Starborn (The Order of Orion, #1)
When love and superpowers collide…. Dr Willow Trilby is a psychologist with a secret. Her obsessive research into paranormal abilities is more than a professional curiosity; she’s an emotional telepath. Lucas Black is a memory-wiping assassin for a secret society of people with metaphysical powers. When Willow’s research threatens to expose The Order of Orion, she lands on Lucas’s hit list. Will he follow orders, or will he follow his heart and defy five hundred years of tradition to protect his supposed enemy? STARBORN is an urban fantasy romance and the first book in The Orion series. Each book features a different couple and their happily ever after. An ongoing storyline across the series means that the books should be read in chronological order. *Contains mature themes and adult content.

Starborn (The Order of Orion, #1) Details

TitleStarborn (The Order of Orion, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 1st, 2017
PublisherAmazon Digital Services
Rating
GenreRomance, Fantasy, Paranormal

Starborn (The Order of Orion, #1) Review

  • Keryn
    January 1, 1970
    Holy cow what a ride! Unlike ANY paranormal book I've ever read! Willow has spent her entire life with one goal in mind.... Find her sister. Torn apart at a young age thanks to the Foster system, she's desperate to find her. Using all her abilities she became a therapist.... She's been doing research for years comparing people with so-called mental issues claiming to have powers, and comparing it to how many actually have powers. How the heck was she to know it would put a giant X marks the spot Holy cow what a ride! Unlike ANY paranormal book I've ever read! Willow has spent her entire life with one goal in mind.... Find her sister. Torn apart at a young age thanks to the Foster system, she's desperate to find her. Using all her abilities she became a therapist.... She's been doing research for years comparing people with so-called mental issues claiming to have powers, and comparing it to how many actually have powers. How the heck was she to know it would put a giant X marks the spot on a faction of people with just those powers. STARBORN are people blessed with a variety of amazing abilities. Willow not only does research, but speaks to groups of people who think they have abilities. Using her own emotional telepathy that she keeps well hidden, she tries to discern who else might also have abilities. Lucas is sent along with rookie Granger to rescue the young Starborn in her group and eliminate Dr Willow. After all, in their minds she's putting their people at great risk. Everything turns on it's head when events transpire and Lucas quickly realizes Willow is also a Starborn!! Going against everything he stands for, he refuses the order given and brings her and the group to sanctuary. After that he has zero control... Will he be punished for disobeying? Can Willow and the others prove their abilities? And above all, what the heck is up with these feelings he has for this fiery doctor? Another rogue group of Starborn called Noctem are out to find Starborn and use them for nefarious purposes... They have no qualms about torturing these people to get what they want. It's a battle between Noctem and The Order of Orion that Lucas and Granger belong to. They want to help protect all Starborn. Both Willow and Lucas endured highly traumatic childhoods, and due to it they hold high emotional shields. Yet somehow each are drawn to the other. Take this ride and discover what's in their pasts... Will Willow find her sister? Tons of mystery, intrigue, action, political doings and romance are packed into this brilliant first of the series. I cannot wait for the next book. It will leave you wanting MORE, MORE, MORE. What a great book from this new author.
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  • Amber (beautyguise)
    January 1, 1970
    Wow!This is a unique urban paranormal/fantasy if I ever read one. Let me tell you, I've been on an urban paranormal kick for quite a while and this is top notch. Seriously, no complaints at all.There is action, adventure and romance. I absolutely love how powers are tied to the stars and the alignment of things. You can tell a lot of time and research was put into this and it completely shows. This was a smooth, fast paced read perfect for a winter weekend!I take that back, I have one complaint. Wow!This is a unique urban paranormal/fantasy if I ever read one. Let me tell you, I've been on an urban paranormal kick for quite a while and this is top notch. Seriously, no complaints at all.There is action, adventure and romance. I absolutely love how powers are tied to the stars and the alignment of things. You can tell a lot of time and research was put into this and it completely shows. This was a smooth, fast paced read perfect for a winter weekend!I take that back, I have one complaint. Even though the next book won't be about the main characters in this one, that this was their happy ending. With everything that happened, I don't see how this can technically be the happy ending. You can believe I will be reading it though.This is an ARC review.
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  • Sarah Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Starborn (The Order of Orion #1) is my first book by Samantha Jane. Her description and attention detail brought this book to life. It had me feeling as if I was one of the Starborn myself. I loved all the unique abilities her characters possessed. Dr. Willow Trilby is a psychologist drawn to people who seem to possess a gift of their own. She has made it her mission to seek out gifted individuals and try to help them. She is secretly searching for her twin when a mysterious man and is partner b Starborn (The Order of Orion #1) is my first book by Samantha Jane. Her description and attention detail brought this book to life. It had me feeling as if I was one of the Starborn myself. I loved all the unique abilities her characters possessed. Dr. Willow Trilby is a psychologist drawn to people who seem to possess a gift of their own. She has made it her mission to seek out gifted individuals and try to help them. She is secretly searching for her twin when a mysterious man and is partner barge into her life and through everything she thought she knew out the window. Lucas Black has the ability to memory-wipe anyone. He is an assassin that works for the Order. A secret society that seeks out Starborn people and brings them back to the Order. They groom their prospects and push them in ways many would not agree with. There were multiple times I wanted smack members of the Order. They are ruthless and only think of themselves. I loved how Willow opened Lucas's eyes and made me really evaluate what he wanted from life. What was right and wrong. She is not afraid of anyone or anything.This story is pretty fast-paced and takes the reader on one heck of a ride. I cannot wait for book 2. Granger and Eve's book should be a wild ride. My hope is we get some more answers on what is really going on.
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  • Samantha Jane
    January 1, 1970
    STARBORN is now LIVE on Amazon!!!!PURCHASE LINKS:US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076YLVGNNUK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B076YLVGNNCA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B076YLVGNNAU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B076YLVGNN
  • Chet Sandberg
    January 1, 1970
    The pace never lets up, except for the sex. This is the first novel I've read from this author, having discovered her almost out of the blue. I'm not generally a romance fan, but I do have a few romance indie authors that I follow and the work of whom I read almost automatically. I suspect Samantha Jane will become one of them.The love was a bit instant, and almost all the struggles were with outside forces. That's a nice change of pace for a romance. There isn't the totally avoidable misunderst The pace never lets up, except for the sex. This is the first novel I've read from this author, having discovered her almost out of the blue. I'm not generally a romance fan, but I do have a few romance indie authors that I follow and the work of whom I read almost automatically. I suspect Samantha Jane will become one of them.The love was a bit instant, and almost all the struggles were with outside forces. That's a nice change of pace for a romance. There isn't the totally avoidable misunderstanding and very little of the love triangle that can sometimes seem so predictable and hard to suffer. A good part of why I read indies of all genres is that they do the unexpected. I saw the major conflict coming, but I didn't expect it to come in the way that it did or for it to be resolved the way it was resolved. Maybe it's my inexperience with the genre.The sex wasn't as graphic as erotica (from what I know about it—I'm not much of an erotica fan, either), but not as silly or tame as a sweet romance would be. For me, it was just right, although because it was often sandwiched between fast-paced action, I read it quickly (especially the final sex scene) and didn't savor it as much as others might.I'm glad I read it and I'm looking forward to the next novel in the series!Neither the main character nor the love interest have an especially deep flaw. That said, the main character isn't all-powerful or always right.
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  • TheMadHatter
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What a debut novel from Aussie author Samantha Jane. This book had it all...let me count the ways in which I enjoyed this:1) This is my genre. I love that paranormal (or mystery or fantasy) read with romance. I say "with romance", because for the first half of the book it is there, but it is more about the world build and introduction of the characters. In the second half of the book, the romance builds more, but the world politics is still strong. I struggle these days with pure romance - Wow! What a debut novel from Aussie author Samantha Jane. This book had it all...let me count the ways in which I enjoyed this:1) This is my genre. I love that paranormal (or mystery or fantasy) read with romance. I say "with romance", because for the first half of the book it is there, but it is more about the world build and introduction of the characters. In the second half of the book, the romance builds more, but the world politics is still strong. I struggle these days with pure romance - so this is a perfect mix for me. 2) A leading lady that I didn't hate. Now, I know that may not seem like strong praise....but I usually HATE the leading ladies in these books. It is nice to not hate on the "pants" character occasionally :-)3) Dark and brooding alpha male assassin. I don't think anything else needs to be said there :-P4) An interesting world build. Kind of a cross between X-men and Heroes with really blurry lines between who are the good guys, the bad guys and the pure evil guys. Throw in a secret society, some underlying politics and a mysterious source behind their powers and there is lots of room to develop and grow the overarching story line.5) A quick read! I devoured this so quickly and that was with a crazy weekend with lots of "Mum" things to do. Such an easy read.6) Some really interesting side characters that I hope will show up in later books. Eve may turn out to be a "pants" character that I actually love and the blue-haired Isobel has lots of potential. So while this book from Willow-Lukas POV is finished, the story line isn't and there are a range of side characters who can take over the mantle to give more insight into the world and the overarching story line.7) Samantha Jane is an Aussie author. There is not many Aussie authors in this genre and I think that should be embraced and supported. 8) That cover is very cool! Actually that should have been point 1 :-)9) The price was a bargain....actually made that should have been point 1 :-PThoroughly enjoyed this debut novel. Now where is book 2 already?
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  • Red from Red Hatter Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    This was a crazy ride with a lot of twists and turns! Willow and her twin were separated at birth and she's lived her whole life searching for her. A kill and retrieve order sets Lucas up to meet Willow. After taking her to The Order it's plain to see that they aren't everything they say. Throughout the book I didn't trust The Order, and I still don't. Luckily Willow was the same. She questioned The Order and her new mentor, whom she has a connection with, Lucas. Lucas lives and breathes The Ord This was a crazy ride with a lot of twists and turns! Willow and her twin were separated at birth and she's lived her whole life searching for her. A kill and retrieve order sets Lucas up to meet Willow. After taking her to The Order it's plain to see that they aren't everything they say. Throughout the book I didn't trust The Order, and I still don't. Luckily Willow was the same. She questioned The Order and her new mentor, whom she has a connection with, Lucas. Lucas lives and breathes The Order but notices things Willow points out and starts having doubts. The pacing was a bit of a problem for me. Most places it was super slow, and others it was way too fast. It interrupted the flow of the book a bit. Overall I was able to get into the story after skipping some parts that were just not necessary to the story. Willow was a tough character and I liked her immensely. Lucas was a bit of a drag at first but I ended up falling in love with him. Both had tragedies in their past that lent to some strong personalities. Even through the pacing problems I enjoyed this book and will be looking forward to Eve's book next!
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  • Kristel
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. I was blown away by this book. Starborn has it all: romance, paranormal/sci-fi, political elements, action and intrigue.I could not tell when reading this story that it's the authors debut novel. The writing is exceptional and the characters are complex. You can tell that there has been a lot of research into the paranormal aspect of the story.I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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  • Alura
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn’t put this book down. Starborn is a refreshingly unique YA paranormal romance, with a well written plot and a very sexy slow burn. I have never read a book like this and was thrilled to read something so different. So many YA books tend to follow to same overall plot and the story becomes very lackluster. This book was completely different and I’m really excited to continue the series.
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  • Laurie Beemer
    January 1, 1970
    This book contained everything that ticked my box for me to read again and again. This was such a magical book, and every page written made the story that much better. Willow and Lucas were such a joy to follow along with throughout the story. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series, I am patiently waiting. Thank you for allowing me to read this and write honestly about it.
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