5 stars! A light and enjoyable adventure that comments on human nature and the beauty of our world….Very funny, but it was the wider ethos of the tale that really grabbed me. Overall a brighter look at life today that is sure to keep you smiling from page to page.
5 stars! This truly is a wonderful story from a very talented writer. Smoothly-written prose, a fascinating, lightly-penned plot and a strong, slightly confused hero to cheer for.
~The Wishing Shelf
Wrong place, right time? A starbeing was supposed to travel light-years across the universe to help humanity by working in Washington, D.C.—but she accidentally lands in a small Kansas town in the body of Missy. Join her on this whimsical journey as she discovers the beauty of life and love on Earth.
Author Ann Crawford's trademark optimism brings us a witty and wise book filled with memorable characters and insights into what makes us all so very human.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you’re a fantasy lover, who also likes more than a little bit of humor in their lives, then this is one of those books you most assuredly do not want to miss. Author Ann Crawford introduces readers to many new things – the most important being a literal “starbeing” named Missy. Missy hails from Andromeda, a galaxy far, far away that George Lucas would feel a kinship for, considering that he is the name synonymous with such galaxies. (Yes, that is a shout out to you Star Wars fans!) Missy is coming directly to Earth for more than just a shopping trip in downtown Manhattan. She is, in fact, on a quest. She has been given an assignment to stop Earth’s humans from heading into the dark abyss that is just waiting out there to destroy them and their planet. What she aims for is Washington, D.C. After all, that is the location on Earth where the people-in-charge sit. But, much like those aliens who ended up in Roswell, New Mexico back in the 1940’s, Missy ends up completely missing D.C. and instead lands in Kansas. As we all know, politics is not exactly what Kansas is all about. Once in Kansas, however, Missy provides enlightenment, humor, fun, and inspiration that only a “starbeing” could produce. As she awakens after landing on Earth, she hears strange voices all around her. Of course, they are human voices, but they sound more than a bit odd. Yes, Missy knows English. She had to learn it in her studies before heading out on this assignment. But the accent is brand new to her alien ears. Even though her mission has been diverted and Missy is now in Kansas attempting to live life as a small-town girl, she has not forgotten—nor has she given up on—her initial goal to help humanity discover the beauty and kindness that is all around them. Using her own charm, Missy leads people back to a world of understanding. A world that sees and loves nature and respects all creatures, whether great or small. This is one of those books that offers pure and utter honesty to readers. It allows everyone to laugh and enjoy the words and the character of Missy, while also being captivated by romance, a solid plot, and dialogue that is absolutely thought-provoking. We learn lessons through Missy, and each of us are reminded that life is something that should be cared for and never taken for granted. The author has done a great job encasing a true ‘chick-lit’ work within an emotional drama that, quite literally, can alter one’s perception. I give an A+ to this wise, memorable character. And, I must say, I hope this is one who readers clamp on to in order to perhaps see more of Andromeda’s “starbeings” come to Earth in the future. Frankly, I think one that does land in D.C. and gets a job inside The White House would be a joy to see. Quill says: An insightful, warm book that definitely does the author proud.
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Fresh off the Starship is a work of contemporary chick lit with a science fiction style twist, written for adults by author Ann Crawford. The heroine of our tale is Missy, a being from a race far across the galaxy, who is sent to Earth with a single mission: help humanity by whatever means she can. But something goes wrong in Missy’s travel plans, and instead of arriving in Washington, D.C. where she can help the world on a higher political scale, she ends up in Kansas. This strange environment presents challenges that Missy wasn’t prepared for, but she is determined to fulfill her mission no matter where she is. What follows is a light and enjoyable adventure that comments on human nature and the beauty of our world. Sometimes you need to see the world through someone else’s eyes to appreciate what is still good about it and in the current state of the world, that’s more true than ever. The story author Ann Crawford presents is light but executed beautifully, lifting readers out of their contemporary misery to rediscover what it is about being alive that is so fantastic. Missy’s plot line is much as you’d expect from this hi-jinks kind of tale, with an amusing romance plot and a lot of misplacement and confusion on her part that’s very funny, but it was the wider ethos of the tale that really grabbed me. Overall, Fresh off the Starship is a brighter look at life today that is sure to keep you smiling from page to page.