4 stars and 3.5 stars for Finding Hekate (Cicatrix Duology #1) by Kellie Doherty @Kellie_Doherty #FF #lesbian #SciFi #ScienceFiction


Title: Finding Hekate (Cicatrix Duology #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Kellie Doherty (Desert Palm Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 7, 2016 – 265 Pages


Mia Foley is running away from the attack that changed her life. She’s captain of a new spaceship when the Acedians find her and try blasting her peaceful crew from the black. She must sever her bonds in order to run, again. But she’s grown fond of this crew, particularly Cassidy Gates. Staying with them will jeopardize their safety, and they have much closer fears than the Acedian hunters. Mia’s time is running out. She’s becoming one of them.

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Some times you read a book to take you away from the mundane and into the unknown. This book catapults you into the stratosphere. It is full of excitement, thrills, the unexpected and throughout the entire book throbs a passionate undercurrent. A growing love  that one person can’t acknowledge and the other can’t deny.
The plot is very intricate, the characters strong and resolute. Ms Doherty weaves a tale that is as imaginative as it is innovative.
I have  to admit that although totally intrigued and absolutely unaware of the creative ending I was also a little disappointed. I personally would have liked to see more resolution. However Ms Doherty certainly succeeded in making me need to read the next book in the series, which I will be awaiting in great anticipation.
I feel a little ambivalent about this book. First, I didn’t connect to Mia, especially at first. She was so withdrawn and closed off that it was difficult to empathize with her at all. And her vacillating feelings for Cassidy made me like her even less. I couldn’t get into the book at first. Even after her fight on the first planet they were on, it didn’t engage me. It wasn’t until she found the stowaway that I started being drawn into the story. There was something about the enhancements to her strength and speed that really started catching my interest. That said, I wasn’t sure about the reactions of the other people Mia came into contact with. Jeff became so angry, and while I understand some of it, it seemed like it was more than the situation merited. Will became withdrawn and passive, and I’m not sure I understand that reaction either. The last portion of the book was exciting, and based on that and the extremely brief description of the next book, I would probably be interested in picking it up. It ends kind of abruptly and with no real feeling of satisfaction. More like a to-be-continued episode instead of having any sort of natural pause in the story. It did make me care about the story, and even the people in the story, even if I like Cassidy a bit more in this book than Mia. But it’s hard to feel like I’d be able to connect anymore to Mia in the next book since she’s becoming even more unemotional as her transformation progresses. Like I said, ambivalent.


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Kellie Doherty is a bisexual writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is currently a student and hopes to graduate with a Master’s in Book Publishing from Portland State University in June 2016. She is also a freelance editor, taking jobs whenever they come her way. Kellie has been writing since she was young and living in Alaska. Her work (fiction and non-fiction) has been published in Pathos, Alaska Women Speak, F Magazine, The Chugiak-Eagle River Star, as well as the blogs of 49 Writers and Ooligan Press. She also writes fanfiction under the name SerenityQuill. She is currently working on the sequel to Finding Hekate, Cicatrix Duology Book 2 – Losing Hold. When not writing or editing, she enjoys reading, taking walks, playing video and board games, and hanging out with her friends.

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