Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Review: Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Under Different Stars

Under Different Stars (Kricket, #1)
Amy A. Bartol
(Kricket #1)
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Published: December 19th, 2013

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?


Ooh boy, where do I even begin? UNDER DIFFERENT STARS was a thrilling ride that I absolutely loved! I REALLY enjoyed UNDER DIFFERENT STARS, a lot! I was hooked from the very beginning and loved the pacing of this book. I never found myself bored or wanting to put it down for something else. I always wanted to keep reading when I knew it was time to do something else. I enjoyed the characters and their sharp personalities, and the obstacles they faced. The villains were chilling enough to make me want to hate them, yet intriguing enough that I wanted to see what would happen if they got the upper hand. The world-building was fascinating! I thought the idea of a different planet on the verge of war all fighting to all claim the same girl with extraordinary gifts, beyond thrilling and totally engaging! The romance was right up my alley too. I'm a sucker for a good love/hate romance, with a thrilling adventure to push them together, to be nothing short of romantic. Yeah, I know, I'm weird like that...lol! But I know some people found this book too be lacking, but not me, not one bit!

I loved Kricket to pieces. Even though she was a little too perfect, her fierce personality and strong demeanor won me over her perfectness. She looked like a barbie doll but with violet eyes. All the guys loved her and swooned over her, and wanted to become her consort (husband). But like I said, her attitude is quick-witted and fierce, and was enough to make me love her regardless of the flaws, or should I say flaw-less traits. She doesn't notice her flawless beauty, or thinks she's better then anyone, or anything like that. Plus I don't usually read books with flawless charters, so it was a nice change to my normal flawed characters.

Her love interest Trey was definitely hot, and I found myself swooning over him from time to time. There was a lot of guys rallying for Kricket's heart, but Trey couldn't official be one of those guys, because he was ranked at lower royalty. So he pretty much wasn't on Kricket's level. But that didn't matter to either of them, they loved each other and towards the end were ready to fight for each other. Trey was very protective of Kricket, a protectiveness that went above and beyond his duties as just being her guard. I could see he generally loved her, even if in the beginning he didn't want to admit it to himself or to her.


Kricket has lived her life on the run from police, social workers, foster families, and everyone else determined to tame her. She's had her fair share of pain and abandonment since her parents died, and was forced to endure numerous horrific foster families. But Kricket has finally had enough and is on the run waiting out the last month until she becomes of age and can finally take care of herself, without having to look over her shoulder. But unfortunately, for Kricket, that never happens, because just when she thinks her life can't get anymore complicated then it is, she's kidnapped and taken under different stars...

Kricket's always known she was different. Her eyes are violet, her hair grows back after it's cut, and she can tell when someones not being truthful. She knows it, but still she tries to blend in and only wants to turn eighteen so she can be responsible for her own self. But a month before her eighteenth birthday, three guys resembling herself with violet eyes track her down claiming they're taking her "home" to pay for her "crimes". A home she knows nothing about, a place even more controlling then the home she has now. A home that's a whole new world, under different stars...

After being kidnapped from earth and forced to the planet Ethar, Kricket is dragged through harsh lands to make it to the capital of Skye City, where she is to be tried for her "Crimes", crimes she knows nothing about. But once she arrives, she's swept into conspires after conspires, as two house (territories) battle for possession of her, a battle she has no say in, a battle that she cannot win, because either way the outcome is the same: She will be controlled, she will be used, and she will be helpless, one way or another, unless she finds another way to beat them all at their own game...

But through it all, she only finds solace in the hands of Trey, her kidnapper. Where he has been the only one to break through the heart of stone she has formed, and strait to the inner core of her being, and has become the one thing she desires above all else. But first she will have to fight to gain control over herself, and ward off the many men trying to claim her, and tame her.

I can't really think of anything that I didn't enjoy, because the entire time I was glued to the pages and couldn't get enough. Amy A. Bartol has gone on my list of new favorite authors of 2015! I'm definitely eager to see what else she brings us, and curious about her first series!

Overall, UNDER DIFFERENT STARS was a fantastic book that I absolutely adored. With no obvious reservations about it, and a plot that is addicting and thrilling, and a romance that captured my heart and has me eager for more! I can't wait to continuing this series and see how it all ends! If this review has you intrigued, then I think it's definitely worth a shot, because I was not disappointed one bit!


Amy A. BartolAuthor of Inescapable: The Premonition Series (Volume 1), Intuition: The Premonition Series (Volume 2), Indebted: The Premonition Series (Volume 3) , and Incendiary: The Premonition Series (Volume 4). Currently working on a fifth novel in the Premonition Series entitled Iniquity.

Under Different Stars (Kricket Series Book 1)
Sea of Stars (Kricket Series Book 2)
Darken the Stars (Kricket Series Book 3) --Release Day 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 Anthology.

I live in Michigan with my husband and our two sons. My family is very supportive of my writing. When I’m 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. Please visit me at my website: www.amyabartol.weebly.com



  1. I have this one on my Kindle and had read some great reviews, but your review has me even more excited to read it! Can't wait!

  2. Great review :D I've seen these series covers around but never read much... migth have to add to my goodreads :D

  3. The plot doesn't sound all that unique, but that doesn't bother me when an author is able to pull it off in their own unique way. And it sounds like this author did just that! With a great romance to boot!

  4. Really glad to hear you liked this one, i loved amy bartol's other YA series and have been waiting for all 3 of this series to be released before i start it. Now that they're all out i'm excited to start! Very excited to hear the love interest is swoon worthy!

  5. Love the cover. "The villains were chilling enough to make me want to hate them?" hahaha... Sounds promising to me. I'll give it a try


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