Audio Book Review: Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

August 14, 2015 Audio Review, Book review 14 ★★★★

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Audio Book Review: Under Different Stars by Amy A. BartolUnder Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol
Series: Kricket, #1
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on January 8th 2014
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 296
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Narrator: Kate Rudd
Length: 9 hours and 53 minutes
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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?

The Assets of Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Kricket and Trey!  Swoon, swoon, swoon!  I’m not even a big swooner but they just gave me all the laughs and all the feels.  They are delicious together.  Both are edgy, independent and ooze romantic tension.  The pairing of them both was inevitable from the start and I don’t care how predictable it was, I just wanted them to smooch!  Maybe a bit cheesy at times but I love cheese on occasion!

Kricket!  Right from the get go; I adored this sassy, tough but vulnerable girl.  She has lived her life dodging bad situation after bad situation but she is a survivor with a capital S.  From foster care to juvenile detention to being abducted to another planet, Kricket takes it all in her stride with guts and snide comments.

The dialogue: It’s quick-witted, funny and smart-alecky!  Just the way I like it.

The world building was fascinating.  I loved that we learnt about it through Kricket’s eyes and it never felt like an info-dump.  It felt imaginative and creative.

Lots and lots of action.  There is a nice balance of sappy scenes and tense action filled ones and I thought they balanced each other out well.

The Liabilities of Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol:

I listed to the audio as narrated by Kate Rudd.  It was ok, not my favourite narration ever as I didn’t click fully with the tone of the narrator’s voice.  But it wasn’t awful and I will continue to listen to the rest of the series on audio.

It falls prey to lots of YA tropes.  Kricket is that character that all the guys want and that can get eye-rolling after a while.  We get it…she is Barbie, has dangerous curves and all the guys are full of the lusts for her.  No need to keep reminding us of that.


Investment potential:

Despite my issues with some it, I LOVED it!  It might be predictable in parts but I adored Kricket and Trey, both together and separately.  They made the book for me and I’m moving straight on to book 2 in the series.  I’m filing it under my guilty pleasure reads and I think if you enjoyed Twilight by Stephanie Meyer or A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons or any books that are paranormal light/romance heavy then you should invest in this one.


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Overall: four-stars

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14 Responses to “Audio Book Review: Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol”

    • trish

      It’s really imaginative and I’m loving the love story! Can’t wait to see where it goes in the next book 🙂

    • trish

      The narrator wasn’t awful and I did get used to her. Just not my favourite ever. Glad you are enjoying this series too!

    • trish

      I read a lot of YA so I’m very aware of the cliched tropes but as you don’t read a lot of YA they might not be as obvious to you. It’s a fun read!

    • trish

      I haven’t read a lot of space stories and right now I can’t think of any good reason why! I need to add a few more to the tbr 🙂

  1. Lola

    Oh I was looking forward to hear what you think of this one. The characters and romance sounds well done. And good world building is always important for me in books and it sounds well described and paced right so it wasn’t an info dump! It sounds a bit cliché, but as long as the book was still fun that’s what’s important. Great review!
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    • trish

      I can’t deny that it was cliched Lola but while that would usually annoy me, I just found so much to enjoy there that I overlooked that! It showed me yet again what a character driven person I am, if I love the characters, I’m usually happy. And the humour in this one just really appealed to me too, I love snark!

    • trish

      I don’t know why I didn’t like the narrator but something just didn’t sit right with me. I did get used to it though and am listening to book 2 on audio too. Sorry the book didn’t work for you, I know there are a lot of cliches but I’m still loving it!

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