Title: Sea of Stars (Kricket #2)
Author: Amy A. Bartol
LeAnn’s rating: 5 stars
Daniela’s rating: 3.5 stars
*Note: This review contains some spoilers if you have not read Under Different Stars
“What good is seeing the future if you can’t get out of its way?”
Sea of Stars is the latest masterpiece by Amy Bartol. It literally picks up where Under Different Stars ended. Kricket just got to the Ship of Skye and things are already going downhill. However, we are quickly reminded how badass she is. Some people want to kill her and others, specifically one person, wants to capture her for himself. Kyon is relentless in this book, always just one step behind Kricket and her gang.
“There’ll be no martyrs here, Kricket. I’ll tear your heart off your sleeve and bury it deep in my chest. Your savage heart will beat for me. Run if you think you can- I’ll hunt you down.”
Kricket, Trey, Jax, Wayra, and the rest of their entourage are on the run. No place is safe for long. This book is jam-packed with action and suspense. There is little downtime for our favorite characters, but when there is, well let’s just say that Trey stole my heart. If you loved him in book one, he will completely capture your soul in Sea of Stars. I love him as much as I love Reed from Amy’s Premonition series and that is saying a lot, since Reed is one of my favorite book boyfriends of all time.
“If this doesn’t work out for us, Kricket, know that I’ve loved you from the moment I held you in my arms on Ethar, and every moment in between. I will love you even after my final breath.”
Kricket and Trey’s relationship flourishes in this book, which I absolutely loved. I know their love will survive through anything. It has to. As their relationship grows, we see a side of these characters we haven’t seen before. In the few moments they get alone, there is a vulnerability there. They both have been fearless, but now they have something to lose- each other. And that scares them more than losing their own lives.
When the book ended… I wanted to scream and demand answers from Amy. We are left with the cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers and I just sat there for a moment, stunned. Needless to say, I’ll be counting down the months and days until the third book is released.
Once again, Amy has blown me away. She has sucked me into her mind, and into the world she has created for her characters. She transported me to Ethar, and I felt like I was right there with them and that’s what she does so well. Her world building and character development are top notch. I wish I could crawl inside her head and figure out how she does it, where she gets her inspiration from. She is a true story teller and Sea of Stars has only furthered my obsession with her work. Whatever she writes, I will read and I will tell the whole world they need to read it too.
If you haven’t gotten the message by now, I will spell it out for you: Go. Read. This. Book. Now.
Hmm, ok. I just updated my rating for book one. Turns out, after being halfway into the last book of this series, I needed to do some thinking about the rating. Book one gets 3 stars, this one gets 3.5, the last one… you’ll have to wait until I finish it, but I already have a pretty good idea of how this will go.
Ok so, this is the second book of the series. I’ll admit, it was a lot more interesting than the first one since had more Trey and Kricket, which was awesome, and the book started to have its own personality, which was a great upgrade from the first book. I enjoyed it, but I can’t really say it impressed me.
Sea of Stars is where the action starts, so the characters we met in the first book are on the running. They have to hide and do everything they can to survive this war that has started between Rafe and Alameeda. In this book you start noticing the people who are really interested in keeping Kricket safe and those who want to control her. Yes, the pattern keeps being the same as I mentioned in the first book’s review, but I saw a few differences that made the book tolerable. I absolutely adored Trey and Kricket’s relationship. I can’t deny Amy Bartol knows how to create a love story that’s swoon worthy and dreamy. So, I guess that was the highlight of the story for me. Trey. I liked the fights, they were interesting. I really enjoyed Trey and Jax and Wayra, they’re true soldiers. I liked the truths that were revealed.
But other than that… I just can’t find anything memorable.
I really hate that this is the case for this series. I’ve heard and read great things about these books and I just can’t seem to connect. Don’t get me wrong, Amy’s writing is excellent. She’s great with details and her characters tend to be really easy to connect with, but in this case, I find myself constantly rolling my eyes and I have to reread some parts because I’m not really paying attention to what I’m reading. There’s something in these stories that is missing, at least for me.
PS: I know this review sucks, I’m just not inspired to write one for this particular book even though it’s the only one from the series I can say I liked.