I received this eARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol (book 2 of the Kricket series)
Expected Publication: March 31, 2015 by 47North
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Review: I’m a big fan of Amy A. Bartol (I LOVE the Premonition series) so I was extremely excited to see that Sea of Stars was available for review on NetGalley! I read the first book of the Kricket series, Under Different Stars, in January 2014. Since it had been a little over a year since I had read the first book, I was a little confused in the beginning of this book. It took me awhile to get my bearings back and remember what was happening in the world of Ethar when I was last there. Then I was getting a little tired of the constant back and forth with Kricket being relatively safe with Trey, then being taken, then making it back to Trey, then being taken again, and so on and so forth. I didn’t really start getting into it until about halfway through. Then the action really started to interest me and I could wait to keep reading through to the end! I think if I had read the first book more recently, the first half of this book would have felt a lot better. It was interesting to finally meet Charisma, Trey’s ex-fiance. I liked seeing how different she was from Kricket but still having a few similarities. The world of Ethar is so fascinating and the way the author describes it allows the reader to completely visualize the world in their mind. I want a spix so badly! The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger so I can’t wait to see what happens next!
If you haven’t read Under Different Stars but you like fantasy, go check it out! If you have read UDS, pick up Sea of Stars as soon as possible and delve back into Kricket and Trey’s world! I would recommend this series to any lover of fantasy.