Friday, July 26, 2013


Today I’m doing a review of the book CassaFire by Alex Cavanaugh. I, know, I know, I did CassaStar for my last review, but like I said two weeks ago, this was a series I really got into, so of course I wanted to read the next book right away.

So far, these books are changing my perception about a lot of things. I thought I didn’t like Space Operas, but it turns out I was wrong. I thought I had to have a little bit of romance to enjoy a book, but with CassaStar, Cavanaugh showed me it wasn’t really romance I was going for, it was relationships. That’s where I think Alex shines; in his ability to portray real, raw relationships, and CassaFire was no exception.

Pardon me for a second for another side note before I finally get into the review of the actual book. One of my pet peeves with books is when we get huge back story with the subsequent books in a series. In my opinion, these should not be stand-alone books, if people want back story, they should take the time and read the first book. Anyways, enough of my rant, but I bring it up here because that was another thing that amazed me about Alex’s writing style. He fit in the back story so seamlessly that it never felt like a bunch of information dump in the first few pages. These are truly individual books, but with a common character we know and love. Someday I have to ask him how he did that. Anyways, on to my review:

Here we find Byron alone and relatively content with his life. He’s settled into his career choice of exploration with ease and thinks that’s enough. Until…He meets his match. Like I said, Cavanaugh does relationships really well, and this time we get to see some of that romance I crave. If you like steamy fifty shades type of stuff, then this isn’t for you, but if you want wonderfully written, authentic, and real, then I highly recommend you get this book. Now. Today.

Thank you Alex, you have me pacing around my house, anxiously waiting for CassaStorm to come out.


This week I’m Celebrating the Small things because I got some much needed alone time this week. My two oldest girls were at camp and my mother-in-law was kind enough to take unit #3 overnight so my husband and I could get together with some old friends and actually be able to have a conversation. And then the next day, I woke up when I wanted to, not when #3 thought I wanted to. It’s funny I still got up the same time, but it felt different because it was on my terms. Then I went for a run an made myself a pot of tea that I got to drink all myself, and spent the morning writing in total silence. There was no every five minute interruptions. Now, I love my kids with a passion, but sometimes quiet is good. And today, in about five minutes we’re leaving for the Adirondacks, this time with the kids. So the small things this week have been rather wonderful.


The topic for Express Yourself this week is: What is the most satisfying/frustrating thing about being a writer? The slowness is probably the most frustrating. Everything takes forever. The most satisfying is when people read my books and fall in love with my characters- that’s what it’s all about.

Don’t’ forget I’m having a blogfest September 2- click on the link below for more information.




  1. Oh wow! Melanie, I'm really glad I've captivated you with my books. How did I do it? I have no idea. Just wrote what seemed natural. Hope you enjoy CassaStorm just as much.
    Glad you got some alone time. And time to enjoy with your husband and friends. You need that.

  2. he's really good when it comes to relationships.

  3. Alex is great at writing the characters and their relationships.

  4. That's great that you loved Alex's book so much! At some point I need to read them. I've had a copy for years, but I just don't have much free time for reading. Never thought I'd get into space operas either, but since you enjoyed it, I know I will too!

    So glad you had some Melanie time! Have a wonderful time Adirondack mountains.

  5. I am glad you got some time to yourself!

  6. The slowness indeed. Glad that I'm not the only one to be slow.

  7. I especially agree with your point about too much backstory. I recently read a novel that wasn't part of a series, but every time a new character showed up, the author felt the need to include several paragraphs (or even several pages) of backstory. I'd rather learn about a character through his/her words, actions, and interactions with other characters than read a long description of that person.

  8. I'm working on the second book in a series of mine, and I'm hating on the backstory part right now. I hate, hate, hate weaving! But I always thought that JK Rowling did a fantastic job with the HP books. Part of me wants to not write the back story from the first book at all, but I guess in a need to appeal to all people, I'll sucker in and write it somehow. I may have to read these books for that alone.

    Not to mention that Space Operas are a new one for me.