Review: Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Posted September 25, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol
Sea of Stars
by Amy A. Bartol

2 Stars


Released: March 31, 2015
Series: Kricket #2
Published by 47North
Narrator: Kate Rudd
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Pages: 320
Format: Audiobook

“This may be where my Kricket journey ends.”
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Last year this series was recommended to me and although the first book didn’t blow me away as I was expecting based on the reviews, I still found it had a lot of potential and a decent mix of action, sexual tension and world development.  Still, it’s been a while (over a year) since I read that and picking up SEA OF STARS after that much time did take me some time for things to come back to me.

That being said, once things get going, I was thrown for a loop by the heroine.  Maybe when I read book 1 I was in a different mood, but Kricket in this book was annoying me to the point I wanted to reach across the pages and murder her.  She makes stupid comments all the time, often when it should be an important moment.  She is the end all be all and she feels like it too.  In this installment, now that she has to deal with serious things, she just came across as a little girl playing at being the tough chick she wants to be.  And failing for the most part.  This is a heroine put in a position that has the potential for being awesome and delivering a great story.  I think she falls quite short of that.

Another thing that gets dragged on here is the love triangle.  Insta-love galore in terms of both guys, but we sort of knew that.  This angle was another thing that kept bothering me about this story throughout.  There is quite a bit of focus I think on the “romance” aspect and I wanted the focus to be more on the world development and what was going on.

And that brings me to the world development.  There actually is quite a bit that happens in this book.  I just can’t quite put my finger on why it feels like we didn’t move along at all in the story.  By the end, it felt as if a bunch of stuff happened that got us nowhere and I’m not that much more knowledgeable than after the first installment.  Sadly, I don’t think I’m interested enough to finish the series.  This may be where my Kricket journey ends.




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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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annoying character and a love triangle, I’ll pass


This doesn’t sound like something I’d enjoy…thanks for sharing your thoughts Francesca


I agree with your take on the story even though I liked it and continued to book 3. I think big reason I liked it was that I listened to the audio book narrated by Kate Rudd and she is one of my favorites. I think good narrators make an ok book better.

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Thanks for the review, I have this on my TBR pile and it will probably stay there indefinitely.