So this has been another slow week/weekend for reading because of grad school (I have a major test coming up this week). So I wanted to spotlight one of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors, Amy A. Bartol. For fans of hers, I know that there has been a lot of complaints because it's been such a long wait with the Premonition series, but I'm looking at it as she wants to give us a book that is worth reading. However, I want to review her second series, the Kricket series. The third (and I do believe final) book will be coming out in September, so if you are interested, you can read these back to back and be caught up just in time to read the 3rd one! It would be perfect :)
Under Different Stars (Kricket Series #1) by Amy A. Bartol
Publication Date: Dec. 19, 2013
Kricket Hollowell is
normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her
favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care
system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the
art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast
approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find
what her heart needs most: a home.
Trey Allairis hates Earth and
doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning
of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his
theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar,
counting them all may be easier than letting her go.
Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket's gifts
than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows
she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the
heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.
When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?
Holy amazeballs this was good!!! Under Different Stars was quite simply one of the best starts
to a series I have read in a long time. Amy has once again crafted a
story that is unlike any other. She has given us a sexy new alien to
pine after, and ladies he will have you drooling and swooning! His name
is Trey Allairis, and ooh boy, I can't wait to read more about him.
But more on him later. The world building is great; it is partially
dystopian, but more alternate reality. Amy introduces readers to Ethar,
a planet similar to our own, but still very different. My one
complaint would be that some of the terminology the boys used in the
beginning were a bit confusing at first, but by the end of the book, I
could pretty much tell what all the terms meant.
character Kricket, was a fantastic lead. She is strong, brave, and
doesn't put up with anything. She knows how to survive on her own, and
doesn't back down from a fight. She's sarcastic and goes to great
lengths for those she loves and cares for. Kricket is definitely a
character to look up to and admire, which is something I greatly enjoy
while reading a novel. The other thing that I loved about her character
was her reaction to the whole situation. She had a typical reaction to
everything that was happening, and didn't just accept the situation she
was thrown in to. Overall, Kricket was a very relatable character, and I
can't wait to read more about her. Now the part you want to hear
about, Trey...first things first, I'm claiming this boy! He's a bad boy
on the outside, and a good guy on the inside, which is the best of
combinations. He tries to fight his feelings for Kricket, but fails
miserably, and you can easily see how much he cares for her. There's
some steamy scenes between the two of them, and I"m sure there will be
more to come! The other boys are just as swoonworthy, and added a lot
of humor to the story. I liked that even though they were secondary
characters, they didn't fall to the way-side. They were in a lot of
scenes and had a voice in those scenes. I hope we find out more about
them in future books. I would also love to read from both them and
Trey's POV because it would add an even better element to the next books
in the series!
This novel is fraught with tension and suspicion;
you don't know who to trust or believe, and it makes for a wonderful,
interesting, and intriguing story. This one will definitely leave you
guessing till the very end. There is plenty of action and adventure, as
well as new creatures and a brand new world to enjoy. The writing
flowed expertly off the page, and this novel will amaze any reader,
especially Amy Bartol fans. I can't wait to see what Amy has in store
for us next because judging by this book, the story will be even more
mind-blowing. I highly recommend this book to everyone!