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Miari:

Blue skin. Seven feet. Strapped with corded muscle, the aliens have come again but this time, their king is here and he's watching me with hunger.

A hybrid with red alien skin and brown human eyes, I've got no family and am not desired by colony men. I'm an inventor, a mechanic, a tinkerer. The alien king seeks to claim me, but he'll have to find me first.

Our little colony is a scary, desperate place and I'm willing to meet it head on if it means escaping him and the alien sensations he stirs deep in my gut, where light and truth cannot touch them.

Raku:

She is my Xiveri mate, yet she runs from me—straight into the horrors of her savage moon colony. Does she not know that I would slaughter in her defense?

Nox, she does not.

My brilliant hybrid thinks herself a slave–my slave–and in place of acceptance, offers me only pacts and bargains. Shamed by her pacts, I still take them all gluttonously, because she is mine–my hybrid, my Xiveri mate, Voraxia's queen, and mine to worship.

Taken to Voraxia is a full-length sci-fi alien romance and book one in a nine-book (+one novella!) series. Xiveri Mates books come with a guaranteed HEA. Books three and six feature Xiveri Mates from outside of the Voraxian constellation, while the rest are best listened to in sequential order. YES for alpha alien overlords, warrior heroines, fated mates who are also enemies-to-lovers, action and violent battles, world-building and extra steam. No for abuse, dubcon, noncon, cheating, menage, harem, or love triangles. Subjugation of human women is an early theme in book one and, while it ends spectacularly, may be a trigger for sensitive listeners.

©2020 Elizabeth Stephens (P)2022 Elizabeth Stephens

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1 Star for Plagiarism

Plagiarism. ***Spoilers***

I was really excited to read a book by this author after seeing her on BookTok. This is basically a copy of Taylor Vaughn's (Theodora Taylor, Eve Vaughn) collaborative book "His to Claim." It's been a while since I read their book so I'll only outline the EXACT SAME PLOT POINTS that I remember...Spoilers ahead.

1)FMC lives on a planet/moon in an impoverished human colony

2)Bad-Guy alien general/trusted advisor takes advantage of the colony by promising meager resources in exchange for aliens getting to mate with the human females during a yearly/rotational ceremony. He's been taking advantage for years unbeknownst to the Alien King. The women have no say in this and there is also a language barrier where no one can communicate so they basically get r*ped once a year/rotation.

3) The Alien King makes an appearance at one of these ceremonies and recognizes the FMC as his mate, but she's too young and will be of age for the next ceremony. He vows to claim her then.

4) The next year the FMC and a friend run away the day of the ceremony, having devised a plan to hide and cover their scents. They are still caught.

5) Alien King doesn't rape FMC during the ceremony but takes her on his ship. He tries to mate on the ship but gets frustrated and she gets a translator and Alas! she has thoughts and opinions. He doesn't like this a ton.

6) Alien King and FMC bargain somehow and they mate. He impregnates her.

7) Still there is conflict and mistrust, he decides to make her comfortable but parts with her anyway...blah blah blah. The Alien King promises to make things better for the colony and women.

8)They reconcile and she becomes Alien Queen.

9)Meanwhile, turns out Bad Guy Alien bargained with another Brutish Alien Race that is desperate for fertile females to brutishly mate, obviously.

10) ***I haven't read this far in this book, but since everything else was copied, I'm gonna go ahead and guess...*** Bad Guy Alien and another traitor (assuming the "friendly" female that was also in line to potentially marry the Alien King) helps kidnap FMC to trade to the Brutish Alien Race
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11) Alien King rescues FMC and they are now in love-love. As King and Queen, they ensure that the colony flourishes and women have agency. The end.

ALL of that is the same between the books. There were way too many similarities for the author to have exactly the same idea <1 year after "His to Claim." was published. It's not even a better-written novel--the book should have been exactly the same size as the original. Too many words to tell the same story probably a DNF.

I'm not sure why some authors think it is okay to take all or most plot points directly from another book. Please do better, Author.

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A wonderful audio performance

The voice and the accent that includes clicks is a masterful representation of a strong and complex male lead. Raku is a powerful leader and the love story between Miari and Raku is also powerful. The voices add a rich level to this great story. The Xiveri Mates series is one of my favorites to re-read. I can’t wait for more audiobooks.

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Loved this Dark and Gritty Sci-Fi Romance!!

A gritty story of a planet of women forced to offer themselves up (at a certain age) for a protective shield which does allow them to survive, but just. This is not “protocol”, and when found out things improve. The king Xoran visits the planet and not only discovers his fated mate, but stops the atrocities.

Miari is “too young”, but Xoran promises to return for her. She is not interested and hides outside the shield. This is almost a fatal decision.

For full disclosure I listened to the audio version, which I am pleased with after hearing the difficulty some readers found in the “language” in the book. Not an issue to listen to - in fact there is a dangerous creature whose call gave me goosebumps on the audio.

Excellent world-building, strong characters, and edge-of-your-seat action. It is dark, but also quite romantic.

***** I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of this book *****

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Who Adores Ridged Aliens? I Do!

I want to start by saying I had already read a physical copy of this book and enjoyed it.

The audio though, I’ve learned that listening is an all new experience, I FREAKING LOVE DUAL NARRATION. It was like “reading” the story for the first time. The proper pronunciation of the words and not what I made up in my head. The performance was amazing,

The story is reminiscent of IPB, if you enjoyed that, you will enjoy this.

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  • 09-22-22

Treat yourself!

I've read this book twice, (no, really) and I was very satisfied with this. I thought Zoran accent and the little clicks he pronounced were sexy.

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This audiobook made me love the story even more!

When I discovered this series earlier this year, I knew it would be a new favorite. I have since then read the whole Xiveri Mates series twice, and I absolutely love it!

When Elizabeth Stephens announced that there was a giveaway for the audiobook, I signed up, even though I don’t really listen to audiobooks. I find that I get distracted or lose focus, and so I much prefer to read the books myself. But when I woke up yesterday and saw that I was one of the winners, I couldn’t contain my excitement! I started listening to it as soon as I woke up, and I was immediately hooked.

The voice actors are AMAZING!!! When I first heard Benjamin Charles say “Raku” in the Frontage, I got chills. And Blaire LeBlanc’s voice is just WOW! Her voice was warm and comforting, as well as powerful. They really added to the already amazing story. They took the emotions, excitement, and intensity in the book to a whole other level for me. I had two favorite scenes to listen to. The first was the fight scene when Raku and Va’Raku saved Miari and Kiki from the khrui. The second was when Miari woke after being rescued from the Niahorru and Raku tells her “I worship you, my universe” (did funny little things to my heart haha).

Listening to this audiobook has made me want to listen to the others in this series, and I look forward to doing so in the future. Thank you Elizabeth Stephens for giving me this amazing opportunity and opening my stubborn eyes to the world of audiobooks! I absolutely look forward to the rest of the stories you have to tell!

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  • 08-21-22

Good start

This was an interesting storyline; some of the sound effects were different addition to the story. Seems there was a few areas technical issues when voices were in and out. Narrators did a great job; Blaire has a kid-like voice that was hard to take seriously and some of the females got on my nerves doing dumb stuff during certain segments of story. On to the next book!

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A whole new world!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💚🖤💙❤️💜
Heat: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😒😚🥲😍

The heroine: Miari - she is a mechanic and an inventor. She speaks out against the aliens who invade their planet each rotation (three years). Every time they invade, all the females between 7 and 15 rotations old have to kneel naked when the ship lands and the aliens disembark, those chosen by an alien are hunted for breeding purposes. It all happens again each rotation. Miari is not yet of age until the next rotation. Though she feels she would not be chosen anyway, since she is a half-breed of the hunt and her mother died giving birth.

The Hero: Raku - he is the Raku (King) of Voraxia. He has decided to see what his General Boraku has been doing each rotation when he and his men go off to one of the small colony planets that is so unremarkable it has no name. He is surprised to find that the colonists are fearful of him and have no basic necessities, such as translators.

The Story: Raku sees Miari and knows immediately she is his Xiveri mate. He is astounded to see that she couldn’t understand him and is afraid of him. Miari’s friend Svera had learned the language and is able to translate but they don’t understand what a Xiveri mat is. All they know is that in the next rotation when Miari is of age, Raku will return for her and will take her off world.

Miari and her friend Kiki run during the next rotation at the time the Voraxians are set to return. Kiki was already of age during the last few rotations and due to her beauty was the one chosen by the evil Boraku. She no longer speaks due to what she went through. They take to the sewers and break through to a cave that goes outside the Drolax dome that keeps the humans safe from the creatures that roam the rest of the planet. They end up regretting their actions.

This book introduced Va’Raku who also found his Xiveri mate in Kiki and Miari’s friend Svera who helped Miari when she ran away and was taken aboard Raku’s ship to a warrior named Krisxox. This all sets up the second and fourth books in the series and the couples involved in those books.

I don’t want to go into more of the plot but to say this is another alien romance that is unique in it’s storyline. Not only is the heroine a human/alien hybrid, but they are not from earth. The book is told in dual points of view by duet narration, which I was surprised and delighted with. Narration was done by Benjamin Charles and Blaire LeBlanc. I don’t believe I have ever heard these two before but they do a great job. Blaire has a soft voice with a pleasing tone and Benjamin has a deep voice which works well for Raku.

One thing I did not like about this one was the fact that so many foreign words were used. I know it is genuine that there would be language differences between alien races as well as foreign concepts that would need their own words. However, you would think once they have translators, most words would be the same. It just got a bit distracting for me.

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Too much rape going on

Although there was a disclaimer on the description of this book there was a lot of rape going on in the past, a constant threat in the present and looking forward to more in the future. It is a constant theme through the book. I’m just not in a place where I am willing to listen to this. The H is kinda an uninformed ass, the h is ok I guess, but totally powerless. The H must not be a very good king to have let all this rape go on left and right. The guy who oversaw it all still had his job too do I’m not really sure why it mattered that he got caught. I gave up in ch 6 and returned.

The narrators were good though.

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loved the narrative and narration

it is very hard to find a sci-fi romance with a black woman as the mc and even harder to find one that is well written. needless to say I'm bing reading/listening to this series of books.

the narration style ruined me. the voice actors were perfect in their roles and the fact that the male lead read all the male parts and the story didn't have the female lead trying to change her voice to mimic a males has set a standard high for my audiobook experience lol.

over all great book in this genre 👌

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