Saturday, January 11, 2014

ARC Review: Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Summary: 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?

To start off, let me say that this book was absolutely amazing! I loved the idea behind it, the story, the characters, everything! It was written beautifully!

Now Kricket, the main character, is someone I really liked. She was strong and bold, but also needed others. She thought she didn't, but she did, but she was really well developed and really well liked and I totally related with her. 
Kricket has been in hiding for a few years and can't wait until she is eighteen to be "free" but it's funny how irony works. Instead she was pulled into a whole other universe (literally). But when this happens you are introduced to tons of other characters like Trey, Jax, and Wayra, who I ALL love might I mention! Jax and Wayra are so funny that I was laughing so many times throughout the book, plus they were in awe of Kricket, because she has grown up on earth her whole life, which made them adorable and funny when they were around her. Trey is the lovely love interest. In the beginning he was closed off and reserved, because he is a soldier in his world, but as the story progresses, you see better, likeable, and loveable sides of him.

The book is full of action from the get-go. From running from strangers to running from other strangers to running away with strangers to new worlds and new rules and new wars and games. I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I wanted to know more about the enemy about people's gifts about who to trust and who was truly who. I wanted to know how everything was going to happen! I wanted to see how everything turned out which was why I couldn't stop reading. And as I read I loved falling in love with the characters like Jax and Wayra. I loved seeing the relationship between Kricket and Trey develop. I loved reading it and watching everything unfold and leaves you with answers and questions of the like. Of course in the end I felt like I has more questions than what I started with but that's because the story isn't ending but moving on into the next book which will only further the story.

Overall I loved the whole story, the suspense and action, the love, the funny moments, the strength of all the characters good and bad. The story was written with so much thought and emotion you can't help but fall in love with it! I'm really excited for the rest of the series to unfold! 5/5 stars for a wonderfully written book!

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