Author: Amy A. Bartol
Series: Kricket #1
Published by: 47North
Publication Date: December 19, 2013
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?
Wow, Under Different Stars really impressed me. I honestly wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.
It kind of has the same formula you see in many books now, but this is a good example of an author completely making it their own and coming out on top. There is a lot about this book to love, so I’ll just list my reasons.
– Characters, characters, characters! The characters are without a doubt what raise this book to the next level. Seriously, the author did a fantastic job with them. I absolutely adore Kricket! She’s strong, stubborn, and can be a total smartass – three of my favorite things. I love how observant she is and can blend into pretty much any situation.
– Kricket isn’t the only kick ass character though. There’s Trey, Jax, and Wayra, who were sent to retrieve Kricket. These guys are a hoot! I could not get enough of them. Even the people that belong on the naughty list are well developed.
– I’m a big fan of good friendships in books, so the relationships and bonds she developed with some of the other characters went over extremely well with me.
– The humor and banter completely won me over! Especially when it came to Kricket, Jax, and Wayra.
– Hot aliens. Mmm hmm. From the description of the Etharians, I’m convinced the Klitschko brothers are aliens. They can abduct me anytime!
– World-building is pretty cool. I like how the worlds are set up, and how there are significant differences between Earth and Ethar without being overwhelming. There’s new lingo that takes some adjusting too, but it’s easy to catch on. It’s on the much lighter side of science fiction, to where it shouldn’t be an issue even if you don’t like sci-fi.
– I loved the build-up of the romance, but at the same time it seemed like it moved pretty fast once it got to a certain point. It felt genuine, though. There was a point in the book where my feelings waned just a tad because of it, but they have such a wonderful dynamic and undeniable chemistry that there’s no way I could be unhappy with it.
You see, a lot to love about Under Different Stars. But really, it is way better to experience it. Now I need Sea of Stars! I hate waiting.