2 out of 4 stars
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The planet Preenasette has been engaged in war for quite a while; the Truns are battling the Vercetians for dominance. As the years go by, though, the war is getting more intense and the Council of Vercetians has decided it's time to send the Royals away for safety. The three youngest are sent away, and Princess Tauriar (earth name Princess Grace) flees to Earth. Will she ever be able to return to her home planet? Will the two species be able to find common ground before they annihilate each other?
Princess Grace of Earth is a science fiction that is also listed in the young adult genre. There was very little in the way of romance as the book was more focused on the war between the species. So, in that area, the book would be appropriate for a younger audience; however, there was some graphic violence as well as some torture. Consequently, I would only recommend this book for mature young adults.
I was immediately intrigued by the plot of this book as I do love a good alien story. Unfortunately, I didn't feel that this was developed as well as it should have been. The author discusses at least 4 different alien species, but the descriptions weren't as detailed as they could have been. I never really got a good understanding of their characteristics and wasn't able to picture them in my mind. There were also several different worlds that were pictured, but the descriptions were the same - fairly lackluster. I was disappointed as this is half the fun in a good story, to be able to travel to foreign places.
At the same time, the timeline jumps around quite a bit from 200 years in the past to 2000 to 2012 and back again. Most of the time, this happens with a new chapter. There were times, though, when the time jumped around within a chapter with no warning. Along the same lines, there were numerous characters to try to keep track of. To make it even more difficult, the characters' names were not anything that would be familiar to the Human reader. For example, there was Birjjikk, Bana Camciette, and Mavor Hallot just to name a few.
While there was plenty of action, mystery and intrigue to keep my interest, it was lacking that professional polish that is so necessary for a good novel, especially concerning an almost overdone subject such as aliens. The novel could also benefit from a professional editor as I noticed grammatical errors throughout the book. While not overly distracting, they were common enough to make me think that this book has only been through a spell checking program. It's for these reasons that I rate Princess Grace of Earth 2 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this only to those that can overlook vague descriptions and grammatical errors. I would like to say, though, that there is great potential in this story. I would look forward to reading it again after a bit of reworking by the author.
Princess Grace of Earth
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