Monday, 1 June 2015

Review: Sea of Stars (Kricket #2) by Amy A. Bartol

Sea of Stars (Kricket, #2)Sea of Stars

Author: Amy A Bartol
Series: Kricket #2
Pages: 320
Publisher: 47North
Release date: 31st March 2015

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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: 4 out of 5 stars

Contains possible spoilers from the first book

Oh my gosh! I need the next book stat. I am really enjoying this series but the ending has left me shocked and a little devastated and confused.

Sea of Stars begins where Under Different Stars left us. A brewing war is coming between Rafe and the Alameeda and Kricket Hollowell, a half-breed is in the middle of it because of her ability to see the future and also her truth telling power.

The plot is fast paced and continues to take us on a thrilling adventure; we learn of a foretold prophecy in Under Different Stars where one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out and the events of this begin to play out in this book. The action and political struggles begin right from the onset.

Kricket is a fabulous character, witty, intelligent and brave – I absolutely adore her! I have also come to love the relationship she has with broody, smexy Trey; who is more protective of her now more than ever.

The side characters are each written to perfection, Wayra and Jax bring some witty dialogue and my feelings are still torn about Kyon; I’m not too sure what to make of his character. I love the bond and friendship some of these characters share. We get some pretty steamy moments between Kricket and Trey which probably border more on NA/Adult rather than YA but it was all done well.

Sea of Stars takes us on an action-packed thrill-ride, poor Kricket goes through so much in this book; my heart broke for her at times. Amy A Bartol's writing is engaging, there is so much going on that real life takes a back seat. I love books where you never quite know in which direction the author will take things, the element of surprise is keeping things interesting.

I am more than eager to read the next book in the Kricket series, Darken the Stars which has an anticipated September 2015 release date.

Amy A. BartolAbout the author: Author of Inescapable: The Premonition Series (Volume 1), Intuition: The Premonition Series (Volume 2), Indebted: The Premonition Series (Volume 3) , and Incendiary: The Premonition Series (Volume 4). Currently working on a fifth novel in the Premonition Series entitled Iniquity. 

Under Different Stars (Kricket Series Book 1) 
Sea of Stars (Kricket Series Book 2)
Darken the Stars (Kricket Series Book 3) --Release Day 9/8/15 *pre-order available on

The Divided - A Science Fiction Romance short story, which is included in the Take Me To Your Reader: An Otherworld Anthology. 

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:


  1. I haven't read the books yet, but the creepy covers are putting me off for some reason :( I skimmed your review mainly because I haven't read the first book, yay to fast-paced plots though! <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. The covers are pretty creepy but they are such great books, I hope you are able to give them a try Benish :-)

  2. Yay, so glad you liked this one too. So excited for book 3!

    1. I'm so excited for the next book too Nereyda but I'm a little nervous as well with the way it all ended.

  3. How did I miss this series..epic battles, of planet..hello. The cover is gorgeous and your review has me drooling

    1. It's fabulous Kimba! I hope you get a chance to pick it up.


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