Review: Sea of Stars (#2, Kricket) by Amy A. Bartol

My Thoughts

Sea of Stars is a riveting, romantic, richly imagined fantasy.

5stars

Synopsis

Mar-31Eighteen-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

My Review

As first seen on USA Today HEA blog.

If you haven’t read bestselling author Amy A. Bartol yet, you must. Her stories consume you. Her writing makes you feel. Her heroes make your heart race. And her heroines are fearless and inspiring.

Sea of Stars (her second installment in the urban fantasy Kricket series) is a riveting romance that thrums to life in the vibrant, imaginative and also perilous world of Ethar. It’s exciting, action-packed, suspenseful and immediately absorbing. 

In the first book of the series, Under Different Stars, we meet Kricket Holowell, a girl who grew up in the foster care system in Chicago. She had to be tough and independent under her childhood’s harsh circumstances. When a trio of mysterious men whisk her away to a new world, divulging the truth of her existence, Kricket embarks on an adventure where houses (lands) battle, secrets hold power, and where she wields magic that promises to either help them survive, or be the weapon some intend for her to be. In the process, she falls for the enigmatic Trey Allairis, who is intrigued by Kricket’s strength, beauty and tenacity. Sea of Stars picks up after disaster strikes, as Kricket, Trey and the other Cavars are on the run. Alameedan Kyon Ensin is determined to find Kricket and make her his … he’ll happily kill anyone in his way.

“I’ll tear your heart off your sleeve and bury it deep in my chest. Your savage heart will beat for me. Run if you think you canI’ll hunt you down.”

Sea of Stars ratchets up the action and suspense as we see Alameeda go to war with Rafe. According to a prophecy, one house will rise to rule, while the other will be demolished. Kricket’s ability to see the future is entwined with this chilling oracle and her powers promise to tip the scales one way or the other. Safety is transient, and every moment brims with nail-biting tension as we wait to see what happens next. For the first time in her life, Kricket finds herself needing—loving—someone, and she knows she’ll do anything to remain at Trey’s side, even though her very presence puts everyone at peril.

“I’ll risk everything to stay with you.”

To make matters worse, every vision Kricket has of the future is more horrible than the last… bloodier, uglier, more hopeless. She must figure out how to take control of her powers so she can change the future. So she can keep them safe.

Kricket is everything a heroine should be. Fearless. Determined. Inspiring. Intelligent. The same can be said for our one-of-a-kind hero, Trey. I love that both Kricket and Trey are fierce and strong, but at the same time, kind and loving. Their romance is epic, enlivened by words that are sure to make every romance reader melt.

“Know that I’ve loved you from the moment I held you in my arms on Ethar, and every moment in between. I will love you even after my final breath.”

Once again, Bartol leaves us begging for more at the flip of the final page. The third and concluding book in the series, Darken The Stars, is scheduled to release some time this summer.

“No matter what happens, Kricket, I’ll fight for you. Until death do us part … and then forever after that.”

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Reading Order and Links

There are three books planned in this continuing series. Click image to purchase.
The third book is called Darken The Stars.

Under Different Stars Mar-31

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