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Friday, April 1, 2011

Ruby D.A.R.E. by Tianna Xander and Viola Grace

Ruby D.A.R.E. by Tianna Xander and Viola Grace
D.A.R.E. Project: Book 1
Publisher: Devine Destinies Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (92 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Born of two dragons but raised in a lab, Ruby has lived a life of quiet regulation, waiting until the project proposed decades earlier can be started. When Dimensional Arrest, Retrieval and Extraction gets underway, her innate ability to jump dimensions puts her on the front lines with her sisters, retrieving people from earth whose presence is tearing their home world apart. Each assignment takes Ruby to another world to retrieve scholars, criminals, researchers, and escapees. The freedom she feels on the new worlds is cruelly taken away when she has to return to earth over and over again.

Meeting one of her own kind is a shock, but his determination to help her gain her freedom is even more of a stunning revelation. He offers her a life without walls, in the sun, and wind in her hair. What dragon could resist?

She’s a dragon and can slip through dimensions. All she really wants is her freedom…

These authors have created an interesting character. Ruby has a human form that can use her dragon skills. She’s been raised in a restricted environment but has not lost her sense of independence. She and her sisters are the only beings that can stop “Dimensional Arrest, Retrieval and Extraction.” The humans who travelled to other planets in other dimensions must be retrieved. Just like the earthquake in Japan moved their coastline eight feet, travel between dimensions is causing movement and eminent disaster is approaching.

Ms. Xander and Ms. Grace have made Ruby aloof, strong, and determined to be free. The other dimensions are interesting worlds that could very well exist. The humans in the story are political prisoners, scientists, and other adventurers. They have regular human foibles, but Ruby grabbed my attention and held it. She wants so badly to just be herself and not be a slave to the humans that you empathize with her and wish you could help.

The authors add a bit of subterfuge to make the story more interesting; it’s all plausible and makes sense. The story has a good flow. The only thing that could have made it better would be a bit more of the story. It read well, but I could have used a bit more information about the controlling factions of Ruby’s facility that houses her sisters and how her new life turned out. However, I may just be greedy. The story was well told and I enjoyed reading it. And there will be more in this series. After all, Ruby is one of 20 sisters…