Book Reviews: Sideswiped (The Peri Reed Chronicles #0.5) & The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles #1) by Kim Harrison

Posted September 4, 2015 by Melissa in Book Review | 14 Comments

About Sideswiped

Book Reviews: Sideswiped (The Peri Reed Chronicles #0.5) & The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles #1) by Kim HarrisonTitle: Sideswiped
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #0.5
Author: Kim Harrison
Publisher: Pocket Star, Simon and Schuster
Publication date: August 1st 2015
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 80 pages
Source: My Personal Bookshelf
Format: ARC, eBook
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N
My Rating:

Don’t miss this thrilling first look into the elite world of Peri Reed, government agency operative extraordinaire, and catch more of her character in The Drafter, the first book in the all-new suspense trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison, out September 1.

Every hero, even the accidental ones, have a beginning.

Silas’s radical theory that drafters are not replaying time as much as they are temporarily sliding into an alternate universe has never been well-received, but frankly, the darling of Opti’s research has enough clout not to care, until a professor with a grudge tries to put a permanent end to it. Love can’t alter time, and sometimes, even being able to rub out a single mistake isn’t enough…

My Thoughts

Sideswiped was a great introduction to Kim Harrison (for me) and to the world and characters of her new series The Peri Reed Chronicles.

We are introduced to Silas, Peri, Summer and Allen and find out a little bit about exactly what it means to be a drafter and an anchor and a little bit about the training that those with this special ability were subject to. I phrase it that way because…WTH?! You’ll have to read it to understand…

I definitely recommend picking up this novella as it does a great job of setting the foundation up for The Drafter. You probably won’t be completely lost without reading it, but I promise it will make the start of The Drafter that much more enjoyable.

About The Drafter

Book Reviews: Sideswiped (The Peri Reed Chronicles #0.5) & The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles #1) by Kim HarrisonTitle: The Drafter
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #1
Author: Kim Harrison
Publisher: Gallery Books, Simon and Schuster
Publication date: September 1st 2015
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 432 pages
Source: Publisher
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run.

Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote.

When Peri discovers her name on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. She joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her final task, unable to trust even herself.

Book Quotes

“But her frown shifted to a blank nothing as the memory of the guard surfaced, a hole in him the size of her knife. Quashing it, she continued upstairs, eager to push out the faint—and admittedly ridiculous— feeling that something was wrong.”

“Damn memory knot had ruined everything. She had saved Jack’s life more times than she could count, and he had saved hers more than she could remember, but as he flicked the warming engine off and found his way to the interstate, a little niggling of warning bit deep and burrowed deeper.
She was only going to remember one past, and Jack . . . he’d remember both.”

My Thoughts

I’m so glad that I’ve finally read Kim Harrison and am able to see why she is so loved.

The Drafter is the perfect start to a great new series.

After reading Sideswiped, I was confident that I was in for a thoroughly enjoyable ride with The Drafter…and I was so right!

This was a wonderfully paced novel that accomplished everything I could hope for in the start to a new series. The world building was consistent and methodical…slowly building us a picture throughout the tale without feeling like there was any sort of information dump.

The character development was also spectacular…especially considering the fact that so many characters’ backgrounds, motivations, etc are ambiguous or shadowed due to the plot and the nature of drafting. I really loved Peri’s personality. She’s a take no nonsense sort of person stuck in a situation where she is left incredibly vulnerable much of the time. I loved seeing how she reconciled the two.

And the premise itself was incredibly fascinating. I love books with a little bit of a science fiction bend and The Drafter definitely has that. Although never fear it is not to the point that it bogs the pace down at all. Everything was easily explained and understood…it’s really just the implications and possibilities of it all that leaves one’s mind working…

I really enjoyed The Drafter and will definitely keep an eye out for book 2.

This world and these characters have immense potential!


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14 responses to “Book Reviews: Sideswiped (The Peri Reed Chronicles #0.5) & The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles #1) by Kim Harrison

    • Melissa

      The trick with this kind of Sci-fi is to just go with the flow…you don’t have to understand it to enjoy it!

  1. Check you out with your Kim Harrison love!!! Welcome to the club!!!!!! She is a really cool author to follow and go to book signings for 🙂 Oh, and she’s mighty talented!!!

    I still need to start these two but then again, I haven’t read the last book in the Hollows series either so I’m doubly bad!! New books keep shouting to me! (“read me…. read me, now…..”)

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