Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Review - Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Title: Under Different Stars (Kricket, #1)
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Pages: 296
Publisher: 47North
Release date: 9th December 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago’s foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she’ll stop running and finally find her place in the world.

That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home. As danger draws close, he must protect her until she can wield the powers she cannot use on Earth…and he soon realizes that counting a galaxy of stars would be easier than losing this extraordinary girl.

Kyon Ensin knows the powerful depths of Kricket’s gifts—gifts he’ll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival, or a fight for love.

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to 47North and NetGalley*

2/5 stars

Kricket Hollowell is counting down the days until her eighteenth birthday when she won't have to hide from the foster care system anymore.
Everything changes when Kricket meets a man named Trey who claims to be from another world, Kricket's home, and that he's on a mission to take her back.
Kricket learns that she has a power that makes her very special and a tool that others want to wield.
Can Kricket trust Trey?
Will she be able to cope in this new world?

First of all, I love the cover. It's so beautiful.
Under Different Stars was an okay read.
I did like Kricket - she was smart, funny and likeable - but none of the secondary characters really stood out for me.
The plot was okay but I lost interest several times and I found some of the scenes too cheesy.
There were times when I thought Etharian slang words were used too much, especially at the beginning.
I would have liked to have seen more comparisons between Ethar and Earth.

Overall this was an okay read but I lost interest.