Another series I read back to back and it took me a while to get this review because OMG that ending! A few things about this series: Obviously if you don’t want to get spoiled don’t read beyond the first review and I don’t know if this is a complete work or if there’s going to be another book. The ending was sort of in the air and could work either way.

Title: Under Different Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Genres: Sci Fi, Fantasy
Release Day: December 15th 2013
ARC kindly provided via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago’s foster care system.
That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home.

Kyon Ensin knows the powerful depths of Kricket’s gifts—gifts he’ll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival or a fight for love.

4 stars!

“You cannot thrive under the wrong stars, Kricket.”

This was such a unique story but with the usual themes at the same time. Kricket (that name) is different, of course, and she’s well aware of it. She’s been running from foster care and is waiting for her eighteenth birthday to finally be free of it.

One day a stranger finds her and that’s pretty much where everything changes. Trey is an Etharian, and oh sweet book feels he really is something else.

“I’d break every rule for you.”

At this point I have to point out that Etharians speak another language but upon abducting Kricket to bring her with them (Trey and his Etharian buddies) to face justice for what her parents did before they left Ethar, they planted a translating chip-thingy to get this language barrier out of the way.

“War sounds romantic, heroic even, until everyone you know starts dying.”

Lots of gadgety stuff in this series as it is understandable, the technological aspect of the story was so advanced and detailed, they had gadgety stuff for everything, even make-up! Definitely loved Trey’s friends and how they were literally like aliens around Kricket.

“I can’t figure out what’s wrong with her feet!”
“Nothing’s wrong with my feet!”
“They are an alluring shade of pink.
Jax, that’s nail polish!”

Kricket is the daughter of a priestess. Her mom had some special power that made her able to see the future so Kricket must have them too, and that’s why they need her. Kricket fits under The One category. Special hair that grows back immediately, special eyes, she’s just super duper special and all that crap stuff. But when they arrive on Ethar (lots of different words similar to our words because deep down we’re not that different! #grouphug ♥) everyone has a weird and maybe awesome combination of multicolored hair/eyes and different features like super fucking tall.

Ethar and the whole other planet world building was done so beautifully it was great, everything was different, of course, from time to people and like, there were a few plot details that really stood out but the fast pacing of the story didn’t leave much time to notice those – and I guess that’s a good thing, the first book was full of stuff, a hot mess of chasing and planet mysteriousness, so many things and I never got tired of it, it kept me on my toes and it was so beautifully written.

“It’s when the crickets stop singing that you know the enemy is near and the battle is about to begin.”

The one person who I admit to love is Kyon. He’s supposed to be the evil character but oh my feels I love him! He’s a villain okay but he doesn’t give a crap about it, he’s not a stupid villain that will get his ass kicked just so the good guys can win and have their moment, he’s tough and he wants Kricket because of course he does and he won’t apologize for being kind of an asshole to get her. I love him, rooting for the other guy here even though Trey is swoony at times but so is Kyon, in a more arrogant but still charming way.

Over all, yes the heroine and the hero and the typical YA pair but it works and the writing is beautiful, the world is beautiful even if a little over the top and Jax and Wayra are hilarious!

Totally enjoyed it and read it back to back which I recommend in order to keep up with the action packed scenes, and be prepared for twists.


Title: Sea of Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Genres: Sci Fi, Fantasy
Release Day: March 31st 2015
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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.

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.

4 stars!

This story! After the first book, this one takes it’s time at first; Kricket and Trey have a little cooling down to do before they start running and fighting again.

To say it’s action packed would be an understatement; Sea of Stars gives us an insight on Kricket’s background as well as more of her powers. There are still moments where things just magically fix or ruin a moment and for a character that wants to be badass and strong, Kricket has her stupid moments.

I’m tired of Trey, like literally over him and his almost wife situation, the Trey/Kricket insta love was a little bit cute but that quickly faded through the action packed scenes, I just didn’t feel the love anymore it was more like little moments that Trey would do something to remind us he was still there while Kyon is the one that never backed down, he wanted Kricket – yes it was kind of stalkerish and cavemanish but it was better and different from the puppy love Trey.

And the fact that Kricket keeps blacking out, passing out and the constant carrying her around to places or dragging her from places and cutting her hair to help her heal. No. But mostly this book filled in the family gaps on both sides and there’s definitely more to come.


Title: Darken the Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Genres: Sci Fi, Fantasy
Release Day: September 8th 2015
ARC kindly provided via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
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Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago’s foster care system.
That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home.

Kyon Ensin knows the powerful depths of Kricket’s gifts—gifts he’ll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival or a fight for love.

4 stars!

OMG! This series is by far unpredictable! What started as a love triangle did a complete 180. From the first book I was rooting for Kyon I have to say it, yes he’s not the perfect book boyfriend, he can be a caveman, he can be a douche, or a little psychotic at time but somehow him and Kricket, it works!

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Ahh the feels! I don’t always like surprises this big but the ending worked for me! I’ve been Team Kyon from the start, I just love the bastard and apparently so does Kricket!

“He’s a psychopath.”
“He’s my psychopath.”

Basically that sums it up.

We got a lot of background on Kyon with this book that I still don’t know if it’s the last one or there’s going to be another one at some point, either way I’m happy with the ending, it wasn’t a full closure, pretty much like everything with this book, it was left in the air and there’s room for more but still it was a suitable ending to now have a full in-your-face HEA.

I love him okay, judge me but I do. He’s sick and probably not right on the head but he’s also the opposite from what is considered the norm with book boyfriends and that was amazing and brave to do and I applaud that. I’ve read and loved books with questionable characters that have redeeming qualities and Kyon fits into that totally.

Kricket’s family is completely messed up and all Trey is doing in this one is just hover, we don’t get a lot of Trey which I’m glad, but he got annoying really quick. There are still a few loose end from the first book that were not really addressed (at all) so that might be a hint to another book or just a gap in the story, either way I would love to see some thing being addressed here.

Totally enjoyed it and read it back to back which I recommend in order to keep up with the action packed scenes, and be prepared for twists.

2 thoughts on “SERIES REVIEW — Kricket by Amy A. Bartol”

  1. I only read the review for book one since this is a series I’ve been wanting to read and I didn’t want too much spoilers. It sounds intriguing and I really don’t read enough books with aliens. Great review! 😃

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