Book Review: Under Different Stars by Amy Bartol

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Under Different Stars
by Amy Bartol
Series: Kricket #1
Publication date: December 19th 2013
Category: YA
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Source: Personal Purchase

My Rating:

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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?

~My Thoughts~

Under Different Stars is an incredible story about a seventeen-year-old girl named Kricket. She’s been hiding out from the foster system after having several horrible experiences. She lives with her best friend, but hopes to start a new life when she turns eighteen. She wants to be able to live without looking over her shoulder, or having to take jobs where she has to be paid under the table. She wants to be free to chase her dreams. Before she makes it to her eighteenth birthday, she finds that there are people after her… and they aren’t from the foster system. She tries to ditch them, but in the end she is captured and taken home… but home isn’t on the planet Earth. Kricket finds out she’s an Etharian (an alien) and not just any random Etharian either.

Bartol delivers incredible characters, a vivid landscape, fast-paced action, and a simmering romance with a REALLY HOT GUY. I absolutely loved this book for all those reasons. What a remarkable author to be able to take the reader to another planet and have it become so familiar it grows into a second home.

There were a couple things I didn’t completely love about the story. Getting accustomed to the Etharian words they threw around took a little while for me, but once I did I found myself chuckling at Kricket’s use of them. I also felt like things started to move exceedingly fast toward the end, but neither of those things stopped me from plowing through this awesome story. I can’t wait to find out what else this author has in store.

I recommend Under Different Stars to anyone who loves a good escape with awesome characters, loads of action, and vivid new world to explore. Oh, and Trey. You’re definitely going to LOVE Trey. If you don’t, you may want to have yourself checked for a pulse. Just saying.

~About the Author~

amy bartol

Author of Inescapable: The Premonition Series (Volume 1), Intuition: The Premonition Series (Volume 2), Indebted: The Premonition Series (Volume 3) , and Incendiary: The Premonition Series (Volume 4). Currently working on a fifth novel in the Premonition Series entitled Iniquity.

Under Different Stars (Kricket Series Book 1) –a YA Dystopian novel.

The Divided – A Science Fiction Romance short story, which is included in the Take Me To Your Reader: An Otherworld Anthology.

I live in Michigan with my husband and our two sons. My family is very supportive of my writing. When I’m writing, they often bring me the take-out menu so that I can call and order them dinner. They listen patiently when I talk about my characters like they’re real. They rarely roll their eyes when I tell them I’ll only be a second while I finish writing a chapter…and then they take off their coats. They ask me how the story is going when I surface after living for hours in a world of my own making. They have learned to accept my “writing uniform” consisting of a slightly unflattering pink fleece jacket, t-shirt, and black yoga pants. And they smile at my nerdy bookishness whenever I try to explain urban fantasy to them. In short, they get me, so they are perfect and I am blessed. Please visit me at my website: www.amyabartol.weebly.com

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Lindsay Galloway

    I missed out on buying this one at Utop so my husband bought it for me after I got back. 😉 Hopefully I’ll get to it soon! Great review! 😀

  • Pauline Creeden

    I really loved this book! Had to come see what you had to say 🙂

  • Erin Hayes

    Completely agree with your review, Toni. The Etharian words were a bit chuckle-inducing at times. But Trey…

  • I bought this book a while ago and can’t wait to read it! So glad you loved it! Now, where is the TIME to read it? 😉