samedi 14 avril 2012

Centauri Dawn ( Centauri series book1) by Cynthia Woolf

Hello to all,

                     In this quest to discover the subgenre science-fiction romance i was lucky to find a author during a blog hop and even better i've won one of her contest so it will be my pleasure to introduce you to Cynthia Woolf and her trilogy Centauri starting with the first book called  "Centauri Dawn".



publisher : Cynthia Woolf
Publication : 2011
ISBN:  0983937206
Genre: science-fiction romance
Violence: mild

Langage: normal
sex: strong
Public: 18+
Source: won from the author



Short description from goodread :


Audra is a normal grad student in law school in Boulder,
Colorado. Until the day she finds out she isn't. She's a princess from the planet Centauri. Her mission, whether or not she chooses to accept it, is to marry an alien and save the world, in order to save her family.Darius is charged with delivering his brother's bride home to Centauri, ready to be queen. Falling in love isn't just forbidden, it's a death sentence for him and for his world.


My opinion:

          It was pleasant to read. My first reaction was curiosity because like the title says it’s about “Centauri” or if you have read my other reviews of science fictions romance, touched by an alien in particular where the aliens come from Centauri, you can see that Centauri is really popular at the moment and I admit I’m wondering why. But the similarities stop there.


Cynthia Woolf has created a parallel universe on Centauri, a word with several kingdoms, countries, not completely different from ours but not the same either. Her characters are interesting and I liked to learn with Audra, princess but who lived all her life on earth without knowing her real identity or history.  In the same time that’s also what bothered me a bit, we don’t learn a lot about this world and the authors don’t give us a lot of details during Audra lessons, we just discover that she is learning. I would have liked this opportunity to see more about the studies and universe. Perhaps we will learn more is the next book of the trilogy and it’s just something I would have liked not something essential in this story.

Darius is a wonderful knight in a way; I loved his dilemma between his honour and his lifemate. Not easy but Cynthia manages to show us his torments and it’s really well done. The romance isn’t too strong at the beginning and is growing chapter after chapter and that’s something I love.


The rhythm isn’t too quick, perhaps even a bit slow sometimes but I really appreciated this book. Also, there exist an omnibus, paperback and ebook format, with the complete trilogy and that’s really great for the readers.




Score:  4/5



Challenges:

This book enter in the Romance and Me Challenge
ebook read for the 2012 ebook Challenge




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