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(Exile #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  427 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Two races fight for what remains of a dying planet.

For generations, the Maarlai, an alien race who fled the destruction of their own home world, have lived silently, hidden, exiled on Earth. They watched, year by year, as humanity destroyed what was once a planet full of hope and promise.

Unable to idly watch as the planet dipped further into destruction, the Maarlai left t
Kindle Edition, 215 pages
Published June 22nd 2016 by Peitho Press
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Colleen Vanderlinden Sorry -- I just saw your question, Despina. Yes, the 2nd book is also about Shannen and Daarik.

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I forgot that Vanderlinden writes Sagas! Ahhggghhh. We are in for a long lushious ride with this series.

There isn't really a cliffhanger but more of much more to go in this tale.

The alliance marriage makes this feel more like a medieval with aliens and thus a fantasy romance that a science fiction romance but the mash up is well done.

The hero comes to cleave to his wife and the heroine comes into her own power. She is a bookworm which I love.

The pace is sedate but lots is happening and the lo
Colleen Vanderlinden
Jun 16, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Ooh. Fantasy romance! This was so much fun to write, and I hope you love reading it as much as I loved writing it. If you like smart-ass princesses and honorable warriors, I hope you'll give Shannen and Daarik a read. ...more
Jo Dawson
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exile. Freaking Exile. I fell in love and feel a bit destroyed from the experience. Colleen Vanderlinden’s venture into the world of fantasy romance tells the tale of a marriage made across political lines in hopes of bringing peace to warring nations. Shannen and Daarik were not star-crossed lovers, but both are strong willed and noble. They do what they need for the greater good, and then things get really good. I loved this well spun tale, Ms. Vanderlinden took a genre that I enjoy and made h ...more
I wasn't sure what rating this one desrved.... It didn't sweep me off my feet, but I liked it. Oh well....We'll see! Review soon... ...more
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Sarah Leenart
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I've been swept up on the wave of an adventure in the good old fashioned sense of the word, and along the way it took a little pice of my heart. Shannen and Daarik were so not what I was expecting when this tale started on Colleen Vanderlinden's blog. I can vividly see the broken world as it is described with it's warring nations, both caught up in their own ideals of what right is - how appropriate for these times, and indeed all times! For such a far removed tale it has made me ref ...more
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was really really good. I wanted more! I even wish it had been longer. I loved Shannen and Daarik. This was such a great start to this series and the ending didn't leave me reeling, it gave me hope. But I need the next one like, yesterday. ...more
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best sort of story

When this book ended, I was like "wait, what?" The novel sucked me in and I can't wait for the next one.
Yogesh Jain
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book a lot. Probably because I like reading about union of 2 cultures through marriage and that's what happens here.

The story is slow paced explores the relationship among the characters but there were many fall backs in the book and probably why the book has less than 1000 ratings. The things I most disliked:

1) Insta Romance - I have read my share of insta eye rolling romance and I don't hate them but this book didn't make it good enough for me. Probably since it started wit
B.L. Teschner
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never been more in love with an alien than I am with Daarik. He was so sweet and protective, respectful and strong. I just loved him to pieces.

I liked how at the beginning the flowery smell of her made him gag, but then that changed once he started falling for her. One of my favorite parts was when he said the scent of her was everywhere except for where he wanted it most, which was all over him. Gosh what a romantic. And then when he told her that only a fool would wish for less of her..
Emily Crow
DNF at 82%. And it's a short book, so I could have easily finished it, but I was starting to feel like my IQ was dropping with every page. Which is a shame, because I was in the mood for a light read, and the story started out well enough, with our heroine, the human Shannen, being chosen to marry an alien prince, Daarvik, in order to establish peace between their peoples. Shannen was kind of aloof and sarcastic and Daarvik was decent and honorable, and I thought these were characters I might en ...more
Typos- I noticed a character called by another's name in the first chapter. 7% in there is a random 's' in dialogue. More mistakes like that continue every few pages. It made me wonder if this was a final draft.
The planet is Earth with an alternate history. Yet, the world building was vague. Extreme statements were made about both species that made them stereotypes and cheapened the characters. The h's back story didn't make sense to me.

I felt that the idea the H wouldn't be expected to remain f
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Vicki Ramirez
I like this book a lot. I happened upon it while finishing up another series by the same author, and was drawn into this story. I love that the main character is a fiesty, smart mouthed lady named Maarlai who is seemingly set up by her family to marry into another race on the planet in the name of peace.

The story is good. It moves along quickly and has good and quirky characters. I'm excited to see the next installment!
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish this had been longer. I feel many of the plot points were rushed. It was still good but the love story was just too rushed. I wanted more background on the characters and what they went through. Sigh... Maybe the second book will be more detailed in building the storyline.
This Literary Life
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book sucked me in right from the beginning. It was a joy to read and I can not wait to find out how the story continues!! Humans, Aliens (not the creepy ones
Really good now where's the next one? ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Nicki K.
Four Stars

Original concept, great world-building, amazing characterization. This book started off good, but immediately gets better and better. I definitely did not see that ending coming, and am thoroughly impressed by it, as well as the author's writing. Exile was a welcomed surprise, one that I would highly recommend.
Jenny Brown
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shannon and Daarik

A must read! Shannon and Daarik are my new favorite couple. I can't wait to start reading the next book "Riven". Great scifi romance and character development.
Aj Abdo
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I’ve read this year 👌🏻
LaShanta Charles
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.7 stars

I have to start by saying I didn't think this book would be as good as it was, but I really enjoyed it. The writing kept me interested and the characters were relatable. The conflict between the humans and the Maarlai, as well as the internal strife within the Maarlai royal family gave more than enough drama to keep the plot twists intriguing.

I liked that the author made Shannen into someone that was overall disliked (by the majority of the Maarlai), while also helplessly likeable as a
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for this one!!

I LOVED this book! It was a book that pulled me in and never let go. It had the perfect pace and the perfect balance of average life scenarios and drama. I felt connected to the characters and like I could picture myself in their shoes. I cannot wait for the next book!!

The only reason for not full 5 stars is due to editing. There was a chapter or two with a weird icon attached to some words(which was easy to overlook). But the book could have used a read through again be
Jada Bailey
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Again?! Really?! More dead people and one that I really liked. Colleen is giving GRRM a run for his money, I swear. I love that the protagonist is more cunning than her husband and that she starts to plot a way to help out the people behind everyone's back. She sees shit that needs to be done and takes action to get it done. I am not an alien fan in books, movies, etc. but Colleen makes them feel as though they are part of any other *normal* paranormal entity. The Maarlai are now part of my para ...more
Izzie d
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Intersteing new world and culture.
No intimate scenes with anyone other than the Hero and heroine.
Political marriage between 2 sides who are not physically attracted to each other at all initially.
The Hero seeks out other woman before wedding but no details.
After marriage it's understood that he will see other people though that never happens.
Both involved with other prior to marriage.
Strong if vulnerable heroine.
Plot issues solved in this book but others are raised for book 2.
Sara Oxton
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, I have been eagerly awaiting the release and when it dropped I was reading book 4 in an 8 book series, I was very conflicted and did something I never do I dropped a series to read this book. Major pressure. But it didn't disappoint, I loved it. I have yet to find a book by Colleen Vanderlinden that I haven't enjoyed and think the woman deserves God status, but even so this book is amazing..Go buy the book!!! ...more
Tina Bailey
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic series!

I have been a fan of Colleen's since reading her Hidden series. This woman is so talented it's crazy! Exile is different than her other series, and I already love Shennan and Daarik, I hope I spelled those names correctly. Anyway, a human is being offered to an alien race to be wedded to the Prince. It's said to bring peace to warring races, however it's so much more! Fantastic book one!
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW another great book by Colleen Vanderlinden!

5 Stars really isn't enough stars for this book. The story just pulled me in and I just couldn't let go. The world, the characters, and the storyline took me to a place that I just wanted to stay in. I am now so anxious for the next book and I hope there are more to come.
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't know what to expect but an enjoyable book from start to finish. Humans being ruled by alins after almost ruining the earth. A human woman married to an alien man to keep the peace. Of course they fall in love, but war is brewing. An enjoyable read. ...more
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5. Looking forward to the other books.
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Colleen Vanderlinden is the author of the Hidden and Hidden: Soulhunter urban fantasy series, as well as the Copper Falls paranormal romance series.

The her novels Home, Nether, and Godkiller have all been finalists for RT Book Reviews’ Reviewers Choice Awards for best self-published urban fantasy novel. Her books have consistently received positive reviews, and RT Book Reviews has called her stor

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“The scent of you. It’s everywhere except where I want it most.” “Which is?” Shannen asked, her voice barely a whisper. He pressed his lips to the place where her pulse thundered at the base of her throat. “All over me,” he murmured.” 0 likes
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