29 November 2014

Under Different Stars Review

Under Different Stars
by Amy A. Bartol

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Revised edition: This edition of Under Different Stars includes editorial revisions.

Winner of four 2014 utopYA Awards, including Best Book of the Year and Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year.
All she wants is a home, but can she find one...UNDER DIFFERENT STARS 

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?

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Amazon * Amazon UK

I received a copy from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I decided to read Under Different Stars after meet Amy A. Bartol at a signing in Dublin earlier this year. She very kindly gave me a mini book charm swag and said she hoped I'd enjoy reading something very different from The Premonition series - well, I SO did!!

Under Different Stars is a YA story about a young woman who finds herself thrust into a strange and dangerous new world. In this new world everybody seems to want something from her and everybody has an agenda. When Kricket (love the name) is suddenly confronted by a group of strange (and attractive) men, her life changes dramatically.

It's difficult to talk about the plot without giving too much away, but this bits in the blurb  so I think I'm safe: Kricket lives on Earth until the mysterious Trey arrives to transport her 'home'. Home is in fact another planet called Ethar (humans don't know about Ethar or aliens). There is a lot to take in about Ethar and the Etharians but I liked the world building. The reader gets to experience this new world, just as Kricket does. Some of the traditions and ideas reminded me of medieval England, yet with super cool advanced technology. I did find all the titles a little confusing at times but I enjoyed getting to know this strange world.

I really liked Trey, Jax and Wayra - their banter was brilliant and I love how they adopted Kricket into their group (well sort of). Kricket is fierce and kinda badass which is fun to read about. Unlike a lot of YA heroines, she never annoyed me and I wanted her and Trey to figure out how awesome they could be together. It's a bit of a slow burn, but this is YA so we're never going to see OTT romantic action and smexy scenes.

I would have liked a little more explanation about certain events but overall I really enjoyed Kricket's story and after THAT ending I'm really looking forward to the next book!

4 Stars in my Sky!


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