Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review of Sea of Stars by Amy Bartol

Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.

Available for pre-order now!

Kindle Edition, 291 pages

Expected publication: March 31st 2015 by 47North


Did I mention that Amy Bartol wrote this book? THE AMY BARTOL!!! She rocked our world with her emotionally complex and expert story weaving in her bestselling Premonition series!! Now she's putting her talents to use and crafting an epic series of romance and politics that crosses the universe. 

This book completely resides on the planet of Ethar. The story picks up where Under Different Stars left off and the action never stops from the first page to the last. Following Kricket is an adventure in itself. 

I appreciated the characters that stood by her throughout her whole change in planets. There was also a whole dynamic of new characters that enrich the story and leave a few twists in the plot. 

There's no doubt that Kricket is a martyr and she will do anything necessary to protect the ones she's come to love. She never gives up and I love that about her. 

The romance in this installment was fantastic. It really moves into the new adult paranormal realm without overdoing the scenes with vivid imagery. No, she nailed the sensuality and devotion that the romance was intended to show. 

As with any of her books, we are left with a cliffhanger of epic proportions. Now all I can think about is how things are going to progress now that she is left in a whopper of a situation. She will become a consort, but to who? What is going to happen to the rest of the house of Rafe?

Okay, now I'm going to be selfish for a minute. Good God woman, write faster!!! I need to know what happens next! I can only hope you will work your magic and make the third book, Darken the Stars just as good as these first two. Oh, and that it comes out ASAP!

This book deserves ten stars for being so epic, but I only have five stars to give it, so that will have to do. This is a must read Author and the Kricket stories are intense and absolutely wonderful!

Book 1: Under Different 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?

Up next in 2015:

Darken the Stars (Kricket #3)

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