QUEEN OF THE STARS
Volume One of the Royals of Adriel Series
February 1, 2012
Rating: 3 Cups
In the year 2249, Sarra Anna Shantay is a reluctant princess and an even more reluctant bride. All she wants is to be a pilot and explore the worlds. Due to her mother and elder brothers all dying within a span of two years, she became the heiress to a powerful throne and would be the first Queen royal since inhabitation of planet Adriel. Now, on her eighteenth birthday she is to marry a man of her father’s choosing but one she does not like at all, so that she can take over the throne. But fate seems to have something else decided for her and she is kidnapped on the day of her wedding by people only known as Revolutionaries.
Raine Nicks is the mysterious leader of the Revolutionaries. No one knows his past and why he is so adamant to believe that the king is evil except for a handful of people. He has lead a rebellion against the king to overthrow his government and right the wrong he feels has been done by him. Kidnapping the Princess is supposed to be his wild card to getting what he wants, but even he did not foresee her stubbornness and a traitor within his own ranks.
The impression of Revolutionaries to everyone is that they are savage barbarians, which makes it easier for them to fool the royal guards and kidnap the princess. Raine thought everything would go smoothly after he kidnapped the princess but his underestimation of her made most of his plans awry. She defied him at every turn and managed to almost escape more than once. To add fuel to fire, there is a traitor among them informing the royal guards of her location making him take Sarra on one wild ride across the stars to escape them. Being in close proximity does nothing to prevent them from falling in love but will their love prevail in the midst of treachery and deception at every turn? You will have to read to find out.
This was an interesting and adventurous read. It showed a lot of potential. I loved Sarra. She is a truly deserving princess. She is passionate, compassionate, brave and a fighter. Any sheltered person kidnapped usually freezes or does what they are told but Sarra never stopped trying to escape or get help. She is truly admirable, a sort of a woman we all dream of becoming. Raine on the other hand is rigid, stubborn, reckless, fearless and brave. He is a planner. When these two butted heads it became a battle of wills where you will not always be happy with the winner. The author totally brought the stars and the universe to life for the reader. I could imagine myself there with them. The only thing I did not like in this book therefore the given rating was the treatment of Sarra by Raine. Though he more than makes it up in the end, it still had me miffed halfway through the book. Individually both are admirable people but the start of their romance was something I did not buy. Nonetheless, it is a good read for all the futuristic book lovers and I really look forward to reading the next book in this saga.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More