Review: Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Posted May 15, 2015 by Francesca in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review: Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol
Under Different Stars
by Amy A. Bartol

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: December 19, 2013
Series: Kricket #1
Published by Self Published
Narrator: Kate Rudd
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Pages: 297
Format: Audiobook
 

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“UNDER DIFFERENT STARS whet my appetite for more action, fun and snark!” ~ Under the Covers

I picked this book up on a whim from my recommendations for Pick It For Me.   I had never heard of this author before but I have been looking for new sci fi books to get into and….well, I’m a cover whore.  And these are gorgeous!

This book is a new adult (almost young adult?) sci fi.  The heroine Kricket has been living as a human her whole life and struggling in and out of the foster care system.  She’s had to grow up tough in her short 17 years.  Until one day there’s more than one gorgeous guy that comes to take her “back home”.  And they have some of the same traits as hers.  As it turns, she’s a descendant from two different races that live in a different world and she may be the key to the demise of one.  She was sent for to come back and pay a penance for her family fleeing their world.

Here’s the kicker with this.  I often find heroines like Kricket a bit too immature.  But I just really liked her!  She’s funny and snarky where she needs to be, and coming to terms with some of her powers as she goes along.  It’s a lot to take in for a girl her age.  And then adding to that the sexy military guy that was sent to retrieve her from the human world…. Yeah, she probably can’t figure out what end is up and I liked that about her.  But I also liked the fact that she’s a fighter, always has been, and adapts quickly to situations around her.  Like a cat that always falls on her feet.  She’s ready to pick up and run.

While there is an underlying romance in this story (no sex, but plenty of sexual tension), it’s not necessarily the main theme.  There’s a great set of supporting characters that will make themselves dear to your heart because they are just so much fun.  The sense of camaraderie in Trey’s unit is excellent and a favorite thing of mine to find in books.

There is of course the action and world building.  Not over the top, but still engaging and left me wanting to continue this series to see what happens next in Ethar, and with Kricket’s story.  Will definitely be picking up book 2, UNDER DIFFERENT STARS whet my appetite for more action, fun and snark!

 

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About Amy A. Bartol

I am a graduate of Hillsdale College and live in Michigan with my husband and our two sons. My family is very supportive of my 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.

 

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This is the first time I’m hearing about this about author, must say I’m intrigued and plan on checking her out…thanks for the review Francesca

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Thanks for the review, I haven’t read Amy Bartol yet but I did meet her last year and she was very nice.

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This was my first time hearing of the author this month as well! 🙂

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I’ve been looking at this book for a while ….may have to get it..

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I love heroines that are strong and sarcastic. this sounds like a great read that both my teen and myself will enjoy!

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