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Zara Cole was a thief back on Earth, but she’s been recently upgraded to intergalactic fugitive. On the run after a bloody battle in a covert war that she never expected to be fighting, Zara, her co-pilot Beatriz, and their Leviathan ship Nadim barely escaped the carnage with their lives. Now Zara and her crew of Honors need a safe haven, far from the creatures who want to Zara Cole was a thief back on Earth, but she’s been recently upgraded to intergalactic fugitive. On the run after a bloody battle in a covert war that she never expected to be fighting, Zara, her co-pilot Beatriz, and their Leviathan ship Nadim barely escaped the carnage with their lives. Now Zara and her crew of Honors need a safe haven, far from the creatures who want to annihilate them. But with two wounded Leviathan to treat, plus human and non-human refugees to help, they’ll have to settle for the nearest outpost, called the Sliver: a wild, dangerous warren of alien criminals. Zara’s skills from the Zone may be invaluable. However, Zara discovers that the secrets of the Sliver may have the power to turn the tide of the war they left behind—but in the wrong direction. Soon Zara will have to make a choice: stand against the ultimate evil or run from it. But she’s never walked away from a fight. Honor Bound is the second installment in Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre’s thrilling and fresh space saga.


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Zara Cole was a thief back on Earth, but she’s been recently upgraded to intergalactic fugitive. On the run after a bloody battle in a covert war that she never expected to be fighting, Zara, her co-pilot Beatriz, and their Leviathan ship Nadim barely escaped the carnage with their lives. Now Zara and her crew of Honors need a safe haven, far from the creatures who want to Zara Cole was a thief back on Earth, but she’s been recently upgraded to intergalactic fugitive. On the run after a bloody battle in a covert war that she never expected to be fighting, Zara, her co-pilot Beatriz, and their Leviathan ship Nadim barely escaped the carnage with their lives. Now Zara and her crew of Honors need a safe haven, far from the creatures who want to annihilate them. But with two wounded Leviathan to treat, plus human and non-human refugees to help, they’ll have to settle for the nearest outpost, called the Sliver: a wild, dangerous warren of alien criminals. Zara’s skills from the Zone may be invaluable. However, Zara discovers that the secrets of the Sliver may have the power to turn the tide of the war they left behind—but in the wrong direction. Soon Zara will have to make a choice: stand against the ultimate evil or run from it. But she’s never walked away from a fight. Honor Bound is the second installment in Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre’s thrilling and fresh space saga.

30 review for Honor Bound

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Buddy read with friends at For Love Of A Book 💕 I love this series so much!! This was so freaking good!! That ending though!! I need the next book and I’m nervous for them all! Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"

    5 “favorite series” stars!   They did it again! Won my heart and made me swoon and fear and cheer and ….   This book was one of my most awaited for 2019. I read Honor Among Thieves after having read fantastic reviews by Shanah, Raven and Dani. I didn’t know what to expect as I am (or rather was) not a scifi or space adventure fan. I ended being swept off my feet by that book. It was totally unique, unexpected, emotional, right …well you get it I just loved it.   Honor Bound landed in my mailbox on Frid 5 “favorite series” stars!   They did it again! Won my heart and made me swoon and fear and cheer and ….   This book was one of my most awaited for 2019. I read Honor Among Thieves after having read fantastic reviews by Shanah, Raven and Dani. I didn’t know what to expect as I am (or rather was) not a scifi or space adventure fan. I ended being swept off my feet by that book. It was totally unique, unexpected, emotional, right …well you get it I just loved it.   Honor Bound landed in my mailbox on Friday. I began reading on Friday night and ended on Saturday afternoon! If I did not have to sleep and do several chores I would have read all night long! That’s how gripping it was! I was also enormously relieved because I had such high expectation that I really feared being disappointed. But no I am still enamored with this series and I can’t wait for the third book!   Now let’s get to what makes this book so dear to my heart:   First you have “Zadim”. Nadim and Zara are just fantastic together! And even if a leviathan is a huge living spaceship and of course you can’t have a traditional “relationship” with it (because size and …just well hell no!) their bond is still the most beautiful kind of love that I’ve read about. I was deeply touched by this bonding aspect in the first book and also totally caught off guard. I did not expect it! Now the element of surprise is of course absent but they are maturing and adjusting in their bond. This is really how honors and leviathan should be as it made Nadim incredibly stronger. He was at his best when they bonded. “Yet I have done what no leviathan has before me, chosen my own partners for the journey. It feels like freedom all others ought to be afforded. How can any Elder know my private heart or understand what I need?”   And this is kind of a totally unexpected metaphor about “love makes us better, stronger”. “It came to me with clarity right then that I loved Nadim. Alien ship that he was in the flesh, I loved the bright, perfect core of him. Mind loving Mind.”   Second you have Zara Cole. She has matured and came a long way from the time she had to survive in the Zone! Now she is a very capable honor. She is still badass and will kick some butts in this book! With Chao Xing (C-X) they will have to win fights if they want to bargain some advanced repairs for Typhon and Nadim. I so loved the fighting scenes!!!! Many of you are science fiction fans and it won’t probably be new to you but the “gladiator” thing in a space context with “no rules” in the arena was just an adrenaline shot! I cheered each time Zara won! Zara is the epitome of a survivor. Not only does she have a gift to adapt fast to new environment and new circumstances she can also always pinpoint her opponent’s weakness. Handy in a fight! She has sass and is not frightened easily even by alien mobster boss!   Third you have the Adventure and the Action with a big “A”. So many things are happening that you’ll never have a dull moment. Honestly these two authors work wonderfully together to make the plot run smoothly, efficiently and quickly! There is a saying in French that you have more ideas in two (several) brains than in one and that’s so true! You will have desperate actions in dire situation. You will have unexpected moves pulled at the last second and all along these intense passages you will forget to breathe!   Fourth all characters have a purpose and really add to the story! We got some new characters by the end of the last book: Yusuf and Starcurrent will complete the crews and come handy in many circumstances. This all feel like a small honor army ready to face a huge threat to the world! They may be sometimes vastly different but some recurring themes like slavery are not exclusive to one race. There is so much diversity in the book but really what the authors show us is that diversity is only superficial. At the end of the day we all dream, hope, despair, suffer and love the same, human or aliens alike. I think this is a lesson to be learned here.   Fifth the world building is flawless! You have all kind of alien creatures: phages, …. You have ancient civilizations long gone but still posing a threat. Intergalactic “outlaw cities” kind of like a Las Vegas stranded in space where everything is allowed. You have mortal and unexpected enemies. You have songs as currency, you have ….   Sixth you have heroes and sacrifices. All honors were ready to sacrifice themselves to save the leviathan race. They were collateral damage in the grand scheme of things and were ready to die for their ship and for the universe.   By now I hope you are convinced that this series is just the next best thing!!   There is only a slight problem: I thought we had two books but there is more to come! It’s a good thing as I’ll have more of Zadim but it’s a bad thing as this ends on a double cliffy and I doubt I’ll be lucky to get an ARC. Long wait ahead!!!   Have you read this series? What do you think of it? Are you ready to try now? 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  3. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* Honor Bound is the second installment in co-authors Rachel Caine & Anne Aguirre's The Honors series. This book picks up right where Honor Among Thieves left off. After their dangerous encounter with the Phage, a terrifying alien race capable of devouring their beloved Leviathan which are sentient beings, Zara Cole, Beatrix Teixeira, Leviathan Nadim, along with Leviathan Typhon, Starcurrent, Yusuf, Marko, and Chao Xin *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* Honor Bound is the second installment in co-authors Rachel Caine & Anne Aguirre's The Honors series. This book picks up right where Honor Among Thieves left off. After their dangerous encounter with the Phage, a terrifying alien race capable of devouring their beloved Leviathan which are sentient beings, Zara Cole, Beatrix Teixeira, Leviathan Nadim, along with Leviathan Typhon, Starcurrent, Yusuf, Marko, and Chao Xing (C-X) need to make a pit stop to the Sliver for supplies and better weapons. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    wowzers. Honor Bound was a pretty good book. I will admit that at the beginning I was a bit bored with what was going on. Thankfully, it got better. Now we are still with the same characters from the first book. Yet, Zara and the gang are still wandering into trouble. I absolutely love her and Nadim. Especially when they were both trying to figure out a solution to the same problem. Even if they viewed it differently these two worked really well together. This book did always deliver some good twis wowzers. Honor Bound was a pretty good book. I will admit that at the beginning I was a bit bored with what was going on. Thankfully, it got better. Now we are still with the same characters from the first book. Yet, Zara and the gang are still wandering into trouble. I absolutely love her and Nadim. Especially when they were both trying to figure out a solution to the same problem. Even if they viewed it differently these two worked really well together. This book did always deliver some good twists and turns. Just like the book before, at a certain point - I was hooked. Couldn't put the book down no matter how hard I tried. What is sleep anyways? Without spoiling anything, trust me it is way hard not to, I am so freaking happy that this series is going to have another book. Especially with the ending in this one - I would've been so freaking pissed if it just ended like that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Crazy4Books

    A Trillion Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 No I Give This Series All The Stars in The Universe 😍 I havent even finished the second book yet and I know Ive found my all time favorite series and I want everyone to read it while at the same time not wanting anyone to get 10 feet from it because its all mine. Lol 😆 Ive never felt this way before. Since I write over half a dozen ARC reviews every month I rarely review books I picked up on my own, but I just love this series so much I needed to gush about it. The style of A Trillion Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 No I Give This Series All The Stars in The Universe 😍 I havent even finished the second book yet and I know Ive found my all time favorite series and I want everyone to read it while at the same time not wanting anyone to get 10 feet from it because its all mine. Lol 😆 Ive never felt this way before. Since I write over half a dozen ARC reviews every month I rarely review books I picked up on my own, but I just love this series so much I needed to gush about it. The style of this review is a bit different than my usual, but its the only way I can put my thoughts it order and convince you to read it. Reasons Why You Need to Read It 1. The Main Character Zara is Extremely Relatable. "... the universe kept teaching me how little I knew, even if I thought I’d seen some shit." 2. Nadim is The Best Thing Ever "Leviathan navigated space the way whales swam the oceans on Earth, though they were vastly larger creatures. They ate starlight and bathed in it to accelerate healing." 3. Nadim and Zaras Relationship was Freaking Precious "You are as you should be. It was the kindest thing anyone had ever said to me, and it felt . . . pure." “I do, though,” Nadim said then. “Love you. As I do starlight.” That was what kept him alive, literally, no big deal." 4. Zaras Piloting Partner Bea is Amazing "Beatriz Teixeira was my partner aboard Nadim, but she was also a nice girl who’d never stolen or slept rough in her life. Core of steel, though. At first glance, we weren’t much alike . . . but underneath? I could see Bea surviving some shit." 5. The Beautiful Friendships "I’d never been this close to another human who didn’t have a history of hurting me. Beatriz, she was just . . . good, like getting an icy gulp of water on the hottest day." "His dark gaze held mine, sharp as grief even through the comm screen. “It’s a fatal wound that somehow doesn’t kill you.”“I’m here, all right?” "Bea looked so fiercely beautiful that she kind of took my breath away." 6. The Diversity Was on Point. "Starcurrent had said that the pronoun ze fit best. Starcurrent’s species had nine gender identities, a complex spectrum of sexual preferences,..." "I’d been with people before, but never like this. I stared down at her sleeping face. This was . . . different, and deliciously complicated, and some part of me wondered what it would be like, kissing Bea and letting Nadim feel it, and-" Zara: "...there was a certain comfort in having another black person on board. In his eyes, I felt seen." "Bea reached out, wrapping her fingers around mine, warm brown on brown." "... Bea had a lot of hair, probably type 3B, but I didn’t hesitate. “Sure. What’d you have in mind?” 7. The Awesome Outlaw Colony "Tell me why we risk fita to sponsor such ... small creatures. The (fighting) Pit is no place for weakness.”“Small doesn’t mean weak,” C-X said. That got a grunt in agreement. “True, true, I know fierce opponents smaller than you. But they have poison and more legs than two." 8. The Fascinating Alien Species "“Not good,” ze said. “Such beings ...” Here, Starcurrent hesitated, as if there was a story ze didn’t want to tell. “They acted as gods,” ze finally said. “Once, such ruled far-spanning galaxies. Many wars between them. Many worlds gone in fighting." 9. The Action and High Stakes “We’ve worshipped lots of gods in our history,” she said. “We’ve killed most of them. You might want to be wary.” “We’re lucky. If we had run into another swarm, they would have surrounded us and closed.” I hadn’t thought of that, and the cold possibility of it tensed up my muscles."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dani - Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... The Buzz After reading Honor Among Thieves I knew I had to read Honor Bound. I totally fell for Nadim, the living ship, and wanted to learn more about his fight with the enemies of his kind. When my writing partner decided to jump into the sequel I decided i should just go for it too and I managed to squeeze it into my reading schedule!! I was really excited... Understand that since this is a sequel I will lightly mention details that you learn at Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... The Buzz After reading Honor Among Thieves I knew I had to read Honor Bound. I totally fell for Nadim, the living ship, and wanted to learn more about his fight with the enemies of his kind. When my writing partner decided to jump into the sequel I decided i should just go for it too and I managed to squeeze it into my reading schedule!! I was really excited... Understand that since this is a sequel I will lightly mention details that you learn at the end of Honor Among Thieves. There was a HUGE reveal in the later part of the book so know that while limited there are spoilers. (If you've read the premise for this book then you're good.) My Experience Just so you know, I didn't love Zara in the first book... I liked her more by the end of Honor Among Thieves but I still strummed against some of her beliefs. I had high hopes that our relationship would improve in Honor Bound and I am sad to announce that I liked her less. She is even more arrogant and self centered in this book even to the point that she makes stupid decisions that will not only harm others but also Nadim and Beatriz whom she loves. It was made worse by the fact that we have 4 other characters, all who are equally as smart and talented (remember the Honors are tested for knowledge and ability) and yet Zara is almost exclusively the only one who EVER has the answers. She has them almost instantaneously and everyone else is used as a counterpoint to what she thinks/decides. This is the height of arrogance. It's insulting!! Why have so many characters then?! It makes me shake my head... But it gets worse... Zara the champion of freedom... this is ALL she talked about in the first book... STEAL THE OTHERS FREEDOM TO CHOOSE! This is the classic "character does something stupid and has to fix it" kind of story and she doesn't give the other crew an opportunity to weigh in on a MAJOR decision. She wasn't backed into a corner. There were other options. This was the EASY WAY. I'm not saying it isn't human nature to take the easy path but she with all her vaunted protests of freedom should have given the crew their own opportunity to choose. TBH I didn't even realize until I wrote this review how upset Zara made me feel in Honor Bound. I HATE hypocrites and while we all can be one at times, in this case she goes against something that she thinks and talks about ALL. THE. TIME. We as people don't TRY to be hypocrites, most of the time its because we haven't decided what we believe. It just didn't work for me. However... I read Honor Among Thieves without liking Zara and I think my love of Nadim may cause me to read the last book just to see what happens with the phage, Nadim and Typhon. The Premise We've read storylines like what we find in the Sliver so many times I feel we can easily call it a stereotype. Still events were fun if a little boring. Details are what make this portion of the story interesting enough for you to keep reading. I can't say these two authors lack plotting ability because they don't, the Sliver just felt like extremely long setup of stuff we've seen plenty of times before. Once we moved onto the meat of the story in Honor Bound, the heist, I was a lot more excited. I really loved this aspect... I love exploring people-less places, solving puzzles and being in danger. Zara was a know it all but at least one of the other crew members played a pivotal role. This excellent part of the story was almost instantly burst and we passed into the "stupidity rampant" part of the story. Still even though I object to the choices Zara makes for everyone (and actually what happens is quite contrived) at least this was really exciting. I ADORE a new character, Xyll. He is my absolute favorite and I lay it at his and Nadim's feet that I want to continue into the next book!! I love when villains aren't as evil as what we see from the surface. Actually another thing these authors are quite talented at is making alien races that read as totally believable. Who would think a living space ship would be a race I would champion?! And Starcurrent a tentacled alien certainly found a soft spot in my heart from his role in Honor Bound. I won't ruin it to talk about Xyll but again he's my favorite and an alien too. Incidentally the leader on the Sliver is another alien that I adored!! (Oh, oh and the lizard mafia mercenaries too!) While the premise was hit or miss I did find myself enjoying the read (even when I was screaming at the book because bad choices). The F/F romance with the bi-sexual character was quite well done, a real slow burn romance. There is also this three-way relationship that was explored in a way that worked well with the idea of honors and leviathans. If you enjoy diversity then that will work well for you. Cover & Title grade -> A- Since the cover design stayed right in line with the Honor Among Thieves cover I went with the same rating. I actually couldn't remember if we were on book #2 or #3 in the Honors series and that is confusing! Shouldn't the covers indicate a growth or advancement? Anyway I am not adverse to getting more, Nadim, living ship shapes... or is that the Sliver?! Okay now I've confused my self looking at the cover so deeply. Either way it does let you know this is another in the Honors series and that's what counts! I do like that the colors changed otherwise it would have been reallllllly confusing. Why should you read Honor Bound? -The Aliens (sooooo many cool ones it could be a game)!! -Action filled plot (with battles, puzzles, and heart thumping events)! -The Zadim bond (it grows)!! -The phage swarm (we learn more about them)! -A heist plot (+ a star wars twist)! -Mental health in a leviathan (it happens in war A LOT)! -A med robot with sass (we certainly need that levity)! The Writing What I'd like to see in the final book of the Honor series... -Very quick wrap up of the earth drama. Don't like the idea of it and feel its even more contrived than the whole Sliver storyline. -More multiple POVs. Beatriz and Nadim would make great POVs and give us a break from Zara. Also we could see how they view Zara and not just see them giving Zara her way all the time. I think it would be really neat to have Xyll's POV in the last book... actually ALL the aliens if I were truthful. -More leviathans. Typhon is a great foil to Nadim but I would love to see Nadim meet one of his own kind and reproduce! That would be really neat to see the more logical side of another race. -Less contrivance. When characters make really poor decisions that the reader finds hard to believe or seem to have ALL the answers this is contrivance. When you have other options but go the easy route its also contrivance, especially when it puts your own future in jeopardy. A solid ending with the whole team working together would be a great way to end the series! Honor Bound has many of the faults found in sequels... boring, brand new setup, contrived choices, and a rushed ending. It also has some really great, fun strengths... a cast of aliens that will make you believe they are out there, villains that make you feel like the universe is in danger and some great details that even make stereotype readable. It's worth it to hang in there just to meet Xyll (I kid you not!) ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐ Authenticity ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ World Building ______________________ You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter... Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* In the amazing sequel of the phenomenal writing duo, Zara Cole, Bea, and their living spaceship/space whale Nadim will embark on a journey full of mysteries, adventure, and unstoppable action. After the ending of the first book Honor Bound begins with Zara, Bea Nadim and the fellow Elder Typhon traveling to the Sliver where they hope to help their ships and also escape the Phage. A space-station full of aliens, different cultures, countless of different Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* In the amazing sequel of the phenomenal writing duo, Zara Cole, Bea, and their living spaceship/space whale Nadim will embark on a journey full of mysteries, adventure, and unstoppable action. After the ending of the first book Honor Bound begins with Zara, Bea Nadim and the fellow Elder Typhon traveling to the Sliver where they hope to help their ships and also escape the Phage. A space-station full of aliens, different cultures, countless of different cultures, sexual preferences and behaviors, Zara and crew will have to fight through aliens, scams, a mysterious mafia-like boss and travel deep into space. I enjoyed thoroughly the story! I love Zara and her POV. She is almost unstoppable with strength, sass and deep sensitivity, especially towards Nadim. I love that space whale so much! Also, the action didn't let me put the book down not to mention that the book ended on a cliffhanger! How am I supposed to wait now? Still, trouble is brewing on Earth too and I fear that the problems which will be caused will be far greater than the danger I left Zara to face in that planet. I WANT MY SWEETS TO BE SAFE! Totally recommended along with the first book if you love Star Trek with a twist!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    An excellent follow-up to the first book. More is revealed about the Honors universe and it’s a dark and twisty place. Perfect for an adventure for a girl from the mean streets of Earth, like Zara Cole. I am glad that there will be a third volume, as this is a great fantasy world and it would be a shame not to explore it fully. Keep on writing, Ms. Caine and Ms. Aguirre! I would maybe rate it at 4.25 or 4.33 stars, when I gave the first book the full 5 star treatment. Some of this is undoubtedly An excellent follow-up to the first book. More is revealed about the Honors universe and it’s a dark and twisty place. Perfect for an adventure for a girl from the mean streets of Earth, like Zara Cole. I am glad that there will be a third volume, as this is a great fantasy world and it would be a shame not to explore it fully. Keep on writing, Ms. Caine and Ms. Aguirre! I would maybe rate it at 4.25 or 4.33 stars, when I gave the first book the full 5 star treatment. Some of this is undoubtedly due to my mental state these days, whirling with many different priorities. Plus I had some books for my real-life book club that needed attention right while I was in the middle of reading this. Distractions! If you feel strongly about cliff-hangers, you may wish to wait until this series is complete, because I would have to call the ending to this volume a cliff-hanger. However, I would strongly recommend the series to readers of fantasy and science fiction--it may be classified as Young Adult, but trust me there is enough substance here to please an older adult as well. (Caine is particularly good at that, I find). I do find myself wondering about the tendency in the science fiction genre to portray humanity as the street fighters in the universe, looked down on by extraterrestrial species for our aggression and general dangerousness. I’ve encountered this idea repeatedly, including in this series and I think that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I guess we need to be optimistic that we could hold our own in the universe. At any rate, this was an excellent book, with a great set-up for the next and I can hardly wait to get my hands on volume 3.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)

    4 stars!!! AHHHHHHHHH! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again... I FLOVE these books and characters!!! I’ve become so invested in these characters that I just can’t get enough!!! Seriously GREAT Sci-fi!! The story picks up right where we were left in the first book. Zara, Nadim and the rest of the crew have a rough road,... er,... space ahead of them as they try to tackle issues that they found themselves in from Honor Among Thieves. But that’s not all! There’s more twists and turns that kept 4 stars!!! AHHHHHHHHH! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again... I FLOVE these books and characters!!! I’ve become so invested in these characters that I just can’t get enough!!! Seriously GREAT Sci-fi!! The story picks up right where we were left in the first book. Zara, Nadim and the rest of the crew have a rough road,... er,... space ahead of them as they try to tackle issues that they found themselves in from Honor Among Thieves. But that’s not all! There’s more twists and turns that kept me gripped, on the edge of my seat from page one right through until the last! One thing I can say is that the story’s set up where you know there’s something much bigger lurking under the surface of it all. You can just feel it ticking away like a time bomb. Authors @rachelcainewriter & @ann_aguirre_author set something in motion in this book that I have no idea what’s going to come next, and I have a feeling there might be tears. I can already tell you my heart might not make it after the next book! Im so worried. The overall story and plots are vast, thrilling and more often than not extremely unexpected. The characters are all so interesting and layered,... some more lovable than others. Put it all together with two talented authors writing the story and everyone wins!!! I can’t wait for the third book. I’ll be waiting with bated breath to see what’ll happen next, who’ll survive. If you love sci-fi, pick up these books. If you love amazing characters, pick up these books. If you’re looking to dip your toes into the sci-fi genre,... pick up these books. What’re you waiting for? Thank you SO much for @rachelcainewriter @ann_aguirre_author & @mighty_mouse118 for sending me a copy of this book. You are all amazing humans and I can’t thank you enough for your kindness.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Barely escaping a Phage attack, Zara and the other Honors must find a place for the Leviathan to heal. They end up at an outpost called the Sliver, run by crimelord, Bacia. In order to pay for the repairs to Nadim and Typhon, the crewmates find some interesting ways to make money. They attract the notice of Bacia himself who has a bigger job for them that would allow the crew to buy upgrades that will protect the Leviathan from future Phage attacks; however, the job may prove that there are some Barely escaping a Phage attack, Zara and the other Honors must find a place for the Leviathan to heal. They end up at an outpost called the Sliver, run by crimelord, Bacia. In order to pay for the repairs to Nadim and Typhon, the crewmates find some interesting ways to make money. They attract the notice of Bacia himself who has a bigger job for them that would allow the crew to buy upgrades that will protect the Leviathan from future Phage attacks; however, the job may prove that there are some things out there even worse than the Phage. I am totally invested in these characters but I have to say that the plot has varied from what I expected - in a good way. Like the characters, I thought the Phage were going to be the main villains in this series. But as Zara's knowledge of the universe grows, so does the reader's. The Honors now have a host of problems to deal with out in space! This book served to introduce some new characters to help and some to harm. Warning! It ends on a cliffhanger that leaves you drooling in anticipation of what is to come. The author also sprinkled in a few hints to a new plot thread for the next book - one that I am actually not that interested in. I think there is already enough going on.....but I thought that at the beginning of this book too and I am not disappointed with what ended up happening. I wish we didn't have to wait until 2020 to get the next installment.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    4.5 stars! This was a great read! It picked up right after the first book and I was engaged from the beginning. I love the characters, especially Zara and Nadim and their bond. It's such an interesting idea and The Sliver planet was so much fun to experience. In this book we got to see different aliens and their characteristics, especially the Phage. There's so much going on and when the Honors bind with the Levithan and become one, they're so powerful and I wonder what that would be like. There 4.5 stars! This was a great read! It picked up right after the first book and I was engaged from the beginning. I love the characters, especially Zara and Nadim and their bond. It's such an interesting idea and The Sliver planet was so much fun to experience. In this book we got to see different aliens and their characteristics, especially the Phage. There's so much going on and when the Honors bind with the Levithan and become one, they're so powerful and I wonder what that would be like. There are also little reports in between the chapters of information and secret deals that furthered the plot and made it even more interesting. The ending!!! I can't wait for book 3, ah!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    Rachel and Ann be like when writing this book: This series is SO underrated but so good, it's a shame. Honor Bound takes place not that long after the first book, Honor Among Thieves. Zara, her crew, and the rest of the newly teamed up fleet are in need of repairs and upgrades before heading into battle against the hungry swarm that hunt Leviathan. As they end up on an outlaw run outpost called the Silver, they come across all different types of aliens and have to make a deal with the boss of the Rachel and Ann be like when writing this book: This series is SO underrated but so good, it's a shame. Honor Bound takes place not that long after the first book, Honor Among Thieves. Zara, her crew, and the rest of the newly teamed up fleet are in need of repairs and upgrades before heading into battle against the hungry swarm that hunt Leviathan. As they end up on an outlaw run outpost called the Silver, they come across all different types of aliens and have to make a deal with the boss of the post to get what they need. In turn they end up on a dangerous journey that has terrible consequences. This book and series is exactly what Aurora Rising promised but didn't deliver. We have actual LGBT rep of all kinds. Human AND alien diversity, action and a plot that is super interesting and unique. And seriously, the girl x ship x girl hint of an unconventional romance that you didn't know you needed. (view spoiler)[GIRL X SHIP X GIRL IS CONFIRMED CANON AND NO ONE CAN CHANGE MY MIND AHHH. (hide spoiler)] It also has such a great cast of interesting characters too. I love Zara and Nadim SO much and when Bea gets added into that pile? It's everything to me. The first half of the plot was pretty slow and I can't say I enjoyed it all that much. They were grounded and just going about earning money to get their upgrades and I was bored. The only thing that kept me going during that before it picked up was my attachment to these characters. Their connection and character development really kept progressing the entire time and I loved it. This book got hit with a middle book syndrome hard and a lot of it felt like a sidequest before the final fight. But eventually the plot does get better and things start moving forward, setting up the third book with a cliffhanger and I'm really excited to see where they go from this. The stakes really went hard and it was wild. A sci-fi set in space that is actually super cool with all different kinds of aliens and neat space stuff? Sounds fake but it isn't Y'all really sleeping on this series and it shows.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Clephiro (The Book Coven)

    This book is criminally under-read. After the explosive revelations at the end of Honor Among Thieves, Honor Bound picks up the frantic pace. Zara, Nadim and crew head to Sliver to recover and refuel before continuing to figure out what to do about the Phage. Things there get...complicated, especially when they get involved with Bacia. The book is just everything I wanted. Diversity. Aliens that aren't just hot space elves. Complex relationships and I think it's (view spoiler)[ confirmed that we This book is criminally under-read. After the explosive revelations at the end of Honor Among Thieves, Honor Bound picks up the frantic pace. Zara, Nadim and crew head to Sliver to recover and refuel before continuing to figure out what to do about the Phage. Things there get...complicated, especially when they get involved with Bacia. The book is just everything I wanted. Diversity. Aliens that aren't just hot space elves. Complex relationships and I think it's (view spoiler)[ confirmed that we have a girlxshipxgirl (hide spoiler)] relationship now that is the most adorable thing that I have ever read. The plot is top-notch and, the cliffhanger is killing me. I need the third book now.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Super excited for this! Zadim all the way!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aleya

    So freaking good. I need the next book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)

    Actual Rating: 3.5 stars! Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: dreamy Addictions This book was one of my anticipated sequels of 2019! Last year, I loved Honor Among Thieves, the first book in this unique YA sci-fi series. So, I jumped into this book as soon as I got my hands on it. After finishing it, I was kinda left with mixed feelings. It was a good sequel but sadly I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I found the first half of the book pretty slow but I did loved the second half. The Actual Rating: 3.5 stars! Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: dreamy Addictions This book was one of my anticipated sequels of 2019! Last year, I loved Honor Among Thieves, the first book in this unique YA sci-fi series. So, I jumped into this book as soon as I got my hands on it. After finishing it, I was kinda left with mixed feelings. It was a good sequel but sadly I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I found the first half of the book pretty slow but I did loved the second half. The world building and the action was great. I would give them five stars. I loved Nadim and Zara! I’m still shipping them pretty hard. The below summary contains spoilers for the first book, Please skip that part if you haven’t read the book. The story continues two weeks after the events in the Honor Among Thieves where Zara, Beatriz and Nadim barely escaped from the dangerous Phage Swarm who’re hell bent on annihilating Leviathans. The battle leaves the Young Leviathan Nadim, and Eldest Leviathan Typhon weak. They all need a safe haven until they recover and their only option is Sliver, a wild, dangerous warren of alien criminals. They need money for supplies, armor and weapons so they make a deal with the head of the sliver but things take a worst turn when they unleash an enemy even more terrifying than the phage. Now the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of Zara and her crew. Zara was total badass in this book. After the events in the first book, she grew more strong. I adored her loyalty and selflessness. I liked how she handled difficult situations with her quick thinking. I love Nadim! His bond with Zara and Bea has grown more strong. The friendship between them is so heart warming. Nadim and Zara has some unique intimate bond. My instincts were never wrong, I knew from the start that what they feel for each other is more than friendship. Although It might seem strange, I totally dig it. But the sudden thing between Zara and Bea, that really confused me. It made things a little complicated for me. Is this like a threesome thing? I really hope not. This book also has some interesting side characters but my favorites are Chao-Xing (another badass girl), Typhon(grumpy old Leviathan), and Starcurrent( a refugee tentacle alien with good humor). I almost forgot about the autodoc EMITU. That bot was hilarious! I hope Zara doesn’t change his programming in the future. The plot was interesting but it has a very slow start which I’m not really fan of. Except for the pit fights nothing exciting happens in seventy percent of the book but the last thirty percent definitely makes up for it. I thought the Phage was our ultimate villain but damn these two authors knows how to surprise readers. I can’t wait to know what happens next. The writing was good. I’m a little disappointed that this book didn’t have multiple POV’s. I really enjoyed Zara’s POV and Nadim’s interludes but I still hoped for Nadim and Bea’s POV in this book. We also get some glimpses of what’s really happening on earth. It looks like Bea’s enemies on earth will not give up on hunting her. The world building was fantastic! It was the best aspect of this series. I loved exploring Sliver and meeting different kinds of Alien species. Overall, it was a good sequel and I really liked it but sadly it’s not going into my favorite list! The book finally concludes with a minor cliffhanger but I’m still quite excited for the next book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andra

    I have no idea where to even begin, so confused am I by what I've just read. I haven't finished the whole book yet, but I have some very strong opinions about what I've read so far that a review really couldn't wait. Let's try starting with the pronouns. I understand that pronouns are important to many people, and that directly using incorrect pronouns is disrespectful. However, Zara and her crew are constantly thinking of pronouns for each new species they meet even before they meet it, acting a I have no idea where to even begin, so confused am I by what I've just read. I haven't finished the whole book yet, but I have some very strong opinions about what I've read so far that a review really couldn't wait. Let's try starting with the pronouns. I understand that pronouns are important to many people, and that directly using incorrect pronouns is disrespectful. However, Zara and her crew are constantly thinking of pronouns for each new species they meet even before they meet it, acting as if it's so important for a species whose culture, history, and present they know nothing of. They're forcing gender pronouns--a vastly human-declared concept--onto alien species. Which is ridiculous, because no matter how far-removed Caine and Aguirre attempt to make the alien species from humanity, they still impose human concepts and rules onto these aliens and act as if it's normal for them, which in turn humanizes them and makes them even less alien. This bothers me as I feel as though Caine and Aguirre have absolutely no idea how different any lifeforms we'd possibly encounter would be from us. They're all based on some kind of human concept; a lizard (Bruqvisq) or a whale (Leviathan) or an insect (the weird shit Zara and C-X fought) or a squid (Starcurrent) or a jellyfish (the jellies). But these are all Terran concepts, because of Earth's evolution and climate and geology. If we were ever to intercept alien life, it would be in the form of something so incredibly unrecognizable to us. Other places in the universe also have different laws of physics than we do on Earth. Simply put, nothing alien in this book is alien enough, as though there is just a lack of sufficient comprehension of the known universe. I understand that it is difficult to describe something alien when readers would have no idea how to visually interpret something we have no way of imaging, but at the same time, the authors also could have benefited from cooling it with all the animal references in relation to the aliens (see above, an extensive list of aliens attributed to very HUMAN animals). It just speaks of lack of creativity, which is obviously a huge detriment to any novel. Circling back to the pronouns - the pronouns assigned to Starcurrent are ridiculous. Again, it speaks of lack of creativity. "Zim" and "ze" read as though Zara is using a stupid southern drawl only on special occasions. Not to mention, they are both clearly direct variations of "him" and "he" but simply made into an "alien" concept by replacing H with the letter Z. This is so clearly a human concept, founded in human pronouns, created by HUMANS, that again, imposing it into an alien species, and assuming the alien species always and automatically knows what a "pronoun" is, is both ridiculous and counter intuitive. I spent the entire book thinking of Starcurrent as a him, which I think is the exact opposite result of the authors' intent. At the very, very least, to spark a little creative originality, the pronoun could have been some funky new word that wasn't a transparent appropriation of masculine pronouns. Branching off of this, I noticed that none of the lead characters are actually trans or use pronouns that differ from he/she. It's all just in passing inclusion, tossed in at literally every 20-page interval just in case the reader forgets that two middle-aged white women in a racist, bigoted world are TOTALLY on board with anyone's preference of pronoun, no matter age, size, or alien species. The whole concept is just...ridiculous. Imposing pronouns on alien species honestly just belittles people who actually do use pronouns other than he/she; it reads like a bad joke, especially considering that, again, pronouns are a vastly human concept, and imposing them on alien species we know literally nothing of is so unrealistic and oppressive and downright ridiculous in its surrealism. This whole pronoun business just reads as a cry for these women to make their books more inclusive and appealing to a larger audience based simply on the fact that more inclusive and accepting books sell better for the larger audience appeal, and it will win points with people within the LGBTQ+ community for the diversity and not the quality of writing. I also have a bone to pick with our lead heroine, Zara. She's a stuck up asshole who thinks so highly of herself and considers herself such a special snowflake. But the fact of the matter is, if you have to constantly proclaim and remind people that you are, in fact, a badass, then in reality you are NOT, in fact, a real badass. You're just an arrogant try-hard. Her every remark is NOT snarky and cunning; it's all rude, annoying, juvenile, and shortsighted. Also, the whole crap with Zara being such a special snowflake: "Zara's the only one who has created such a deep bond", "Zara can spot all these flaws in battle", "Zara knows all these incredibly cool combat tricks PLUS what is apparently parkour after literally ZERO training just because she grew up in a rough area"? So unrealistic. She's that one bitch who struts into an interview and when asked what her greatest professional weaknesses are, spouts some bullshit about working too hard, being too detail oriented, and prioritizing her job too much over anything else beloved in her life. Her every flaw is written as a strength; as bravery and cunning, to be admired and revered. Her biggest flaw is clearly her risk taking in battle, which is always written off as, "I'm the best in combat", "I will sacrifice myself for my friends", "I just enjoy the thrill, because, DON'T YOU DARE FORGET, I grew up in a rough area, pity me but don't or I'll smite you." She's just such an inherently unlikable, unrealistic character with 0% depth, just like every other character in this book. Everyone is a big cliche, and Zara is the special snowflake heroine with one thousand other skills that nobody in the entire universe but her possesses, and she's capable of helping everybody with every problem just because she is the lead. Not to mention, her swearing is ridiculous. It is realistic that most people her age swear as frequently and as colourfully as she does, but the way it's written makes it seem like another special-snowflake bit; like she thinks she's so badass and cool and hardcore for swearing, because she's tough and that's what tough people do. I don't have a problem with swearing in books, but if overdone, it again gives the impression of a juvenile character and a juvenile writing style, as if neither the character nor the author can conjure a different reaction for emotions and falls short of being able to record surprise or anger or victory in anything but sloppy curse words. Curse words can be so powerful when inserted into the right place and handled tastefully. An example: From the Kite Runner, Baba's speech in the bar, I believe shortly after Amir's graduation, when he lifted his glass and shouted, "Fuck the Russia!" That was a powerful scene, an iconic scene, which stirred a lot of emotion. Not a single swear in this book has anywhere near the same effect, except to make Zara seem like a pretween who's found power and ill-placed arrogance in learning to swear behind his parents' backs. Another bone to pick - Zara and Nadim's relationship (and a little bit Beatrix). For anyone who doesn't know, Nadim is the whale-likened alien called a Leviathan who offers passage (like, inside of himself.............) to other species. Leviathan have mutualistic relationships with their host passengers, but of course Nadim and Zara's bond is one of a kind and stronger than anyone has ever seen (because the most special person in the universe, Zara, is involved). First of all, they have a "bond name" for when they deep bond, and they coined it Zadim. Ever since this was introduced in the first book, it rang like a ship name, and I knew some freaky alien emotional/physical/mental affair was imminent. And I was..........not wrong. Their whole relationship is so ridiculous and "perfect" that it makes me hate it. And every single thing they say, and how they say it, carries undertones of repressed sexual tension, which is so vastly uncomfortable, when you remember that Nadim is a sentient alien spaceship and Zara is a teeny tiny human in comparison. At least the creature in The Shape of Water was humanoid. Zara wants to fuck an extraterrestrial whale. And check out this one line from when Zara, Bea, and Nadim all simultaneously bonded for the first time: "This was...different, and deliciously complicated, and some part of me wondered what it would be like, kissing Bea and letting Nadim feel it, and-- / Maybe no Honor ever entertained such thoughts until now. Whatever, it wasn't like I planned on acting on them. Well, not yet, anyway." Girl, can't you just accept a normal relationship with a beautiful Brazilian woman and NOT involve an extraterrestrial spectator who wasn't even remotely the same kind of species...Which brings into account how unrealistic it is that all Leviathan have similar thoughts and concepts and interpretations of every single human emotion, when, again, a billion different circumstances meant they would have evolved to share maybe 6% emotional similarities. Another problem with Nadim and Zara's relationship, aside from Zara being an absolute dipshit of a 2-D, cliche character, is Nadim's personality resonating equally flat. He has NO personality. He's perpetually kind and concerned and spends the whole book pining after and being afraid for Zara, like some reverse-gender Mary Sue, just to show F E M I N I S M and how female figures can be the "badass" who takes care of the man in a relationship. While this is true, this is such an extreme case of this condition, and handled so distastefully, that it just comes off as, again, a cis white woman trying to reach out to broader audiences by including a harsh interpretation of feminism that is unnecessary to get across the point that feminism is a good thing. And speaking of good--Nadim has no other personality trait other than GOOD; that's it. He never does anything unexpected, he has no personality flaws, he and Zara never argue because he never says anything that isn't worshipful or in awe of Zara. He's the most bland character, who does nothing but stand there and worry. This may be another reason I'm so disturbed by his and Zara's relationship; he clucks worriedly after Zara like a mother hen. His words carry the consoling, concerned message of a loving mother, but twisted with undertones of sexual lust. Now, before I get into berating other aspects of this book, let me just share some true gems regarding the sexual undertones I'm referring to: "Are you touching him?" (Zara to Bea, about Nadim) ... "Nadim? Can you feel us?" "Yes, Zara. You are Beatriz are together." "Can we, all three of us...?" "I would like that. As long as you're both willing." (Have to throw creepy alien consent in to top off the over-exaggerated point of FEMINISM) ... "He was, and she was, and I--oh, we were, together" (Alien/human/human orgasm) ...And then this gem again: "This was...different, and deliciously complicated, and some part of me wondered what it would be like, kissing Bea and letting Nadim feel it, and-- / Maybe no Honor ever entertained such thoughts until now. Whatever, it wasn't like I planned on acting on them. Well, not yet, anyway." ... "Too bad Nadim can't really appreciate how fine I am." ... And I'm sure this continues. I may edit this review and upload more snippets when I get the chance, because even if you're reading this review and not actually planning on reading the book, I just really want to share this alien porno. One of my last complaints is in regards to the Leviathan species as a whole. They carry all this advanced biotech, supposedly having created it, when they don't even have HANDS to craft any of it...they can literally do absolutely nothing but swim in space. They're giant whales, and even if whales were sentient and intelligent in the same way, or superior to the way, that humans are, it still would have been physiologically impossible for them to craft and create technology because...well, where the fuck are their tiny hands to create this tech? Or a surface on which to create it? Or RESOURCES from which to gather materials to create it? It's all just so far-fetched with so many plot holes, where things in the universe just exist for the sole reason that each species is different, and we're meant to not question it. It's ridiculous. A few good things I will pepper in amidst the rest of the bullshit that is this book; the racial representation, of a Brazilian woman, a black man and woman, and C-X, who I believe is some Eastern-Asian but whose exact heritage I forget from the first novel. I also really appreciated the different hair representations, of Beatriz's being 3B, and Zara's being likely 4C based on the description of care and maintenance. It's far more realistic than an all-white cast of leading characters. I also did appreciate the pace of the book; it was fast, and there were no lulls in the happening of events. Things moved along nicely, and there was always something new to learn or discover. Some of the quotes in this book are also well-written. I do believe that the writing has potential to be great, if it was taken more seriously and in the perspective of a character who didn't act like an arrogant child. There just simply aren't enough descriptions, aside from the likening of aliens to modern-known animals, to make what could have been excellent world-building come to life. Everything rushed by and was sometimes ill-explained that I flipped back and forth between pages, unsure if I'd accidentally skipped a page due to the lack of proper elaboration in certain areas. There is definitely so much potential, but the world was simply not flushed out properly, in terms of appropriate description, and I was often left confused in action sequences, as to how Zara had managed to get from one place to another. In summary - read this book if you'd like. It wasn't awful as books go; just juvenile and unrealistic for what genre it was. It's manageable to get through, but picking through what actually makes a good novel made me realize how unfortunately short this book falls from anything but a passable read on slow, boring summer evenings. I don't mean to totally shit on this book; it is an original, creative read. But these things caught my attention and bothered me enough that I couldn't really enjoy that which was good about the book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mila

    3,75 stars I enjoyed this sequel to "Honor Among Thieves" quite a lot, especially the relationships between the characters and the originality of the world. However, I think it was a bit too long and some of the parts could've been edited out. I'm still very excited about the next book though!

  19. 5 out of 5

    S.E. Anderson

    I'm not gonna lie, this book was one of my highest anticipated reads of the year, and so it bore the weight of my massive expectations. Even so, it somehow blew them all away, making me already resent the fact that I have to wait another year for the next book! It's so amazing, I don't know if I can even put my thoughts into words. While the first book took place over a couple of months, this one is more condensed to a few days, I think about a week (ignoring moments of time that are breezed ove I'm not gonna lie, this book was one of my highest anticipated reads of the year, and so it bore the weight of my massive expectations. Even so, it somehow blew them all away, making me already resent the fact that I have to wait another year for the next book! It's so amazing, I don't know if I can even put my thoughts into words. While the first book took place over a couple of months, this one is more condensed to a few days, I think about a week (ignoring moments of time that are breezed over because people are either healing or traveling). The revelations from the end of book one have shaken the characters, and Zara is faced with whole new responsibilities - and aliens. I love the growth of Zadim, the Nadim and Zara relationship. They are just so fantastic together! The authors explore so many different kinds of bonds and love, and it's amazing how they're creating something beyond romantic. It's also refreshing to read a YA that doesn't focus on physical attraction and our human understanding of love. The authors really push the SF envelope by exploring what we can only imagine. The bond matures as Zara begins to explore beyond our human understanding and senses, how they are better together, and how this bond can still continue to grow. On that same note, it was entertaining watching Zara grapple with the spectrum of alien genders. What pronouns are we meant to be using? How do we relate to something that earth has no equivalent of? It was done in such a natural way that it didn't feel contrived at all. A handbook for astronauts on first contact missions! Zara herself has grown so much since she left earth. She might not want to admit it, but she's really grown into her space legs. Her rough upbringing in the Zone back on earth means she's able to handle any tough situation that space can throw at her, but we see in the way she approaches problems that this instinct has grown into something stronger and new. I loved the new characters this book introduces, especially Starcurrent. Zis race of singers are so fascinating. Not only that, but ze is an amazing character, introducing Zara to the dangerous world out here. The focus on signing and music adds another dimension to the worldbuilding. I could keep going on and on and on about how much I love this book, but I'm going to wrap up. Honor Bound is brilliant. It's fast passed and exciting, full of action and a whole new kind of romance. Exciting from the first page to the last, with a sense of exploration and wonder, along with universe-shattering dread. Gosh, I cannot wait for the third book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    A stunning sequel, with an even bigger battle to come. Zara, her ship Nadim, the ship Typhon, and their assorted crew have all been battered by past fights. They need someplace for healing and reinforcements for the fights still to come. The only option is a pirate base, unsafe with plenty of traps for the unwary. They'll have to survive the backstabbing and treachery before they continue their fight against the all-devouring Phage. (And the problems of Zara's past are there, too.) An exciting re A stunning sequel, with an even bigger battle to come. Zara, her ship Nadim, the ship Typhon, and their assorted crew have all been battered by past fights. They need someplace for healing and reinforcements for the fights still to come. The only option is a pirate base, unsafe with plenty of traps for the unwary. They'll have to survive the backstabbing and treachery before they continue their fight against the all-devouring Phage. (And the problems of Zara's past are there, too.) An exciting read, fast-paced and packed full of action (and some humor and romance.) Mostly told from Zara's POV, with snippets of messages and book excerpts and a few other POVs tossed in to give extra information to the reader. Some of it's backstory, some of it is plot essential. The next book will start with a bang, from the way this one ended!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Larkin (Wonderfilled Reads)

    Holy crap, this series has jumped from great to AMAZING with this sequel. The action was nonstop and had me hooked from the very first page. And that ending.... I cannot wait to see what will happen next!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeanna

    Superb world building! Review to come.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I enjoyed this more than the first book, probably because Honor Among Thieves had so much backstory. The group dynamics here were a lot more interesting than Zara's pre-Journey attitude. The writing sometimes felt muddy though, especially in the Leviathan-centric action scenes. The heavy use of new merges made the battles more abstract, and it didn't help that some groups and aliens had similarly themed compound names that I'd have to pause for a beat to mentally separate. Even after specificall I enjoyed this more than the first book, probably because Honor Among Thieves had so much backstory. The group dynamics here were a lot more interesting than Zara's pre-Journey attitude. The writing sometimes felt muddy though, especially in the Leviathan-centric action scenes. The heavy use of new merges made the battles more abstract, and it didn't help that some groups and aliens had similarly themed compound names that I'd have to pause for a beat to mentally separate. Even after specifically going back to reread, I still can't tell the difference between Men Shen and Starocean, which is not the kind of thing I want to try to puzzle out during a fight. I'm also not enthusiastic about the hints at a future romance. Those first few sparks felt mostly like curiosity mixed with limited options, and everyone involved deserves better.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think the best thing about this one was how Zara managed to get everyone to work together. The two Leviathan and their people go through a lot, manage to get the Leviathan back into fighting form, heal one of the humans, find a place to get supplies they need, money to heal the Leviathan and allies. Of course during this time they also unleash a great enemy and discover new facts about the old enemy. By the end of the book they all are in a fairly good place, despite heading into a battle for I think the best thing about this one was how Zara managed to get everyone to work together. The two Leviathan and their people go through a lot, manage to get the Leviathan back into fighting form, heal one of the humans, find a place to get supplies they need, money to heal the Leviathan and allies. Of course during this time they also unleash a great enemy and discover new facts about the old enemy. By the end of the book they all are in a fairly good place, despite heading into a battle for their lives and very existence. It will be interesting to see how things shake out.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    I love everything about this book and this series! Holy Moly! That ending was a nailbiter! Please tell me the next book will be out soon! I need to know what happens next!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kryssi D'Eredita

    Although I enjoyed this, it started going all over the place, then ended in a really awkward way. Plus, an element they introduced seems really out of place. We’ll see, I guess 🤷🏻♀ Although I enjoyed this, it started going all over the place, then ended in a really awkward way. Plus, an element they introduced seems really out of place. We’ll see, I guess 🤷🏻‍♀️

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    2.5 stars.. Book 1 I liked but didn't love. Book 2 I didn't like. It was boring it felt like this was 1,000 pages. Note to self, don't read book 3.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Round two of the whale like space ships with their human bonding abilities....enjoyed the ongoing saga...wondering how it will turn out in the end of it all.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Monika Spancheska

    Honor Bound is the second book in the Honors trilogy written by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. It follows Zara, who after the events of the first book is now caught stranded in deep space with her Leviathan and her Honors partner. Things pick up immediately, and the dangers Zara faces this time around are much greater than she could have ever imagined. Since book 1 ended on a pretty intense note and some dramatic revelations, this review will definitely have SPOILERS for the first book, because i Honor Bound is the second book in the Honors trilogy written by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. It follows Zara, who after the events of the first book is now caught stranded in deep space with her Leviathan and her Honors partner. Things pick up immediately, and the dangers Zara faces this time around are much greater than she could have ever imagined. Since book 1 ended on a pretty intense note and some dramatic revelations, this review will definitely have SPOILERS for the first book, because it’s impossible for me to talk about the plot without spoiling what happened in book 1. With that in mind let’s talk about this book. I liked Honor Bound more than I liked Honor Among Thieves, and that’s mostly because it retained all the good parts from book 1, while doing away with some of the things I didn’t much care for. For one, this is a plot that is a lot more action packed; now that we know the Leviathan are at war with the Phage, and so far as we know Nadim and Typhon are the only two Leviathan left in light years, the stakes are much higher and the danger a lot more immediate. We still have the quiet, character building scenes from the first book between Nadim and Zara, but the cast has expanded and they get to do a lot more than just drill weapons into space ships. We also have a new setting; the Silver reminded me of Mos Eisley mixed with Knowhere, mixed with New Samara; it’s a space station full of grifters, pirates, illegal fighting rings and gambling dens, ruled by a Godlike criminal mastermind. The fact that it’s also full of aliens of all kinds made it especially like Knowhere and Mos Eisley; we meet all these new species and kinds of aliens, and we have the characters interacting with a world that so far removed from anything they have known on Earth or even their tour that it was really entertaining to read. Because of this new location and the expanded cast, the humor has also increased; my favorite parts of the book were watching Chao-Xing and Zara interacting as partners in the fighting ring. I really liked what the authors did with the characters, especially C-X; in the first book she was an antagonistic, one note douche, and here she’s a much more nuanced, pretty cool foil to Zara. Since we follow the characters gearing up for war, we spent a good portion of the book with the various characters working on the Silver, to get access to weapons and upgrades for the Leviathans. We also bring back an actual honest to God heist plot, and I was pleased with how well executed it was. The authors excel at character interactions which made even the parts that felt familiar interesting. That’s probably the biggest problem with this series; though I think the characters are well developed and interesting, the Phage as an enemy are genuinely creepy and threatening, and I really like the direction the series is taking with its examinations of relationships between races and aliens, a lot of it just feels well tread. There’s a bit of Star Wars, a bit of the Keiko/Expanse Series, a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy. The heist itself was so much like Temple of Doom/Raiders of the Lost arc, that I wondered for a moment if I had skipped back to reading the Unearthed series. Most to every single action set piece is lifted from somewhere else, or so similar in tone and execution that it might as well be. The other thing that annoyed me about this book, was again, the plot with New Detroit and Zara’s ex. Look, I know I complained in book 1, how I didn’t think the start of the book belonged in this series, how the Honors program itself, and all the build up we spent in New Detroit has no impact on anything that happens afterward. But I didn’t mean bring back Case and the mafia damn it! The interludes we get were simply ridiculous next to this plot about a swarm of near indestructible, mindless aliens that eat Leviathans from the inside out and pilot their carcasses. There is even a point in the book where the guy after Zara is told that his daughter getting robbed is not important enough to have him interject his own man in a program designed by ALIENS to advance humanity so he could have him kill her. That’s the other thing I didn’t get; is that the plan? Is Case supposed to kill Zara? Why? How is that going to help mafia man get his encrypted drug back? Or what, is Case going to kidnap Zara and bring her back to Earth and avoid a political scandal? There are so many more interesting things in the book, and so many more are set up for the next one, like the Godlike being that the Phage was created to exterminate, and humanity’s relationship to the universe, and the Leviathan relationship to humanity, and it has to share time with drug lords from Earth. The most original stuff in these books really are the characters and their relationships. Zara and Nadim were beautiful in this book; I loved the progression of their relationship, how bonded they are and yet how they are still young and fight and have problems with trust and anger. The bit where Nadim gets furious at Zara for shutting him out in her possible moment of death was heartbreaking; I really appreciated Zara was called out on not having the right to make those decisions for him. I also enjoyed the progression in the relationship between Zara and Beatriz. I find it a bit odd that Zara is having more trouble coming to terms with her feelings for a human girl than she did for a literal alien whale spaceship, but nobody's perfect. I also enjoyed how far Beatriz has come as a character; she has grown and changed so much from the scared girl she was the first time she came on board Nadim, who was afraid of space. The one thing I do have to point out with Zara though, was the writing. In book 1, she is described as black, and there’s a lot of focus on her hair and how she takes care of her hair and her curls. Here, I got the sense that the authors were actively trying to make her sound black; there were many points where she uses ‘damn’ and ‘fine’, in a way she had never done in the first book, and it just felt so cringey and awkward. You have to write your characters consistently; why would Zara start using slang now, on a spaceship in space, when she hadn’t, while she still lived in New Detroit? Authors who are not black should just be banned from writing AAVE, or at the very least they should have an actual black person read and correct their dialogue, so it doesn’t sound… well like your mom is trying to be hip with the kids. Outside of those issues, I really did enjoy this book. I am interested and more than a little hype to see how this series will end; I didn’t expect to get as invested as I did, or to like it as much as I did. If you haven’t checked this series out, I really recommend it; it’s a fun ride, with some unique character relationships and some rather interesting existential questions.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelesea

    Title: Honor Bound Authors: Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre Age Group: Teen/Young Adult Genre: Science Fiction Series: The Honors, book two Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it. Honor Among Thieves was one of my favorite books of last year, and so I’ve been eyeing the sequel since before it came out. It’s been sitting in my library stack for a while now, and once I realized that I couldn’t renew it anymore, I pushed it to the top of the stack as soon a Title: Honor Bound Authors: Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre Age Group: Teen/Young Adult Genre: Science Fiction Series: The Honors, book two Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it. Honor Among Thieves was one of my favorite books of last year, and so I’ve been eyeing the sequel since before it came out. It’s been sitting in my library stack for a while now, and once I realized that I couldn’t renew it anymore, I pushed it to the top of the stack as soon as I was finished with Somewhere Only We Know. I devoured Honor Bound in two and a half days, and for the most part, this sequel did not disappoint! It took me a little while to remember what was going on, as it’s been over a year since I read Honor Among Thieves, but this series: It’s so unique and well-written. I’m such a sucker for space opera novels, and Honor Bound totally delivered. There were times when I was a bit lost, and the worldbuilding got a tad muddled, but I’m totally obsessed with these books, and I can’t wait for the sequel! I mean, this book has everything: aliens, war, secrets and political intrigue, love and friendship and danger! These characters and the story they tell are so unique and original to me, and I will never forget this ragtag band of space explorers! Aguirre and Caine have, yet again, stolen my heart and sent it soaring past dark, dangerous galaxies! Honor Bound picks up where Honor Among Thieves left off, with Zara, Bea, and Nadim scrambling to deal with the new vicious, voracious alien threat, a hive-mind horde known as The Phage. With their Leviathans, Nadim and Typon, both injured from the aftermath of the battle Honor Among Thieves ended with. Forced to go even deeper into uncharted territory, our Honors must make their way to a thriving crime planet known only as The Sliver. Once there, they must strike a dark, Faustian deal with a powerful alien being to stop The Phage. But as it turns out, a nearly forgotten threat has begun to stir, and our heroes must tap into their every ability in order to survive, or it could mean the destruction of the entire universe as they know it… This book; it was so awesome! Honor Among Thieves was one of my favorite books of last year, so needless to say, I’ve been very much looking forward to the sequel. And for the most part, it really lived up to my expectations. It took a little bit for me to remember what was going on, but once I did, I was absolutely captivated. Aguirre and Caine have created a dangerous, enticing world that I wish I could live in forever. The pacing was breakneck, and I was immediately at home again, among some of my favorite characters. I feel so close to them; they feel like my family. I also enjoyed Zara and Nadim’s narration. One of my favorite things about this book was the character development; I was cheering throughout the book for Zara, Bea, and their friends and Leviathans. The twists and turns, though, were what really made this book shine: I was laughing, crying, gasping and screaming as the book went on. And that ending! Oh, my goodness, it was crazy! I can only hope and pray to the gracious book gods that there will be a sequel! The only little flaws I have with this book was that the worldbuilding was a bit muddled, and it was difficult to keep up with all the different names and types of aliens, as well as planets, but that was only minor, and it didn’t distract from the main narrative too much. Honor Bound was well worth waiting for and like its predecessor, Honor Among Thieves, it has become one of my favorite books of 2019! Ann Aguirre and Rachel Caine make an unstoppable and dynamic team, queens of young adult! The bottom line: Lush, thrilling, high-octane, and unforgettable, I loved Honor Bound! I can only hope that there’s more to come in the future! Next on deck: Kingsbane by Claire Legrand! https://literatureobsessed.blogspot.c...

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