KU Sunday Spotlight by KUBR + OCA

Hey, KUbbies and Addicts! It’s time for the KU Sunday Spotlight by KUBR + One-Click Addict, and this week we have an out-of-this-world Buy It and a beautiful Read It to add to your TBR!


Ice Planet Barbarians (Ice Planet Barbarians Book 1) by Ruby Dixon. The title alone is something that would immediately turn me off and tell me, “Move along. This isn’t for you.” If you feel the same way, have I got a treat for you.


A few months back, an author friend, the lovely K Webster, posted about becoming obsessed with this series. I love Kristi’s books and pretty much anything she recommends, but I don’t do Paranormal. Yes, I read Twilight and the Sookie Sackhouse series, but a recent foray into future-world paranormal reading didn’t turn out so well. Then, one of the ladies in KUbbies’ Korner, Alyssa, wrote this: “I don’t know what it is, but she makes big furry blue aliens with horns and dragon men with scaled penises something I totally dig.” Her description just made me smile and I replied back saying so. Then, later that day, in the same thread, Tessa Teevan commented about her obsession with these, “…big blue aliens,” and I knew I had to give it a shot. I messaged Kristi and she suggested I begin with Ice Planet Barbarians, Book 1 in the Ice Planet Barbarians series.

Ice Planet Barbarians is the story of Georgie + Vektal. Georgie is human and part of an intergalactic human {all-female} trafficking ring run by nasty aliens {no, I can’t believe I just typed that}, and she and her other captives are stranded on a strange planet when their vessel crashes. Georgie heads off to find help and meets Vektal, a blue-skinned, horned, seven foot alien.

I was immediately hooked and yet I kept thinking, “Why am I reading this? I don’t like sci-fi books.” And it’s true. I don’t. But I love romance, and the relationship in this book — the way they try to understand each other without speaking the same language, the dynamics that are true of all relationships, alien or not, and the way their bodies connect and react to each other — was simply irresistible. I had to keep going.

Ms. Dixon does a wonderful job of creating a world that, while galaxies away and unlike anything I’ve ever conceived of in my mind, is easy to visualize and comprehend. The way she writes each character and clues us in on their experience of the other — especially given their distinct languages and norms — was so engaging, so inviting, so approachable  and yes, so, so sweet.

My TBR is massive and I often like to check out some of my favorite non-KU authors during downtime I may have between ARCs and reviews, but I can without hesitation say that I will be devouring this entire series any chance that I get. Even better? They’re ALL, all TWELVE of them, available on KU. As is her entire catalogue. Those dragon men with scaled penises? Yep, they’re next.


You’ll never see anything as beautiful as the scattered colors that float across the sky.

There is so much beauty in this book. From the stunning cover to the words that lay beyond it, Scattered Colors (A Colors Novel) is just beautiful.

With a slightly more YA feel than I might have expected — but probably should have inferred from the blurb — it took me a little while to appreciate this book and Freya + Parker as a couple. But oh, once I did… I so did. Beyond those first few, slower chapters was an easy-to-fall-in-love-with couple, who, with their battered but still fighting souls, took me on something of a roller coaster.


Up — the coming together, in a sweetly emotional way, of a 17 year old girl and an 18 year old boy who both saw their world bleed its color. The connection between these two was electric, and Jessica Prince did a wonderful job of showing them as mature young adults, who were still in their hearts just a couple of kids who needed to feel safe and whole.

Down — seeing their worlds implode, the heartache of loss, diabolical actions and interference…it was impossible not to feel the anguish that Freya + Parker felt, even when the Mum in me wanted to talk them through it, out of it, past it.

Up — strong, funny friendships. The joy of finding your people and knowing they have your back in all ways. Stella, Piper + Caleb were the icing on the cake that was Scattered Colors and their presence made it all the more delicious.

Of course, it wasn’t all ups and downs. There were lovely, steady moments that sucked me in and opened my heart. While not overly sexy — see above re: YA feel — this book had a deep tension threaded throughout. And in the end, despite its slower start, that’s what made turning the pages a race to the finish for me — determined to know what was going to happen to this couple.

Desperate to see their colors shine.

“You brought the color back into my life.”

 As of 1.22.2017, Ice Planet Barbarians — along with the entire Ice Planet Barbarians series — and Scattered Colors are available on Kindle Unlimited.

About Beth Cranford | KUBR

Book Reviewer. Wife. Mother. Crazy Person. Australian.

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