Star reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.
Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.
They’re as different as night and day–she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac–yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.
Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, übersnobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life….
Lost In Starlight
by Sherry Soule
Upper Young Adult / New Adult
June 26, 2014
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There’s something strange about Hayden Lancaster. Assigned to tail the new kid for her school newspaper, Sloane Masterson (who I want to believe is named after the main character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) is about to get more than she bargained for—but who exactly is Hayden? And what is it that makes him so special?
Sherry Soule’s Lost in Starlight has an interesting premise—how would life be for an alien-human hybrid? In what ways are they different? How long would it take another person to find out their secret? If that person is Sloane Masterson, not very long. Sloane is dedicated to her cause—and not only because she finds Hayden incredibly attractive; there is definitely something different about him and it’s not just his rebellious attitude. We discover relatively early on exactly what is up with Hayden—he’s an alien-human hybrid—and much of the story is based around the consequences of Sloane being privy to the truth.
I liked Sloane. She knows what she likes and what she doesn’t, even if she does fall a little short when defending herself. She’s not stick thin, she’s into horror, she has purple hair—so she’s counter culture, but it doesn’t feel particularly fake or put on. I think Soule has a good sense of what it’s like to be a teenager, especially a teenager that doesn’t quite go along with the norm, which was refreshing to read. Not only that, but Sloane surrounded by a fun and varied supporting cast that really add to the high school ambiance. That being said, this story is definitely focused on the relationship between Sloane and Hayden (especially the second half), which is fine if that’s what you’re it reading for.
Starting off, I liked how Hayden and Sloane didn’t get along from the get go. These two have to work a little at their relationship, which is nice to see rather than the typical, meet once and fall madly in love. It was nice to watch Hayden and Sloane work out the dynamics of their relationship together—especially considering their being in a relationship literally puts Hayden’s world and Sloane’s life in danger. The intricacies of the relationship felt logical and real—especially when they were making teenaged mistakes.
Though there was much to enjoy, there were a things that stuck out in my mind. I really wish there were less comments about Sloane’s breasts in this book, that is literally the biggest issue I had with this story. I get that puberty is an awkward and difficult time, but by the end of the story it was getting a little ridiculous—and unnecessary. In addition, I wish that Sloane had taken more of a stand for herself against Devin, the chief editor of the school news paper and pervert extraordinaire, instead of getting white-knighted by Hayden. We’re led to believe that Sloane is a confident girl who hates horror movie clichés—I would hope she’d be able to muster up some courage to stand up for herself. As this is the first in the series, I imagine things will develop with time—and as Sloane comes into her own.
While most of the action in this book comes towards the end, I’d say there’s sufficient tension throughout the rest of the story to keep readers wanting more. This book is definitely going to resonate deeper with teens—especially teen readers who dream about all encompassing, yet star-crossed love stories, though I think it’s mature enough that adult readers would enjoy this story as well. If you’re looking for a character-focused story with intriguing characters and lots of romance, then this story is for you.