All-Things-Rise-by-Missouri-VaunAll Things Rise by Missouri Vaun was my very first experience with this author. She and I had some brief Twitter exchanges and I like her, so when I heard all the hype about this book I asked her to send it to me and within 20 minutes I had a copy, much to my delight.

All Things Rise is set in a future when the oceans have risen and the wealthy built great Cloud Cities that hover high in the air, above the ocean. The poor are left on earth to live a rural existence.

There are three main characters: Cole, Ava and Audrey.

The book starts when Ava, a pilot from a Cloud City, crashes to earth. Cole, an earth dweller, is walking home from a fishing expedition when she sees Ava’s craft. The two have a memorable and awkward meeting.

Ava spends a couple of days on earth, learning that earth is not what she was led to believe. When Cole suddenly finds herself in a situation where she needs urgent medical attention Ava flies her to the Cloud City and saves her life.

When Cole recovers from surgery she meets Ava’s friend, Audrey. The attraction between Cole and Audrey is instantaneous. But the two women are from different worlds. Cole cannot live in the Cloud City and Audrey cannot live on the ground. This is the story about a love so pure and an attraction so strong that both women are left to make tough choices.

The Characters

The dynamic between the characters is interesting. This is not a typical story where girl meets girl and falls in love. Instead it is a girl meets girl and falls in love with girl’s best friend. This makes for an interesting and more complicated love story.

The characters are clear and easy to identify from one another. I am not sure that all the sub characters were needed, there seemed to be an excess of friends, but it didn’t bother me having them.

The Writing Style

The pace was good and for the most part the text was clean and well written. There were a couple of places where Vaun repeats herself or over explains a concept. This was not done a lot, though, and the story was interesting enough to keep the pages turning.

The Pros

The world that Missouri Vaun builds is unique and the story is interesting. The dynamic between the characters was not typical which made for layered characters.

Vaun took the typical romance formula and tossed it out the window, then sat down and wrote this book. I didn’t know what was going to happen next and I was often surprised by her story.

One of the big pros of this book was the sex. Thank goodness there is an author out there who has had good sex and has written about it. I cannot tell you how sex scenes frustrate me in lesbian literature because they never mimic my own experiences. For example, in real life you are not likely to start and end in the same position every single time you have sex. So, thank you Missouri Vaun for your sex scenes. For those who are interested, they are short but steamy.

The Cons

As mentioned earlier, there were over explanations in one or two spots but it was not a frequent problem.

The cover is also not very inspirational and doesn’t do the story justice.

The Conclusion

This is a lovely little Sci-Fi romance, well worth a read for anyone looking for something different.

I will be keeping an eye out for future works by Missouri Vaun and hope that she keeps writing.

Excerpt From All Things Rise by Missouri Vaun

Ava quickly looked at the gauges to her left. They were flashing red. A power drain?

Not Good. Think, Ava. Think. Had she missed something on her preflight diagnostic? Was she so distracted with planning her escape that she’d overlooked something? Another jolt, sputter, and then a sharp drop in altitude. Considering her flight path was already low enough to afford a great view of the wooded hills, she didn’t relish the thought of getting any closer to the treetops.

Ava spoke calmly and evenly into the small microphone mounted on her headset. “Easton Cloud City Tower, this is Jennings 5468.”

Static. No response.

“Easton Cloud City Tower, this is J5467 reporting mechanical failure en route to Cloud City Toronto.”

Static. No response.

Okay, the power cells are bottoming out, but the radio should be on a separate, self-sustained power grid. Ava threw the useless headset on the empty seat next to her and turned her focus back to the readout for the power grid.

Everything was happening too fast.

Altitude alarms began to sing in unison with the flashing gauges.

Side note: I wanted to add the scene with the red dress, but that would give it away and I didn’t want to ruin the fun when you get to it.

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