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Lucy lives on a farm with her kind uncle, mean aunt and two younger male cousins. She has been to several homes since her mother went crazy when she was seven. The neighbor caught her mother stabbing at Lucy's stomach in an attempt to remove a device she said aliens had put in her daughter. Since then, Lucy had not felt love until she came to live with her uncle and has always felt like a burden to those who have taken care of her. She suffers from nightmares and sleepwalking.
Aric show up in town one day and he is gorgeous. He conveniently comes to work at Lucy's farm and becomes one of the family, even charming Lucy's bitter aunt. While he and Lucy are out collecting cows and finding a little romance, he "forgets" to block her from the Innaki (Aliens) and the aliens arrive to capture her. Now Lucy knows that her dreams were true and that her mother was not crazy.
Lucy and Aric escape, but have to leave the farm behind and go on the run from the aliens. Aric has to explain why they want her specifically and what his part in the whole story is.
The only real problem I had with this story was that once you know how old Aric is (and he is OLD), it is hard not to picture him as an older man, not a boy. I had to keep reminding myself that he looks younger when they are being romantic with each other, otherwise it is just gross. Also, I didn't like the author's rationalization of God with the aliens or the need to try to make one. Those discussions turned me off the story and really didn't seem to be necessary.
*****Spoiler****Tracey Lee Campbell is a good story teller, and yet, I am not that thrilled with Lucy's personality. She is too independent and pushy when Aric wants to fill all her desires because he loves her. She doesn't want to be indebted to anyone or a burden to anyone, but she is being ridiculous in the face of genuine love. Time is too short not to marry the man of your dreams when you know no other man will do. That is just stupid.
Also, if grammar errors bother you to the point you can't enjoy the story, stay away from this one. I never take off stars for grammar, just warning those that do.
Would I/Did I buy it? Yes
Would I read it again? No
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes
Things I loved about this book:
- The relationship between Aric and Lucy, it was so sweet, real and true.
- The scope of this book. A lot of paranormal YA fiction deal with epic life and death scenarios, battles between good and evil and the sometimes morally gray, but oftentimes you only get a view from the main character's microcosm and the sense that the outcomes effect a larger group of people just doesn't translate well. In "Perigee" you Campbell definitely portrays that sense of extreme urgency, and you are left without a shadow of a doubt that the stakes are very high for EVERYBODY.
- I love books that portray a journey, whether it be a flight for safety, a quest; where the characters are going places and doing things towards a larger goal. It moves the book along, it lends that urgency and purpose a story like this requires.
- The "bad guys" were super scary, all of them. Every time one of them showed up I just may have shuddered. Campbell's descriptions make you hope you never encounter these creatures/people....ever.
- The universe the author has created is extremely interesting and I hope that we get to explore it more completely in subsequent books.
- I loved (and I mean LOVED) that the US government finally shows up in a YA paranormal/sci fi book. For all the shenanigans that go on in these genres, the government is curiously absent from most stories and consequences. I think their presence lends a certain credibility to the story.
So yes, I really did like this book but there were just a few things that bugged me:
- The book takes place somewhere in the United States, but Campbell, an Australian, uses phrasing and terms that are decidedly not American. Not that that's a huge deal but it does jar you out of the story from time to time, as American girls don't normally refer to their sneakers as trainers, lorries are trucks, etc.
- I wished for a little more pro-activeness from the protagonists toward the "bad guys", but I do understand that this is only the first act of a larger story and as an introduction it stands on it's own well. I think I was hoping for a little bit more crazy, Sarah Connor-type behavior, but then Sarah Connor wasn't really SARAH CONNOR at the beginning of her story either.
- I wish that the supporting cast had been developed a little more, they felt a bit one-dimensional.
Overall, this book was awesome. Campbell is definitely an indie author to watch and I'll definitely be on the lookout for the next "Starcrossed" book!
I am SO happy that Tracey sent me her debut novel, Starcrossed: Perigee to review. It is a really, REALLY awesome book! It has a completely original concept that made it hard to put down. I must say that this is not my typical read... but I am very happy I gave it a shot.
The book started off a bit slow for me, but that quickly changed when Lucy met Aric! He was such a captivating character on the page, I can't imagine what he'd be like in person! I definitely give Tracey two-thumbs up for writing such a kick-ass male lead. Lucy and Aric's relationship progresses naturally. It was borderline twilight-y at some points, but only because Lucy had not known him that long and he has the ability to charm people. Other than that, it was a great relationship to observe.
You'll quickly realize when reading Starcrossed: Perigee that there is a whole lot more going on in the world than everyone is aware of. Aliens and vampire-type creatures? Somehow she made it all work flawlessly! She creates a chilling world where you cannot be sure of anything. And not-to-mention she was great at keeping me on my toes! This book is filled with twists and turns that I wouldn't have seen coming in a million years. I can't wait to see where Tracey takes this series next! I imagine the next book will be quite epic judging from where this one left off. Thanks again Tracey and I'll be looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy!
Oh, and if you buy the Kindle Edition on Amazon, it is only $0.99!! Can't beat it. Trust me, it's worth the dollar!
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I loved the two main characters together. Once they were together, that was it and I love that. Aric was very sweet and protective.Read more