Waiting on Wednesday #19 – “Darken the Stars”

We’ll only have to wait for a few more days…. FINALLY!


Title: Darken the Stars (Kricket #3)
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Pages: 302
will be published on September 8th 2015-

Expectation: DON’T RUIN IT!

What awaits us?

“Kyon Ensin finally has what he’s always wanted: possession of Kricket Hollowell, the priestess who foresees the future. Together, their combined power will be unrivaled. Kricket, however, doesn’t crave the crown of Ethar—she has an unbreakable desire to live life on her own terms, a life that she desperately wants to share with her love, Trey Allairis.

As conspiracies rage in the war for Ethar, Kricket’s so-called allies want to use her as a spy. Even those held closest cannot be trusted—including Astrid, her sister, and Giffen, a member of a mysterious order with a hidden agenda. But Kricket’s resolve will not allow her to be used as anyone’s pawn, even as the Brotherhood sharpens its plans to cut out her heart.

As the destiny prophesied by her mother approaches, Kricket will backtrack through her fiery future to reshape it. For she knows one thing above all else: the only person she can truly count on is herself.”

Why?

Have you read the Reviews on Goodreads? I’m really scared because Amy A. Bartol seems to have messed things up (in a good and a bad way). I don’t want to have everything in ruins (If I wanted that I could’ve just re-read the Hunger Games).
But still … I’m really eager to get all the answers to my questions.
My new mantra: … ignore the reviews on goodreads ignore the reviews on goodreads ignore the ….

What is your WoW-Pick this week? Let me know!

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“Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill (breakingthespine) that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.”

Sea of Stars (Kricket #2)

A few months ago the sequel of Under Different Stars was released and I’ve read it as fast as possible but didn’t really feel like reviewing it at once.
But now the fans of the Kricket-Series need to know what awaits them.

Title: Sea of Stars (Kricket#2)
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Pages: 320
Released: March 31st 2015
Rating: 3.5/5 ★

 picture and Summary by Goodreads.

What’s coming?

“Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.”

Opinion

It’s true. This book suffers from the “sequel”-disease. Before you read any further, you have to keep in mind that this Opinion will be full of spoilers (sorry). Just let me say that you should totally read the second book if you are a true fan and can handle a few downs.

Here’s why:

– The book is clearly just a “transition” to the third book and to make up for that Amy Bartol filled the book with so many cheesy scenes between Trey and Kricket, I couldn’t really take it that much longer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved that couple in the first book because the dosage of “Kricket-and-Trey-Moments” was perfect, but now it’s clearly an overdose. Sorry.

– Why is it an overdose? I mean, they are so cute and sweet and and and … because, they are running away from that psycho Kyon what feels like the whole book aaaand …. I’m not prude but seriously I don’t need 60 % of Trey and Kricket just making out while the world is being torn to shreds. In the beginning there was some confused fighting against them and then some others and … WHAT?! There was not much “story” in this book, it contained what felt like 2 days or so.

– BUT there was a great surprise (thank God, I would have been so disappointed if not!): Kricket’s little sister. Oh, yes. Kricket has a little sister who was taken away by Kyon (PSYCHO!). Yes, this was one huuuuuuge turn-around and I’m loving it! This adds a new spice to the mush, Amy Bartol … “created”. *sigh*

– … aaaand I still love the boys, Trey’s squad. Whatever happens, you need some funny lines from Jax. Or one of the others. Always.

Yeah, you can read it. I did. It wasn’t that bad. I just wished it would’ve been better.

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Waiting on Wednesday – “Sea of Stars” (Kricket-Series #2)

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill (breakingthespine), that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.”

 

Hello, out there!

This is my first “WoW”-entry,  so please don’t be too hard on me. (I think I screwed up with this registration-thing on Jill’s blog. I’m sorry. I am not only bad at math I’m also very bad with technology.)

The book that’s on my “I-want-to-read-this-so-badly!”-List is called “Sea of Stars” and is the sequel to the first book “Under Different Stars“.

Spoiler-free Summary

“Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability […] makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home […] But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift[…] will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.”

by Amy A. Bartols blog

Coming Out: March 31st 2015 by 47North
Pages: 291 pages
Price: 11,99 € (Europe), Kindle 4,99 €

*the first picture is designed by me, If you want to use it please just add the source (this blog)

“Under Different Stars” (Kricket Series #1) by Amy A. Bartol

4/5 ★

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
Pages: 317
Price: 11,99 € (3,49€ Kindle)
Published: 19th 2013

 

Story

 (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.

 Opinion

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!