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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Aspect Ratio by Frances Pauli

Aspect Ratio by Frances Pauli
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (192 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Chloe Watson is just starting to get used to her inter-dimensionaly career, her covert relationship with the boss and her life as a cross dimensional traveler. Then a last minute promotion, a galaxy wide tournament and an unexpected stow-away manage to throw a wrench in her status quo.

Now she's left to sort out a string of parallel abductions, deal with an infestation of Lemurian bedbugs and get her local pet store associate back home before the woman blows the whistle on everything Chloe had going for her.

Just for fun, her relationship starts looking more than a little rocky, her job is on the line and her boyfriend/boss is keeping secrets that could cost them both a lot more than just their salaries.

Stevie is working at a pet store and really has a crush on Mark. He’s a gorgeous hunk of man and she can barely keep from drooling. So when she sees someone fighting with him in the back alley, she’s got to save him, right?

Ms. Pauli has written a many layered fantasy story here. It’s sprinkled with humor, has a side of danger, and two of the main characters face a relationship crisis. She has created interdimensional worlds with “aspects”. That’s the same person on one world being represented on other worlds. They have different names, lead different lives, and may not even be human but they exist on each world.

Stevie is a quirky independent character who is not willing to take “no” for an answer. She works at a pet shop and enjoys her life. When she finds herself hijacked to another dimension by mistake, she wants to find Mark who vanished in front of her eyes. I really enjoyed the banter between her and the other main female character, Chloe. Chloe wants her to sign a "hold harmless" agreement with a silence clause and go home, but Stevie isn’t willing.

With humans having too much interest in Chloe and her non-earth friends, there is plenty of occasion for humor and good fun. The story is enjoyable, the characters are interesting and strong in personalities, and you learn how that world works through Stevie’s eyes.

The author does a very good job of fleshing her world out and getting you interested in her characters. The story moves right along and each page adds another puzzle for the characters to resolve.

If you like fantasy and using your imagination, you’ll love this story. And the best news? I’m pretty sure Stevie will be back again in another book in this series. I hope to read more about this character and this world. Why not “taste” it for yourself?