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Under Different Stars (The Kricket Series Book 1) by [Bartol, Amy A.]
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Gr 9 Up—Just before her 18th birthday, as she's looking forward to the freedom from the abusive foster care system that milestone will bring, Kricket Hollowell is retrieved from Earth and taken to her home planet, Ethar. Discovering she is not of Earth, that she is a priestess in one culture on Ethar and believed to have committed a crime by another group of Etharians (the two cultures from which her real, Etharian parents came), having to learn the customs and constraints of life on Ethar, and falling in love with one of the soldiers who brought her from Earth provide numerous challenges for Kricket. She is at the center of conflict between the two cultures, sought as a consort by a man she could never love, and struggling to come to terms with her "gifts," which allow her to determine if someone is lying and to see into the future. This engaging story, the first in a series, has interesting characters and world-building that listeners will enjoy. Kate Rudd narrates, providing an impressive array of voices for the different characters, allowing listeners to easily understand who is speaking. VERDICT Fans of sci-fi romance will eagerly await the sequel.—Cynthia Ortiz, Hackensack High School, NJ

About the Author

Amy A. Bartol is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kricket Series and the Premonition Series, the latter of which includes the books Inescapable, Intuition, Indebted, Incendiary, and Iniquity. She lives in Michigan with her husband and their two sons.

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  • File Size: 2887 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Amy A. Bartol; 1 edition (December 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2013
  • Language: English
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I had high hopes for this book; it has great reviews and the summary was interesting. I'm a fan of the genre, but I had problems with things right from the start. The protagonist is not only a street-smart orphan, she's tall, curvy, blonde, has violet eyes and is so gorgeous that she could be a model. I was actually willing to overlook all of this - and her ridiculous name - once the action picked up, and I did enjoy the early chapters of the book.

At a certain point, however, things just got ridiculous. In Ethar, Kricket is alluringly tiny! All the assorted alpha males are dying to protect her! She is literally a genius! Everyone is charmed by her humbleness and wit! Oh, and not only is she royalty, but she has unprecedented psychic powers that every faction wants to exploit! And while the plot was decent at first, it suddenly devolved into a cheesy romance novel, complete with longing glances, evil suitors and heaving bosoms. While at first Kricket had plans of escaping back to Earth or attending college, she suddenly seemed to lose her backbone and smarts, and just sat around hoping Trey would love her.

Things did pick back up a bit at the end, so maybe there's a chance that things will improve in future books, but I won't be reading them to find out. A disappointing heroine, a bland male lead, and an interesting but ultimately wasted premise left me alternately bored and groaning. To top it all off, the numerous grammatical mistakes ("baron" instead of "barren," "reign" instead of "rein," etc.) and typos drove me nuts.
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Ooh boy, where do I even begin? UNDER DIFFERENT STARS was a thrilling ride that I absolutely loved! I REALLY enjoyed UNDER DIFFERENT STARS, a lot! I was hooked from the very beginning and loved the pacing of this book. I never found myself bored or wanting to put it down for something else. I always wanted to keep reading when I knew it was time to do something else. I enjoyed the characters and their sharp personalities, and the obstacles they faced. The villains were chilling enough to make me want to hate them, yet intriguing enough that I wanted to see what would happen if they got the upper hand. The world-building was fascinating! I thought the idea of a different planet on the verge of war all fighting to all claim the same girl with extraordinary gifts, beyond thrilling and totally engaging! The romance was right up my alley too. I'm a sucker for a good love/hate romance, with a thrilling adventure to push them together, to be nothing short of romantic. Yeah, I know, I'm weird like! But I know some people found this book too be lacking, but not me, not one bit!

I loved Kricket to pieces. Even though she was a little too perfect, her fierce personality and strong demeanor won me over her perfectness. She looked like a barbie doll but with violet eyes. All the guys loved her and swooned over her, and wanted to become her consort (husband). But like I said, her attitude is quick-witted and fierce, and was enough to make me love her regardless of the flaws, or should I say flaw-less traits. She doesn't notice her flawless beauty, or thinks she's better then anyone, or anything like that. Plus I don't usually read books with flawless charters, so it was a nice change to my normal flawed characters.
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If you know me, you know how I adore my Amy Bartol. A lot. It could be classified as an obsession. She's all-around amazing.

But we're not going to talk about Bartol, we're going to talk about her amazing book. And this review is completely unbiased! I don't have a lot of reading time so I'm very stingy and picky with the books I read. So when I was given (begged for) this ARC of UDS, Amy said no pressure. Now, the book's been out for weeks and I'm finally able to get to it and I'm KICKING myself for not making myself lose a night of sleep sooner! (4am)

Holy Hot Alien Trey, Batman!

He was fighting it so hard in the beginning, poor guy. Trying to do the right thing. And then kept on trying to do the right thing, but Kricket kept right on inching her way into his world and his heart until she was there to stay. He was an aggressive, strong, alpha, tattooed, military leader, good guy, rake you with his eyes kind of guy that was blind-sided by this girl who turned out to be nothing like they imagined she would when they went to find her. He gets so frustrated with her, but it's because he wants what he cant have, he wants to protect her, he knows that things are about to go bad real fast when they get 'home', and he'd being pulled in several directions. I felt for him. Even when he was mad at her and being an idiot, I could still understand the struggle. But he would always come back around and make you forget it in not time. He was so alpha and I love that. Her protection was the most important thing above all else and when she was in danger all his walls fell down, and you'd see his true feelings, even though sometimes Kricket couldn't even see them. And his little cute jealous ticks with their friends and the other 'suitors'. Adorable.
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