Thursday, February 7, 2013

Book Review - Colonization (Paradise Reclaimed, Book 1) by Aubrie Dionne

Colonization (Paradise Reclaimed #1) 
by Aubrie Dionne 
YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy Romance (Action/Adventure)
Published by InkSpell Publishing
Released on November 7, 2012
Heat Level: Sweet
Word Count: 60,000 


Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.

But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius’s ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.

Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to keep her protect her new home. What she didn’t expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.

Can she save the colony and discover her true love?

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My Review 

A young woman who thinks she knows what she wants out of life, a spaceship taking what's left of humanity towards it's new home, and an unseen danger determined to change all of every one's plans, all clash in Colonization, the first book in  Aubrie Dionne's new young adult series Paradise Reclaimed.  A spin off Paradise 21, the first book in her New Dawn series, Colonization focuses on Andromeda Barliss, the great-granddaughter of Commander Barliss, a previous villain turned good guy in the series, and her adventures as their spaceship has finally reached the planet, Paradise 21.  With a few likable characters, sharp dialogue and a mystery to solve, Ms. Dionne's story kept me turning the pages.

Andromeda Barliss, the great-granddaughter of Commander Barliss, can't believe they've finally reached Paradise 21.  Suddenly resentful of the changes her life will be taking, Andromeda doesn't want to leave the spaceship she's known all of her life.  Hoping her childhood friend, Sirius, would be her assigned life-mate, Andromeda resents when she's assigned someone else.  Being the only person who can see the ghosts on their new planet, is just the icing on the cake.

Assigned to help her mother grow food for the colony, Andromeda's resentment turns to confusion when she begins to have visions of imminent danger.  Unsure about their colony's future, Andromeda isn't sure about what she should do.  Ms. Dionne did a good job developing Andromeda's character; at the start of the story she's immature, somewhat spoiled and very insecure.  As this story progresses, Andromeda begins to realize she's not as ill prepared for her new life and the partner she didn't want becomes much more important to her - his belief in her helps to make her more secure.

Will Andromeda discover the danger headed straight for their new colony?  Will Andromeda learn that sometimes what we want isn't really what we need?  You'll have to read Colonization to find out, I enjoyed it and I think you will too.  I look forward to reading more in this space opera world.

My Rating:  4 out of 5 Crowns

FTC Disclosure:  i received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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