Title: Darken the Stars (Kricket #3)
Author: Amy Bartol
Leann’s rating: 3 stars
Daniela’s rating: 1 star
“The stars are no longer aligning for me; they’re bleeding from the sky, turning black, and dying around me.”
I’m holding out hope that there will be another book in this series. I had been waiting anxiously for the newest installment but I’m left feeling disappointed and questioning where things went wrong. The first two books were phenomenal. In my opinion, they are some of Amy’s best writing. But DtS went in a totally different direction. The writing and world building were still incredible, but the characters I had grown to love became unrecognizable. The fierce badass priestess Kricket became a scared girl that just wanted to run away. Strong, sexy, Cavar Trey became a little boy that had his favorite toy taken from him.
Surprisingly the only saving grace in this story is the one character I’ve hated since the beginning- Kyon. He still pissed me off but I think I understand him a little better now and I do believe he has a heart. Maybe a very small black heart, but one all the same. He’s still all wrong for Kricket (hello, Team Trey here), but he seemed more human in this book, and not just a ruthless bad guy.
And Trey… I did not get my fill of him in this book. He only appeared in small glimpses before exiting the stage once more. I would love to get his perspective on what was happening because I know he had to be doing something to help Kricket. There are still so many unanswered questions and I’m pretty confident that Amy will deliver another book. *Crosses fingers*
This review is painful for me because I love Amy. I’ve loved everything she has written to date, but not this time. I guess it’s like listening to the new album from your favorite band and not liking most of the songs. It sucks, but you just hold out hope that they will create something that you’ll love again. Amy, you have certainly not lost a fan. I’m holding out hope that Iniquity will shatter any and all my expectations.
“She’ll see right through your lies. She’ll steal your heart without even trying. She’ll blanket you with a million whispers in the night while she holds your hand as if she’s the only one who fits it right. You’ll want to carry her bones inside your bones.”
** spoiler alert **
Well, it looks like I won’t be finishing this book. The main reason being that I am bored. I’m bored as hell and I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I’ll tell you, I actually didn’t have any expectations towards this book or the entire series, for that matter. I’ve heard great things about it but I can’t seem to find the appealing. Well, maybe just Trey, but I don’t think it’s enough. Not right now.
Darken the Stars is the last book of the Kricket series, or at least it seems to be the last one. This story is about a girl who was abandoned by her family and had to grow up facing the bad side of life and running away from the foster care system. Until one day, she can’t run anymore, because there’s someone who’s looking for her, someone she can’t escape. Now, her life is turned upside down and she has to face an entire new world she didn’t know existed. New planet, new boys, new dangers. Kricket is the girl this planet has been listening and dreaming and fearing about for centuries. And now that she’s back some will do anything to protect her, but some will do anything to destroy her.
In the previous books we’re introduced to this new world and new threats Kricket has to face after learning what she is and what she can do. She’s been fighting her entire life and she won’t stop doing it now or so it seemed at the beginning of it all. In this last book, she’s caught by Kyon, the boy who believes owns Kricket *bah*. She’s “forced” to live and learn his ways and she seems to accept it so easily, that I just want to throw my iPad against the wall. Where is the girl who was going to fight? It’s like she forgot all about that and just gave herself to an asshole.
I know that, if I didn’t finish the book, I can’t really know if I’ll end up liking it or not. I mean, at least I can’t say that for sure, but Jesus Christ. I think I have a pretty good idea. After I started this last book, I knew there was something that was missing, because I couldn’t find my normal need to keep reading there. There’s absolutely nothing in this story that’s been keeping me interested. And that has disappointed me in ways I can’t explain. Yet again. I don’t know what it is because, even though Amy knows how to write a story, I can’t possibly like this one.
The similarities with the Premonition series are killing me. I mentioned this in my review of the first book but COME ON!!!!!!! I can’t keep the stories separate because they’re basically the same thing. I loved the Premonition series, up until the last book, and I just can’t accept that there’s another story so similar to it, because part of the reasons I loved it so much was because of its uniqueness. Yes, there are some differences, we don’t have angels or Gancanaghs or Ifrits here. Yes, I know that. But the essence, the ESSENCE of the story is just way too similar.
First of all, Kyon. What the fuck? He is an even more arrogant version of Brennus, but he’s even worse because she’s such an ass. I can’t stand him. I hate him. I saw qualities in Brennus that I liked, I thought at some point, he could be redeemed. But Kyon? He’s just an ass and he’s always been an ass. There’s absolutely no good in him.
Then we have Trey. Poor thing. Yes, he’s gorgeous and I want to hug him and kiss him, but you know what? He’s not enough, sadly. Where is he? I’ve read half of this book and he’s NOWHERE to be seen. He could be dead for all we know and Kricket is just chilling and picking up some shells (???????) at Kyon’s place. Give me a break.
Then, we have Giffen. If you’ve read the Premonition series, you might know him as Xavier, the difference is that I actually kind of like Giffen. I’m still not quite sure about his story, but that crap about how he’s “always had to look after Kricket since she was a baby”… *facepalm* I can’t put my frustration into words.
Last, but not least, Kricket. What? She’s now attracted to Kyon? Come on. Be serious. For starters, he’s an ass. Then, we have the fact that she hated him one day and the next she finds him atractive?? Are you kidding me? What about Trey? Where’s that undying love she supposedly had for Trey? She’s dedicated two thoughts to him while she’s been at Kyon’s house. “Oh, I need to learn how to drive this so I can plan my scape”, “Oh I need to wait until the right day to plan my escape”, again, give me a break. Kill the asshole while he’s sleeping.
I’m really sorry for the angry review but I just needed to vent. Again, I love Amy’s writing. She tends to create amazing characters and the details are always perfect and the worlds she creates are incredible, but I couldn’t connect with this story. I can’t.