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Blog Tour: Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder Review + Giveaway

December 5th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

I am so excited to be participating in the blog tour for Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder. She is an amazing author and I highly recommend this new series!

Publication Date: December 1, 2018 (US Publication Date)

Publisher: Maria V. Snyder

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book

Navigating the Stars is the first book in a new science fiction series.

Terra Cotta Warriors have been discovered on other planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. And Lyra Daniels’ parents are the archaeological Experts (yes with a capital E) on the Warriors and have dragged her to the various planets to study them despite the time dilation causing havoc with her social life.

When one of the many Warrior planets goes silent, and looters attack her research base, Lyra becomes involved in discovering why the Warriors were placed on these planets. And, more importantly, by who.

My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of Maria V. Snyder’s Glass, Healer, and Poison series so I was so excited when I saw she had a new book coming out! Then on top of it, I saw it was related to the Terra Cotta warriors which have always fascinated me and I jumped on the chance to review a copy.

While this series is sci-fi vs fantasy I still found it just as engrossing. The world building was amazing. The space travel and how it affected time was a little confusing at first but once you get used to it and start to understand the nuances it’s mind boggling how people live like that. Here we think it’s hard when we move to another state and leave friends and family behind. We’ve got nothing on these characters who have to deal with how the passage of time can wreak havoc on friendships and family.

Not only was the world building great but every character was on point to me. I love both Lyra and Niall’s characters. Neither character is perfect which makes them more relatable but also neither crosses the line into being irritating because of any particular flaw. Watching Lyra in particular face so many challenges of losing friends, facing the unknown and having to settle into an entirely new environment was fascinating and made me feel so sympathetic towards her.

I even loved all of the supporting characters. Lyra’s parents while hyper-focused on their career, still manage to have a great relationship with Lyra. When we first meet Niall’s dad I thought he was going to be one of those characters you’re going to hate because he’s so uptight but he ended up being one of my favorite supporting characters.

The banter between all of the characters was great and had me laughing out loud at times. It kept the story moving steadily along with the perfect amount of action. The romance aspect was also well done. I felt fully invested in Lyra and Niall’s relationship but I didn’t feel it dominated the storyline to the point where it was ONLY about the romance. Really, all in all, this was just a great book and I highly recommend it!

Find it online

 Goodreads | Kindle link | Amazon Paperback | B&N | iBooks

About Maria

Maria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn’t one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.

Maria’s research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study.

Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general and via cruise ship in particular are her biggest distractions from writing. Maria has traveled to Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.

Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.

Readers are welcome to contact Maria at the following email address: [email protected].

Where you can find Maria:

Website | Blog | Facebook | Goodreads


3 Winners will receive finished copies of NAVIGATING THE STARS, US Only.

2 Winners will receive finished copies of NAVIGATING THE STARS International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

12/3/2018- Moonlight Rendezvous- Review

12/4/2018- My Bookish Escapades- Review

12/5/2018- Debbie’s World of Books- Review

12/6/2018- a GREAT read- Review

12/7/2018- Two Chicks on Books- Review


Week Two:

12/10/2018- Lisa Loves Literature- Review

12/11/2018- Wishful Endings- Review

12/12/2018- Good Choice Reading- Interview

12/13/2018- Dani Reviews Things- Review

12/14/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction- Review

Posted in 5 Star Books, Blog Tour, Books, Giveaways, Science Fiction

One Response

  1. Maria V. Snyder

    Thank you for the lovely review! I’m so glad you enjoyed my new book. I have to admit, I thought Officer Radcliff was going to be a real hard a$$, too, but he surprised me!

    Also thanks for being a part of my blog tour and helping to spread the word!

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