After an incident with a hot-air balloon causes college-dropout Sally Webber to lose her job, she sets off to find direction in her life. Crashing into a teleporting alien, however, is not on her to-do list.
Now she’s on the run from TV-drama-loving aliens, and things are just getting started. Zander won’t stop reeling her into life-or-death situations to save her planet, as he waits for his laser-wielding sister to search the universe for him. Though Sally isn’t quite sure if he wants to save Earth from annihilation, or just quell his curiosity of all things human.
Now she’s got to find lost alien emissaries, as well as a job, and stop the planet from getting incinerated in the process. But with Zander as her roommate, what could possibly go wrong?
Table of Contents
It All Begins With a lot of Sand
Hot-Air Balloons Ruin Everything
A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,
But That’s a Double Negative
Imagine Running Over a Dude With Your Car
In Which I Gain a Healthy Distrust of Parks
All of the Abduction, None of the Probing
Don’t Ever Try This at Home
I Finally Get Some Answers Around Here
Messy Things You Can’t Clean With a Sponge
Life Gives Me Lemons
Dang Aliens, Always Getting Themselves Arrested
Close Encounters of the Coffee Kind
Someone Crashes My Date and the Glass Ceiling All at Once
I Get Beamed Up to the Mother Ship
It’s a Long Way Down from Outer Space,
But We're Only at Lower Earth Orbit
Zander Seems to Work Here Now
A Toast to Making an Actual Effort
It’s Not a Drinking Problem if Aliens Are Involved
Shaking It Off Might Not Be so Easy
The Sister I Never Had Nor Wanted
When Blayde Came to Stay
How Not to Behave in the Workplace
I Actually Can’t Handle the Truth
The World is Awful and Everything Sucks
We Finish This Thing Once and for All
I Get My Final Boss Fight
Where Some Things Finally Go Right
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Art of Space Travel and Human Repair
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Starstruck is bloody brilliant! It's My So Called Life meets Doctor Who! S.E. Anderson has created comedy with a contemporary edge! Oh man, this one was a blast to read! It was fun, refreshing, and hilarious! I loved how symbolic it was about the unpredictability of life too! I enjoyed the story immensely. I could definitely tell the author was influenced by Doctor Who. Did I just drop the DW bomb twice? I so did! Why? Because Starstruck was just as brilliant! Getting past the comparisons, Starstruck was a unique comedy with some unexpected twists. It was written so well that the unpredictability, and unexplainable plot occurrences (i.e. the hot air balloon), flowed seamlessly. The story was fast paced and highly engaging. It had wit and flair, and really entertaining characters. I really loved Sally! She'd have made a perfect companion to The Doctor! She was quirky and genuine and full of sarcasm and humor! Sally's best friend Marcy was such a loveable character. I adored her loyalty to Sally and the way she cared for her. But, I also admired her need to do her own thing and not take any sh*t from Sally. Zander totally cracked me up! He was so ridiculous and serious at the same time. He embodied whimsy and charm, and I would have followed him to any planet! And, I totally adored Blayde. She was a firecracker! I loved how alien she was and admired her pride! She was seriously kick *ss! On the surface, this was a true comedy. Digging deeper, it was also a beautiful, quirky representation of life. It had LGBTQIAA representation and touched on issues of depression, anxiety, and loss of a loved one. It was richly symbolic of how messy life can be, and how sometimes the brain just can't completely process a difficult situation. Starstruck was a real page turner! I loved every detail, including the comical chapter titles! It had pizazz, excitement, and amusement. It's going down as one of my top reads, and I am dying to read the next one! I had the opportunity to read this e-book for free, in exchange for my honest review, after connecting with the author through The Book Robin Hoods site.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I had been assured that it was science fiction, and the description compares it to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. On the other hand, the cover looks a bit like the love child of a hard scifi novel and a romance. Suffice to say I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by how the story played out. Starstruck is a fun, lighthearted scifi tale about a struggling young woman who finds aliens hiding in plain sight here on Earth. Despite her best efforts, protagonist Sally Webber gets drawn into the intergalactic intrigue and meets sinister alien bounty hunters, diabolical crab-people, and a race of empathetic beings who’d really just like the humans to return the crew of their missing spaceship. There’s a comedic element that had me laughing out loud, touching friendships, handsome aliens, and a diverse cast of fascinating characters. The chapter titles are brilliant, with entries like “In Which I Gain a Healthy Distrust of Parks,” “All of the Abduction, None of the Probing,” and “Messy Things You Can’t Clean With a Sponge.” Starstruck also asks some fascinating scientific questions, like what happens to the momentum of a body in motion when that body is teleported to another location. It’s an entertaining read that strikes the perfect balance between believable science and lighthearted fun. Sally is a protagonist I found very easy to empathize with, and I felt that the ending was exceptionally well-done– although I can’t explain why without giving away major spoilers. In short, I really enjoyed Starstruck and I think you will too. I highly recommend it!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Bolide Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Starstruck by S.E. Anderson is unique, entertaining, and so much fun. I have always been fascinated by the idea that aliens exist, so I was beyond excited when this gem arrived in the mail. I couldn’t wait to read it and when I finally did, I was smiling and laughing within the first few pages. The characters are fantastic, hilarious, quirky and so darn lovable. They’re all pretty awesome really... but I definitely have a soft spot for Sally, Zander and Blayde. They're so funny and their camaraderie is so endearing. Sally and Zander -- totally LOVE them! They're great as they are, but CRAZY ADORABLE together! I wholeheartedly 110% ship them. And then there's Blayde...if there’s one character that steals the show, that would soooo be her! Blayde is confident, beautiful, intense, sassy, a great sister to Zander and oozing with so much badassery. If I didn't know any better, I think I may have developed a serious girl crush on her. The plot is fast-paced, well written, and easy to read. There's plenty of action, suspense, fun twists, and unexpected surprises that make the story exciting and addictive. While the romance is quite subtle, there are a few moments here and there that made me swoon. And that ending... totally crazy! I don't want to give too much away, but let me just say that Anderson, without a doubt, knows what she's doing. She lures you in with an intriguing premise, sends you on a fabulous out of this world adventure, messes with your mind just a little (okay.... maybe a lot), and then zoom... she leaves you with so many unanswered questions you'll be ridiculously anxious for the next installment. With incredible writing, amusing characters, and a fascinating storyline, Starstruck is definitely one of my favorite reads this summer. I had such a blast going on this laugh out loud adventure I can’t wait to see how Anderson continues this amazing series. If you’re looking for a delightful, quirky, and thrilling sci-fi adventure, then definitely add Starstruck to your TBR list/pile. You won't want to miss all the fun now would you? Read my full review: https://sincerelykarenjo.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/review-9/
I am just getting back into scifi, and this was such a fun one to help get me back into the genre. It was a pretty short and fast read, one that I truly enjoyed. Life is not going well for Sally. She's aimless, just trying to figure out where to go in life. Then, she loses her job. And meets aliens. All in the same day. I loved Sally. Partly because I could really see myself in her, but also because I think she's easy to relate to. She's straightforward, no-nonsense, but she also doesn't accept all this alien stuff blindly. She was a great character to read from the perspective of. This plot isn't super intense, in the way that some scifi can be over-the-top. It was still interesting, as they do go on a few adventures to save the planet, but overall it was just a fun story. Nothing too serious, nothing too crazy. The story was also diverse in cast, but it didn't feel forced. It was just a great story. There were a few plot holes (like the balloon that started the whole mess?) but they leave the story open enough for a sequel, which I much prefer over a gaping cliffhanger (which there wasn't, so barring the few unexplained plot things, this could stand alone). Something that had previously turned me off of scifi is how intense and extensively detailed they are. Like you have to have a background in science just to understand what they are talking about. This was not like that at all. If you aren't a usual scifi reader, or just wading into the genre, I think this one would be great. It almost reads like a contemporary, just with aliens. Again, just an all-around super fun story and I can't wait for the next installment.
For starters, I must say I’m not a huge fan of science fiction. It never quite struck a chord like fantasy did for me. However, S.E. Anderson crafted a delightful story that is perfect for someone who likes to drift along the edges of science fiction. It didn’t contain an overabundance of science facts, leaving the reader to enjoy a delightful ride through Sally’s rather crazy life. Sally Webber woke up late one morning, all due to a deflated hot air balloon draped across her bedroom window. From there, her day goes downhill. Because she’s late, she loses her job. Later that evening she has a fight with her best friend during her friend’s birthday party and storms off. To make matter worse, she hits someone on the way home. Someone, who oddly enough, gets up, and saunters off into the woods. In that moment, Sally has her first interaction with someone from another world. Her life continues to spin out of control as Zander, the man she hit with her car, becomes a part of her life while he waits for his sister to find him. With him on board, things get even crazier. But as her life spins out of control, Sally finds herself fully alive for the first time in her life. I found Sally, Zander, and Blayde to be wonderful characters. I could relate to how Sally felt at the beginning of the book. Zander reminds me of a young puppy with super powers that’s just trying to get along on Earth. Blayde is something else altogether. She comes striding off the page with an intensity and power. You just know you’d better watch yourself with her. S.E. Anderson writes with a great sense of humor. For the most part, Sally takes everything in stride, though she has a fairly interesting internal dialogue going on. There are also nods to many things we all can relate to in our society. Things like Facebook, Netflix, and our ever-present cell phones. There are also hints here and there at time travel. Who doesn’t love the idea of time travel? While I did figure out the main mystery part of the book fairly quick, it didn’t hinder my ability to relax and enjoy the story. Her characters were quite engaging and I can’t wait to read more books featuring Sally, Zander, and Blayde. All in all, Starstruck is a fantastic sci fi book for people who enjoy sci fi without all the jargon and all of the fun.
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The Star Series are absolutely fabulous. I was a bit skeptical at first, but after reading the first, 'Star,' I was just drawn to 'Star Struck.' I hope she doesn't leave it - we need to know what happens next.
I absolutely loved this book!!! The character development that Ms. Anderson does with Star's character is amazing. I thought this was a fast paced thriller that made you want to read more. The only regret is that it looks like this may be the last book of Star Wood Leigh...hopefully Pam can pull one more out!
This book kept me interested the whole time and i couldn't put it down. I loved it. There should definately be a sequel.
The book was good. But it only took me less than a day to read. I wish there could of been more to it.
Coming from a LADY who many portray as a physical icon, her brains are also intact. To the people who think she is just a pretty face and all fake, this book and her previous will show you she has had no such thing as an easy life. Sure she is beautiful and sure she is intimidating to the females(that being why so many don't like her) but she is stilla human being who has worked hard for where she is. I think everyone who looks down on her outta put themselves in her shoes and think to themselves quietly........you know you would've done the same if you had the chance.