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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Book Tour! A Review of Colonization by Aubrie Dionne

Genre: Young Adult (Science Fiction)
Date Published: November 7, 2012
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

The Blurb:
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?

My Review:
Colonization is the first book in the Paradise Reclaimed series by Aubrie Dionne. I'm always nervous about reading science fiction, because I typically don't enjoy it. Which is weird because I love watching sci fi movies. Go figure. There was just something about this book though. I knew I had to read it! I'm so glad I did, because I loved this one! Colonization had the perfect amount of alien adventure in an unknown land, with the thrill of growing up, finding love, and danger and drama all thrown in for good measure. I fell into a lull or two while reading, but for the most part I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. For someone who doesn't typically enjoy reading science fiction, I think this is a big deal. Andromeda really grows as a character through the story. She starts off as a typical teenager(even if she's not in a typical situation), and she really matures and takes responsibility for herself and her colony. It was fun to watch her come into her own. I won't go into much detail about the romance situation because that was too much fun to experience new as I read. I would hate to ruin that for anyone else. I will say Corvus is a big ole teddy bear. He grew on me big time! I can't wait to read more books in this series! I may have to check out her other series as well. Needless to say, I'm hooked!

Colonization by Aubrie Dionne was provided to me by the CBLS Promotions for review. The opinions are my own.

Buy Colonization at: AReAmazon and Barnes & Noble

The Excerpt:
The pollen released in my fall was so thick it obscured my vision, and I coughed, trying to clear my lungs and decide if I should run. The humanoid figure glided closer as if it floated above the turf. It had two bumps above each shoulder. At first I thought it was a backpack, but then I wondered if the lumps were folded wings.

Was it an angel? Had I died in the jungle? Been poisoned by some unidentified species or pulled into the stomach of a man-eating flower I couldn’t even name? Trillium something. My mind whirled as the being moved toward me and came into focus. It wasn’t an angel at all.

It was an alien.

About the Author:
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation--favorite character was Data by far--and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "a concert flutist" when she grew up. She majored in flute performance at the University of New Hampshire on a full scholarship, then secured two teaching jobs at a University and a local community music school. While playing in orchestras and teaching, stories popped into her head, and she used them to make the music come alive for her flute students. Her students said they were so good, she had to write them down! Maybe they were right, who knows? Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.

She is represented by Dawn Dowdle and writes sweet and adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary romance.

To learn more about Aubrie Dionne and her books, visit her website & blog.You can also find her on Goodreads, and Twitter.

The Giveaway:
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  1. Thank you for hosting me! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Thank you for letting me be a part of the tour! It's been a lot of fun! :o)


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