Title: Under Different Stars (Kricket #1)
Author: Amy Bartol
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-fi Romance
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?
Under Different Stars is a captivating adventure set in a futuristic environment with unworldly creatures and one human who captivates the masses. It delivers a thrilling journey of self-discovery as Kricket learns her life is far from insignificant. The intense chemistry between Kricket and Trey adds a nice twist to this thought provoking tale. If you enjoy stories where the battle of good vs. evil transpires in a modern and unpredictable fashion, Under Different Stars is the book for you.
I was mesmerized by the uniqueness of this story, especially since this is way outside my “comfort zone”. I’ve had a personal hang-up with fantasy/paranormal genre due to a preconceived notion that they are often too complex to enjoy. That is NOT the case with Under Different Stars. Amy Bartol’s spectacular writing produced moments where I lost track of time due to my complete and utter enthrallment with this story. I was enchanted by these characters and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Undoubtedly, Amy has shattered my preconceived notions. If Amy writes it, I’ll read it!!
Overall Rating – 5 Brilliant Stars
**I switched between reading and listening to the audiobook. A separate review will be posted to Audible’s website for this title.
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.
Other Books from Amy Bartol
Sea of Stars (Kricket #2) – Releases March 31, 2015
Inescapable (The Premonition #1)
Intuition (The Premonition #2)
Indebted (The Premonition #3)
Incendiary (The Premonition #4)