Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Star-Crossed Saga: ProtoStar by Braxton A. Cosby

Title: The Star-Crossed Saga: ProtoStar
Author: Braxton A. Cosby 
Release Date: September 25th, 2011
Publisher: Firefly Publishing and Entertainment
Pages: 356
Format: Paperback
Acquired: ARC from Author
Interest: Series
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 3 Stars

It Starts With Choice! What would you choose: love or irrefutable duty?
On the brink of Civil War, the Torrian Alliance continues with its mission to obliterate Star-children across the universe in order to suppress an intergalactic evil. Following the recommendations of his Council, King Gregorio Derry has agreed to send his only son on a mission to restore honor to his family. Bounty Hunter Prince William Derry has crossed thousands of light-years to planet Earth, in order to fulfill this age old prophetic practice. The quiet days of Madisonburg, Tennessee are officially over as Sydney Elaine now knows the full meaning of the phrase Be careful what you wish for when she is confronted by this strange visitor. As an unforeseeable event delays his assassination, William decides to study his target more closely and begins to form a connection with Sydney that challenges his inner being. But this conflict is the least of his problems, as a conspiracy back on his home planet Fabricius threatens the lives of those he loves and his father s royal legacy. Along with that, he must unravel a hidden menace here on Earth that seeks to secure a vested interest that threatens both his and Sydney s safety. Will William be able to complete his mission or will he choose love, sacrificing everything he stands for?

I'm not going to lie, I was not as crazy about the book. It was interesting premise and I feel like it has a ton of potential if it was fixed around the edges. It felt like a very original idea, surrounded by the cliche notion that when a Prince goes to kill a Star-child he ends up falling in love.

I found myself putting this book down a lot and picking it up, and I just felt so disconnected from the characters. I don't know what it was but for some reason I could not lose myself in this book. I could picture it, because Braxton did an amazing job in the imagery but it didn't draw me in. It felt like he was explaining to me this is how it is and not here it is let me bring you in. 

He does create likable characters though. I instantly liked Sydney, though I thought the author was trying too hard to point to the obvious of who she is. I liked her and I liked William. The characters are likable and, even sometimes, easy to relate to, but for me I just felt like I was watching a movie and not becoming a part of these characters. 

I enjoy sci-fi and I feel like this has a ton of potential but right now it just didn't click well for me. It felt almost like the author was trying to give me too much in all the wrong places but too little in places that needed more. It's hard to explain but from the way it ended I have a feeling that the next book will be better than this. 

It's rough, but still has the ability to be something great.

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