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I must confess, I went into this book a little apprehensive as I wasn t sure what to expect But I wound up loving it so much, I bought the next two books in the series before I had even finished this one This really convinced me why it s good to be open minded and be willing to try books that are out of your comfort zone.I ll write a full review when I have time For now, I ll say that Pippa DaCosta did a brilliant job weaving together elements of fantasy and science fiction to create a unique I must confess, I went into this book a little apprehensive as I wasn t sure what to expect But I wound up loving it so much, I bought the next two books in the series before I had even finished this one This really convinced me why it s good to be open minded and be willing to try books that are out of your comfort zone.I ll write a full review when I have time For now, I ll say that Pippa DaCosta did a brilliant job weaving together elements of fantasy and science fiction to create a unique and fascinating world She also writes such fluid and exciting action sequences This novel is very fast paced with lead heroine Kesh Lasota getting into many fights along the way With her magical whip and her swashbuckling ways, Kesh s adventures are so thrilling, even Indiana Jones would struggle to keep up with her.I can also say that this book is full of surprises At first glance, Kesh seems like a badass archetype that we ve seen many times before, but as the story progresses, we learn that she is a muchcomplex character with a deeper backstory than she initially lets on The story itself takes many twists and turns as well There were many times where I thought I knew what was coming next only to be completely flabbergasted by what wound up happening I love it when an author can smash my expectations like this This was my first Pippa DaCosta novel, but it certainly won t be my last My only grievance is that I felt some of the supporting characters weren t really given enough time to shine Early on, a twist happens involving a minor character, but since this person had literally only been in a couple of paragraphs, it really didn t have the impact it should have Still, the main characters are so compelling, they do make up for the lack of attention given to some of the other ones I want to thank my buddy reader, The Awesomest Brittain It was a lot of fun discussing this book with you and sharing my theories about what would happen next in the story, BrittainEven though my theories almost always turned out to be completely wrongI can t wait for our next buddy read Just like wonderful books like this make me grateful that I took a chance to explore new genres, wonderful friends like you make me so grateful that I took a chance to join GoodReads Thanks for being such an amazing book buddy, Brittain D Is the hype real, or is it lies Try Shoot the Messenger today and decide for yourself NOW JUST 99 Some of this This x3 And a heck load of this Make sure you re signed up to my mailing list for all the news.WARNING May contain nuts magic Is the hype real, or is it lies Try Shoot the Messenger today and decide for yourself NOW JUST 99 Some of this This x3 And a heck load of this Make sure you re signed up to my mailing list for all the news.WARNING May contain nuts magic Buddy read with Reverse Harem Revolution.Author Q A and author giveaway at Dust Off Your MacHalo blog.Pictures taken from the author s Pinterest page.Here is Talen, the fae.Here is Kellee, the marshal.Kesh is on the cover, duh, but here isinspiration for her look This book was amazing and may be my new favorite Pippa book Kesh is a messenger who grew up a slave of the fae The fae in this world come from another star system and are aliens Kesh is set up to take the blame for an assassin Buddy read with Reverse Harem Revolution.Author QA and author giveaway at Dust Off Your MacHalo blog.Pictures taken from the author s Pinterest page.Here is Talen, the fae.Here is Kellee, the marshal.Kesh is on the cover, duh, but here isinspiration for her look This book was amazing and may be my new favorite Pippa book Kesh is a messenger who grew up a slave of the fae The fae in this world come from another star system and are aliens Kesh is set up to take the blame for an assassination and must unravel the mystery of who the real murderer is to clear her name.She meets a marshal who isthan he appears, who introduces her to a rogue fae and they end up working together Sparks fly, albeit reluctant sparks Kesh is very much a loner and doesn t let people in easily The chemistry is there, but it s going to be a slow burn.The next book will be out in July, I believe, so we don t have to wait too long forThe ending definitely leaves you wantingThe world set up here is fantastic Space fae How cool is that I don t want to give too much away But I enjoyed this so much and thought the writing was fantastic, the characters are fleshed out well, and great world building Yes A huge winner for me Previous post Pippa DaCosta is doing a REVERSE HAREM YES, this is a Pippa DaCosta book YES, it took me nearly two months to write a crappy non review for it YES, I ONLY rated it 3 ridiculously lame, pathetic little stars YES, I hate my repulsive little self a teensy little bit because of it And finally YES, I obviously read the book BLOODY SHRIMPING WRONG.Shoot the Messenger has ALL the trademarks of a Most Wondrous Pippa DaCosta Piece of Awesomeness MWPDCPoA gloriously original world building fae in bloody shrimping space, anyone scr YES, this is a Pippa DaCosta book YES, it took me nearly two months to write a crappy non review for it YES, I ONLY rated it 3 ridiculously lame, pathetic little stars YES, I hate my repulsive little self a teensy little bit because of it And finally YES, I obviously read the book BLOODY SHRIMPING WRONG.Shoot the Messenger has ALL the trademarks of a Most Wondrous Pippa DaCosta Piece of Awesomeness MWPDCPoA gloriously original world building fae in bloody shrimping space, anyone scrumpaliciously badass female lead and a magic whip wielding one at that delicious potential harem slaves sidekicks non stop action fast paced plot evil twists and tricks la Villainous DaCosta that are sure to leave you feeling like a crushed barnacle lickable cover which never hurts and stuff.And despite all this amazing amazingness, who read the book BLOODY SHRIMPING WRONG and ONLY rated it 3 ridiculously lame, pathetic little stars, I ask you I am the most undeserving, ungrateful, unappreciative, unthankful, ungracious please insert all un anything adjectives you can think of here Pippette short for slightly hysterical Pippa fangirl who tends to behave as sanely as a 13 year old on acid, in case you were wondering that ever was And probably that ever will be, too Now excuse while I commit crustacean suicide and stuff.Wait, before I do that, maybe I need to atone for my exceedingly depressing and most despicable lack of reading judgment here So reread this book first I shall, and kill my little self via moderately electrified pincers second I will Best plan ever and stuff And the moral of this What the Bloody Stinking Fish is Wrong with Me Either I ve Completely Lost It or the End of the World is Bloody Shrimping Nigh Crappy Non Review WtBSFiWwMEICLIotEotWiBSNCNR is please, Pippa, don t shoot the messenger, shoot me instead P.S view spoiler hide spoiler ARC kindly provided by the Prodigiously Forgiving, Unbelievably Understanding, Inhumanly Merciful Author PFUUIMA in exchange for an honest review.It s ARC tiiiiiiiiiiiiiime Keeping my pincers crossed that none of Pippa s reverse harem slaves boarders look like this dude here I mean, it s not like I have anything against sexy garden gnomes with suave moves and stuff, but I like my slaves boarders a little , um, you know, taller and hotter and manlier and lipstickless and beardless and leotard swimsuit whateverthatthingis less and stuff.Jan 12, 2018 it s snippet time again December 21, 2017 Join Pippa DaCosta s Facebook Reading Group and there s perhaps a slight chance you might possibly stumble upon a bloody shrimping snippet from this book Maybe And should you perchance and weather permitting read said snippet, you might perhaps possibly end up feeling a teensy little bit like this maybe November 15, 2017 Pippa DaCosta reverse harem Space Fantasy 1st re read November 2018 With less than a month until the release of the fourth book in the series I thought it was high time to go back to the beginning And I was lucky enough that the audio version just got released as it let me experience the book on workdays If I had to stick to normal reading it would have taken me at least a week of stolen moments in the mornings and evenings The audio quality is incredible I loved Annie Ellicott and Jeff Hays narration and the sound effects were si 1st re read November 2018 With less than a month until the release of the fourth book in the series I thought it was high time to go back to the beginning And I was lucky enough that the audio version just got released as it let me experience the book on workdays If I had to stick to normal reading it would have taken me at least a week of stolen moments in the mornings and evenings The audio quality is incredible I loved Annie Ellicott and Jeff Hays narration and the sound effects were simply great Jeff s makes all the male characters come alive I can t decide which one I liked most SOTA or Kellee Kellee s voice made me purr I wish I could find a man with such voice in real life I have a thing for voices Now, onto the book itself In this book we get introduced to a whole new world filled with amazing tek SOTA , magic, Fae and other fascinating species We also get introduced to two of the main male characters Marshal Kellee and Talen take a look at the author s pinterest boards for these two character, I swear it s worth it Kesh, the main protagonist of the series, is a strange mix of badass and vulnerability, of innocence and cunning And I love that complexity, that potential for change change I had the opportunity to observe over the course of the following two books A little note on the genre of this book If you re expecting a hot dirty smut type of book you ll be disappointed The reverse harem develops slowly Very slowly But there s a lot of sexual tension How would I categorize this book a sci fi fantasy with some romance erotica sprinkled in So think carefully before picking this up if you re looking for fast and dirty read focusedon the carnal than on plot this book is not for you But if you re looking for a slow burn romance with a gradual character development and a lot of action you should definitely give the series a try.ARC graciously provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.At first I was a bit apprehensive when I approached Shoot the Messenger After all it s a new series and to an extend a new genre for the author And as with all first in a series books there s always a risk that it won t be good Add to it the fact that the reverse harem trope is a bit difficult to pull of without devolving to an orgy, I wasthan a bit worried But I shouldn t have been Because Shoot the Messenger was brilliant And the bar was set high after Chaos Falls I don t know if The Messenger Chronicles will be able to surpass the gloriousness that is Li el but so far it s managed to pull of something that hasn t happened to me in years I dreamt of this world two nights in a row Yes, it s that engaging For me there s no higher praise The world is a bizarre mix of futuristic sci fi and classic fantasy There are small details that make it feel real but at the same time there aren t too many descriptions that clog the narrative One of my favourite things was the biotech for a lack of a better word that the Fae use and it strongly reminded me of one of my favourite Star Wars series the New Jedi Order The similarities between the Yuuzhan Vong and the Fae in some aspects made StM evencaptivating for me I hope I ll have the chance to explore thisin the following books.As it s usual for one of Ms DaCosta s books all my preconceptions and theories proved ultimately wrong One day I will be able to forsee a twist in her books but apparently it won t be in this one This is what keeps me reading long after my poor eyes have started screaming for rest I just need to know what s going to happen It keeps you on the edge of your seat and your mind full of all the possibilities I absolutely adore that feeling All the action, all the tension that made my heart race and then BOOM one final twist that made me weep And now the wait for the second book begins You know when you are all good and then the ending just really sucks It ruins the book Here, let me tell you what happened view spoiler just kidding You have to be tortured like I was if you want to know hide spoiler Fine This book has some cool stuff happening It s total Sci Fi with a big old helping of Fantasy mixed in Fae Fantasy So, let s call it Sci Fae That works It s better than Space Fairies, my first idea But, don t let the pretty name fool you Fairies are assholes They You know when you are all good and then the ending just really sucks It ruins the book Here, let me tell you what happened view spoiler just kidding You have to be tortured like I was if you want to know hide spoiler Fine This book has some cool stuff happening It s total Sci Fi with a big old helping of Fantasy mixed in Fae Fantasy So, let s call it Sci Fae That works It s better than Space Fairies, my first idea But, don t let the pretty name fool you Fairies are assholes They are famous for being assholes.See Total jerk move His parents don t love each other any because of the infidelity and gonorrhea Well, and they did find the kid annoying to live with but still, the kid is only partially responsible.Our heroine is Kesh and she is a messenger which means glorified UPS girl She delivers a message that is a death threat that says the guy will be killed in seconds and then she is all shocked that the guy gets killed in front of her Um, not the sharpest tool in the shed, Kesh She was also too dumb to get paid on this thing up frontLike, dude, if you are going to kill the person immediately after I give him this message, you can t possibly expect me to get his signature Pay now or get yourself another chump Kesh figures out who the killer was right away and spends most of the book trying to fight someone who is waaaaaaypowerful than her.It goes pretty much how you would expect fingers crossed that this image works because I was cracking up And, it pretty much explains how things go.The book calls itself a reverse harem book, but there really isn t much romance going on at all And, the ending screwed up everything I honestly have no idea if I will read the next one I feel a little betrayed right now Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestSHOOT THE MESSENGER is like a crate box of all the tropes I adore in fiction strong female heroines, sexy but utterly depraved villains, hot guys, space opera elements, faeries, court intrigue, and espionage Like a crate box, all of these great things come wrapped in amazing packaging Take a moment, please, to appreciate that beautiful cover and the imposing looking woman wielding the magic whip That s our heroine, Kesh.Wah The Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestSHOOT THE MESSENGER is like a crate box of all the tropes I adore in fiction strong female heroines, sexy but utterly depraved villains, hot guys, space opera elements, faeries, court intrigue, and espionage Like a crate box, all of these great things come wrapped in amazing packaging Take a moment, please, to appreciate that beautiful cover and the imposing looking woman wielding the magic whip That s our heroine, Kesh.Wah The story is a bit difficult to explain because it s so complicated It takes place in a world that s super high tech but magic also exists here, too Humans were originally created to be the playthings of the fae, but then they rebelled as humanity is wont to do and created technology or, tek to repel them Now, the faeries are angry and want to put humanity back in their place.Kesh is a messenger who runs her delivers through the unsavory parts of town, and she ends up getting involved in the fae vs human situation against her will when a job goes bad It s not a great job, but it becomes worse when one of her messages ends up killing someone Worse, she s a witness, and someone witnesses her being a witness, and a bounty goes on her head Then an evil fae kidnaps her robot, because the robot has dangerous footage, and when she goes to retrieve it, she ends up heading straight into a deadly plan to facilitate the return of the fae and their prince one that she wants to prevent, at all costs.This is a reverse harem romance, so it has two male love interests One is Kellee, who is a sort of policeman The other is Talen, a faerie with his figurative claws cut Both of them end up aiding her against her fight with Eladen, a truly evil fae, and one of the best villains I ve encountered in fiction in a while Seriously, this dude is SCARY What he does to the heroine is absolutely terrifying, and about fifty different kinds of messed up He s also hot and messed up, which doesn t help matters Especially not me, with my questionable attraction to such characters Yikes Reading this gave me strong anime vibes, and I kept thinking about other surreal and dystopian shows I ve watched, like Metropolis, Ghost in the Shell, or Aeon Flux The action and fight scenes in this book are so well done, and I really think that this would translate well to the screen if the author ever becomes big enough where that s a viable option I hope so It s funny, because I d read one of this author s other books, BEYOND THE VEIL, and while I couldn t really get into it, I did like the author s ability to write and characterize and said in my review that I d check out her other works Well, I kept my word, and man, has this author grown up She s improved her craft so much, and this book is leaps and bounds better than her debut I m so impressed Maraya, you were so right.4 to 4.5 stars *READ DOWNLOAD ☛ Shoot the Messenger ⇜ Lies aren t her only weapons against the fae In the Halow system, one of Earth s three sister star systems, tek and magic humans and the fae are at warKesh Lasota is a ghost in the machine Invisible to tek, she s hired by the criminal underworld to carry illegal messages through the Halow system But when one of those messages kills its recipient, Kesh finds herself on the run with a bounty on her head and a quick witted marshal on her tail Proving her innocence should be straightforward until a warfae steals the evidence she needs The fae haven t been seen in Halow in over a thousand years And this one a brutally efficient killer able to wield tek should not exist But neither should Kesh As Kesh s carefully crafted lie of a life crumbles around her, she knows remaining invisible is no longer an option To hunt the fae, to stop him from destroying a thousand year long fragile peace, she must resurrect the horrors of her past Kesh Lasota was a ghost Now she s back, and there s only one thing she knows for certain Nobody shoots the messenger and gets away with itA new space fantasyseries where the guys are hot, the perils are many, and one rebel messenger holds the key to the survival of the human racePlease note this series contains alternative relationship dynamics Rating 5 stars and onestar for the cover Holy shit HOLY SHIT My heart has been ripped out and my brain short circuited reloading Complex Heartbreaking Astonishing.Fucking mind blowing Shoot the Messenger is a lie, in a lie, in a lie, in a lie Pippa DaCosta went all Inception and destroyed my last grey cell.After reading Muse s fantastic story, I should have known what to expect Mind games, conflicted characters and emotional violence Incredible world building, weakness, betrayal Rating 5 stars and onestar for the cover Holy shit HOLY SHIT My heart has been ripped out and my brain short circuited reloading Complex Heartbreaking Astonishing.Fucking mind blowing Shoot the Messenger is a lie, in a lie, in a lie, in a lie Pippa DaCosta went all Inception and destroyed my last grey cell.After reading Muse s fantastic story, I should have known what to expect Mind games, conflicted characters and emotional violence Incredible world building, weakness, betrayal, destruction, insanity Lies.I should have expected all of that but boy, wasn t I surprised.Fae in space Perhaps only Pippa DaCosta could manage that but it works Spaceships, glamour, illusions, chemical water, drones, magic whip, The Fae are a cruel race, unable to survive in a world of tek The iron hurts them, binds their magic, but some of them found a way to live around it Like the one who stole Kesh s drone and framed her for murder.Kesh is an interesting character She s weak, she s strong, I got attached to her, I hated her, I rooted for her, I wanted to see her die and I wanted to see her live She s no heroine, she s has no one and she s no one really I both liked and disliked her, she s a complex character, just as Muse was.The few characters around her are not black and white either but we learn very little in this first book I didn t like Kellee, I fell for a lie, Talen s a mystery Are they good Are they bad I believe they serve only themselves.If you asked me which of the story or the characters were thecomplex, i would not be able to answer Nothing is what it seems, nothing happens like you think it will Pippa DaCosta is a talented author and a sadistic puppet master Hail to the Queen Thousands thanks to Pippa DaCosta for providing me this ARC. Shoot the Messenger The Messenger Chronicles 1 by Pippa DaCosta is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary I love this author s fantasy books anyway and this is a start t a fun new series The world building is great with fae and other creatures living with humans The plot has twists and turns and plenty of surprises I like her writing style, makes the characters come alive.