Review: Under Different Stars (Kricket #1) by Amy A. Bartol

Under Different StarsTitle: Under Different Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Series: Kricket #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Science Fiction Romance
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Blurb:
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.

Kyon 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?

My Review:
I’ve wanted to check out this series for ages and I’m so glad that I finally got around to reading it. I am totally hooked now!

The action started pretty much straight away which I loved – right into the thick of it. Awesome. Kricket is feisty and straight-talking and used to taking care of herself. While she has always suspected that she is different, she wasn’t aware of just how different she is.

Kidnapped by Trey and brought to her home planet Ethar, she sets out on a journey that will transform her life.

The world Amy has created is captivating and so imaginative, though I did feel that sometimes it was overly descriptive, and there were parts of the journey that I skimmed through. However, it’s my only complaint and it’s minor.

This book has everything that I love in a great YA sci-fi read – tons of action, plenty of intrigue, stunning world building, complex characters and lashings of scintillating romance. Yeah – I’m addicted.

A fantastic read. Highly recommended.

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