Alien Innkeeper on Particle

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Pub Date 26 May 2021 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2022

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Martian Sylvestine Amera is no novice when it comes to managing a hotel.  Syl is of an Earth background, while her fiancée, Dedare Sath, is from the planet Irion. He entices her to the planet Particle where a new world for Syl and a newly acquired purchase awaits. A hotel, Sath-Ooby Golden, he hopes Syl will agree to manage.

Accompanied by her pregnant BFF and family and friends, Syl is subjected to new customs, alien encounters, adventures, and life-threatening experiences. She has a challenging time finding her way through the chaos, not to mention trying to bond with her future stepdaughter.  Despite her love of traveling to new places, Syl cannot help but worry if this world experience will end with someone dying.

Martian Sylvestine Amera is no novice when it comes to managing a hotel. Syl is of an Earth background, while her fiancée, Dedare Sath, is from the planet Irion. He entices her to the planet...

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This is an enjoyable, cozy science fiction tale, with plenty of fun and a healthy dash of intrigue. Sylvestine, our protagonist and hospitality professional, is nervous but ultimately undaunted by the significant ups and downs of taking over a hotel on Particle, an alien (to her) planet. Her extended family and friends have joined her on this new world, and the swirl of interpersonal management is as complex as alien business negotiations. Add to that a range of small crises (like the standard Particle greeting of being splashed with water when entering a building) as well as large ones (such as the mysterious figures attacking non-Particlans as a political statement), and Syl has even more to juggle.

The Particlans as a people were fascinating, with their economical trisected speech and water-based religion. I found it quite charming how welcoming they were, and how important it was to them for the aliens to understand their faith. Most of the characters were, frankly, adorable—happy and eager to befriend and care for others, which made the conflicts and worries Syl experienced all the more grim.

Aside from some repetitive bits which might have been trimmed, my main critique is that the worldbuilding was great, but I wanted more detail. Most of the time it was delightful to imagine the inventive things the author gave us, like towering Particlan architecture, the bejeweled brooch translators, and the black stone necklaces worn by clergy. But I would have loved even more sensual, textural details about food, especially, or interiors.

That said, I found this to be an engaging read, and I'm eager to go back to the first book in the series to see the beginning of Syl and Dedare's relationship, and learn more about the Irions.

I received this copy from NetGalley in an exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NG, the publisher, and the author for a fun read.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I enjoyed this book although I did find it a bit repetitive at times. I especially liked the world building that went into the book. It was very detailed and allowed me to immerse myself into the book.

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