Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik

Hunt the Stars by Jessie MihalikHunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik
Series: Starlight's Shadow #1
Published by Atria Books, Harper Voyager on February 1, 2022
Genres: Science fiction
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Eclipse the Moon, Capture the Sun
Also in this series: Eclipse the Moon, Capture the Sun

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Hunt the Stars

HUNT THE STARS by Jessie Mihalik was the science fiction- space opera- romance military/court intrigue I’d been craving.

Tavi and her crew are all military veterans in a war with the Valoff. The war ended in an uneasy truce with lots of anger on both sides. Tavi and crew take on bounty hunter jobs to pay the bills. But they weren’t expecting that Torran Fletcher, one of the most feared Valovian generals, would hire them to find a missing heirloom.

And Tavi wasn’t expecting to have anything but cold hostility for him but Valovians are so gorgeous…

My thoughts about Hunt the Stars

Hunt the Stars gave me Serenity/Firefly vibes with its chosen family, military veterans trope. Tavi is a strong, capable leader but she cares deeply – about her crew, her burbu Luna (imagine an Arctic fox crossed with a cat). I love when authors write strong women without making them emotionless.

The supporting characters are well developed and they engage in lots of witty banter. I love that they’re written to show true affection and care for one another.

There’s lots of witty banter, delicious descriptions of food, and some spicy steam between Tavi and Torran. Hello, shower scene!

The plot is fast-paced with a fair amount of intrigue to be unraveled.

You get the attraction – we can’t do this but we have to- romance vibe. Plus forced proximity.

Luna gives you an adorable animal sidekick.

Jessie Mihalik writes characters that you quickly become emotionally invested in. The world-building is perfect – enough to be different but not so complex as to overwhelm or bore.

The second book is coming out in 2022 and I canNOT wait!

In conclusion

Perfect for fans of Ilona Andrews, the Valor series by Tanya Huff, or Cat Rambo’s You Sexy Thing.

Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Voyager for the ARC.

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About Jessie Mihalik

Jessie Mihalik has a degree in Computer Science and a love of all things geeky. A software engineer by trade, Jessie now writes full time from her home in Texas. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing co-op video games with her husband, trying out new board games, or reading books pulled from her overflowing bookshelves.

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