BOOK REVIEW: Under Different Stars (Kricket #1) by Amy A. Bartol

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goodreads summary:

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?

my review:

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

~ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~

I am not even sure where to start with how I feel about this book.

Was it good? No.

Was I entertained? Yes. Honestly, I found myself laughing so many times during this book because of how silly it all sounded.

Kricket is-as always in these novels- an orphan. She’s 17, running from the Chicago Department of Social Services. Honestly, I don’t see how its possible to be laying low when you’re 5’10, with platinum blonde hair, and violet eyes, but yoo what can a poor girl do? But Kricket is special, she knows when people lie and she has weird hair that grows back immediately after it’s been cut.(don’t forget- as the book never lets us- it’s platinum blonde!!!)

Everything is fine until these two groups of guys start coming after her and try to kidnap her every where she goes. And she finds herself in this weird alien land/ or planet??? Honestly, the world building was not great. I was laughing so much because the language. Author literally picked some words, and pretended they were alien words with different meanings. It’s ridiculous and silly, and honestly confusing at some points.

The romance is messy, and comes out of nowhere. Trey kidnaps Kricket. He takes her to another world. Then all of a sudden, romance just jumps in. Trey has no personality. He’s not a nice guy yet he’s not an asshole and seems to enjoy playing babysitter rather than actually being a lover to Kricket.

Throughout the novel, Kricket is seen as lesser than her male counterparts, however every male she runs into wants to sleep with her. For either political gain, selfish wants or sexual needs, and much of the novel is a contest between who gets Kricket. Sounds interesting but quickly loses it appeal. (Plus Kricket constantly calls out theirs sexist behaviour, and when they disregard it, she literally just drops the topic??? like wtf???)

Kricket isn’t the heroine of the story because the world is setup to be terrible so she can be the hero of the day. With so many male characters that belittle her Kricket desires to be in control of her own destiny. While all the men attempt to control to her, they later find out that she’s actually a genius because some weird brain scanner said so(this is also the same machine that knows she’s lost her virginity???). Kricket is told she can’t do anything yet Kricket has the most powerful powers out of everyone. Everyone in the book is deliberately horrible, so she can look cool.

Under Different Stars could have been a unique, engaging and interesting read–unfortunately, the book fell flat for me.


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