Review: Newborn by Edward Hoornaert

Review: Newborn by Edward HoornaertNewborn by Edward Hoornaert

Series: Alien Contact for Idiots #3
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on November 4, 2016
Pages: 203
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Jo Beaverpaw is born fully dressed, well-armed, and impatient to tackle her Destiny. Namely, killing her alien nation's most wanted fugitive. Her programmers want her to live a few hours, kill, then die.

But something goes wrong.

Darby Lapierre has the thankless task of protecting Jo’s target while the woman heals from gunshot wounds. It's a hard job, but not impossible for a skillful bodyguard like Darby.

Until, that is, Jo shows up at the private hospital after an accident. Beautiful, naive, young Jo knows nothing about life and love, and wants Darby to teach her. Just until she's well enough to attack her Destiny, of course.

And then Darby will be in her way . . . .

The Delight

A woman suddenly wakes and knows only two things with certainty.  She’s just been born and she has a destiny driving her to kill a specific person then she would die.  Yep, from the opening lines, I was right there and desperate to find out what was coming next.

Review

Newborn read easily as a standalone, but it is part of an ongoing alien’s from a parallel earth in Alien Contact For Idiots series as book three.  Those who read the first two books likely will recognize a few mentions and cameos as well as need no explanation about the world building though there is a steady explanation as the mystery is unraveled so that newcomers who pick up Newborn will do just fine.

I enjoyed the novelty that the ‘aliens’ in this one are Native American/First Nation peoples who use their superior technology in the future to find their way through the dimension to earth.  In their dimension, the big variable is that Napoleon beat Wellington at Waterloo so the world unfolded quite differently.  Now, the familiar earth must get used to sophisticated and advanced ‘aliens’ living among them.

This one had an interesting premise from the start.  It’s told first person point of view from the ‘newborn’ Jo’s perspective.  At first, she is confused on one level, but has a clear direction on another.  She calls it her ‘destiny’, but an assassination against an alien rebel who has sought sanctuary on Vancouver Island is a mission that she can’t seem to deny though regular encounters with skeptical former cop turned bodyguard, Darby, distract her.

There is an intrigue going on and it slowly is revealed just as the gentle pace and relatively calm tone at the beginning builds and builds on the tension and excitement through to the end.  The romantic conflict is a constant struggle for Jo- fulfill her mission or keep Darby’s respect and affection.  She is confused about what is her most honorable alternative even as she discovers the shocking truth about herself.

I love it when a story pleasantly surprises me and this one did.  I liked it from the beginning, but it was a moderate feeling that I didn’t expect to grow as riveted as I became by the end.  I am enthusiastically on board with going back for the earlier stories.  Sci-Fi Romance lovers who enjoy a blending with romantic suspense are a good bet for this one.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I don’t normally like sci-fi, but my! It sounds really good. I’ll definitely keep this one in mind. Great review Sophia Rose 🙂

    • It’s definitely an acquired taste, Vanessa. 🙂 Glad you’re putting it on your list as a possibility.

  • Glad to hear you liked this one. It does sound interesting.

    • Yes, it surprised me, Mary. I wasn’t expecting it to go the direction it did with that unique worldbuilding, too. I’m used to space sci-fi so this was something different since it was right here on earth. 🙂

  • Oh I like the other dimension angle. I love a good sci-fi and I think I would enjoy it.

    • Yes, it was different and I had fun learning about the world of the series.

  • Oh it is nice getting a surprise like that and wanting to check out the others. It does sound like a fresh take on ideas.

    • New author, new book, not sure what to expect… it can be an adventure and its lovely when it works out so well. 🙂

  • RO

    That cover is a little weird (lol), but the book sounds really unique, creative, and definitely worth a try. It’s always so fascinating to learn of new books such as this one, and kudos to the author. I know you’re headed out tomorrow, and wishing you and the family a safe trip. It’s rough, but hang in there. Many Hugs and prayers…RO

    • Yeah, it definitely makes one stare, blink, and look again.
      It was a neat world the author created and I definitely want to go back for more when I get the chance.

      Appreciate your well-wishes, Radiant Ro, I just hope I don’t cry through my part of the funeral services. It will be good to see family and be able to help out. 🙂

  • Karen

    Strange cover but interesting world it seems.

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  • well the premise is sure different, a little strange, but different. Glad you liked it 😀

    • Yeah, I like how sci-fi can be way out there and give me something different. Thanks, Lily! 🙂

  • This one sounds interesting with that set-up of her being created just for that mission. The world building does sound unique in this one. Good to know it has a bit of suspense in it as well. Great review!

    • I thought so, too, Lola. I was so confused at first and then loved the story and the world. 🙂