Series: Kricket #1
Published by Self Published by Author on December 19, 2013
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Amazon, Audible, Purchase
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?
I started listening to this audiobook one day at work. I became so engrossed in the story that I literally could not put this book down. I came home and kept right on listening to this book instead of turning on the TV. For me, this book was so entrancing that I could not stop until I had listened to the very last sentence.
Under Different Stars opens with Kricket working and living under the radar because she ran away from foster care. Then one day her life changes forever when men from another world start coming after her. They kidnap her and take through a worm hole to another planet. From there, Kricket realizes that she is the product of two warring nations. She finds out that she is the daughter of a Rafe noble and an Alameeda priestess. This means that Kricket is valuable because both nations have claim to Kricket and the special abilities she has inherited. It is Trey, a Rafe solider, and his men that get to Kricket first and take her back to the Leader of Rafe. Kricket plans to go along with Trey and live under the king’s protection until she can escape and go back to Earth. Things don’t go to plan though and along the Kricket finds herself falling deeper and deeper into a world filled with secrets and lies.
First off, I liked Kricket because she is a spitfire. It was the world building that really drew me in. I was drawn into this world called Ethar and its five nations. I liked that similarties between Ethar to Earth and that the animals on Ethar reminded of me of Ice Age Earth animals. I felt that this world was similar but had enough differences that my imagination could run on overtime. I loved the romance between Kricket and Trey. I felt they had chemistry from the first time he “detains” her in the van to the very end of book one. The best way I can describe Kricket and Trey is they remind me of Daemon and Katy. Trey is not as snarky as Daemon but they are both Alpha males from another world. The thing I loved most about Trey is I get the feeling that when he loves; he loves forever and with his whole being. It is Trey’s very deep romantic nature that me swooning all over the place.
The audiobook is narrated by Kate Rudd. I have listened to book she has read before. I like her narration. She knows how to read that it doesn’t detract from the story. If you are like me and like books about lands in very very far off places. Stories filled with adventure, backstabbers, romance, and hot sexy alpha males. Go read or listen to Under Different Stars because I hope it will make you just as happy as it made me. I am giving this book five stars because I sighed with happiness when I listening to the last sentence and I cannot wait to dive into the next book.