Title: Under Different Stas (Kricket #1)
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Daniela’s Rating: 3 stars
Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home.
Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.
Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket’s gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.
When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?
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.