Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Review of Darken the Stars by Amy Bartol

Kyon Ensin finally has what he’s always wanted: possession of Kricket Hollowell, the priestess who foresees the future. Together, their combined power will be unrivaled. Kricket, however, doesn’t crave the crown of Ethar—she has an unbreakable desire to live life on her own terms, a life that she desperately wants to share with her love, Trey Allairis.

As conspiracies rage in the war for Ethar, Kricket’s so-called allies want to use her as a spy. Even those held closest cannot be trusted—including Astrid, her sister, and Giffen, a member of a mysterious order with a hidden agenda. But Kricket’s resolve will not allow her to be used as anyone’s pawn, even as the Brotherhood sharpens its plans to cut out her heart.

As the destiny prophesied by her mother approaches, Kricket will backtrack through her fiery future to reshape it. For she knows one thing above all else: the only person she can truly count on is herself.

This author is AMAZING! I love everything she has written, and this installment of the Kricket series is just as great. 
I loved the romance in Darken the Stars. The author stepped up the stakes and the romance intwined in this third book, Darken the Stars. I was so dead set on who I was rooting for, but the tables have turned and I find myself rooting for another.
The political intrigue just gets move involved and I loved reading about all the twists that cropped up.  I had no clue how the story was going to pan out, and it kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end!
The ending was absolutely perfect, provided we get another installment. I need more Kricket! Darken the Stars gets five glittery stars for another fantastic read by Amy Bartol. 

Other books in the series:

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:

This was a great start to another epic series by Amy Bartol.
I love Kricket!
Can't wait for the next installment!
Five glittery stars for an excellent start to this series!

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.

My review:

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!

About the Author:


Author of The Premonition Series:

Inescapable (Book 1) 

Intuition (Book 2)

Indebted (Book 3)

Incendiary (Book 4) 

Iniquity (Book 5) *Release Date: 12/8/15

Author of The Kricket Series

Under Different Stars (Book 1) 

Sea of Stars ( Book 2)

Darken the Stars ( Book 3) Release Date: 9/8/15 *pre-order 

available on Amazon.com

The Divided - A Science Fiction Romance short story, which 

is included in the Take Me To Your Reader: An Otherworld 


I am a graduate of Hillsdale College and live in Michigan with my husband and our two sons.  My family is very supportive of my writing.  They often bring me the take-out menu so that I can call and order them dinner.  They listen patiently when I talk about my characters like they’re real.  They rarely roll their eyes when I tell them I’ll only be a second while I finish writing a chapter…and then they take off their coats.  They ask me how the story is going when I surface after living for hours in a world of my own making.  They have learned to accept my "writing uniform" consisting of a slightly unflattering pink fleece jacket, t-shirt, and black yoga pants.  And they smile at my nerdy bookishness whenever I try to explain urban fantasy to them.  In short, they get me, so they are perfect and I am blessed.

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