Monday, 9 March 2015

Bookathonic: Sea of Stars (#2 Kricket) by Amy A Bartol

Amy A Bartol
From Goodreads:


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.


4/5 stars

I loved this! I loved the characters, I loved the concepts, and the writing was great with some really lovely prose. I stayed up way too late finishing this one. This second novel stands up in fine form continuing in the same vein as the first.

Kricket is a likable character, and has grown in both maturity and strength.  The support characters create a really great team and lots of fun – adding a nicely honed tone of humor.  And of course, the romantic interest is as sexy as he is noble. The relationship between Kricket and Trey has also matured to an enduring and dedicated love for each other, to the level of ‘my love, my life’. The intimate scenes are beautifully done with a tender quality and delicacy wrapped up with the encompassing love they hold for each other.

The concepts are well done with plenty of innovation in the book which has a few parallels with Scarlett Dawn's Cold Mark series. Don't confuse the two, Cold Mark includes plenty of sexual situations and is a much more mature read, there are simply concepts in the comparison of the national identities of opposed races.  The sci-fi element is nicely blended with the starker values of the class system and aristocracy with parallels to a more medieval period.

The only complaint I could voice is that I found a number of the fight/escape scenes too long and somewhat repetitive.

A fabulous read and I can't wait to get stuck into the next novel is the series. And yes, this novel is a bit of a cliffhanger.

Baw da Baw!!!!!!!!!! 

Book Courtesy of NetGALLEY

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