Friday, April 8, 2016


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Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home.

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.

Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket's gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.

When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?


I have been consuming audio books like crazy lately.  There has just been too much to do around here to be able to sit down and actually read a book.  Thank goodness I love audio books :).

Kricket, is a run away.  She is living with her best friend Bridgett that she met in the foster care system.  Bridgett is 18 and graduated from social services, so Kricket ran away to live with her until she turns 18.

Kricket keeps odd jobs that pay her under the table so that she can stay hidden from social services.  That is until one day on the train she meets three men, who seem to know her, and narrowly escapes.

Unfortunately, there are more men out looking for her as well.  Trey and his men have been sent to Earth to find Kricket and return her to Ethar.  Kricket isn't too keen on this plan but knows that she can "trust" Trey and his friends.  

Kricket has a gift for knowing when someone is telling the truth or not.  As their journey takes them back to Ethar, Kricket learns more about her family than she has ever known.   

Kricket cannot seem to wrap her head around the fact that she may be a priestess in Ethar, when all she wants is to return to Earth to be with her friends.  

This story was so fantastic.  Kricket is such a great, strong character.  She is witty, and funny all in one.  Kricket is determined to make those around her know she can take care of herself.  Yet, someone always wants something from her.  On Ethar Krickets ability to know when someone is lying comes in handy.

Kricket has some growing feelings for Trey.  Listening to their story unfold was so much fun.  I cannot wait to see what the next book brings.  The world that Bartol has built is wonderful.  The characters that she brings to life in this book are amazing.  Her story telling ability is beautiful.  Bring on book 2 :)!

Source:  I bought this audio book for myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.





Amy A. Bartol
pic and  bio taken from Goodreads

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: