If someone would’ve told me last month that I’d even consider reading a book (never mind an entire series) called Ice Planet Barbarians, I would’ve rolled my eyes so far back into my head, they’d get stuck there.
You’d think that, by now, having been burned by gorgeous books covers and having been surprised by awful ones, that I’d learn not to judge a book by its cover. Or its title. Or its content.
I’d been hearing about this series for such a long time. It’d pop up on my Goodreads now and then, but recently, after discovering Jessica’s channel, Peace Love Books, she talked about this series and how much she liked it and for some reason, I decided to give them a try.
The first six books (the ones I read) are available on Audible Escape. The entire series is available on Kindle Unlimited.
If I actually had to spend extra money on these books, I probably would’ve never picked them up, however, since I already subscribe to both of those services, I figured I’d give them a try. The books are all around 100 pages long which means the audiobooks are only around 4-5 hours long. Since I listen on 2.5-3x speed, that’s easy peasy.
I fully anticipated this being super cheesy, eye roll-worthy, and completely ridiculous.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Yes, the premise is ridiculous, but I fully bought in to these couples and the story. I was INVESTED in these couples. I think a big reason why I loved these romances was because of how new human women were to these “alien barbarians.” They come from a planet with very few women, so they absolutely treasure females. And many of them are very inexperienced and need to be taught.
And they are very good listeners.
I was surprised by how easily I was able to differentiate each of the MANY characters in this book. I expected them all to blend together as most series with a giant cast of characters can be, but each couple had their own challenges. Each character was fairly unique.
Is this going to win any literary awards? No. But will it cure a book slump? Absolutely. Between the length of the books, the surprisingly fantastic narration, and how easy these are to fall into, I think this series is a fantastic way to get yourself out of a book slump.