The highly anticipated sequel to Under Different Stars, winner of four 2014 utopYA Awards.
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.
©2015 Amy A. Bartol (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Say something about yourself!
Kate Rudd has a lovely voice and does a wonderful job of creating of characters, both Male and Female and by the time you reach the second part of this series, it is easy to recognise who is talking simply by her character voice without her identifying whom has spoken.
As I stated in my review of the first book, she has a beautiful tone as well that makes this easy to listen to.
As for the story, this is a good sequel to the first, the characters continue to develop well as does the story line, and although it is a little slow again in parts, its only because the Author is taking her time in developing a good story, and its worth sticking with it.
We still follow along with Kricket (I still can't get over that name?) as she is thrust into an alternate world were she goes from being an foster kid with very little hope, to being a Priestess with special powers who everyone wants, and who extremely large, gorgeous men are falling all over her trying to vie for her attention. Of course some of them are trying to kill her in the process as there is a civil war going on, and as its a YA novel, there is a bit of a 3 way love triangle in there as well.
Having said all of that - it is a lot better than what that sounds - there are very plausible reasons for everyone being larger in this world (not so much why they are all so attractive though?) One thing I really like about this Author is that she does actually explain things, as the series is going on (Im listening to part 3 now), and all the bits that you want answered, are slowly being answered as the series goes no.
Kricket is amusing as the lead - her commentary throughout the series is very clever as the strong willed street kid who has to grow into herself and find the strength to survive in this new environment. The support cast of Trey, Jax and Wayra are very good, Kyon as the the antagonist is so good you just want to kill him yourself, and there are several other great characters.
Personally (and I do stress this is for me!), I think Kate Rudds reading of this makes a huge difference in how much I liked this series, her voice and the way she does her characters is exquisite.
"We get it, she's in love"
I love this story...even though the lead character is a little too perfect. However, a LOT of this book was frustrating. I wanted to get into the actual plot, but Kricket wouldn't shut up about "desire" coursing through her veins and blah blah blah. I don't need erotic descriptions of Kricket and Trey getting it on, and scene after scene of her and Trey vowing to love each other forever, followed by mooooore sex in more dangerous scenarios. WE GET IT. Get on with the story!
"borderline YA novel"
Far too much sex. the story line is excellent and it could do without the mad bunny love. the only upside, if you could call it that, is that it's not as descriptive as other romance novels.
I wouldn't recommend this to any YA that plans to hold on to their virtue.
"At Best, Cheesy & Annoying"
The first book had a little bit of a unique story line...moving into this second segment, it felt like the author just wanted to write one sexual encounter after another. The lines were so cheesy, I flinched a few times. .Plus, there is some repetitive, yet bizarre content: multiple times in almost every chapter,, someone is picking up the main character, Kricket, and setting her on their lap. Or some soldier is rubbing her back. There were wierd fillers like that in every chapter (what the heck?). The content became more and more bizarre as the book progressed. The actual plot isn't too bad...but everything in the middle is painfully corny or sexually explicit. Every time the listener believes that they are going to find out what is going to happen (plot-wise), the main characters are stopping everything to have sex. Sexual encounters seem to be the priority, even while fleeing evil psychics, an entire enemy army (oh yeah, and full enemy occupation of their country), and an obsessively jealous, psychopathic suitor. Though I could compliment Amy's imagination, the execution of the storyline is poor, at best.
Probably not-her interpretation of the 2 main characters is partially why I found them to be so annoying.
Disgust...as I described before. It got to the point where the lines were so corny, I flinched.
Save yourself a credit and move on.
"Not Science Fiction"
OMG... I don't know why I had to finish it but I did. just because there are spaceships and other planets doesn't make this any less a sappy romance novel. I was so happy when our heroine got nabbed because she was feeling so lusty towards our hero. That was the most satisfying moment. these two were lusting for each other throughout the whole book; despite bombs; despite evil plots that they were. fully aware of; despite criminally insane people surrounding them, they couldn't keep their hands off of each other.... Just don't understand writers like this. I promise you every 10 to 20 pages they are lusting after each others bodies. even when they're supposed to be quiet and hiding from the enemy they're passionate and loud. I was actually happy when it all went wrong for them. I rarely give this kind of negative review if there's just enough imagination. this author has imagination but she's clearly not getting enough and tries to live vicariously through her characters who seem utterly childish and foolish. very disappointed.
"5 stars is not enough"
Any Bartol's story and Anne Rudd's naratiin are the ultimate combination and deserve all the stars.
"Can't Get Enough"
Not only is the second edition to this awe inspiring series beyond what I expected, but the audiobook is just as good! I can't wait for the third book to come out in Sep, of 2015. Hopefully, it will have an audiobook companion as well!!!
"Another great book!"
I can not wait for the next book. The kricket series is easy to listen to and very well written.
"So. Much. Sex. "
I felt like this book was just trying to move from one sexual encounter to another. Which was extremely frustrating to me as I find the general premise of the book extremely compelling, and refreshingly different from so much of the ya fiction out there right now.
Sex is sex, and it wasn't even that the characters tried to find every possible opportunity to bang (need to pee in the woods? How bout some sex?), it was the overly descriptive style that really bothered me I as pictured young women and TEENAGERS reading this book. Yikes.
I loved the characters, especially the main character in the first book. The main characters were strong and funny, caring and daring. Somehow the fact that all their strength and self restraint falls away with the slightest glance somehow seems to cheapen that strength and integrity.
I actually sometimes felt like I was reading a trashy romance novel instead of a creative, refreshing piece of fiction.
So much potential, and I think the story could really be something special, but I really believe in instances such as this, that there is real power in authors who can really own the "less is more" mantra. Love is so multi faceted. I'd love to see books that focus and explore more of the those facets than just the carnal.
There were elements of that in this book as the characters talked and seemed to get to know each other, I would just like to see more of that kind of depth in a relationship rather than moving from one super steamy sexcapade to the next.
I would have rated at least 4 or 5 stars otherwise.
"Love the sarcasm!"
I really like this series. Kricket is pretty funny and her relationships with the other characters are great.
The writing style is descriptive enough that you can get a clear of everything but not so detailed that it puts you to sleep. Apparently, that's harder to pull off then one would think because I can only think of a handful of writers that can accomplish this. Most are only OK.
A huge pet peeve of mine is when the characters reactions to what is happening are not realistic. There have been a lot of books that I have not been able to finish because I just thought the reactions were so stupid. But all of the reactions are pretty spot on. Kricket is not a soldier so I don't expect her to act like one. And she doesn't. She cries and gets mad and even throws up once because she's so upset. That's realistic. That's good writing to me.
I don't hand out very many 5 stars but I think this series deserves it. I only wish I'd waited until all the books were out to start the series. I hate waiting.
"An equally exciting sequel"
Just as good as the original and yet making me long for the next instalment. Such a great heroine and interesting world building and accessory characters.
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