REVIEW by Lorna: Under Different Stars (Kricket # 1) by Amy Bartol (@Amy_A_Ba​rtol, @Mollykati​e112)

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?


This is the latest book by Amy Bartol and is the first novel in her new Kricket series. It is for young adult readers but I loved it. I would classify it as science fiction with a component of Urban Fantasy and romance.

Kricket is just shy of her eighteenth birthday and is ducking social services due to being a runaway foster child. Out of nowhere, different factions start stalking her and eventually she does get kidnapped by one of them. She ends up in a completely different world.

What I liked about this book:

I loved the new world Kricket finds herself in. I found myself wishing I could spend an hour in the author’s head because it was so fresh and different and I was amazed at the things this author came up with. Imagine a world that is way ahead of us in just about every area and especially in technology.

I loved the romance and characters in the book. Trey, as both her kidnapper and her protector, is the epitome of the good but dangerous guy. Kricket is self confident, feisty and smart. She may only be seventeen but years in the system and on her own has caused her to grow up fast. She also has some pretty different powers. I enjoyed most of the peripheral characters as well. I felt like I got to know them almost as well as the main characters.

I really am glad it’s going to be a series, because I can’t wait to read the next one. I knew I was hooked very early on in the book. Amy Is a wonderful story teller and I have enjoyed every book I have read by her(The Premonition Series).

Was there anything I didn’t like about the book? Really not a thing. Well written, good, and very different premise, good characters and really fantastic world building. It was a very fast read or maybe that was because of how fast it kept me turning pages.

I would recommend this to all older, young adults and adults that enjoy science fiction or romance that takes place in a very different world.


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