(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I’d give this book, ideally, 3.5 stars. I thought that the plot idea of this was really intriguing… and the cover was definitely one that caught and held my attention.
I really liked the concept of this book and it was pretty cool to see William’s confusion about things that were different in his experience on Earth. I would have liked to see a bit more of what was different for him… and also more about his abilities. I was a bit confused about what exactly he could do.
For quite a bit of the book, I didn’t really like Sydney. I felt she was quite rude and I didn’t exactly understand how William developed feelings for her. I did feel that the romance moved too fast. I would have liked to see more time developing the relationship between William and Sydney.
One of my favourite parts of this book was probably the AI in William’s ship. Some of what he/it came out with made me smile and it was really good to see the interactions between it and William.
It was interesting to see glimpses of life back on William’s home planet, but I noticed that the villains came across as evil… with no indication that they thought they were doing the right thing, which I felt was really quite disappointing.
I did think that Sydney missed the opportunity to find out more about herself and I would have liked to learn more about exactly what she could do. The hints of mythology were interesting, but I was disappointed not to see those further explored.
This book was quite well-written, with only a few mistakes that I noticed. I don’t think I’ll be reading the sequel, though – Sydney’s just a little too cliched for my tastes. I couldn’t get behind her as a heroine.
About The Book
Genre: Fiction/Young Adult/Sci-fi Romance
Publisher: Tate Publishing/Cosby Media Production
Date of Publication: June 30, 2015
Number of pages:253
Word Count: 90k
BOOK DESCRIPTION: WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE: LOVE OR DUTY?
As the Torrian Alliance continues its age-old mission of hunting down Star-children, King Gregorio Derry reluctantly agrees to send his only son, William, to planet Earth on a mission to bring honor back to the Royal Family name. The target: Sydney, a young teenage girl, unaware of her alien heritage. When an unforeseen accident delays the assassination, William begins to realize a connection forming with Sydney and struggles to follow through with his orders. With the fear of Civil War imminent back home, William must make the ultimate choice between his irrevocable duty and love, sacrificing everything he believes. But as a hidden menace emerges to secure a vested interest, and impossible odds begin to mount against them, William and Sydney wonder if a connection between two Star-Crossed lovers is enough to save them from destruction.
About The Author
Multi-Award Winning and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author Braxton A. Cosby creates vivid, original stories that focus on relationships and world building that brings characters to life. Braxton received a lot of his inspiration from watching the accomplishments and exploits of his famous uncle, comedic legend Bill Cosby. Braxton is the CEO of Cosby Media Productions, a fullservice entertainment studio that focuses on producing content in the areas of television, film, music, radio and print media. Braxton is also an actor and radio show host. As a writer, Braxton’s novels explore the psychology of human connection, concerning themes of trust, faith and selflessness. He resides in Lawrenceville with his wife and three daughters.
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