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ARC Review: More Than Stardust (Wanted and Wired #3) by Vivien Jackson @Vivien_Jackson

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Flora Reviews… More Than Stardust (Wanted and Wired #3) by Vivien Jackson. My thanks to the author, Vivien Jackson, for the ebook.

Quote from More Than Stardust

“He [Garrett] was here on the space plane along with the concentration of nanites that she considered her central consciousness. In other words, he was with her. Near her? Beside her? Ugh, prepositions. Even so he wasn’t like her; he was a real human, not even augmented much, though sometimes he did seem made of unnatural patience. He listened when she talked, answered questions when she asked them, understood her freaky kind of humor, and never, ever made her feel inferior just because she wasn’t real. Garrett was her best friend.

Plus, the fact that he was whoa pretty didn’t hurt.

My Overall Rating: 4/5

Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 4/5 – World Building: 4/5

What’s More Than Stardust about?

Read: 13th – 16th July 2019

Publication Date: 9th July 2019

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ARC Review: More Than Stardust (Wanted and Wired #3) by Vivien Jackson @Vivien_JacksonMy Rating:
Title: More Than Stardust by Vivien Jackson
Series: Wanted and Wired #3
Published by Vivien Jackson on 9 July, 2019
Genres: Sci-Fi & Futuristic, Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Formats Available: eBook
No. of Pages: 266

She never wanted to be a god. She only wanted to be a girl.

Chloe, a self-aware, highly illegal nanorobotic artificial intelligence knows a thing or two about wanting.
The growing Machine Rebellion wants her to become its god.
The technocratic global Consortium wants to cage her, take her apart, and reverse-engineer her.
Her family wants to keep her a secret.
Her best friend Garrett wants her safe.
Chloe is a thing made of wants.
And it's time the world knew hers.


Source: ARC
Purchase Links: Books2Read Universal Link ¦ Amazon*

More Than Stardust is the third novel (approx 266 pages) in Vivien Jackson’s science fiction fantasy series Wanted and Wired. However, it can be read as a standalone story as I’ve done. The book is set in various places on Earth but it’s an Earth of the future, the year 2059 to be precise.

What did I like about More Than Stardust?

Vivien Jackson is a new-to-me author. I must admit to being a bit apprehensive accepting this eBook as I have not read the previous books in her series and science fiction isn’t my usual genre. However, I really enjoyed this story. I thought her writing style was intelligent, the futuristic world she created was believable and yet fantastical at the same time, the plot was well constructed and thought out and developed at the right speed and her characters were complex and multifaceted.

I thought that the first chapter was really good, it grabbed me right from the first page and I was keen to keep reading. It took me a while to get to grips with the future technology, terminology and language in this sci-fi world and the myriad of characters but I loved learning more about it all; the heroes and the insane tyrants.

I was intrigued by our heroine, Chloe, from the very first chapter and fell in love with her fairly quickly.

I connect to a story more when the lead female character is intelligent, resilient, self-reliant and has plenty of gumption and I wasn’t disappointed here. Although Chloe is not human, she exhibited all of these traits and more. But it’s not just the heroine who has to win me over in a romance; the hero has to as well. Garrett is not my usual type of alpha hunk but he spoke to me and found his own place in my heart.

I became emotionally connected to Chloe and Garrett and although, at times I was unsure of the bigger picture I was invested in their story; I was never quite sure how, or even if, they’d get their “girl loves boy – boy loves girl – they live happily ever after” ending.

More Than Stardust isn’t just a romance, it’s an action packed story with a fair bit of tension and mystery too. I loved that it kept me on the edge of my seat, had me shouting at my Kindle in indignation, smiling and chuckling out loud at the humour and shedding a tear or two with emotion.

Was there anything I didn’t like?

As you can tell by my 4 star rating, I really enjoyed this book. So, why 4 stars and not 5?

As I mentioned above, I was a bit apprehensive accepting this eBook from Ms Jackson as I have not read the previous books in this series and science fiction isn’t my usual genre. I did feel a wee bit out of the loop and lost at times. Not quite fully comprehending some of the references, relationships or reveals due to the fact that I hadn’t read the previous books. However, my lack of first-hand knowledge didn’t stop me from being immersed in this story. Ms Jackson did a wonderful job at bringing the reader up to speed. Weaving relevant information into this story without detrimentally affecting the pace.

Basically, what I’m saying is…

I really enjoyed More Than Stardust and couldn’t stop reading. It’s got everything that I look for in a good story; action, romance, humour and a gripping story-line.

More Than Stardust has definitely piqued my interest to go back and read the previous books, Wanted and Wired and Perfect Gravity. I want to know the other character a bit more and find out how this story fits in with the time-line for the series as a whole.

Our heroine is not human.

Some of Chloe’s reactions and assumptions may feel jarring to some. There are also sexual references and some traumatic things alluded to in this book, i.e. violence and sexual abuse. Therefore, I would recommend More than Stardust to adults who are OK reading content of this nature. Fans of relationship and romance tales viewed from a slightly different perspective should pick this one up.

Has my review of MORE THAN STARDUST (WANTED AND WIRED #3) encouraged you to find out more? I really hope so. Click on any of the links to check out the book yourself.

Keep reading to find out more about this sci-fi series and its author.

Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson

A sassy, sexy sci-fi romance series with the perfect balance of humour, heat, and heart.

Now that Texas has seceded and the world is spiralling into chaos, good guys come in unlikely packages and love ignites at the most inconvenient times…

Books in the Series

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About Vivien Jackson

Author - Vivien Jackson

Vivien Jackson writes fantastical, futuristic kissing books. Her debut science fiction romance, Wanted and Wired, was an Amazon Best Book of 2017, a Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist, and an SFR Galaxy Award winner. A devoted fangirl of many fandoms and inveterate gamer, Viv lives in Austin, Texas, and watches a lot of football.

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my review. This foray into science fiction has been very enjoyable. Enough so that I’ll probably go back and read the first two books in this series. 😉

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Have you read any books by Vivien Jackson? Drop me a comment below.

Bye for now,

Flora x

About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(6) Comments

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  2. I’m glad to hear this was a good read for you even though it’s not your usual genre of choice. Great review!

    1. Thanks Suzanne ♥️

  3. Sounds like this book was well balanced with a bit of everything, good characters, good plot, good world, a bit of romance and mystery. I don’t like to jump into a later book in a series even if it works as a standalone because I’d feel like I missed too much. But I’m glad you were able to enjoy this one, it sounds good!

    1. Jumping in like this would usually be a no-no for me but I am so glad I did. It’s a great book, it opened my eyes to the thought that perhaps I shouldn’t ignore sci-fi after all plus I’ve now got another author to check out.

  4. Chloe sounds pretty awesome and I love a good futuristic/ artificial intelligence kind of story!

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