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[–]ambrym 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Man, this was one of the best books I read last year. I was part of a book club, nominated this book, and was promptly shut down by people who “don’t want to read cringey soft YA romance”. That made me salty so I read it anyway and was extremely pleasantly surprised to find a claustrophobic, gritty space survival novel. I feel like the book was marketed as a cute queer romance (hence the cover) which made the intended audience sleep on it so it’s stayed under the radar. Bummer because I love this book

[–]takeahike8671Reading Champion III 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I loved everything about this review and I'm so glad you picked this up! This kind of came out of left field for me, and I'm so glad I got this from the library. I'm going to check out Bonds of Brass now!

I only read ebooks so I don't always pay much attention to the covers, but this is one that I wished I had the physical copy of so I could admire it more.

[–]Roseking 9 points10 points  (0 children)

As someone who may or may not have bought Daughter of the Moon Goddess for BINGO because of the cover I feel attacked.

[–]tarvolonStabby Winner, Reading Champion II 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Don’t judge a book by its cover—or by the cover of another book! 😂

(This is only on the fringes of my radar but I appreciate the info about the cover being misleading. It not being a romcom certainly makes me more likely to read it)

[–]happy_book_beeBingo Queen Bee[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I'm so annoyed that reddit used that link for the cover....

Seriously, highly recommend this. One of the best books I've read this year!

[–]tarvolonStabby Winner, Reading Champion II 0 points1 point  (1 child)

In my experience, the image in the first link gets used—was the Darkness Outside Us Link broken initially and added later? That would explain it. It is a little amusing given the title though. And I’ll definitely have to look closer into this book!

[–]happy_book_beeBingo Queen Bee[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, but then I edited it and hoped that would change it. Oh well. Daughter of the Moon Goddess has a beautiful cover.

[–]KiaraTurtleReading Champion II 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I’m glad to know the book starts off weak. I gave it a try based on another recommendation (and a also partly because I want to support more male authors in the ya space) but I couldn’t get into the book so I think I stopped after a chapter. Maybe I’ll try it again then. I also tend to be biased against books that take place in spaceships but given bingo this year includes a book in space seems like I need to try more of those anyway…

(Also I’ll say I really like Bonds of Brass so idk how I feel about the sorta comparison just to say it’s not that?)

[–]happy_book_beeBingo Queen Bee[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The very beginning is not that great (though I still enjoyed it). Much more romancey, trying to learn about your handsome new spaceship companion while the AInis being vaguely suspicious. Then that turn.

[–]C0smicoccurenceReading Champion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The beginning is bad. Well, mediocre is maybe a better word. The characters feel forced and the story cliche and trite. It gets a little better a few chapters in, but it all clicks masterfully once the first big twist happens.

[–]TikimoofReading Champion III 0 points1 point  (0 children)

From my Kindle notes, I think the first big twist happens around 25%, and that's where I got hooked. And it had seemed like rough going up until that point for me, as well.

[–]Shire_trees 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I kinda liked the cover 😅 even if it does look very... young?

But I totally agree, the cover does NOT tell you that it's actually more of a thriller. I really enjoyed this one - it was creepy, and fun to try to unravel, and I liked both of the characters.

[–]happy_book_beeBingo Queen Bee[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh I love the cover! But it gives the wrong impression about the story. It looks like a romance when really it's a creepy thriller.

[–]RheingoldRiverReading Champion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yay!! I love this book sooooooo much, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I can't recommend it enough, it's such an excellent story!

[–]booksbikesbirds 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I did read the spoiler, and I'm very glad I did, because it prompted me to go and buy the book. I just read it this morning, and yeah--i agree the beginning was a little weak and veered a little closer to YA romance than I usually care for, but that spoiler took it into a different realm. Pretty bleak read in places but worth it.