Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review of Alliance by Aubrie Dionne

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing a book for an awesome writerly friend of mine, Aubrie Dionne.

The book: Alliance (book 3 of the Paradise Reclaimed series)

Audience/Genre: YA Sci Fi

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are entirely mine.


“Saving him meant saving her colony…”

Lyra Bryan has been saving people her whole life from a chick in the ventilation pipes to her mentally ill brother when his mind drifts back to Old Earth. She meets her match when she finds a gorgeous alien man aboard the arachnid ship. Captured after a failed attempt to save his people, his spirit is broken, craving only vengeance. To save her colony, Lyra must save his body and soul.

Lyra’s lifemate, Tauren, is jealous of her obsession with the alien man and will do anything in his power to break them apart. While they travel to the arachnid’s home world to defeat the mother brain once and for all, they must set aside their differences and work as a team. But, can Tauren be trusted?

Sounds fun, right?

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My Thoughts on Alliance:

(Don’t worry – This is a Spoiler Free Zone)

I’m a big fan of SciFi so I was pretty sure I would love this book right from the start. See, I’ve read other books by Aubrie including her adult SciFi and some of her Contemporary Romances and I know Aubrie’s style to be fun, fast, and ripe with excellent characters in memorable worlds; Alliance was no exception.

Alliance picks up where the other two books in the series left off ( learn more about book one and two ) but don’t worry if you haven’t read them because you don’t need to in order to enjoy Alliance (I totally think you should check them out –buy them here and here- they are also wonderful). These are companion novels. Each book is told in the same world but through different characters.

In Alliance, I loved Lyra’s story, her challenges, and her growth. One of the best parts of the book, IMHO, is the relationship between Lyra and her brother. Sibling relationships are so tough that some fall flat on the page, but not here.

Aurbrie writes believable teens with believable emotions and relationships. The frustration and jealousy was vivid and real. I was hooked early which made this a fast, enjoyable read.

Oh, and the world building is fabulous. The details of life on the ship and the society are rich and enthralling without being so dense (or hard science heavy) that a non science reader would be turned off. The world is approachable, engrossing, and easy to imagine.

I give Alliance 5 Screaming Cats of Awesome:

Great work Aubrie on another wonderful novel!
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Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications including Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Inkspell Publishing, Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.

Find out more about her on her blog or on twitter.

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