Arrrghhh!! This is one of my all-time-favourites! I’ve read this book last year in May or so and I was just blown away by it. (And yes, I’m sure it’s a fantastic book because even my critical best friend said it was awesome)
Because I’ll try to participate in the “Waiting on Wednesday”-event (hosted by Jill on her blog breakingthespine) and I wanted to present the upcoming sequel: I thought I should first show everyone this fabulous beginning of a very, very, very good story!
Title: Under Different Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Price: 11,99 € (3,49€ Kindle)
Published: 19th 2013
(this Summary is taken from A. Bartol’s homepage/blog)
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 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.
Kricket is one of my most favourite main characters because she is neither boring nor slow on the uptake and knows, how to protect herself (sneeky one). While she tries to adapt very quickly to the really unusual situation, she’s still funny and speaks her mind (and thank God, she is actually someone who hasn’t got any thoughts like “I am getting attacked. Oh. Maybe I should wait ’til someone rescues me”)
Yes, okay, there is some romance going on and yes, she is still a teenie and has feeling as one. But please, if I read a YA-novel I expect a little romance and some interesting male characters. I’ll admit it.
This book is a real page-turner and I couldn’t wait to get to the end of it. (Imagine my desperation as I found out that the sequel was coming out in 2015.)
At first, it was really hard for me to figure out which of the really funny guys I like best and if that’s the only thing I struggle with, this book has to be good!
One minor point that really annoyed me is the fact that Kricket seem to be the ideal girl and every guy in the area would love to tear her clothes apart at once. Okay, it’s cool if there are some guys who like her but … kind of everyone?? What is it? Has she some magic “Hey-I’m-sexy-please-drool-over-me”-perfume? She handles the situation(s) but this ongoing “You’re-the-hottest-chick-I’ve-ever-seen” is … a little bit sexist… aaaand there is this point in the story where I wonder why she can’t use her legs but has to be carried everywhere (I think that should’ve been romantic but it was more confusing. She wasn’t harmed or anything, so why should she be carried?)
So, go on and read this book so you can be ready for the upcoming sequel!