Starseed

Starseed

by Liz Gruder

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ISBN-13: 9781937178291
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Publication date: 01/23/2013
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Starseed 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ReenaH More than 1 year ago
First of all, I would like to thank Liz for allowing me to read her book and for providing the arc.I kind of took a risk with this book as I'm not really into sci-fi but I'm glad I did cause Starseed blew me away! It was just that good. The start was a little boring but still managed to keep me entertained and when it hit the middle...I just couldn't stop! All those secrets and plots really kept me hooked and how they communicate with the mind and control people really makes me jealous. It'd be so cool to be able to do that but kind of scary if people controlled you, I guess. The worst part were the abductions! I'm just glad Kaila was there to protect her friends Pia and Melissa from further harm! The moments that Jordyn and Kaila had were really sweet and it hurt so, so badly when Kaila found out he lied. And the mysterious Priscilla, whom we find out who she truly is in the end, kept me wondering and thinking.Oh, the tension is killing me already. Better stop soon before I tell you everything...There were so many emotions to feel and so many precious moments. I loved this book and can't wait for the next one. Problem is...this book just released so it may be awhile till the next. Nonetheless, I would still recommend this book to all sci-fi lovers and, to those who aren't into it, take a chance. Who knows? You may love this book just as much as I did! Liz Gruder is definitely an author you should keep a look out for as she has great talent in writing and a huge imagination. Starseed was a wonderful read and very different from other books I've read. It was a very nice change from what I usually read and kept me enticed all the way. You can view more info and where to order Starseed at Liz's website here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book I purchased on kindle back in 2011 when the real writer Heather Leigh Johnson first published it. (This is a remake of her book and a poor remake at that) Her book is entitled StarSeed. The books are sooo similar and really this book doesn't do the story justice. Heather's version is the original and a dear friend. It was wrong of you to copy any of her work.
Tiff2ful More than 1 year ago
Kaila has been sheltered her whole life, literally. She has never gone to school and has never really been out of her house. She becomes fed up with it one day and demands that she be allowed to attend high school. Her mother reluctantly agrees on one condition. She keeps her hat on. Instead of the hat she wears a wig and goes to school. One of the first people that she meets is Jordyn Stryker. She feels an instant attraction to him and notices he also has 4 fingers on one hand. She then moves on to meet his crew and she knows something is going on. The all dress, talk, and act different from normal people. When she finally finds out what is going on, she is shocked. She will now have to decide what side she is on. Human or Alien?? Which would you choose? This book started off a little slow for me. I was wondering when it was going to pick up. It finally did and I couldn’t put it down. My only problem was everything was kinda confusing to me. I don’t know why. Maybe it was all this information given at once. Also the book is interesting, but it didn’t keep me interested. I found myself wanting the book to hurry up and end so, I could read another book. Don’t get me wrong this was a great book and all, but it wasn’t for me. The romance in the book seemed forced and didn’t feel genuine to me. Kaila was an alright character, but I found myself liking her friends more. I loved the alien aspect of the story and they had some pretty awesome powers. I think I’ll read it again in the future b/c I just think I wasn’t in the mood at the time for this book. :D Overall: A nice book to read if you have some down time. 3 Aliens
M_McRoberts More than 1 year ago
I received a free ARR copy of this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review I liked the action in this story, and hoped there would be more of it, but as I kept reading and getting closer and closer to the end, I realized I was going to be let down. There is really no action that furthers the plot. There is a huge revelation and an awakening that includes some action, but this is where my biggest disappoinment comes in...This book is all tell and no show. Characterization beyond Kaila, the protagonist, was weak, especially the interpersonal relationships. Jordyn and Kaila's relationship was all words. It was definitely a case of insta-love - and I don't always have a problem with that; however, there was no natural progression of relationship. The two never have a conversation; they don't really know each other - yes they are spiritually drawn to each other's auras, but compatible auras do not a romance make. There is a lot of philosophy and spiritualism involved, which is fine, but it is really forced in places. I enjoyed the parallelism with yoga in places, but I thought it could have been even more of a useful device in dealing with meditation and handling one's feelings. It could have been a place of strength and realization for Kaila - something she had that no one else does. The end...umm...disappointing and predictable. No action, no twist, no excitement.
BecBec77 More than 1 year ago
I have to say, at first, looking at the cover art, it seems like it would be a very childish book. Yes, you are not supposed to judge a book by it's cover and I am glad I did not, because by the cover art, I would not have read this book. There are times though that the cover art was bad, but the book was great. As far as the story, it is really a good to great book. The beginning was very boring and if I would have bought this book, I might have stopped at that point, but I am glad i continued to read it. Once you get to the middle of the book it really because a great book with amazing writing. At this point I can visualize the scenes and what is happening throughout the book. The character's started to become more developed and it brought the emotion into the book of the character's and really drew me in where I did not want to put it down. Through the end of the book, it was still exceptional, and I suggest that you get through the beginning, because the rest of the book is well worth it. All and all, it is well worth it, even to pay for it. Even if your not a sci-fi buff, it is actually a book that would please you as well. It does have good emotions going on and great writing, basically there is more to it then just a typical sci-fi book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starseed is a well written book on teenagers and bullying. The bullying is on several levels with well defined lessons.  Asking for help when needed, being able to define and correct a bad situation,  to help others even when circumstances are difficult,  and to rebuke all negative energy are just a few. Actually the lessons in this book can go on and on. Family, Friends, Animals, Earth, and Universe!!  As a parent, the situations, science fiction or not, brought forth in  Starseed are issues I think most of our teens are missing in these times.  It is a YA Science Fiction that is great for our youths to sit back and see what could possibly happen next. Allow the imagination to stretch more!  My 14 yr old is reading it now. Brandy
RachelC1 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed Starseed. Kaila is half ET and half human -- she struggles with her true identity. I really liked the scenes in high school and the aliens were creepy. Well written -- an enjoyable and different read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow
BailsChris More than 1 year ago
I was initially unsure of what to think about this story. It's hard to say that I was looking at the plot subjectively because the subject of aliens has always been an interesting topic. About four days before I read this story, I had actually watched a documentary about the same subject. Well, alien abductions and hybrids and so on. So to say that I was on an alien overload would probably be an understatement. But despite my preconceived notions of where the story was going and my opinion of the topic, I actually really liked the story. It caught me off guard and won me over after the first chapter. Starseed by Liz Gruder is really about aliens. It tells the story of Kaila who just wants to be normal and wants to fit in. She wants to escape the home she was raised in and all the stupid rules that seem to have no purpose. Once she breaks her family's biggest rule to never take off her hat, they are forced to give into her but only if she always wears a wig lined with this special plastic. A feeling of triumph washes over her until she finds herself being pulled into something she doesn't know anything about. Aliens? Starseeds? Missions? Mind control? Powers? She can't help but be confused. Kalia is a fun character to read about. She has a lot of similar reactions to situations that I know I would have and so would most teenagers put in her place. It's clear from the beginning that she just wants to be normal even if she is clearly so far from normal that it's not even worth trying. She is rash when she is experiencing high levels of emotion, forgetting consequences and the problems that she faces. Her innocence about the world around her is endearing, which makes me want to hide her away from the danger she so obviously is heading towards. Her passion is inspiring. Her loyalty towards those she cares about plays a huge part in the story. She does things with the intent of helping those around her. It isn't surprising when she gives into the idea of being completely selfish. She abandons her normal life and becomes the person that Jordyn and his friends expect her to be. But is that fair to the people who get hurt in the process? It's her loyalty and passion that keeps her from becoming something horrible and that is what makes her an admirable character. Jordyn was weird? If that makes any sense. He is a Starseed, a hybrid of alien and human DNA, and his loyalties clearly lie with the alien part of him. He is trained to believe that human emotion is a weakness that will surely lead to his demise or destruction. From the moment he is introduced, it is clear that even if he looks like a human, talks like a human, and acts like a human, he doesn't have the humans best interests in mind. I felt sad for him more than anything. He faces a battle between the fact that he wants to be with Kalia and his trained nature that tells him what he's feeling for her is bad. It's hard to give up something you are trained to believe all your life but he knows that a life without Kalia is worse than breaking rules and having a life with her. I wished I would've been able to see more into his background to better understand his character, his motives, and really everything about him. He was essentially an interesting character that left more mystery hanging in the air than necessary. Kalia's friends were unique and intriguing. I love the fact that Pia and Melissa were undefined at the high school, neither belonging to a specific crowd or fitting into a specific role. The friendship between Kalia and her friends is so strong that she would rather give up her happiness for the happiness of her friends. Over a short period of time, they create a very strong bond and I admire that. I hardly ever get to see a group of girls undoubtably get along without constant friction or fights.  The Hive. Now, if I thought Jordyn was weird, the Hive makes him look decidedly normal. They are kind of creepy in the sense that they refer to everything as group, there is no personal feelings or actions. It's almost strange to see people so connected and yet unconnected from each other. I could see the battling personalities and responses to situations and yet this group of hybrids clung to what they were trained. They were one and they protected their own. This group accepted Kalia but did not accept the way she behaved, such as feeling emotions or craving to be around Jordyn. They want her to be like them, emotionless and powerful, but who said that she ever wanted anything like that?  The bad guys and the good guys played minor roles in the story because the main conflict really was a personal one for Kalia. Was she going to embrace her alien side or continue life as a human? This is not to say that the bad guys weren't well written, they stood out and often gave me the chills whenever they appeared in the story. The good guys played an even more minor part which was sad and disappointing. I wanted to be able to definitively say that I knew who the good guys were but most of the time I was caught between guessing and lying. I wish they would've played a bigger part. The plot was unique and it held my attention to the very last page. The writing was good as well. There was some disappointments but a lot of triumphs throughout the story. It was pretty good and completely caught me off guard.