who knows I might be too busy reading the other books