Audio Book Review | Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Audio Book Review | Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol Under Different Stars
by Amy A. Bartol
Narrated by : Kate Rudd
Series: Kricket #1
Published by Brilliance Audio
Release date : February 3rd 2015 (first published December 15th 2013)
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: Audiobook
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Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago’s foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she’ll stop running and finally find her place in the world.

That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home. As danger draws close, he must protect her until she can wield the powers she cannot use on Earth…and he soon realizes that counting a galaxy of stars would be easier than losing this extraordinary girl.

Kyon Ensin knows the powerful depths of Kricket’s gifts—gifts he’ll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival, or a fight for love.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


With the raving reviews I glanced at on Goodreads for Under Different Stars, I was beyond excited to start this book. Not to mention, the narrator is one of my favorites! Sadly, I couldn’t love this one – and even had to force myself to finish on several occasions.

SO Kricket is special. In the she is smartbeautiful-everyone wants a piece of her, special. She has powers too, is one of a kind and perfect in every way. *eye roll* I can’t tell you how much this disappointments me, that the author went this angle. Is there a formula for this? Someone please tell me.

Yet. At the same time, I kind of liked her. A least a little bit. She is witty, snarky and bitchy and those are 3 of my favorite character traits that I love in protagonists. I didn’t “connect” with her – like at all. But I do think she handled her situation with stride – if at least in the beginning before she start to fall in lurve.

Ah, Trey. This guy was a piece of work. He is rude, arrogant, sexist but let us not forget, beautiful, royalty (slightly) and tough soldier and I am overall NOT A FAN. Look, you kidnap a girl and tell her she is basically an alien. You then take her to her “home planet” – by means of EXTREME sports that she has NEVER done – and expect her to know what the hell she is doing? NO. She knows NOTHING about her heritage, the planet, least of all, what flowers are poisonous and how to understand your weird language. Not only that, you are taking her to a place that she is to be punished for breaking their laws? When she didn’t know ANYTHING about ANYTHING? That’s kind of shitty, Trey. Then, let us not forget that touching each other is a big NO NO, yet you touch her ALL THE TIME. Hypocrite.

Their relationship was so hot and cold my neck hurt from the whiplash. I didn’t feel a connection to the romance, mainly because Trey is an A hole, but also because the flow and pacing of the book was so off the wall I didn’t know which way was up. I am all for bickering and going from hate/dislike to like/love but it has to be built up – and there wasn’t. ANY. One minute, she is planning her escape and is pissed off that she was KIDNAPPED and the next she is all WOE IS ME, Trey doesn’t love me! What, even?

There is a HINT at a love triangle – but to me, love triangles are when feelings are reciprocated ALL THE WAY AROUND. And Kricket hates Kyon. I don’t blame her, I do too! But he owns his evil ways. And I don’t care who you are – if you own your shit, I respect that.

Now, I mentioned that Trey was sexist. Let me elaborate and explain that EVERY MALE IN THIS BOOK WAS SEXIST. Females are weak. They cannot possibly fight, carry a weapon or heaven forbid, take care of themselves – especially Kricket, since she is just SO TINY and SO SPECIAL. Then, one  decides to prance Kricket around in front of MANY MEN to be pretty much auctioned off to be their consort – depending on how well the match works out politically. So, this planet is advanced in medicine and technology, but still uses women for political gain? What? Kill em all Kricket!

So, what else besides Kricket did I like? (Some) of the world. Although some of it didn’t make a lick of sense – their language was also freaking weird – and I hated how sexist everyone was, I wanted to know MORE. I really want to know more about Kricket’s parents, and how all THAT came about. But there was a lot that was left out – intentional or not – and I am just too curious for my own good. There are some brutal scenes too, and you know I love my gory stuff.

Also, Kate Rudd is amazing. I love how she is able to voice all emotions and really nails how the characters are feeling. She really made this book for me. You go girl.

Overall – I wasn’t a fan. I doubt I will be picking up the next book – but a small (and I mean, small) part of me wants to know what happens next. I want Kricket to lay them all out and run back to Earth – but that wont happen. But hey, if you fancy something entertaining, give it a go.


Rating Report
Overall: 2.3



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8 thoughts on “Audio Book Review | Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

  1. Lekeisha

    So no, I don’t think that I could read this book. This sounds like it would just piss me off. I think that the world intrigues me, but if the protagonist doesn’t kick ass, I won’t like it. It’d be different if she wasn’t all stupidly perfect without a clue and a backbone. Just, no…

  2. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Oh… wow. This won book ALL THE AWARDS at UtopYA last year… And I’ve heard nothing but great reviews… until now. I’m really bummed bc your review made me really sad. Trey does sound like a real piece of work though. 🙁 I can’t stand back and forth though, so I bet that will be a problem for me too. I am glad you were able to enjoy the narrator and Kricket’s character… somewhat. I have this one to read, so I’ll be curious as to what I think about it!
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    1. tonyalee

      I wish I would have had some more WARNING about it, ya know? haha I would have had different expectations. thanks lady!

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