Hi book friends! We’re going sci-fi romance again today with The First Starfighter by Grace Goodwin, the first book in the Starfighter Training Academy series (remember that from last week?) This book mixes science fiction with sexy aliens, gamers, and even some romance! It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting 😉
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THE FIRST STARFIGHTER by Grace Goodwin
Series: Starfighter Training Academy #1
Published: April 22, 2021 by Grace Goodwin
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Length: 230 pages
Format Read: Kindle eARC
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Reviewed by: Megan
Challenges: 2021 AtoZ Reading Challenge – Letter “F”
⭐⭐⭐.5 (3.5 out of 5 stars)
Heat Level: 🔥🔥🔥
ABOUT THE BOOK
Starfighter Training Academy. It was just a game. The newest, hottest video game release of the year. Choose a role. Build the perfect hero who joins you on missions to save the Vega star system from the evil Queen Raya and her merciless Dark Fleet.
Play for hours? Check.
Obsess over the in-game romance between your avatar and the sexiest alien you’ve ever seen? Check.
Win? Beat the heck out of the game? Check and check.
Open your door at 3:00 in the morning to find that smoking hot alien you thought you made up in your head standing there? Um … okay.
Wake up on the other side of the galaxy with that same alien insisting you’re his … and that you haven’t been playing a video game, but completed the training program to become the first Starfighter from Earth?
>>> I received this eARC (digital advanced reader copy) as part of my participation in a blog tour for Starfighter Command with Grey’s Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Grace Goodwin. The gifting of this ebook did not affect my opinion of it. <<<
As a serious sci-fi fan, I was drawn to this book. I expected space aliens but everything starting out as a video game was intriguing. Then the sexy alien from the video game shows up on her doorstep and an entirely different world is opened up for Jamie Miller.
Problem #1: the aliens all sound EXACTLY like humans. I get that Jamie has a nano-implant thing that translates everything for her but are aliens really supposed to swear so much? It was actually kind-of distracting because you don’t expect aliens to use that kind of language. Swear words are created by humans. They don’t describe anything.
Let’s talk about the “romance”.
I hesitate to give this 3 🔥🔥🔥 for the heat rating because it was like lusty, horny teenager. Not something that felt spicy. Maybe 🔥🔥.5 – there’s definitely sex in the book …
Jamie Miller, main character and first Starfighter from Earth, is essentially an overly horny teenager. She’s got a job so she’s not a teenager but all she thinks about is sex. That’s it. And if they’re in such danger (you know, alien race trying to wipe them out) why are they always running around looking for closets to have sex in?
I’m definitely glad they were able to connect but it seemed like a bit of an insta-love to me. Or maybe insta-lust. She spends all her time fantasizing about this made-up video game character. But when he shows up on her doorstep, all they think about is sex. There doesn’t seem to be much of an intellectual connection between the two of them. I would have liked to see more of a relationship forming, rather than just assuming it all happened “for real”, even though she thought he was a made-up video game character.
What a twist!
I absolutely loved the twist in the middle! It kept me intrigued and eager to see what happened, though that’s all I can say 🙂
Definitely well-written, if not 100% Original
While I had issues with the insta-love between Jamie and Alex, The First Starfighter was very well-written. It sounds like it’s pretty reminiscent of a movie from the 80s but that’s still on my movie watchlist. It may not be a completely original book but the story is intriguing and easily holds your attention.
About the Author – Grace Goodwin
Grace Goodwin is a USA Today and international bestselling author of Sci-Fi and Paranormal romance with nearly one million books sold. Grace’s titles are available worldwide in multiple languages in ebook, print and audio formats. Two best friends, one left-brained, the other right-brained, make up the award-winning writing duo that is Grace Goodwin. They are both mothers, escape room enthusiasts, avid readers and intrepid defenders of their preferred beverages. (There may or may not be an ongoing tea vs. coffee war occurring during their daily communications.) Grace loves to hear from readers.
Final Answer for The First Starfighter?
Would I read this book again? Probably not. The sci-fi factor wasn’t quite up to what I was hoping for. Will I continue the series? Absolutely! I want to see that Evil Queen get her butt kicked! For a fun read, The First Starfighter is definitely worth it.