Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Audio Book Review: Crystalline Space

Crystalline Space

By:  A.K. DuBoff

Publish Date:  September 18, 2018, Audiobook Release September 27, 2018

Format:  Audiobook - 9 hrs 37 mins
Narrated By:  Kristin James

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  1st in Dark Stars series

Impression:  Clean, outer space adventure

A Space Fantasy Sci-Fi Adventure

"Do-overs" are possible.
The crystalline network allows reality to be reset to past moments in time…

After a routine reset on her homeworld, Elle Hartmut instead awakens on a spaceship. Her body is different, she has new magical abilities, and she’s told that the fate of known civilization is in her hands.

An alien Darkness is corrupting entire worlds.
Elle and a team of magically enhanced companions embark on an interstellar quest to seal the Master Archive—the only hope of restoring the infected planets.

Ancient relics may hold the key to salvation.
With only vague clues to guide them, Elle and her new friends must gather legendary artifacts to protect the Archive. But if they can’t unravel the ancient secrets in time, their worlds and loved ones will be lost in shadow forever.

Crystalline Space offers a fun blend of sci-fi and fantasy adventure with a sleek high-tech skin on traditional magic, perfect for fans of Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Xenosaga. Begin reading the complete Dark Stars trilogy today and be transported to a universe where second chances are real. Start?

First Sentence:
Flirting with death was the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Kristin is one of my favorite narrators. I enjoy her multiple personalities and voices. She switches between the characters with ease, and creates the characters in voice for me. Their vocal tones fit the characters, and flow with their emotions as the story goes. Kristin makes listening to the story a pleasure!

This universe is interesting! The Crystals that can back up time to have a redo, yet there are rules in place with them too. I love this! And that it feels as though people do not take advantage of this. Really cool. Then there's the Darkness. I'm just as curious about this as our trio is.

Elle is our main POV in the story, seeing everything through her eyes. I love the trio that has a heavy weight on their shoulders, to figure out how to save their friends and families...and the universe. I love the team. Elle joins Toran and Kaiden, then Maris joins them. They all have different personalities and where things feel balanced they change slightly when Maris joins. They find a way to get all personalities to work together along with each person bringing something new to the group in view point.

There is a hint of a closer budding relationship too. It feels sweet. It's not the focus of the story, the story is about sealing the main archive to save their families, but people grow close in times like these as they lean on each other. The friendships here also grow stronger and feel as though they are a great group of people.

The story description indicates it's a blend of Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Xenosaga. Though I've not played or seen Xenosaga, I do see how the other two games influence the story. Very cool!

I enjoyed the story as it was an adventure and some fighting, but it all felt clean as though adults and young adults could enjoy it. The story moved forward quickly for me, not feeling to slow down, each scene important to the end goal. We do get to the original end goal here, but we also learn that things aren't going to end there, which I kinda figured with the more I learned. I'm totally cool with this! I want to keep going with these characters and this world.

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Carole Rae said...

I'm glad this worked well for you! It does sound interesting!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Thank you Carole Rae! It was a fun and great listen. I really found I enjoyed the elements put together here. :)