Chaos Reigning: A Novel

· The Consortium Rebellion Book 3 · Sold by HarperCollins
8 reviews

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Interplanetary intrigue and romance combine in this electrifying finale to the Consortium Rebellion series.

As the youngest member of her High House, Catarina von Hasenberg is used to being underestimated, but her youth and flighty, bubbly personality mask a clever mind and stubborn determination. Her enemies, blind to her true strength, do not suspect that Cat is a spy—which makes her the perfect candidate to go undercover at a rival House’s summer retreat to gather intelligence on their recent treachery.

Cat’s overprotective older sister reluctantly agrees, but on one condition: Cat cannot go alone. Alexander Sterling, a quiet, gorgeous bodyguard, will accompany her, posing as her lover. After Cat tries, and fails, to ditch Alex, she grudgingly agrees, confident in her ability to manage him. After all, she’s never found a person she can’t manipulate.

But Alex proves more difficult—and more desirable—than Cat anticipated. When she’s attacked and nearly killed, she and Alex are forced to work together to figure out how deep the treason goes. With rumors of widespread assaults on Serenity raging, communications down, and the rest of her family trapped off-planet, Catarina must persuade Alex to return to Earth to expose the truth and finish this deadly battle once and for all.

But Cat can’t explain why she’s the perfect person to infiltrate hostile territory without revealing secrets she’d rather keep buried. . . .

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8 reviews
Alison Robinson
May 24, 2020
Three and a half stars. This series started out promisingly but I liked each book successively less and this felt a bit too rinse and repeat for me. Yet another daughter of House Hasenberg, Catarina von Hasenberg, has special abilities which she too hides from the world under a facade of a vapid socialite. Cat maneuvers to get herself invited to a rival House's house party so that she can spy on them and find evidence of their involvement in her brother's kidnapping. Because even her family believe that Cat is as flighty as she pretends, her sister Ada insists she takes two bodyguards with her, and because bodyguards can't be with her 24/7 she insists that Cat pretends that one bodyguard, Alex, is her significant other. What starts out as pretense quickly becomes more real, especially when Alex seems unfazed when Cat inadvertently uses her full strength. Then there's an attempt on Cat's life which is quickly followed by an all-out attack on the High Houses and their heirs. Cat is the only one (of course she is) who can get back to earth and save the galaxy from something far worse than the HIgh Houses. So this starts a bit like a space Downton Abbey, complete with formalwear for dinner and afternoon tea. Then it becomes more of a space opera with chases and battlecruisers and secret weapons stores. But even then it was Cat and her team are attacked and escape, go to a secret store, get attacked and escape yadda, yadda, yadda. How is it that the von Hasenberg sisters one seem to be targets for abuse of various kinds and two seem to be magnets for super soldiers? Overall, I felt not only that had I read this book before but also that within this book it was repetitive and I just struggled to finish it. Don't get me wrong, this series is still great fun but it fell from the promising start to an okay finish.
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About the author

Jessie Mihalik has a degree in computer science and a love of all things geeky. A software engineer by trade, Jessie now writes full time from her home in Texas. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing co-op video games with her husband, trying out new board games, or reading books pulled from her overflowing bookshelves. Polaris Rising is her debut novel.

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