Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review: Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Title: Sea of Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Series: Book Two in the Kricket Trilogy
Published By: 47North (March 31, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: NA Sci-fi/Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
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.






Sea of Stars picks up right where the last ended, with Kricket and the gang hanging low and jumpy at every whisper, creak, or sudden noise, and for good reason, there are people out there that still want her. That still believe she belongs to them.

When I read the first book last year, it completely surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. This isn't typically my go to genre but Kricket, Trey, Jax, and Wayra won me over heart and soul. In fact, the boys are what really make this series. Their bond, loyalty and friendship is something to be envied. I love how they interact with one another and with Kricket. They are fierce warriors with hearts of pure gold and they will do anything to protect her. Their witty banter and great one liners are just a few of the things that make this series truly fantastic and such a joy to read.

Can we talk just about Trey for a moment? Look out girls, because if you loved him in the first one, you are going to be drooling over him in this. He ramps everything up, and I do mean everything!

He and Kricker together were just magic. It isn't easy for them, I mean, is it ever but these two work together like no other and I loved seeing their relationship bud and blossom. Heck, I loved seeing Kricket blossom. She grows a lot and the weakness that she had in the first book, is pretty much gone. Gone is the meek girl and instead we have one who is willing to fight and to survive. She might have Trey, Jax, and Wayra on her side, but they have her on their side as well. She fought every bit as much and as hard for them in this as they did for her and I absolutely loved it.

Not only is Kricket growing as a fighter but her powers are too. We learn so much more about her. About what she is capable of and a little more about her parents as well. So many questions were answered that I had from the first book but of course like all good trilogies, this second installments also raised so many more new ones that need to be answered as well.

Kyon was, well Kyon. He is evil and mad and yet you see that weird softer side of him every now and then and you can't help but hope...well, just have hope that there is so much more to him. That a good guy, a good heart, exists somewhere in that body of his.


I absolutely loved this. It was such an amazing sequel to the first. It lived up to the goodness of the first book and amplified all that I loved about it. There was more action, more romance and it was so much darn fun to read. Once again I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this. I just couldn't get enough of it. 





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

57 comments:

  1. I love when sequels are as good as the first books. I always wanted to try this one.

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    1. You should! I think you might like it. :)

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  2. Oo Kyon. Characters like that are so curious. I had that with Cole's IAD series and Lothaire.

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  3. I don't read this genre but after your review I'm definitely get bothh books so I can be up to date. Thank you for the review.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and I am so happy you are going to look into these more!

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  4. I haven't read the other book, but I'm going to look for it. Unique premises are quite rare nowadays, and they always get my attention. And what a wonderful review you've written! AGAIN :D

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  5. "Can we talk just about Trey for a moment? Look out girls, because if you loved him in the first one, you are going to be drooling over him in this. He ramps everything up, and I do mean everything!"

    Ummmmm. Clearly I need to be meeting Trey Ali! RIGHT THIS MINUTE! I've heard nothing but good things about this series and I can't wait to give it a try for myself. I'm also super intrigued by Kyon. I'm always drawn to the guys that straddle the line between good and bad (and I mean bad as in bad, not as in bad boy ;-)

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    1. He is definitely bad not a bad boy and I think you will like him. ;) You will definitely like Trey and gang. :)

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  6. This book will be on my must have list. It sounds so adventurous!

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    1. It really was fun and I do hope you read it! :D

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  7. This sounds like such a good series! I just might gave to check it out now! Great review!

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  8. I'm so happy to hear you loved this, Ali. I'm really excited to read it myself and it sounds like the perfect book for me. I love the romance is ramped up! I can't wait to swoon over Trey. And Kricket sounds like she really grows throughout the book.
    Wonderful review, Ali!

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    1. Thanks so much Nick, you will love it!

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  9. I wish sequels were always as good as the first. But you very rarely see that. The cover is gorgeous and I have to say I haven't heard of this book until now. I'm on a Fantasy kick right now. Great review. :)

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    1. This is sort of a fantasy with a sci fi edge so I bet you would like it Emma. :)

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  10. Hi Ali this one looks really good thanks for the great review!!

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  11. I love it when the boys make the series. Have you ever read the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer? I drool over those boys, too. I'll definitely have to look into this series. =)

    Brittany Jackson @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/

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  12. Yeah so glad that this one didnt falter with the second book syndrome. I have a copy and have it scheduled in April. Looking forward to reading it now even more.

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  13. This isn't a series I would have picked up on my own, but I have to admit you have me quite curious! This sounds pretty good!

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    1. Glad I could make you curious about it Candace, I think you would like this one.

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  14. Ooh sounds quite interesting. That's great that you loved this one so much and that Kricket really grows throughout.

    -Lauren

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    1. I love that she is growing, I am always all about the character growth. ;)

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  15. Great review! This book sounds really good and I like the cover. :)

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    1. The covers are fantastic for both book in the series so far!

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  16. YAY! You loved it too! Didn't you just love the romance built in this - seriously Trey is book boyfriend material right? Lol. And Kricket is becoming such a great heroine. How do you feel about that darn Kyon? Is he becoming romantic or what. I'm conflicted about him, but I (Shh) kinda hope he turns out to be not such a bad guy. Great review, Ali!!

    Happy St Patricks Day :)

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    1. I know I loved the romance, definitely book boyfriend material! And yes Kyon had his moments. I am sort of hoping the same thing. Sort of reminds me or Warner from the Shatter Me series in a way.

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  17. I need to read the first one soon! Good lord!

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  18. Whee! Happy to see that the characters become stronger and more mature in this installment :) This is what I want to see in sequels, an EVOLVEMENT and not a DEVOLVEMENT (except in certain cases). Lovely review!:D

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. I agree with you completely! Thanks so much Faye. :)

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  19. I have this to read, and I have started it. I am a little lost and thinking about reading the first one again. Amy Bartol is one of my two favorite YA writers(the other one is Cameo Renae). Have you read her Premonition Series? It's pretty great as well!

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    1. I haven't but I have been meaning to try it! Glad to hear it is great.

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  20. I have this to read, and I have started it. I am a little lost and thinking about reading the first one again. Amy Bartol is one of my two favorite YA writers(the other one is Cameo Renae). Have you read her Premonition Series? It's pretty great as well!

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  21. Nice review. I like the cover lol.
    I want to read this:P

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  22. Lovely Review!! I should read the first book, it been on my shelf for a long time now :D

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    1. You should read it and if you do, I hope you love it!

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  23. Man, I don't know what it is about this series, but I love it a lot. I get that addicted feeling while reading it. It's weird.

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    1. I know! That is exactly what it is, addicting and I really can't put my finger on why other than the writing just sucks you in.

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    1. It really does have a great cover! Thanks for stopping by. :D

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  25. It's great to see that this second book was that good and that you loved it. I haven't read the series but you're making me curious about Trey lol. thanks for the review!

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    1. You are going to love Trey Deliah!

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  26. I haven't heard of these books, but I like the sound of them! The fact that Kricket outgrows weakness sounds awesome--far too often the main character seems to falter a bit in the sequel. Also the guys sound cool too. Great review :)

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    1. I agree Natalie and I am so glad that didn't happen in this.

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  27. I love it when a sequel starts right where it left off! This series sounds great!

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    1. I really do too, it is sometimes weird when it starts weeks or even months later.

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  28. Ooh this sounds fantastic, I need to read the first one! I really need to meet Trey :-) Awesome review!

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  29. I've been hearing mixed reviews about this one so I'm not sure.. I do love the covers though. Wonderful review <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I don't think it is for everyone but I really enjoyed it!

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