Saturday, 16 June 2012

Book Review: Alien Revealed by Lilly Cain

Title: Alien Revealed
Author: Lilly Cain
Series: Book #1 in the Confederacy Treaty series
Release Date: 26 May 2010
Number of pages: 108 pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Source: ebook provided by publisher through NetGalley
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, Carina Press

Grade: 4 stars

Novellus superbus!
Goodreads appetizer: Inarrii agent Alinna Gaerrii was tasked with observing the Starforce base on Earth. Crash landing her observation pod onto the base was not part of her mission briefing. Neither was making "m'ittar"--mind contact--with Major David Brown, the human who discovered her amongst the wreckage.

David thinks she's a psychologist sent to evaluate his Special Forces team, and Alinna goes along with his misconception, seizing the opportunity to observe humans up close. But their daily contact has unexpected side effects, and Alinna soon invades David's dreams. Through their intimate mental connection she allows him to express his forbidden physical desires.

Alinna delights in the sensory exploration and grows excited by the prospect of a treaty with the humans and a potential life mate in David. But an attack from an unknown ship sends the base into chaos, and Alinna may be forced to reveal her lie, erasing all hope of a successful treaty, and driving David away forever...

Review originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.

My Thoughts: I am still a newbie sci-fi fan but I'm all for stretching my boundaries and discovering new horizons, so when I caught a glimpse of the stunning covers of Lilly Cain's Confederacy Treaty series my curiosity was piqued and I knew I wouldn't mind stretching those boundaries with these stories. ;-)

Alien Revealed is the first story in Lilly Cain's exciting new Confederacy Treaty series which is a sci-fi erotic romance series. (Here is your warning those who don't like steamy stories this series is scorching hot, good thing they are not paperbacks or the pages would go up in flames!) The instalments are all novellas of about a 100 pages, and with Lilly Cain's fluent and captivating writing style you'll devour them in no time.

First of all let me tell you about the very exciting and imaginative world Lilly Cain has created: she has opened up space, and the limits between humans and Earth and the other species and planets have shrunk. Technology (even human technology) is so that in mere minutes/hours they can pop over to Jupiter's moon, human astronauts are more like regular airplane pilots, and the Inarii have some much more developed abilities: Alinna can store and consult maps on her retina, she disposes of an internal command unit which she uses to give remote control instructions to computers and her spaceship.

Besides this jump into the technology evolution of the future we discover that other alien species (the Inarii in Alien Revealed) exist and that they are trying to form an alliance and create the Confederacy Treaty to ensure lasting peace and provide protection to each other against the Raveners (the evil murdering and pillaging alien race).

Alinna has been sent to Earth as an Inarii agent to conduct an observation of the humans for this reason, because the Inarii would like to have them join their ranks in the Treaty. Unexpectedly her from afar observation takes on a much more personal and closer approach when her pod crashes and she is taken to the base to get medical treatment. As she has the chance to observe the humans up close and even live and interact with them she can't give up this opportunity and her cover so she assumes the identity of a deceased psychologist the base has been waiting for.

Although she enchants him from the very beginning, David soon discovers that Alinna is not who she claims to be. Yet, he doesn't denounce her or reveal her cover. Besides their sizzling physical attraction they soon discover that they also share a much more surprising and unique connection, they can communicate telepathically which considering how David is human is quite unheard of:

“I can feel your emotions, your desire, and when we touch, I can hear what you are projecting.”

Both David and Alinna were delightful characters: David was a strong and dominant alpha male, and I enjoyed how Alinna managed to be vulnerable, shy and insecure and still not come off as a weak woman, instead she remained feminine and fragile.

Their chemistry was burning hot and the sex scenes were scorching! David's intensity always managed to give me that enjoyable frisson of excitement:

“Right now, Alinna, you are mine. Let me take you any way I please, and I will take care of you.”

Once again I must stress how delighted I was with the interesting worldbuilding Lilly Cain gave us: it was full of unique little details (like Alinna's L'inar = winding tattoo-looking like nerve endings on her skin which pulse when she is scared or aroused; the inclusion of a few alien words like 'Ya’lenali' = my beloved, and 'm'ittar' = mind contact) without making it too weird and alien thus making the reader feel lost. The universe of Alien Revealed was different but still familiar so as not to make me lose my footing.

Verdict: Alien Revealed is a well written imaginative story, which has just the right amount of exciting world-building, scorching sexy scenes and romance to satisfy the reader. I can't wait to read the other two stories of the series and if you like sci-fi romance stories or if you haven't had the chance to discover this sub-genre yet I urge you to give it a go with Lilly Cain's Confederacy Teraty series, you won't be disappointed!

Plot: 7/10
Characters: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
Ending: 8/10
Cover: 9/10

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