Did I love this book? Abso-freaking-lutly!
I am a huge fan of Amy A Bartol. The Premonition Series was the first paranormal romance I read and to say it got me hooked would be an understatement. Going in, I knew I would love it, I seriously doubt that this lady could put out anything I wouldn’t love.
Here is the blurb from for the book:
All she wants is a home, but can she find one…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?
Kricket. I love her. She’s feisty and snarky and sweet and vulnerable. She fights for herself because no one’s ever fought for her before. She knows if she wants out of this mess, she’ll have to get out alone. But she doesn’t count for falling for her kidnapper.
Mrs. Bartol does an amazing job of creating strong female main characters that still relatable and very likable. I was worried that Kricket wouldn’t compare to Evie but she did, I love them both.
Trey is the good soldier who always does what he’s told putting his own happiness second to his duty. In that sense, he reminded me a bit of Reed, but Trey isn’t just a carbon copy of Reed, he’s very much his own character.
He’s brave and has a bit of humor, though maybe he takes him self a bit seriously he loosens up throughout the novel. We get to see a bit of his romantic side, which I loved. Loved, loved. I’m sure we’ll get more of the sweet romantic Trey in the sequel.
My favorites! Jax and Wayra. Totally lovable, awesome guys. For me, they kind of stole the book. They’re a bit more laid back than Trey, but the three make a great team. These two are funny and sweet and though I can’t wait to read more of Kricket and Trey’s story, I’m really excited to know more about these two!
Amy A Bartol also writes an amazing villain. I think one of the most wonderful things about how she writes her villains is that they have a human side. They aren’t all evil. Kyon is a messed up guy and I disliked him from the start. However, even though misguided and selfish, he cares for Kricket and wants to help her. Even though I didn’t want to, I found myself sympathizing with him ever so slightly. (Never going to be on Team Kyon or anything, but I can’t help but feel a little something for him.)
The word flow is wonderful, the book reads in such a way that make it near impossible to put down. The story is unique and not was I was expecting, but I was amazed at how quickly I fell in love with not only the characters but the world.
Seriously, if The Premonition Series was my husband, Under Different Stars would be the sexy gardener I can’t get enough of… or maybe we’d have a weird sister-wives type arrangement. Ok, that was all very weird of me to say, but I just want to express how much i love this book and how excited I am for the series to continue!
Any fan of The Premonition Series will love this book. Honestly, any fan of reading in general should love this book. In short. Read it. You won’t be disappointed.
Here’s a great excerpt from the book! Get a taste before you go purchase it- you definitely want to purchase it :]
Water swirls around me as I open my eyes. I shiver, realizing I’m in Trey’s arms. He’s standing chest deep in crystal blue water with Wayra pacing on the bank only steps away. Clutching Trey closer to me, my cheek remains on his shoulder. Watching a bead of water slip down his powerful neck, I hear Jax say, “She’s waking up.”
Trey, cupping his hand in the water, pours some of it over my hair. It drips down the sides of my face, cooling me. “Let’s get her out. I’ll get the visor and we can check her vitals.”
As Trey wades out of the pond with me in his arms, I try to lift my head from his shoulder. It makes me dizzy so I lay it back. It’s then I notice that I’m only in my bra and underwear. A blush creeps into my cheeks as I hug Trey tighter to me. Wayra meets us on the bank, draping a blanket over us. Trey sits down with me on his lap. He leans against a tree trunk holding me securely to his chest. Peeking at his face, he seems angry as he smoothes my hair back from my face.
Hurrying over with the visor that looks like grandma goggles, Trey sets them on my eyes. Everything is green as I gaze around at the water in front of us. Flashing green lights and readouts occupy the peripherals of the glasses, but the information is running faster than I can possibly read it.
“Ho!” Jax exclaims next to me.
Immediately, Trey’s arms tighten on me as he barks out, “What? How bad is it?”
“Naw, it’s not bad…it’s just…Kricket…” Jax breathes, like he’s in awe. “Look at this brain activity…it’s massive.”
“What do you mean?” Trey asks with relief in his tone.
Jax grins. “She’s lighting everything up. Look at her frontal lobe…it’s off the charts.”
“What does that mean? Is she healthy?” Trey growls.
Jax nods enthusiastically. “She’s healthy! We didn’t fry her with heat stroke, that’s for sure. Or, if we did, she’s got more brain activity than anyone I’ve ever seen to compensate for it,” he replies, sounding seriously geeked about it.
“Those things aren’t broken, are they?” Trey asks speculatively.
“No…here.” Jax pulls them off my face. “Wayra, come here.”
Wayra walks over and Jax puts the glasses on his eyes. “See! He’s normal, well, normal for him. See how it doesn’t light up in these areas?” he points out to Trey.
“Now watch this,” he says, taking the glasses off of Wayra, he places them back on my face. “See? It’s like Christmas in Chicago with all those lights,” Jax says proudly.
“So that means she’s smart?”
Jax beams. “Yeah, she’s smart! She’s brilliant! There’s no telling what she can do.”
“If she’s so smart, why did she run until she almost popped? Why didn’t she just tell us she needed to rest?” Wayra asks derisively.
“Personality flaw,” Trey replies. “She’s going to show us that she’s not weak.”
“She’s sitting right here,” I murmur, pulling the glasses off my face and handing them to Jax.
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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.
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