Blue Vision Book Review: Come for the Romance Not the Sci-Fi

Blue Vision (The Code of Endhivar Book 1) by [Lavender, Marie]

Book Review:

I’m giving Blue Visions three out of five stars. This was my first time reading a science fiction romance. When I first opened the book, I imagined stunning worlds far off from our own, new creative aliens and an adventure that would take me out of my kindle and into the captain’s chair. While Marie Lavender managed to check some of the boxes, I found she was lacking in other areas. I found myself reading the novel and questioning when was the science fiction going to be introduced? Yes, the main character was a blue alien, called an Endhivarian with physic powers, and he came from a different world, Endhivar, but the story was heavily focused on the relationship of Colin and Brooke. I had way too many questions about Colin’s race and was disappointed, they were never answered. My disappointment grew more in the third act when many of the subplots to Colin’s home world were destroyed. I was hoping at some point story would shift and focus more on Colin’s mission, but I felt like the writer gave a few sentences on the science fiction subplot that could have made the novel more adventurous and focused more on the romance plot where both heroes have cabin fever and are stuck in a cabin for a week. When the sci-fi subplot reached its final arc, I found it disappointing and lackluster.

Overall, I felt like it could like the story read more like a contemporary romance than an adventurous sci-fi. However, the story plot was the only issue I found with the novel. The author’s writing ability is amazing. I feel like writing in third person in the romance genre is a lost art. To be able to write in third person well is a testament to the authors writing ability. I found myself taking notes on her craft. Her descriptions and ability to convert emotions of her characters was very poetic. I could see why the author has numerous awards in writing. I liked qualities of both the main characters and liked the fact she made Brooke contribute to the final act than just being a damsel in distress. As I read the story I found myself asking what other titles Marie has created? Due to the fact, this sci-fi story was not working and wanted to read more of her contemporary additions. As I said before the thin sci-fi plot was the deciding factor on the lower rating. The title of this review says it all. The romance is there, but the actual sci-fi is not. There are some other books in the series, and I hope that Marie Lavender goes into greater detail of the aliens and adventure than she did before. She seemed to be building to something big with the fighting experience Brooke gained in the epilogue. Perhaps I would read the second one in hopes that the novel advances the world building of the Endhivarians.


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Brooke Sanders just wants to get away from her life for a while. A remote cabin in Montana fits the bill. She doesn’t expect to encounter a mysterious stranger with unusual blue eyes, or events that cannot be explained…

Colin Fielding is on a mission – scout a planet and return home to Endhivar. Simple really. What he doesn’t anticipate is that fate has a pretty twisted sense of humor. Suddenly, this human calls to him, every part of him, like the call of a true mate, and he can’t deny the connection as he gets closer to her.

Little do they know, someone is out to do them harm, as well as the world Brooke holds so dear. Can they stop what’s coming before it’s too late? Or will the universe lose a perfect gem?

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