Blog Tour: ‘Colonization’ by Aubrie Dionne Review and Character Interview

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Blog Tour: ‘Colonization’ by Aubrie Dionne Review and Character InterviewColonization by Aubrie Dionne
Published by Inkspell Publishing on November 7th, 2012
Genres: Aliens, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Space, Young Adult
Pages: 228
Format: eBook
Source: blog tours
Finding a new home has never been so dangerous. 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 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?

About Aubrie Dionne

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in October 2012. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She's a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.

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Character Interview with Commander Barliss

Hello, Commander Barliss, it’s nice to have you here today!

Thank you. It’s a miracle I’m still here to tell you the truth. Being over three hundred years old, I’m afraid my time is soon at an end. But, I’ve seen such wonderful things in my lifetime and completed my job at the ship’s helm. I’ve changed a lot over the years. Ironically, the more I was connected to the computer mainframe, the more human I became.

Very interesting. Well, I don’t want to keep you for too long, you do look a little tired. So here we go! A few quick questions. Now: what are you looking forward to on Paradise 21?

I’m looking forward to seeing it with my own eyes. Never did I think I’d live this long- or the doctors would work so hard to preserve me- so I could experience such a thing. I’m also looking forward to showing it to my great granddaughter, Andromeda. She’s everything to me.

She is a special girl! Let’s continue: what do you think of this new generation of colonists preparing for the tests?

They all think these tests are about how much you study, but they are really about finding out who you are and where you’ll do best. Finding one’s natural talents. No one can fail, per say. It’s really a wonderful tool, not a torture device!

What do you think of the pairing system on the ship?

I’ve made a few mistakes in my day concerning the pairing system. To tell you the truth, the minute I see that it’s not beneficial, I may just do away with the whole thing. But, don’t tell anyone that, of course.

You’re secret is safe with me! Tell us, what is it like to be connected to the ship?

Infinite. Endless. It helped me achieve a greater understanding of life. It’s so hard to explain, because I was hooked up to the ship so quickly, I almost lost myself to the mainframe. My identity hung on a string. But, when I found myself again, I was forever changed for the better. You’ll have to read Paradise 21 if you really want to know my whole story. Let me tell you, it’s no pretty.

Anything else you’d like to share with us today?

We have a wonderful time ahead of us: a dawn of a new age of mankind. Be sure to read Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed to learn more about humanity’s future.


Annie was born in space. The ship New Dawn is the only life she’s ever known. When she hits her 17th birthday and has to take her tests to determine her career path and lifemate, she finds herself on the losing end because her lifemate isn’t Sirius, her lanky best friend turned hottie, but with Corvus, “the oaf.” When the New Dawn citizens start to colonize Paradise 21, strange things start to happen that makes the citizens sick. Can Annie get over her romance problems to help find the cure for and save her colony?

Annie is a complex character, and your average whiny lovesick teenager. She complained a lot and I didn’t understand why she never studied and even assumed she would get her lifemate of choice just because she was the great granddaughter of the commander. Work for it lady! But I do have to say I’m incredibly glad she grew as a character. Corvus was just a treat. Kind, sincere, and steady, he was exactly what any girl would love in a boyfriend. I was always happy to find him on the page that I was reading because it included him. Sirius on the other hand was selfish and full of himself. Who does that to your best friend you’ve known your whole life. shakes head

Beautiful imagery and world building, I felt like I was reading a movie that came to life. Killer flowers, purple sky, crystals that accelerate plant growth, it’s definitely a planet unlike Old Earth. I loved the world building that Aubrie wrote about. It felt real and not imagined, just like any planet we would find in our day and age. The plot is fast paced with no room to breathe which I absolutely loved. The writing flowed well with the plot, the characters, and the setting. Loved the sci-fi aspect of it immensely.

If you’re a fan of sci-fi and space adventure novels, then this book is for you.

Characters mature and grow up fairly well.

So fast, so good, and no slow scenes.

Cover & Design
Pretty, but the title could have been done better. Make it larger too.

Wonderful mystery, a little predictable, but still done well.

Enjoyed it immensely. Love sci-fi and space novels. Any fan would love Colonization!


Change is the only constant in our lives. It shapes us as much as it tears us down.
What good was love if you couldn’t act upon it?
I’d do anything for you, Annie.





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  2. Cali W.

    November 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Cool review and interview! This book sounds good.

  3. Jaime Lynn

    July 21, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    This isn’t the type of book that I normally read, but your review makes me a little curious. I might have to try it out one day!

  4. Diana Grace

    May 28, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    The cover reminds me a lot of Beauty and the Beast. Thanks for the post and I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

    – Diana @amalia_chartres

  5. Samantha

    December 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    It seems as though it would be interesting, but I’m kind of iffy about picking this one up.

  6. Sarah O

    December 7, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    I’m kind of interested in reading this, kind of not. I basically have no patience for whiny characters, and sometimes even character development isn’t enough to stop me from getting annoyed. It has to *really* be done right for me to like it.

    And I agree that something’s not quite there with the cover. It’s as if I like the idea they were going for, just not so much the execution of it. The title definitely gets a little lost in there.

  7. Kamla L

    December 6, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Great character interview. Makes me want to find out more about Commander Barliss.

  8. Brent

    December 5, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    sounds interesting

  9. Erika

    December 5, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Thanks for your thoughts! Love these character interviews! Looks like an interesting book. I will have to add it to my to-read list.

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