Review: Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted January 31, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 10 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti
Justice Ascending

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Series: #3 Scorpius Syndrome
Genres: Dystopian Romance
Published by Zebra Books
Released on January 31, 2017
Pages: 353
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Justice Ascending is the latest in hard-hitting, gritty, and edge of my seat Scorpius Syndrome’s dystopian romance series that just keeps on delivering.  Each installment is a fast favorite, but in this case I was glad to finally get Tace and Sami’s story as it has been building momentum since book one.

This is a series that really needs to be read in order.  I’ve said it before, but don’t skip the prequel novella for this one as its the foundation block for the whole thing.

Tace struggles with Scorpius and Sami is keeping a tremendous secret meanwhile the Mercs and the President’s elite are prowling around Vanguard from without while the Pure cause uneasiness from within.

Tace is starting to develop odd symptoms to Scorpius that no one else has even as he tries to keep his mind on their mission though the sassy Sami is becoming more than a distraction.  He wants her, but doesn’t think it would be a good idea since he might succumb to the bacteria and go completely dark.  Besides, he can tell when someone’s lying and Sami is hiding something big.

Sami knows if her secret is ever exposed then she will lose so much.  Vanguard is her home and the people here are her family.  She wants to deny the attraction, but Tace is something more than family.  Then he collapses and she knows she has run out of time and to say Tace she must share what she knows even if the fall-out of her reveal is huge.

Alright, this series keeps things wound tight and the tension is thick.    It’s a fast paced action plot with some intrigue tossed in beside spicy passion.  I enjoyed the excitement and almost non-stop action, but the romance and other relationships between the nuclear cast of characters is also well developed.  Tace and Sami are already friends and they are already attracted, but circumstances are what get in their way.  They also have to figure out the dynamics of a working partnership as well.

The race to find the cure stays close to home for this one and seems like there aren’t going to be any big advancements in the series arc, but then that last quarter of the book kicked in and there were quite a few disturbing details getting colored in.

Going on in the background are the continuing stories of Jax and Lynne and Raze and Vinnie.  The growing situation between Grey and Raze’s sister and that new couple revealed at the end along with the new reveals in the series plot will keep me as vested as ever in this series.

All in all, this is a dystopian romance adventure series that I have devoured each time a new one releases and I can whole-heartedly recommend it to fans of gritty action style romantic suspense set in a post-apocalyptic world.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #21 DR
Literary Pickers #21 vitamins
New Release #11

About Rebecca Zanetti

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She is a member of RWA, has won awards for her works throughout the industry, and has a journalism degree with a poly sci emphasis from Pepperdine University as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day-or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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I tried my very first dystopian book last year and I really enjoyed it. Reading your review for this story, I can’t help but add this to my list. I’m still not done with my TBR though but I’m already flooded with some new books haha.

Sophia Rose

Oh yes, the TBR pile. I gave up long ago for that to ever be empty.

Dystopian stories weren’t high on my list until the last few years and particularly adult level, but I do love these. If you end up starting the series, make sure you begin with the prequel novella so the rest makes sense, Vanessa. 🙂

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

Make sure you read the novella first. I read the first full book and was confused. Also the first book can be a little slow to start, so don’t give up! The books just keep getting better and better.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

Make sure you read the novella first. I read the first full book and was confused. Also the first book can be a little slow to start, so don’t give up! The books just keep getting better and better.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

I love this series now that I am not so confused!

Sophia Rose


Melanie Simmons

I just started this series (my review coming this weekend on RR). So far, I’m really enjoying it. I love this world that Zanetti created. I can’t wait to get to this book.

Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

Sophia Rose

It’s fantastic. Glad for another fellow fan, Melanie. Did I mention to you to snag the prequel too b/c it’s important for parts of book two? Sorry if I already did.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Okay, okay! You’ve convinced me to give the series another try. lol 😀

Sophia Rose

Haha! Buffs nails on shirt with pride. 😉 No, hope you like it if you pick the series up again.