Title: Under Different Stas (Kricket #1)
Author: Amy A. Bartol
LeAnn’s Rating: 5 stars
Daniela’s Rating: 3.5 stars
“You cannot thrive under the wrong stars, Kricket.”
I don’t why I didn’t read this book the moment it came out. I think I was a little bitter because this released before Iniquity, the last book in the Premonition series, but that was a dumb excuse. Why? Because this bookwas amazing! I went into it blind, not knowing what to expect and that was a great decision.
Once again, Amy Bartol blew me away with her characters and world building. She even created slang terms! This woman’s imagination knows no bounds.
So a little about the story. It’s about this girl named Kricket who grew up thinking she was human. Well, her world is about to do a complete 180 when two groups of guys track her down and start talking nonsense about belonging on another planet, that she’s part of some prophecy. That would certainly ruin anyone’s day but she has Trey by her side. If you are familiar with Amy’s writing, then you know she is an expert when it comes to swoon-worthy guys and Trey is no exception. He’s right up there with Reed (I know, it sounds crazy, but it’s true. Trust me).
“You can never be a temporary situation for me, Kricket. I know that once I have you, I’ll never be able to let you go.”
She goes from being a nobody to someone important, where people want to be her friend, want to use her, and people that want her dead. There is never a dull moment in this story. It grips you from the beginning and before you know it, it’s over and you’re cursing the world because the next book isn’t out yet! But I have a feeling the wait will be worth it.
“‘He was telling us that your voice will give comfort when the night becomes its blackest,’ he replies, ‘And I’ll protect that voice with my body, my mind, and my spirit… because without it, I’m alone in the dark.'”
Ok. I did it.
I. Did. It.
I’ve been told to read this book a thousand times. I’ve been told to get into this series a thousand times, and now that I have, I just don’t know how to feel and because of that, I’m giving this first book in the series 3 stars.
Under Different Stars introduces us to a girl who’s been hiding from the Foster Care System for a while, and she’s managed to do it pretty good. She has a job and it’s only a couple of days until she’s finally 18, free to do and be whoever she wants. What she’s not counting on is the fact that two very attractive and big guys are looking for her to “take her home”, whatever that is. One is telling the truth and one is lying. Now she’s captured and is being taken to this whole new world she wasn’t aware existed. The life as Kricket knew it stopped existing the second Trey Allairis took her to Ethar.
Ok so, my thoughts on this.
I have to say, I love the characters. They’re funny and intense and lovable in their own way. The plot is interesting and the world itself is pretty alluring. First of all, we have Kricket who’s such a fighter. She’s been fighting for herself her entire life and she won’t stop now. She’s only had a couple of trusted friends, but it’s hard for her to let anyone in. Except that she keeps finding herself trusting Trey with every second that passes. Trey, well… he’s intense and moody and devoted. I see a pattern in Amy’s boys. She makes them in such a way that’s impossible for you to not love. You fall hard and fast for them, and that’s exactly what happened with me when I met Trey. And we have Jax who’s just such a sweetie and Wayra who’s an idiot I just couldn’t stop loving. They all reminded me a lot of my beloved characters from the Premonition series, and at first that was okay, but what happens when the similarities are just too many to ignore?
After I read Iniquity last year, I needed a break. It wasn’t what I was expecting and if you read my review you’ll know how disappointed I was. So, no books by Amy for a while. A couple of days ago I said “what the hell”, and jumped into this book. Amy Bartol knows how to tell a story. She knows how to describe the characters’ surroundings, their thoughts, and even more, their feelings. They’re always so intense, and you feel the raw and pure need and love and trust and fear the characters feel towards each other and what’s going on around them. I love that. In this case, we have these amazing characters and this huge situation going on, but at the end somehow, it all ended up feeling like another version of the Premonition series. The similarities were striking and I had to concentrate to stop thinking of about these other books, and I had to remind myself constantly that these are two different stories. It saddens me, really. There are a few small things that end up being huge turn-offs, at least for me.
I’m not saying I won’t give this series a try. I am, I just started the second book. But being completely honest, my expectations aren’t high, especially for the last book.