Favorites Wednesday – Ann Aguirre

Have you read Ann Aguirre’s amazing Sirantha Jax books? If you haven’t, here’s your chance to start with Grimspace.

By all accounts, Sirantha Jax should have burned out years ago…

As the carrier of a rare gene, Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace—a talent which cuts into her life expectancy, but makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. But then the ship she’s navigating crash-lands, and she’s accused of killing everyone on board. It’s hard for Jax to defend herself: she has no memory of the crash.

Now imprisoned and the subject of a ruthless interrogation, Jax is on the verge of madness. Then a mysterious man breaks into her cell, offering her freedom—for a price. March needs Jax to help his small band of rogue fighters break the Corp monopoly on interstellar travel—and establish a new breed of jumper.

Jax is only good at one thing—grimspace—and it will eventually kill her. So she may as well have some fun in the meantime…

Why do I love this book? Dearest readers, let me count the ways. First of all, Ann is a great writer. Very very few authors can take on first person present and not only keep it consistent but make it work. This story is better for the POV. That I know just how ridiculously hard it must have been for Ann to write it this way makes it even better. It’s the taut way the story is told, the sense that everything is happening RIGHT NOW and is urgent that really makes the tale zing. Next up is the voice. Jax is a messed up character, but she does not whine. She does not wallow. She does what needs to be done, even when it sucks and she’d rather not. She’s not always easy to like, which works because you’re pretty sure she doesn’t much like herself most of the time either. There’s a wounded and yet genuine feel to her character and the others that populate this series that really renders them three dimensional. They jump from the page. The world is interesting and tight (and continues to get better with each book in the series)

Oh and March. *swoon*

Anyway, I love it and I think you should too. So I’m going to give a copy to one lucky commenter to this post and announce in next Monday’s Winner Post. I’ll be sending this directly from Amazon or Book Depository so if you’re in a country where either of those places ships, the contest is open to you. Good luck!

31 comments to “Favorites Wednesday – Ann Aguirre”

  1. Tracey D
    April 25th, 2012 at 4:08 am · Link

    I’ve heard nothing but great things about Ann Aguirre’s works. I think it’s time for me to stop reading “about” them and actually “read” them.

  2. Janet K
    April 25th, 2012 at 4:09 am · Link

    Have never read anything by Ann Aguirre but would like to. Count me in.

  3. Aurore
    April 25th, 2012 at 4:13 am · Link

    I had never heard about this series. The way you speak about it… it seems marvelous! Jax seems to be a very strong heroine. I think I’ll give the first book a try soon.

  4. IP
    April 25th, 2012 at 6:25 am · Link

    If swoonworthy March manages to save doomed Jax (HEA) then I definitely want to read the book 😀

  5. Rebe
    April 25th, 2012 at 6:41 am · Link

    I’ve heard so many great things about this series as well – thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Blanche
    April 25th, 2012 at 6:51 am · Link

    I also hear wonderful things about Ann Aguirre and this series! I’m adding her to my must buy list right now!!

  7. Louise
    April 25th, 2012 at 7:13 am · Link

    I haven’t read any of Ann’s work but this book sounds great!

  8. Annie
    April 25th, 2012 at 7:23 am · Link

    March sounds like a great hero!! Thanks for the chance!

  9. Melanie J.
    April 25th, 2012 at 7:26 am · Link

    This book sounds like a good one, and I actually have never heard from her. I’d like to read it, for sure!

  10. azteclady
    April 25th, 2012 at 7:34 am · Link

    (Please don’t enter me in the giveaway for today)

    I can vouch that this books and all that follow are absolutely amazing! I love love love Jax!

  11. Melissa B
    April 25th, 2012 at 8:03 am · Link

    I’ve heard SO many great things about this series…but I’m so leery of reading 1st person. You are so right, it takes an amazing writer to make it come across perfectly ~ I’d love to try it!

  12. Jordan H
    April 25th, 2012 at 11:28 am · Link

    I have never heard of these books and that bums me out because the series sounds fantastic, I will definitely have to check it out now.

  13. Mariann with Belle's Book Bag
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:23 pm · Link

    I have yet to read any of her books. This one sounds so good!! Thanks for the chance to win!! Have a great day!! 😉

  14. Alaina
    April 25th, 2012 at 3:12 pm · Link

    ohh ive read the first book in this one!! really liked it.. (but the library didnt have the second)… thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Chelsea B.
    April 25th, 2012 at 4:15 pm · Link

    I’ve read Ann Aguirre– she really is an amazing writer!– but not this series. Thank you for the great contest!

  16. Pamiam
    April 25th, 2012 at 4:35 pm · Link

    *sigh* another writer to add to the list. I think my TBR pile is getting out of hand but I don’t think you can ever have too many books 😉

  17. Diane
    April 25th, 2012 at 5:19 pm · Link

    NO I haven’t tried any of her books, wouldn’t mind though.

  18. Lin
    April 25th, 2012 at 6:06 pm · Link

    Sounds interesting. I’m not usually a first-person fan but the books sounds very intriguing – I can’t stand heroines that whine and wallow.

  19. Jen B.
    April 25th, 2012 at 6:26 pm · Link

    I have been cleaning off my bookcases and realized that I have books from later in the series but not the first couple. Thanks for the great giveaway! (Boy, I bought a lot of out of order books when Borders closed.)

  20. Hailey
    April 25th, 2012 at 7:59 pm · Link

    I have never read it but it sounds interesting.

  21. bn100
    April 25th, 2012 at 8:25 pm · Link

    The book sounds very good. I haven’t had a chance to read her books yet.

  22. Lori T
    April 25th, 2012 at 9:14 pm · Link

    Ann Aguirre is awesome!!! I absolutely love this series and okay honestly everything that Ann writes. You don’t have to enter me, but thanks for the reminder of how awesome Ann is!

  23. fedora
    April 26th, 2012 at 8:15 am · Link

    Just wanted to say that I resisted reading Grimspace for a long time despite tons of good stuff I’d heard about Ms. Aguirre’s writing… while I LOVE a series, I hate waiting for the next book to come out. Of course, I stumbled across Grimspace at the library and just had to pick it up and flip through the first few pages… *sigh* I was hooked. I’ve read the first five books and am anxiously awaiting the release of Endgame later this year. No need to include me in the giveaway–just confirming the awesomeness that is Ann Aguirre 🙂

  24. OrielaJ
    April 26th, 2012 at 11:49 am · Link

    I’ve never heard of the author or her books. But it sounds like an interesting read.

  25. Angie H
    April 26th, 2012 at 5:11 pm · Link

    This is my first exposure to Ann Aguirre’s writings and it has intrigued me! I will have to start reading on her series.

  26. Laurie Rex
    April 26th, 2012 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Very intriguing…I’ll put it on my library list

  27. M. Dobson
    April 27th, 2012 at 12:51 am · Link

    I read the excerpt and must confess, I am hooked. THIS is the way to start a novel!

  28. ElaineSay
    April 27th, 2012 at 7:00 am · Link

    Ohhh I wanna read this!! It doesn’t hurt Jax is my sons name! 🙂

  29. Jennifer Butler
    April 28th, 2012 at 4:01 pm · Link

    Thank’s for sharing Ann’s work, I haven’t heard about her. Looking foward to reading her books now!
    Jennifer B>

  30. Cathy M
    April 28th, 2012 at 7:22 pm · Link

    Loved Grimspace, and I hope everyone gets a chance to start this series.

  31. cait045
    April 29th, 2012 at 4:21 pm · Link

    No I havent but I have heard some really great things about this series!