Review: Operation Earth by Maria Hammarblad (Blog Tour)

Posted September 6th, 2013 in Blog Tour, book review / 16 comments



by Maria Hammarblad

Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing (Aug 2013) 
Genre: Sci-Fi, YA/NA/Adult
Format: eBook (240 pages)
Source: Free book from blog tour for honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Seven billion people on Earth go about their daily lives, and no one is prepared when a global EMP slows the world to a crawl. With all our technology incapacitated, everything changes. Within days alien soldiers line the streets, and life will never be the same. Rachael struggles to adapt to the new order, doing her best to keep herself and her cat alive.

On a ship far above the planet surface, Peter just got his new Earth name, and can’t even remember his identity from the last world he visited. It’s another day on the job, one more world on a never-ending list. That is, until Rachael bumps into him, dropping exotic objects all around his feet. His culture taught him females should be obeyed and protected, but he never had an urge to leave himself at a woman’s mercy until now.

Rachael’s neighbor Ryan hounds her to join a brewing resistance movement and make a stand against the newcomers. She still befriends Peter, enthralled by his enigmatic personality and hypnotic golden eyes. Would falling in love with an alien be treason against humanity? When the rebellion gains momentum and open conflict with the newcomers is a fact, Rachael’s personal insurrection might be her doom, or bring salvation to us all.

At A Glance
This is a very soft and slow sci-fi but I kind of liked it that way. Nothing huge happens, just a cute romance with a little alienish happenings.

The Good
For some reason I felt like an easygoing sci-fi book, and that’s just what I got. I was surprised by how excited I was to get back to Operation Earth every time I had to put it down. It wasn’t like it had lots of action and drama, it was just a fun story they kept me entertained.

My favorite part was how odd Rachael and Peter were. They just were weird characters with weird thoughts making weird decisions. It was different, quirky. Rachael didn’t let the alien invasion get her down. She lived her life as best she could. And her inner thoughts often had me cracking up. Peter didn’t let his duties get in the way of finding companionship and joy in his dismal existence. I loved his fascination with earthly things. I want my very own alien now!

There was a sense of foreboding throughout the novel. We never really know for sure what the aliens were going to do with the humans, how far they were willing to go, and what their real plans were. But overall, Operation Earth was a good mixture of light and darkness.

The Bad
Don’t go into this book expecting a full blown sci-fi novel with tons of action and probing *snickers*. Operation Earth was on the verge of being too slow and uneventful. I happened to of liked the laidback feel, but a lot of people wont.

With the focus being on romance, I wish there was more detail when it came to the bow chica bow wow. I think this book should have read more like an adult or new adult book with a more even mixture of romance and sex. That would have oomphed it up a bit.

There really isn’t a climax per se. Operation Earth reads like “this is what happened to Rachel today.” Not much build up or excitement.

The Snuggly
I liked how sweet the romance was. Rachael and Peter are an adorable couple. They built their relationship around awkward circumstances, but it all worked out perfectly.

No sex scenes to worry about. So this is suitable for a YA, NA, and adult audience. Though there is a sexual assault but it doesn’t go too far.

Final Thoughts
This book will not be for everyone. Hard core sci-fi fans probably will find Operation Earth lacking. But if you are looking for a quick, fun read, then give this one a chance. Recommended.

“If today is the last day of my life I’d like to have a glass of wine and a vat of ice cream. No harm in dying content.”

He lifted a snow globe and tilted it a little, raising an eyebrow as the fake snow slid from side to side.

“Let me…” She took it away from him, shook it, and put it back in his hands. “Now it’s snowing on all the little animals.”

Peter shook it again, this time “properly.”

You are cute.

“You know what? You can have it if you want. No matter where you go you can look at it and remember Earth and lasagna.”

Author Bio
Born in Sweden in the early 1970’s, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, “The Sun Book.” They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother’s horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.

As an adult Maria’s creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.

Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri.

Upcoming releases: Borealis XII, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing November 2013

Fun Facts
Favorite color:             Blue
Favorite food:             Chicken with cashew nuts
Doesn’t eat:                 Mammals
Favorite TV Show:     Star Trek TNG and Leverage
Favorite animal:          Border Collie

Quotes:                        “Full Speed Ahead” and “Caffeine is good for you”

Find Maria on the web: WebsiteFacebook | BlogTwitter | Goodreads | Publisher’s Website


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16 Responses to “Review: Operation Earth by Maria Hammarblad (Blog Tour)”

  1. Chene Sterckx

    I agree, sometimes its nice to read a different book from what you are used too and for it to be light and easy reading. Great review 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Sarah Elizabeth

    I’ve actually found that I really like sci-fi now, where as before I would have said I didn’t. This sounds like quiet an easy read so I might try it 🙂

  3. Jaclyn Canada

    Sci-fi can certainly be hit or miss with me so it’s the genre that I go into a little more cautiously. It sounds like a cute story. I definitely get in moods for books that are more laid back and fun. Great review! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

  4. Book Swoon

    I like the way Rachael and Peter sound – pretty unique and fun. Sometime I’m like you and just need a easy Sci-fi with a easy going pace. Thanks for the great review Jennifer.

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