Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review: Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Title: Sea of Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Genre/Age: Fantasy/YA
Series: The Kricket Series (Book Two)
Publisher: 47North
Format: ebook via KindleUnlimited
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisEighteen-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.

Well, that was crazy...

I jumped straight into book two after finishing the first book and from the very first page, the action was nonstop until well past the halfway mark. It was one gut-wrenching and nerve-wracking scene after another. I was teetering on the edge of insanity the entire time. Curse you, Amy, for giving me more gray hairs!

Our beloved Kricket's character is really tested in this book. Her absolve, strength, intelligence, trust, and loyalty are put to the challenge time after time as she tries to escape, outwit, navigate, rescue, and survive the crazy attacks that come from every direction.

At the end of the Under Different Stars, Kricket seems to have finally found a moment of safety (for a while), however, we quickly learn that allies can change at the drop of a hat. I really liked seeing Kricket's resilience and her ability to manipulate the situation to help herself and those she loves. A kick-ass and strong heroine, she certainly is!

I was a bit disappointed in some of the love scenes being watered down in this book. The ones in the next book are a bit more risque, in my opinion, and make more sense to me. For an author to go into depth about fighting scenes, with blood and organs being blasted about, but to shy away from sexual situations, I contribute to this being YA (even though I don't necessarily agree with this method).

I can say, though, that I was happy with the progression of the 'love birds', Kricket and Trey. I did not feel this was a case of insta-love, which is so very common in these types of books. A trust was established and the relationship slowly built. But Kyon is quite persistent that Kricket will be his, and with an ending like that, who knows what is to come...

In closing...
Two down, one to go! The ending of Sea of Stars left me itching to continue, so I did. I dove straight into the third book. Review coming next! 5 action-packed suns!

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