Review: DOUBLE LIFE by S. Usher Evans

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Title: Double Life
Series: The Razia series #1
Author: S. Usher Evans
Release date: June 12th, 2014
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Piracy is a game. How much are you worth? 

Since she was a little girl, everyone - from her father to the Great Creator himself - told Lyssa Peate the same thing: she's worthless. But when she becomes the pirate bounty hunter Razia, she can see the price tag on her own head. Employed by one of the four pirate syndicates, she uses bank transactions and her considerable wits to capture rival members. At least, she would be if Razia's boss ever gave her a chance. It's a man’s world, and all she’s allowed to hunt are purse snatchers while she languishes on probation. 

To pay the bills, she's stuck in her old life as Lyssa, discovering and analyzing distant planets and selling them for cash. She's doing just enough to stay out of trouble, pretending to be continuing her father's mysterious research while away for long periods of time. Her slimy boss is always asking questions and even assigns one of her younger brothers, Vel, to intern with her. Already struggling to keep the balance between her double lives, she tries everything to rid herself of the kid... 

...until the universal police mistake Lyssa’s intern for Razia's hostage.
I needed a space-opera book at the moment. Double Life came at the right time and S. Usher Evans wrote such a interesting universe to read about.

Things I enjoyed hella lots:

✓ I love Razia. She's filled with spunk and so much passion in her heart. She reminded me a bit of Thora James from Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie. That when people tell her no and that why does she try to do stuff she won't get, she tells them to shut it and probe them all wrong. She is a great bounty hunter and really frigging smart. Plus she's the only female pirate. She has to try to get to the top even though all the other male pirates tell her she won't make it because she's a "girl". She goes for the biggest pirates because it's her dream to be one of the greatest.

✓ Even though Vel pissed me off at some points. Like whenever he thought their family was right and they didn't mean anything they did to Razia. I was like please don't make excuses for them, what they did was super wrong and awful. But his relationship with Razia was great to see to be honest. She needed her little brother there and the banter and sibling-fighting was superb to see.

✓ Pirates in space says it all. I mean who can resist?!!! And it is actually like a game. So there are these webs that have Runners that run the webs and they all have their own pirates like in charge of them. The thing is to hunt pirates from other webs and catch them and put them to jail. That gets you serious points and $$$ plus you in against the other web pirates and your rank goes up. You have to keep hidden so the other pirates don't catch you and you *clap* start again *clap*

✓ This could be such a fun anime. I seriusly thought about it when I was reading it. The opening scene and the whole plotline felt right, now I need a studio to know about this book and writes me an animated show please. I have a feeling Razia would be loved very very much.

✓ Let's not forget Sage. As S. Usher Evans saw I'm a complete mess whenever it came to him. He totally stole my heart and he didn't even appear /that/ much lol. You can see something going on there with Razia, the fact that he is the only one who knows her secret identity and her childhood self?? That gets serious points in my favor. Plus he's always there somehow hah!

Things that I didn't enjoy a lot:

✓ The way the "waiters" "girls" at bars were described as. The "skimpy" clothes and stuff like that. It didn't come down really well, oops.

✓  Some plots that were left unattended. But I'm not sure if they will be tackled in the next ones so I will have to see?

I'm very !!! to read next books and will do this asap of course. I am too deep in this world and want to know all the pirate shenanigans to come!

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit. 

Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

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