Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review Under Different Stars (Kricket 1) by Amy A Bartol

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?

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My Review & Thoughts
Cover: Gorgeous! Matches so well with the story.  
Genre(s): Sci Fi, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Tag(s): New World, Realms, Priestess, Prophecy, Action, Love
Romance: "I'll order them to stay with you and help you dodge the raindrops." Enough said...

Book two Sea of Stars releases March 31, 2015

"The priestess born of two houses that will bring the demise of one, leaving one house to rule Ethar..."

Amy A Bartol is one of my favorite authors who wrote the Premonition Series (still waiting patiently for the next one in the series). When she released this book I knew I was going to waste no time to get lost into it and that I did. 

Kricket lives on Earth running the streets avoiding caseworkers and the system. Shes had a tough life dealing with nasty foster parents and surviving the streets. On her way home she is confronted by a trio of men in suits with the same purple eyes who insist they know the true Kricket. 
"I'm important to you because I hold your destiny in my hands."

Running from them, she goes to work to be confronted by a new pair of trio but these fellas have the same white blonde hair she does and know her mother. Caught up by the first group of men known as Rafe's of the realm of Ethar they drag Kricket through the portals back to their home, her home. 
"You cannot thrive under the wrong stars, Kricket..."

On their journey, Kricket learns of her companions Trey, Wayra, and Jax. They teach her their culture and also tell Kricket of her parent's origin. Her mother was a priestess who may have passed a gift to Kricket. She's not only Rafe but Alameeda being pursued by both sides. Kyon, from the brotherhood of Alameeda is consort to Kricket and will stop at nothing till he get's his priestess back. Being pulled left and right for the ownership of Kricket, she must find a way out or a lesser evil to be under. 

What I Loved about this book:
Kricket is different both as a character and heroine. She was funny, tough, and knew when to kick in to action. It does get tiring to hear how naive she is and luscious blonde hair but if as reader can look past that, then she is witty leading lady! Her smart ass remarks are comical and amusing, bring light to a dark situation.
"What does one wear to an invasion?" -Kricket

Trey Allairis special Cavar-Elite branch (hearts-hearts) Love him!
"You can trust me with your heart, Kricket..." -Trey  

He is the rugged Cavar in charge of Kricket in their journey. Trey knows how to get the job done and do it very well. What these two don't expect is to build emotionally with each other more than just a mission BUT they can't. Obstacles and 'rules' are in place stopping them to love one another. Their forbidden love is tested and challenged throughout the book.
"We have to make the stars align for us now..." -Trey

A secret indulgence of mine is cheering for the bad guy! (snicker evil laugh*) Sometimes I want to see the bad-boy win once in a while instead of the hero, how different would the book be?! (hint to author-TeamBrennus) Kyon is our villain, in which I do think he tries to be nice to Kricket. It doesn't work so well and he resorts too a different approach.
"The next time you see me, know that im not coming to take you home." -Kyon

There's a whole new lingo and realm in this book with creatures of the unknown! Action kicks up multiple times as Kricket has to fight for survival. 

What I enjoy about Amy A Bartol writing is she brings the readers to a new world! Her character building is boggling and the romance...LOVE! Amy is talented in making book boyfriends, I would know after all I have two in the Premonition Series! (wink*) 

"...when the only sounds at night that will bring you any comfort are the songs of the crickets."

This book is introduction of  whats to come, a speed way ride through a thrilling futuristic journey!   (I just finish book two trust me!)
Fans of Sci Fi, this is a must read! Any other lover of fantasy and romance, add this to the TBR! 
Highly Recommend Read
Cliff hanger - Series 

"Kyon's fist clench before he says, "Touch her, and I will make sure that not even your soul will survive."
"If I touch her, she'll have my soul," Trey replies."

<----- Yup, I have this book in my Kindle! (happy dance**)
Sea of Stars book two
Review will be up shortly on Pandora and at Cristina's Book Reviews
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  1. Ohh .. the cover looks so stunning for this one. I'm glad you enjoyed it - fantastic review! Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. Yes I love the cover of this series and they match so well with the actual story! Thanks for visiting Benish! :)

  2. Looooooved this book! Read it last year when it came out and I'm re-listening to the audio right now to get ready for book 2!

    1. Wait till you start book two! It is all filled with awesomeness! I just posted the review on Goodreads and Cristina's Book Review! Thank you for stopping by Nereyda! :)