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Posted December 19, 2013
I was so captivated by this book that on a work night I began re
I was so captivated by this book that on a work night I began reading and as I reached about 60% around midnight I figured I would put it down and head to sleep.
Well...My mind and heart said NO!!
I was lying there in bed for about 10 minutes trying my hardest to sleep but all I could think about was Kricket and Trey...
So, I grabbed my kindle and finished by 3 am...
I loved EVERY......SINGLE......MOMENT....
Oh my word...This book completely swept me away to a beautiful unique world and since I have finished I have been pining for more.
Amy Bartol created such an intricate fascinating mystical world in Under Different Stars and I was hanging on to every word; eagerly learning more and more about Ethar. I was soaking it all up just as Kricket was and with the stunning details describing remarkable fascinating landscape and life of Ethar, I actually felt as if I was there with my beloved Rafes.
Brilliantly written, illustrating a fantasical storyline with extraordinary characters, this book landed itself in my top reads of the year.
I thoroughly enjoyed every character. From the protagonist to the antagonist, each one was written perfectly.
They carried me on their journey, eliciting strong emotions from me that has seeped in to my soul. From the witty, snarky, naive, and strong heroine Kricket to the dashing, brave, protective, GORGEOUS HOT hunk Trey...
And even though Kricket and Trey are our main characters, the secondary ones are just as outstanding. Jax and Wayra provide so many awesome supporting moments that it all felt like perfect symmetry...
Under Different Stars filled me with heart-stopping , gut-wrenching, action packed scenes all the while enticing us with a blossoming romance.
I feel like I am babbling but all I really want you to know is this book is PHENOMENAL!!!!
I highly recommend you read it!!!
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Posted December 18, 2013
Honestly, the world building and original ideas Amy came up with
Honestly, the world building and original ideas Amy came up with could easily put this book in either the sci-fi or fantasy genres. It was that well done. I’m all with my swoony romance… but I read just as much sci-fi and dark fantasy to say that I could put this novel up against any of the novels I’ve read.
Captivating from page #1, I want to know more, more, more! Why is she on the run? Where is her family? How is she surviving on her own?
This incredibly intense story unfolds at the PERFECT pace. From slowly discovering and accepting that she isn’t human, to figuring out who to trust, and plotting how the hell to get herself out of all this craziness.
When Kricket first arrived on Ethar (I want to go ga-ga over how they traveled, but I don’t want to spoil one of the coolest scenes I’ve ever read!), we discovered this new planet with Kricket. Amy described it’s beauty in such a way that I could vividly picture it; Redwood-like trees as tall as skyscrapers, weird and terrifying creatures, the night sky.
And, of course, it’s a totally advanced civilization. Their technology was incredible! Kricket couldn’t figure out half the gadgets. It was ALMOST as funny as Trey & gang trying to figure out the American slang Kricket used.
Yet, the society’s views on “class” and women is backwards. This is all unacceptable to Kricket. But, being the survivor she is, she bides her time, played nice, and formed alliances where she needed to.
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Posted November 18, 2014
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchang
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
5 HUGE stars!
17 year old Kricket Hallowell is hiding…see, she is supposed to be in the foster system in Chicago, but she’s been wronged one too many times and is determined to make it on her own for the next couple months, flying under the radar of DSS until her 18th birthday. Working odd jobs and getting paid under the table and living with a friend that was also in the foster system at one time, she can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Until the fateful day that Trey Allairis and his comrades seek her out on her way back home one day on the El train. The encounter leaves the trio with pepper sprayed eyes and Kricket with a fear that she’s never felt before – even though her “instincts” as she thinks of it tells her they were telling her the truth that they wanted to “take her home”. Since her parents died and she went from one foster family to another, she’s never truly felt like she’s had a place to call home.
But her fear only grows when she is approached by another group of men that also insist they want to take her home…but these three also try to tell her she’ll be safe with them, which she knows is not true. When a fight ensues for her safety, the first trio reappears and takes her against her will – she doesn’t know where, but she at least has a sense that they mean her no physical harm. They go on a journey through a dark cavern, through a deep pool in the cavern, and they pop out in a literally different world – Ethar, under different stars that their kind can thrive under. Kricket isn’t a normal human; she is Etharian – and a one of kind at that. She is the daughter of two combating clans – Alameeda and Rafe – and not just any Alameedaian, a priestess. Trey, along with his soldiers Jax and Wayra, continue on their journey of bring Kricket back to their clan of Rafe – but they are trying to stay ahead of Kyon who is of the Alameeda clan who would like nothing more than to see Kricket back with his clan.
On their journey through the Forest of Omnicron, Kricket becomes more and more attached to the trio of Cavar (the Ethar version of the military), as well as her acceptance of her new life as an Etharian. Her relationship with Jax and Wayra is that of a brotherly one, but it’s clear that her and Trey could see each other in another light all together…except it wouldn’t be an acceptable match for either family. But the heat between them is VERY evident – even if Trey tries to deny it! But can Kricket save not only her growing feeling for Trey, but her life and those of the of the people in world who she never knew existed, but finally feel like home? Not if the Alameeda clan has anything to say about it…
I LOVED this story! It was witty, inventive, and tremendously written. Kricket is resourceful, feisty, and tough as nails – she can take care of herself, and she has proven that living through the foster system. And Trey is strong, smart, and HOLY HOTNESS…just in his confidence along makes me weak in the knees! Kricket doesn’t stand a chance against falling for him, or against her powers of her people, those of her mother’s people. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for her, Trey, and the rest of the Rafe clan – there is no doubt that she will decimate those in her way, and be able to stand strong for what she believes.
Posted June 16, 2014
Loved this book. Can not wait for the next. I would have bought
Loved this book. Can not wait for the next. I would have bought it just for the cover, but what was within was equally magical. A rare find for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2014
Ever since I read the Premonition Series, I will read anything t
Ever since I read the Premonition Series, I will read anything that Amy Bartol puts out. She does a great job at bringing you into the worlds she creates. I can't wait for more books from Amy, please hurry!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 24, 2013
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This was
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This was the very first book I have read by Amy A. Bartol. I am very impressed by her writing. She had me from beginning to the end. I like how I felt part of the book actually I felt like I was Kricket and experience all that she was going through. I know I can't wait to read more of Amy's Books. Amy thanks for writing a book that has kept me from beginning to end and feeling like I am in the book it's self. ~~Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 22, 2013
¿Kricket,¿ Trey says in a calm, soothing voice. ¿The stars her
“Kricket,” Trey says in a calm, soothing voice. “The stars here are in opposition to you…can’t you feel it? You are foreign to them. You have no ancestry here—no lineage. Let us take you home.”Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This story is told through the eyes of Kricket Holloway, a 17-year-old girl who has spent her life in and out of the “system” after becoming an orphan as a young child. Her whole life she’s realized that there were certain traits that set her apart from ‘normal’ people. Despite her special abilities, she’s managed to fly under the radar undetected, while growing up in and out of foster homes within Chicago. One day she has a run-in with some men who claim to have been searching for her, and have a mission which involves returning her to the world in which she belongs…unfortunately, Kricket is neither willing, nor compliant, and is in need of further “persuation” (AKA, abduction). After playing a game of Cat & Mouse, Kricket finds herself punching a one-way ticket aboard the “Rafe-Express”, which leads to an epic journey through portals, jungles, and caves. Spelunking, anyone? Did I mention that this trip includes 3 hot, other-worldly male tour guides? Can’t leave that out!
The leader of Operation: “Retrieve Kricket” is a hunky hunk of a man by the name of Trey Allairis. He is a high-ranking military soldier who follows orders, and asks no questions. His one and only objective, is to secure his target, and return her safely to her people. This means that she is come back alive, and in one piece. You’d think that would be easy, right? WRONG! Trey soon learns that aside from dangerous creatures and threats from rival beings, there are bigger things he needs to watch out for. He also discovers that he may be getting more than he bargained for when it comes to Kricket Holloway, as he finds that she may just mean more to him than a “mission”.
Throughout the course of this book, we follow Kricket begins to blossom as she grows into her own. The more she learns about this new world that she will now become a part of, she sees that she must become vigilant, as not everything is as it seems. She must show that she is a force to be reckoned with.
“You’re tough?” “I’m stone.” “Stone can be broken.” Tilting my head toward him, I meet his eyes. “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine. I’m used to holding on to nothing as tight as I can.”
“I underestimated you, Kricket,” Kyon says softly. “You’re so much more than I could have imagined.” “What?” I ask, startled by his compliment. “Having to fight all your life hasn’t made you less…it has made you more.”
Kricket is not only coming into her own and developing her powers, she is also learning to cope with her feelings that have developed for her captor-turned-savior-turned-advisor: Trey. Talk about a SLOW. BURN. Good grief. Those too could steam up my kindle without even touching each other. They’re chemistry is out of this world…LITERALLY! ←see what I did there? Cause…they’re…from another…world. Other…worldly…*giggles*. Now it’s time for some lovey, heart-warming quotage:
“We have to make the stars align for us now—find a way for us not to get burned for being together.”
“I’m working every angle I can think of to align those stars for you Kricket. I promise,” he admits. “I’ll find a way out of this for you.”
"You could never be a temporary situation for me, Kricket. I know that once I have you, I’ll never be able to let you go.”
“Trey, all of that is meaningless. The only thing that matters is how we feel about each other. I love you and that’s never going to change,” I promise, leaning forward and placing a gentle kiss on his cheek. “I’m yours,” I whisper, shifting my lips to the other cheek and kissing it, too. “And you’re mine,” I continue looking in his eyes, before touching my lips to his.
Now, it’s not all daisies and sunshine when it comes to the romance in this book. If you’ve read Amy Bartol’s Preomonition Series, you know that she writes some great villains. The kind of villains that you’re not even sure if you love, hate, or want to take to bed just to get them out of your system. Enter: Kyon. Ah yes, he is bad to the bone from the very start, and he’s pompous, arrogant, conniving, and manipulative…and he looks damn good doing it, too. Naturally Kyon has his sights on Kricket, and he will go to any means just to have her. Not on Trey’s watch…
“You’re so passionate and resolute. How could I possibly let you go?” Kyon is still smiling. Frowning, Trey says in a deadly tone, “I’ll make you see that letting her go is the only option available to you.”
This book was 100% certifiably FANTASTIC. This was such an entertaining read, fast-paced, entertaining, with enough sexual tension to get your juices flowing. I find that when reading books within the Sci-fi genre, at times the plot can get lost in the world building. This was not the case with this book. The dialect, the imagery, and the characters, were all interesting and well developed. I felt transported into another realm, all while being captivated by a story that left me unable to put this book down.
Amy A. Bartol is one of those writers who tends to leave no stone unturned when it comes to creating books that stick with you long after you read them. My first thought upon finishing Under Different Stars was “Do I have time to reread this?” I was completely and utterly HOOKED. I cannot wait until the next book comes out, and we see what is in store for Kricket and the other lovable (and not so lovable) characters. With that, I’ll leave you with a final thought from my new favorite broody book boyfriend, Trey:
“They won’t keep us apart, Kricket,” he promises. “We won’t let them.”
If you haven’t read this, you don’t know what you’re missing. There’s a whole world in here waiting for you…
Posted December 21, 2013
Recently ive been introduced to a couple of worlds i never in a million years would have been interested in... zombies, sirens, gargoyles, and now here i am totally fiending for the next book in a scifi series. This book was so good, just like every book Amy has wrote! The power of a fantastic author is truly amazing. Dont hesitate, read asap!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2013
Loved this book! I was reeled in from the start. The characters
Loved this book! I was reeled in from the start. The characters were real, and I felt like I could really understand their actions and beliefs. They developed throughout the book and I just grew more in love! Trey was not what I was expecting based on the synopsis, but that was great. It was a surprise and I love his character. Amy created a detailed world that I could easily envision and there was no glaring inconsistencies. The plot developed at just the right pace; answering the big questions, but leaving enough questions unanswered that it leaves the suspense for the next book, which I will be anxiously awaiting. This was my first read by Amy, but I'm definitely going to be reading some more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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