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From USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Erin comes the second book in the Aunare Chronicles. Broken, beaten-down, and plagued by nightmares, Amihanna di Aetes is surrounded by the Aunare race that makes up the other half of her heritage, but she feels alien amongst them. She’s not sure which is worse: SpaceTech’s overt hatred of Aunare or the Aunare’s covert hatred of hal From USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Erin comes the second book in the Aunare Chronicles. Broken, beaten-down, and plagued by nightmares, Amihanna di Aetes is surrounded by the Aunare race that makes up the other half of her heritage, but she feels alien amongst them. She’s not sure which is worse: SpaceTech’s overt hatred of Aunare or the Aunare’s covert hatred of halfers. She hears their whispers whenever she enters a room and sees her death reflected in their eyes. Amihanna doesn’t know who to trust anymore, but she hasn’t survived this long by ignoring the warning signs all around her, especially when her instincts are screaming that a familiar choice is coming: flee or fight. Her parents assure her everything is okay—that there won’t be any reason for her to fight, let alone flee—but with Amihanna’s sudden return, questions arise among the Aunare: who should be blamed for the start of a full-scale war with SpaceTech, how much danger will the war bring, and is Amihanna truly fit to be the next high queen? Honestly, Amihanna wants to forget all the politics, her betrothal to Lorne, and the possibility of being queen. Her needs are much more basic. All she wants is a solid night’s sleep where she doesn’t wake up screaming with the phantom pain of her skin burning. All she needs is to live without fear of a mob tearing her away from her family. All she hopes for is a chance to dream of a future instead of constantly fighting for her right to live. And yet, somehow, everything she does leads her back to Lorne. He always seems to know when she’s about to break under the pressures of her new life. His quiet patience is wearing Amihanna’s protective walls down, and she’s terrified of what will happen if they fall.


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From USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Erin comes the second book in the Aunare Chronicles. Broken, beaten-down, and plagued by nightmares, Amihanna di Aetes is surrounded by the Aunare race that makes up the other half of her heritage, but she feels alien amongst them. She’s not sure which is worse: SpaceTech’s overt hatred of Aunare or the Aunare’s covert hatred of hal From USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Erin comes the second book in the Aunare Chronicles. Broken, beaten-down, and plagued by nightmares, Amihanna di Aetes is surrounded by the Aunare race that makes up the other half of her heritage, but she feels alien amongst them. She’s not sure which is worse: SpaceTech’s overt hatred of Aunare or the Aunare’s covert hatred of halfers. She hears their whispers whenever she enters a room and sees her death reflected in their eyes. Amihanna doesn’t know who to trust anymore, but she hasn’t survived this long by ignoring the warning signs all around her, especially when her instincts are screaming that a familiar choice is coming: flee or fight. Her parents assure her everything is okay—that there won’t be any reason for her to fight, let alone flee—but with Amihanna’s sudden return, questions arise among the Aunare: who should be blamed for the start of a full-scale war with SpaceTech, how much danger will the war bring, and is Amihanna truly fit to be the next high queen? Honestly, Amihanna wants to forget all the politics, her betrothal to Lorne, and the possibility of being queen. Her needs are much more basic. All she wants is a solid night’s sleep where she doesn’t wake up screaming with the phantom pain of her skin burning. All she needs is to live without fear of a mob tearing her away from her family. All she hopes for is a chance to dream of a future instead of constantly fighting for her right to live. And yet, somehow, everything she does leads her back to Lorne. He always seems to know when she’s about to break under the pressures of her new life. His quiet patience is wearing Amihanna’s protective walls down, and she’s terrified of what will happen if they fall.

30 review for Off Balance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angela Cuéllar

    pooled ink Reviews: To pull a quote from my review of book one, Off Planet, "I NEED BOOK TWO!!! AHHH!!!" So obviously I was thrilled when I was granted an ARC of this long awaited sequel! As you can probably tell I had a lot of excitement and hype for what would happen next and I am happy to share that I was not disappointed! Sci-fi type genres really have to hit me at the right moment. I read almost every genre but as I've gotten older I've become much more of a mood reader. That being said, pooled ink Reviews: To pull a quote from my review of book one, Off Planet, "I NEED BOOK TWO!!! AHHH!!!" So obviously I was thrilled when I was granted an ARC of this long awaited sequel! As you can probably tell I had a lot of excitement and hype for what would happen next and I am happy to share that I was not disappointed! Sci-fi type genres really have to hit me at the right moment. I read almost every genre but as I've gotten older I've become much more of a mood reader. That being said, it didn't matter what mood I was in because the moment I opened up the book I was recalling everything that had happened in the first book and was instantly pulled back into the story! I'll get into it more later, but for now I just want to say... Off Balance is a sequel worthy of the title. It instantly sucks you back into the world, the characters, the story, and makes it nearly impossible to put down once begun though with each twist you'll be thrown further off balance from what you think you know. Action adventure, space drama, political schemes, and just the right hit of romance has this series turning into an absolute must-read. Whether you think you're a fan of sci-fi or not I'd urge you to give this series a try because you just might find yourself unable to part from Amihanna's side as her life gets pulled into the unthinkable with war as the looming cost. P.S. There's romance in this one and boy is it swoon-worthy!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Blog | Twitter | Instagram What an amazing and emotional journey. I needed time to gather my thoughts because this book is so good and mind-blowing, I don't think I'll ever fully healed after all of that. One thing for sure though, I'm deeply in love with this series and I can barely wait for Off Mission to be released. Blog | Twitter | Instagram What an amazing and emotional journey. I needed time to gather my thoughts because this book is so good and mind-blowing, I don't think I'll ever fully healed after all of that. One thing for sure though, I'm deeply in love with this series and I can barely wait for Off Mission to be released.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hristina

    Sometimes sequels don't live up to the previous book, but that wasn't the case with Off Balance. It was just as lovely as the first one. The story and plot remained interesting, the book was quite engaging. Everything about it was consistent with the first one, the characters, the pacing, the writing... It's an amazing continuation to the series. I can't wait for more. *Copy received through NetGalley. *Rating: 5/5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin Sky

    Amihanna is back in this GRIPPING second installment of the Aunare Chronicles. She's made it to her "home" planet, but it doesn't feel like home. Her early memories are gone. She doesn't remember the people, the culture, or even the language. The local media hate her, but the news isn't as big a problem as the people themselves--the ones who want her dead. And then there's Lorne, her shalshasa, the man whose talents and energies are perfectly balanced with her own. But he's a stranger--a stranger Amihanna is back in this GRIPPING second installment of the Aunare Chronicles. She's made it to her "home" planet, but it doesn't feel like home. Her early memories are gone. She doesn't remember the people, the culture, or even the language. The local media hate her, but the news isn't as big a problem as the people themselves--the ones who want her dead. And then there's Lorne, her shalshasa, the man whose talents and energies are perfectly balanced with her own. But he's a stranger--a stranger who loves her. Her destiny is closing in, and soon she'll have to make a choice. Can she protect a planet that hates her? Can a poor waitress from Earth find her true purpose among the stars? I LOVED this book!!! It's rare to find an author whose books ALWAYS sweep you away, and Aileen Erin is one of my personal favorites. No matter what series (or universe!) she's writing in, every one of her stories is a perfect balance between the inner emotions of the characters and the heart-pumping action that grabs you and never lets go. I couldn't put this one down. I RACED through it, and then (I confess) I held the last 3 or 4 pages for ALMOST TWO WEEKS because I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END!!! So, imagine my EXTREME JOY to find out there will be TWO more books in the series!!! (At least. I'm going with at least two. A woman can dream, right?) There are so many scenes I want to gush about but I won't because NO SPOILERS, EVER! But there's this one ... no, I can't ... and then when she ... AUGH, I CAN'T TELL YOU!!! Okay, here's what I can say. If you LOVE scifi, if you LOVE high-stakes action, if you LOVE a smart, slow-burn romance, if you LOVE the kind of book that keeps you up all night reading because you just can't stop, READ THIS BOOK!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy. I voluntarily All opinions expressed are my own. Off Balance By:Aileen Erin *REVIEW* ☆☆☆☆ I enjoyed the first book in this series, Off Planet, and I was worried that I would hate the sequel. Thankfully, Off Balance is not a disappointing read at all. The time and place are crafted beautifully, thus providing an immersive experience for readers. The heroine suffers trials and heartache that she must overcome, but it's almost too much agony and whatnot for Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy. I voluntarily All opinions expressed are my own. Off Balance By:Aileen Erin *REVIEW* ☆☆☆☆ I enjoyed the first book in this series, Off Planet, and I was worried that I would hate the sequel. Thankfully, Off Balance is not a disappointing read at all. The time and place are crafted beautifully, thus providing an immersive experience for readers. The heroine suffers trials and heartache that she must overcome, but it's almost too much agony and whatnot for her. Lorne balances out with her in an ideal complimentary way. The characters are genuine and easy to root for from beginning to end. This is a great second book, and I'm looking forward to number three.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kara Babcock

    Yeah, so I try really hard not to DNF books I receive for free from NetGalley, because it doesn’t feel very fair. But it also doesn’t feel fair to force myself to finish a book, because that will almost always result in a review it doesn’t really deserve. It’s my fault for being so lukewarm about the sequel after reading Off Planet ; I probably should have listened to my gut and not accepted the second book. I don’t think Off Balance is all that bad. I think this is definitely a cause of book Yeah, so I try really hard not to DNF books I receive for free from NetGalley, because it doesn’t feel very fair. But it also doesn’t feel fair to force myself to finish a book, because that will almost always result in a review it doesn’t really deserve. It’s my fault for being so lukewarm about the sequel after reading Off Planet ; I probably should have listened to my gut and not accepted the second book. I don’t think Off Balance is all that bad. I think this is definitely a cause of book and reader incompatibility—exacerbated by me already being in a reading slump and really wanting comfort food, which this is not for me. So I’m going to explain what annoys me about this book, but just know that I don’t consider any of these universal flaws for every reader. First, the soulmate-ish destined romance thing never works for me. I understand that Erin tries her best to distance Amihanna and Lorne’s … condition … from the classic idea of soulmates. Nevertheless, you’ve got two people who don’t know each other experiencing an irresistible attraction that causes them to want to marry each other. We’re not talking chemistry or “love at first sight” or whatever (even though those are blah). The whole amnesia thing is weird, and while I think it’s great Lorne at least acknowledges that, at the end of the day, Amihanna is all glowy-glowy, and I can’t. I just can’t. Second, more generally, just not vibing with the whole “Aunare energy frequency” stuff (yeah, I said vibing). Again, there’s no reason this shouldn’t be a thing. It’s just not working for me. Finally, the characters are just … ugh. Is one-and-a-half dimensional a thing when it comes to characterization? Because they aren’t exactly flat, but they’re close to it. I just have a hard time getting attached to these characters. I don’t really like any of them. I’m not excited to spend time with them or play in this world. So … where does that leave us? Off Balance is probably a good sequel to Off Planet, but I’ve decided I’m not going to stay long enough to find out. I’ve let down this book, and I’m ok with that. There are plenty more for me to read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ixxati

    Off balance is the second book from Aunare Chronicles. Btw I didn't read the first book but I'm not so lost so I guess that is great. It was a slow start but then the plot picked up quickly. It was full of emotions, action and suspense. I love the plot, I love the characters goshh I love everything in this book 😂 I wanted to describe all the characters that I like but I like almost everyone lol I like Amihanna, Lorne, Roan, Declan, Ahiga, Eshrin and etc. See? I told you most of the characters ar Off balance is the second book from Aunare Chronicles. Btw I didn't read the first book but I'm not so lost so I guess that is great. It was a slow start but then the plot picked up quickly. It was full of emotions, action and suspense. I love the plot, I love the characters goshh I love everything in this book 😂 I wanted to describe all the characters that I like but I like almost everyone lol I like Amihanna, Lorne, Roan, Declan, Ahiga, Eshrin and etc. See? I told you most of the characters are lovable! "Please try to remember that the past isn't important. You can't change it, and you're in a good spot now. You're alive, safe, and free. Focus on the present. And when you feel like this life is too much, when the ghosts of your past are breathing down your neck, that's when you need to breathe" Thank you Netgalley and publisher for this amazing arc! 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah TheAromaofBooks

    Off Balance is the sequel to Off Planet, which I read and reviewed last year, and if you really want to make sense of this review, you may want to read the synopsis of that book first. This review will have some minor spoilers for Off Planet. I’m reverting to the old pros/cons list for the this review to help me sort out my thoughts, since there were a lot of things I really liked, and several things that annoyed me: Cons: --Amihanna is just so, so self-absorbed for most of this story. It’s all abo Off Balance is the sequel to Off Planet, which I read and reviewed last year, and if you really want to make sense of this review, you may want to read the synopsis of that book first. This review will have some minor spoilers for Off Planet. I’m reverting to the old pros/cons list for the this review to help me sort out my thoughts, since there were a lot of things I really liked, and several things that annoyed me: Cons: --Amihanna is just so, so self-absorbed for most of this story. It’s all about HER and HER feelings and how everyone is going to respond to HER if she decides to marry Lorne. She spends a lot of time avoiding doing anything remotely ruler-like, yet also complains that she isn’t treated with respect/like a ruler. I guess part of this is that I’m not someone who tends to agonize over decisions, even big ones. Assess your choices and their probable trajectories, make the best decision you can, then don’t look back. Consequently, I don’t have a great deal of patience for someone who spends a LOT of time havering. --Way too much time is spent in a gym/doing physical training of some kind. We get it. She’s incredibly physically fit. --Explicit sex scene that I was not expecting since no such thing has appeared in any of Erin’s other books that I’ve read (including the entire Alpha Girl series). Also a few scenes that were more graphically violent than really seemed necessary. Like a lot more. --Overall a bit of second-book syndrome. A lot of this book is waiting for things to happen more than it is things actually happening. It felt like we could have cut out some of the scenes of Amihanna doing the same thing over and over and OVER again in the first book, cut out some of the incessant training scenes in this book, and combined them into one book with more action. --While I’m griping about Ami in this review, I do actually like her as a person. I just feel like she spends a lot of time talking like she’s super badass, but hiding from her actual responsibilities/decisions. Pros: --World-building is great. There is a real sense of place and other-worldliness without being too crazy. Loved the glimpses of the Aunare culture and would love to see more of it. --NO LOVE TRIANGLE! Can’t tell you how excited I was about this! The end of Off Planet seemed to feel like it was setting up for one, but that’s completely avoided in this book, and I am definitely here for that, as I think having a love triangle is the dumbest trope of all time. --Which ties into another pro – LORNE. As a character, Lorne is definitely my favorite. Why Amihanna would hesitate for even half a second is mind-boggling to me. While not perfect, Lorne is incredibly patient, kind, thoughtful, and intelligent. He is eager to help Ami learn more about the Aunare but never comes across as condescending. I’m totally in love with this guy, and only wish we had gotten way more of his perspective, which was significantly more interesting than Ami’s whining about her (actually very comfortable) life. --While I didn’t like having an explicit sex scene in the story, I did appreciate that it didn’t feel like something the characters just rushed into. It felt like a thoughtful, serious decision, and I liked that aspect. --The actual story is solid. There are a lot of great characters, several directions the plot could reasonably take, and a lot of interesting things going on. Conclusion: 3.5*, which is where I ended up with Off Planet, too. A good sequel, a series I recommend if you like sci-fi on the lighter side of sci, and a series I definitely am interested to follow going forward. NB: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Receiving this book didn’t impact my review at all. Special thanks to the publisher!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lenni Jones

    This book was seriously addictive. I’d tell myself I was only going to read for another five minutes, only to realize 20 minutes later I’d just finished the chapter instead! I should’ve expected that, considering this is an Aileen Erin book. Yet, she always catches me off guard with how powerful her books end up being. In Off Balance, Lorne’s character gets developed and the romance gets good! In other words, it’s every fangirl’s dream. I never thought about how an experience like Amihanna’s on Ab This book was seriously addictive. I’d tell myself I was only going to read for another five minutes, only to realize 20 minutes later I’d just finished the chapter instead! I should’ve expected that, considering this is an Aileen Erin book. Yet, she always catches me off guard with how powerful her books end up being. In Off Balance, Lorne’s character gets developed and the romance gets good! In other words, it’s every fangirl’s dream. I never thought about how an experience like Amihanna’s on Abbadon could impact someone until this book. Poor Amihanna... Luckily she had her awesome shalshasa by her side! I can’t wait for you all to read this book! If you’re looking for romance, action, and sci-fi, check out this series! (P.S. I had assumed that this was going to be a trilogy, so to read the letter to the readers in the back and find out there will be TWO more books was very exciting!!!)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Henry Lazarus

    Aileen Erin has a romantic tale of human and Aunare who are similar enough to interbreed. The Aunare have spotted shapes, fao’ana, on their skin that glow with emotions and for some can give super powers. Maité Martinez is half -Aunare and trying to survive and get Off Planet (paper) since Space Tech, the ruling corporation on Earth, broke treaty with the Aunare and killed all Aunare visitors. After escaping Earth and surviving the mines she was assigned to when caught she finds her soul partner Aileen Erin has a romantic tale of human and Aunare who are similar enough to interbreed. The Aunare have spotted shapes, fao’ana, on their skin that glow with emotions and for some can give super powers. Maité Martinez is half -Aunare and trying to survive and get Off Planet (paper) since Space Tech, the ruling corporation on Earth, broke treaty with the Aunare and killed all Aunare visitors. After escaping Earth and surviving the mines she was assigned to when caught she finds her soul partner and future king of the Aunare Lorne. But she is still Off Balance (paper from Ink Monster, LLC) with her early memories wiped to help her survive her run. It doesn’t help that Lorne’s father and King wants break the arranged marriage contract. Heavily romantic and lots of fun. I’m waiting eagerly for the third.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Lil'n Dunski

    I've never been a big SciFi fan. Most books/stories lead to disappointment, but NOT Aileen Erin! There's something about her writing style that draws you in from the very beginning! It's well balanced with action, magic, drama, political BS and some romance that you can't help but be sucked into in all the best ways of reading! Amihanna has finally made it to her home planet, but it's not all rainbows and happy endings. Her character development is really felt through the pages and as much as sh I've never been a big SciFi fan. Most books/stories lead to disappointment, but NOT Aileen Erin! There's something about her writing style that draws you in from the very beginning! It's well balanced with action, magic, drama, political BS and some romance that you can't help but be sucked into in all the best ways of reading! Amihanna has finally made it to her home planet, but it's not all rainbows and happy endings. Her character development is really felt through the pages and as much as she wants a life of peace, there's still a war on the horizon. Lorne's character development was absolutely amazing! You can't help falling in love with his charming yet broken character. Off Balance is truly remarkable and I look forward to reading the next book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Oriana vega

    3.9 stars I am loving this series! Some of the things I loved about this book was the friendship and loyalty between Ami and her best friend. The action in the book is pretty damm cool! The only thing I have a problem with is how Amihanna and Lorne act towards Declan and I get he made mistakes and that he is moody as well but honestly all three of them do not have time to have this animosity between them because how are they supposed to work as a team if they can not even be in the same room with 3.9 stars I am loving this series! Some of the things I loved about this book was the friendship and loyalty between Ami and her best friend. The action in the book is pretty damm cool! The only thing I have a problem with is how Amihanna and Lorne act towards Declan and I get he made mistakes and that he is moody as well but honestly all three of them do not have time to have this animosity between them because how are they supposed to work as a team if they can not even be in the same room with each other for a while. With how close the war is and everything I expected her to be able to actually work on her powers a lot more. I also was hoping for her to go around the city on her home planet so that she can see more of where she came from and so that she can meet the people there. I was also hoping to see Amihanna and her mom talk more so that her mom could help her transition better on the Aunare planet. The relationship between Ami and her dad was complicated for sure but I am hoping it gets better. I also have to say that I loved the first book more then this one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Kaye

    Aileen Erin is one of my favorite authors and the second book in her Aunare Chronicles is awesome!!! I lost sleep finishing this book and I needed lots of caffeine the next day but I'd do it all over again. I knew things wouldn't be smooth sailing for Amihanna when she arrived on her home planet but I never imagined the kick-butt character she would become. The chemistry between her and Lorne is off the charts hot without being raunchy. This book is even better than the first in the series and t Aileen Erin is one of my favorite authors and the second book in her Aunare Chronicles is awesome!!! I lost sleep finishing this book and I needed lots of caffeine the next day but I'd do it all over again. I knew things wouldn't be smooth sailing for Amihanna when she arrived on her home planet but I never imagined the kick-butt character she would become. The chemistry between her and Lorne is off the charts hot without being raunchy. This book is even better than the first in the series and that's saying a lot! I can't wait for the next one!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Off Balance is the second installment in author Aileen Erin's Aunare Chronicles. What you should know. The beginning of this story takes place 13 years ago on Earth. Lorne knows it is time to leave Earth before Liberation Week where all Aunare will be rounded up. Earth is getting more & more violent towards the Aunare, but for some reason, 6 year old Amihanna di Aetes, daughter of Rysden and Elizabeth, is about to be le *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Off Balance is the second installment in author Aileen Erin's Aunare Chronicles. What you should know. The beginning of this story takes place 13 years ago on Earth. Lorne knows it is time to leave Earth before Liberation Week where all Aunare will be rounded up. Earth is getting more & more violent towards the Aunare, but for some reason, 6 year old Amihanna di Aetes, daughter of Rysden and Elizabeth, is about to be left behind instead of being brought back to Aunare where she will be safe. This one mistake will cost Amihanna/Maité and her mother years of terror. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/202...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Once again it was a slow start but picked up rather quickly and didn't stop. It was a bit repetitive in spots in the beginning also. Once the action started it was non-stop. Amihanna's powers are developing again. Her relationship with Lorne is progressing and her relationship with Declan is degrading. So much going on it ended up being a page turner. Hoping to see Declan get his HEA eventually. Enjoyed Roan and Amihanna's banter and relationship in this one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Warren

    4.5 Stars This is the sequel to Off Planet and what an excellent entry into the series! I loved the first book and was very excited to read this one and it did not disappoint. This one switches between Amihanna and Lorne and is set after Amihanna has made it back to her home planet. She faces trying to figure out who she is while also struggling with her feelings for Lorne who is a stranger to her. She's also up against a group of people who see her as completely unfit for her intended role. Lorn 4.5 Stars This is the sequel to Off Planet and what an excellent entry into the series! I loved the first book and was very excited to read this one and it did not disappoint. This one switches between Amihanna and Lorne and is set after Amihanna has made it back to her home planet. She faces trying to figure out who she is while also struggling with her feelings for Lorne who is a stranger to her. She's also up against a group of people who see her as completely unfit for her intended role. Lorne is just happy to have Amihanna back. He does everything he can to get closer to her and help her settle in. Well as much as she lets him. I love everything about him! This story has a little of everything! If you like a slow burn romance, awesome action scenes, and well developed characters, I highly recommend this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    CR

    So with this one I was a little......Ok somewhat a lot lost. I hadn't read book one and that was a bad idea. But with saying that I totally want to read book one now. This was an out of this world story and I really need the next book now.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Oh man, I love this author and these stories. THANK GOODNESS, no love triangle. I seriously hate those. I LOVE Lorne - he is amazing and patient, but it was good to see he had a bit of a darker side. It was a little confusing with Maite-Amihanna's name change, but I caught on fast. I'm dying for the next one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie R.

    ***very minor spoilers*** I first picked up Off Planet (Aunare Chronicles, #1) in July of 2019 because I had just finished Lunar Court (book 8 of Aileen Erin's Alpha Girl series) and was dying for more. So I gave Off Planet a try. Well...that led to 7 months of EXTREMELY painful waiting for Off Balance to come out, and I was concerned that I had built up my expectations too far for the book to be able to meet them. I was wrong. So. Very. Wrong. This book was everything I had hoped for and more. As ***very minor spoilers*** I first picked up Off Planet (Aunare Chronicles, #1) in July of 2019 because I had just finished Lunar Court (book 8 of Aileen Erin's Alpha Girl series) and was dying for more. So I gave Off Planet a try. Well...that led to 7 months of EXTREMELY painful waiting for Off Balance to come out, and I was concerned that I had built up my expectations too far for the book to be able to meet them. I was wrong. So. Very. Wrong. This book was everything I had hoped for and more. As with any book, there were a few things that sort of irritated me, but that is the case with any story and a couple may also have been because of how I chose to "read" this book. I listened to it in audio format because that is how I read Off Planet and because I was super busy this week and couldn't stand the idea of waiting until the weekend to read it. Therefore, also please forgive awful misspellings, of which I am sure there will be at least a couple. First, what irritated me. Amihanna was quite self-absorbed. It was necessary, but at times it was almost as if she had regressed a decade of maturity level from Off Planet. For instance, in Off Planet she could see Declan's point of view and the military strategy options and consequences, but she could not seem to accept them at all at some points in Off Balance like when she totally understood that Lorne couldn't have come to Earth and been caught there after Liberation Week, but she didn't understand at all that her Father didn't go? Her Father could have been even worse if he had been caught on Earth because before Lorne came of age, he was the heir basically and the head of the military. A spoiled underage heir breaking rules, treaties, etc. would have had a much better chance of being played off politically than the adult head of the military. But for character development, the feelings were necessary and understandable - she had to grow up way too fast on Earth. I also had some difficulty understanding the Fauwana (the marks that light up on the Aunare skin) but that could be at least partially because of the audio. It was difficult to understand the word at first, but then I kept feeling like I must have missed where they were explained, but I don't think I did since later it is explained it was kept secret from Earthers and Amihanna of course didn't remember much. The last thing that irritated me was the sex scene. I thought it was overdone. I understand that it was a bonding moment, and they were both mature, consenting adults, but I didn't think it needed such graphic description. It is definitely no more earth shattering of a bond/connection than that shared by mates in the Alpha Girl series, and there are no explicit scenes in there. Part of my irritation though was I wasn't expecting it at all. In fact, I was pretty confident there was NOT going to be an explicit scene like that since I'd read 9 other books by Aileen Erin before. Finally, what I loved. Pretty much everything else. I loved the plot twists that showed Amihanna's powers (though I am still slightly unclear as to how Lorne's are a mirror of hers), I loved the tournament scene, I loved the dedication that Lorne showed and how he really genuinely struggled between his duty to his people and his love for Amihanna. It wasn't just the typical romance, nothing is as important as you, but recognized that there can be two very important pieces to someone's life that are in conflict. Finally, I loved the plot twist that revealed who had been working with SpaceTech. It is going to be a VERY LONG 9 1/2 months until Book 3!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Atiqah

    I’ll just say the downside of this book first before I go on and on about how much I love Off Balance. A common complaint I found about this book and Off Planet (#1) is the repetitiveness. In Off Planet, it was Amihanna going through ordeals and painful recovery time and time again. In this book, it’s the same training in the gym and pushing Lorne away over and over again. I’ll just say that I totally get the necessity of it in developing our main character and I have no problem with it. I do un I’ll just say the downside of this book first before I go on and on about how much I love Off Balance. A common complaint I found about this book and Off Planet (#1) is the repetitiveness. In Off Planet, it was Amihanna going through ordeals and painful recovery time and time again. In this book, it’s the same training in the gym and pushing Lorne away over and over again. I’ll just say that I totally get the necessity of it in developing our main character and I have no problem with it. I do understand that it is a major peeve for some readers and may even be a deal-breaker. It’s rare that the second title in a series is able to hold a tighter grip on me than the first but Off Balance did it. I couldn’t put it down and literally flew through the pages! Even when I wake up in the middle of the night to feed my 2-month old and change diapers, I’ll read this on my Kindle for a few minutes before snoozing off again. Aileen’s writing touched me because it feels so close and real. Anyone struggling with feeling like losing themselves by being with a partner, being a parent, or just doing something that demands all your energy and attention will feel this. While in Off Planet the theme revolves around survival and perseverance, Off Balance is about the identity crisis of Amihanna who is suffering from PTSD and faced with a better life that includes love, power, and responsibilities. She doesn’t know how to reconcile her past and her future with all the weight of expectations it promises. Due to her losing her memories as a child, she still hasn’t got some essential Aunere part of herself back no matter how hard she tries. Although, people around her insist the person lost in the memories is shining through and she doesn’t have to worry so much about it. Amihanna feels differently; If she can’t figure out who she is, then how is she supposed to be the leader that everyone is expecting? Read full review on Bookmarks & Blue Light

  21. 5 out of 5

    Germaine

    *Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.* I have mixed feelings about Off Balance. I really enjoyed the first half of it, but I'm not entirely sure how to feel about the rest. WHAT I LIKED: - The sci-fi and worldbuilding of the book were relatively solid and I appreciated all the little details that had to do with the planet, government, technology, etc. - Platonic relationships. I especially liked Amihanna's bond with Roan *Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.* I have mixed feelings about Off Balance. I really enjoyed the first half of it, but I'm not entirely sure how to feel about the rest. WHAT I LIKED: - The sci-fi and worldbuilding of the book were relatively solid and I appreciated all the little details that had to do with the planet, government, technology, etc. - Platonic relationships. I especially liked Amihanna's bond with Roan and the banter she shared with the rest of her crew. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: - There was a bit too much telling rather than showing, especially in the beginning. I felt that the writing could have used a once-over for the telling conveyed in dialogue and indirect thoughts. - Sex scene. As much as I liked seeing Lorne and Amihanna's relationship develop, I felt that this was unnecessary and if included, should have been kept behind closed doors or have had the narrative black out. This was near the end and I ended up dropping a star for it. (Edit: I just thought of this after posting my review, but I feel that it would have been a lot better if Lorne had asked before he kissed Amihanna. Consent is important, okay -- especially since he interrupted her midsentence.) Overall: Relatively solid sci-fi with good characterization and interesting plot, however the sex scene could have been omitted.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I love everything about this series so far. The characters, the world, the storyline... I just can't get enough. Amihanna is VERY self absorbed throughout MOST of OFF BALANCE. I wanted to shake her a few times, then I remembered what she has gone through and I decided that she can have a pass for one book. The relationship between Amihanna and Lorne was a little frustrating. I just wanted her to jump on her feelings and never let go, but she is still figuring out who she is and what she wants so w I love everything about this series so far. The characters, the world, the storyline... I just can't get enough. Amihanna is VERY self absorbed throughout MOST of OFF BALANCE. I wanted to shake her a few times, then I remembered what she has gone through and I decided that she can have a pass for one book. The relationship between Amihanna and Lorne was a little frustrating. I just wanted her to jump on her feelings and never let go, but she is still figuring out who she is and what she wants so we get a lot of wishy washy moments. Having said that, there wasn't one point in OFF BALANCE that I didn't want to continue to read. Every moment was enjoyable and I was absorbed in the storyline from beginning to end. I loved OFF BALANCE just as much as I loved OFF PLANET and I am once again looking forward to seeing what happens next. * This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janine Birt

    This book was unputdownable. I was transported to the world of Amihanna and Lorne so easily. Aileen’s writing just pulled me in and gripped me tight. I just had to have one more chapter, had to find out what happened next. Parts of this story made me laugh (Roan & Ami together always leads to a chuckle), parts made me swoon (the way Lorne looks at Ami, the way she just ‘reacts’ to his presence/voice, the more we get now that they are in the same location) and then there were the tears (the emoti This book was unputdownable. I was transported to the world of Amihanna and Lorne so easily. Aileen’s writing just pulled me in and gripped me tight. I just had to have one more chapter, had to find out what happened next. Parts of this story made me laugh (Roan & Ami together always leads to a chuckle), parts made me swoon (the way Lorne looks at Ami, the way she just ‘reacts’ to his presence/voice, the more we get now that they are in the same location) and then there were the tears (the emotional aftermath of Ami’s traumatic experiences growing up and in Off Planet). This book took me on a rollercoaster of feelings and I loved every second of it. Thank you Aileen so much for bringing this story to the world. I will probably read it several times this year before the next book comes out. And then an infinite number of times into the future.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Destiny Bridwell

    I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. It was a great story and the world-building is so vivid and it helps pull you into a well written tale. The characters you want to pull for them and see what is going to happen to them next. There were times I was screaming at my kindle and wanting to know why at times. I think I read it took quickly and now have to wait for the next book in the series. 

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I loved Book 1 and the sequel has the same unputdownable qualities. These books really grab you and drag you along for the ride. This book has more of a political flavor to it than the first one, and I'd love to see that angle explored more in future books. I feel very invested in the fate of the characters and am looking forward to the next installment.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Brown

    I loved the first book (Off Planet) in this series - it grabbed me by the throat and dragged me along! Off Balance is equally as brilliant, a bit different and I also absolutely loved it! A great roller coaster, I loved the adventure, changes of pace, character development and emotional depth as Amihanna finds her way. Counting the days until the next instalment💕

  27. 5 out of 5

    Em

    Enjoyed the last third, but the first two thirds were complete drivel. Also, since when do YA books have to have so much swearing? Use your intellect and come up with better ways to express anger, surprise, happiness etc. Rather than dropping the F word over and over!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karin Aldama

    I was really looking forward to the second book in this series, and it did not disappoint. Inhaled it in a day or two. And pre-ordered the third one... Looking forward to December when it comes out.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Holden

    I've loved reading this book, it was hard to put it down until I've finished it! I even pre-ordered the next book immediately! Love the storyline and looking forward to read more ;)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    This book was fantastic, a really great read, instead of being physically tortured, it's emotional and psychological, and it was so great to read! And we got to be in Lorne's head!

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