Monday, August 3, 2015

Sea of Stars (Kricket, #2) by Amy A. Bartol [Audio Review]

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.

5 Consume me with Love Stars
Sea of Stars is the second book of the Kricket series.

I love young adult books and I love young adult books with a touch of fantasy, epic love and romance and intense story-line.

All the reviews are justified and you will be gripping the pages from start to finish and never wanting to let go. I did an audio read with this one and it was the BEST way. I love the narrator and brilliance audio produces really great books.

Sea of Stars picks up where Under Different Stars ends. Rafe and Alameeda continue to fight against each other and tensions are at a high. That’s all great, but the main and heart of the book is Trey and Kricket’s love for each other. There was never a dull moment with them. The majority of the book focuses on Trey and Kricket’s relationship and that’s what hit it for me.

You will love Trey hard, if you had mild feelings for him, it will be piping hot after you finish this book.  He really steps his game up and he does everything he can to protect and be with Kricket.  And Kricket reciprocates the feelings back, but Kyon is there and he wants Kricket. Kyon will stop at nothing to have Kricket as his and I’ll be honest, this was super-hot for me.  Kyon is a villain you love to hate. I love his possessiveness over Kricket and a part of me (tiny part) made me root for him too (I’m crazy like that).

"My desire for him is insane. He’s not sentimental—neither of us is—and yet he says things to me that strike at the core of my being and speak to the fighter in me. He makes me crave him in the most vulnerable way. I can’t lose him—ever.”

“I’m the dark secret that he can’t keep hidden—his crossed fingers—his hold-my-breath-to-keep-from-feeling. But I make him feel everything.”

“I have a paper heart and he has written notes all over it."

I love Kricket. I love how strong she is and how she keeps her wits up throughout the whole book, even as she is getting the you know what beat out of her.

"From an early age, you've learned never to trust anyone but yourself. You let almost no one help you, but the ones you do allow into your life have special significance to you: you love them, even when sometimes you wish that you didn't. Because when you love someone, Kricket, it means you're completely loyal to that person, you'll sacrifice anything for him - even your life. How am I doing so far?"

With each book I read in this series, it just gets better and better. Sea of Stars blew my expectations out of the water. Gah, the writing was perfection. I couldn’t get enough of it and I never wanted the story to end. Trey and Kricket consumed me and I loved every second of it.

Audio Questions
What made the experience of listening to Sea of Stars the most enjoyable?
The combination of witty and epic story-line with a wonderful narrator made the story for me. I enjoyed listening to Trey and Kricket’s love and all the issues that they had to face and I enjoyed listening to it from a very good narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?
I love Trey and Kricket because they are the main Hero and Heroine of the book, but I also have to give props to Kyon, the epic villain. He really adds a great dynamic to the read and I loved him as the villain

Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?
I’m a major fan of Kate. I love love love her voice. It sounds young and it fits Kricket’s perfectly. I’m a major fan of dual POV, but I didn’t mind only listening to Kate’s. She conveys the emotions so well and I love her voice transitions. I liked listening to her as Trey and the other characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I felt an array of emotions during this book and it was all wonderful. I think my heart was going to beat out of my chest because of all the action and intense, but great scenes. I enjoyed this book very much.
Under Different Stars #1 REVIEW | AMAZON
Sea of Stars #2 AMAZON
Darken the Stars # 3 AMAZON

I live in Michigan with my husband and our two sons. My family is very supportive of my writing. When I’m writing, they often bring me the take-out menu so that I can call and order them dinner. They listen patiently when I talk about my characters like they’re real. They rarely roll their eyes when I tell them I’ll only be a second while I finish writing a chapter…and then they take off their coats. They ask me how the story is going when I surface after living for hours in a world of my own making. They have learned to accept my “writing uniform” consisting of a slightly unflattering pink fleece jacket, t-shirt, and black yoga pants. And they smile at my nerdy bookishness whenever I try to explain urban fantasy to them. In short, they get me, so they are perfect and I am blessed. Please visit me at my website:



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