12 Days of Reviews & Giveaways: Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Posted on December 19, 2013 by Erin | 7 Comments

12 Days of Reviews & Giveaways: Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

12 Days of Reviews & Giveaways: Under Different Stars by Amy A. BartolUnder Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol
Series: Kricket #1
on December 16th, 2013
Pages: 287
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon, Purchased by Reviewer
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All she wants is a home, but can she find one…UNDER DIFFERENT STARS

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?

Erin’s Review:


Hello Ladies! There’s a new alien in town and he’s here to collect all of our hearts!


ancient aliens yeah buddy


Yes, Yes it is. His name is Trey Allairis and it didn’t take long for him to have me swooning all over the place! While he’s not actually referred to as an Alien, He does mention being from another world and to get to said world they have to travel through a worm hole. If that doesn’t scream ALIEN, I don’t know what does.


It’s only fitting that Giorgio A. Tsoukalos from Ancient Aliens gets his say in this review. AMIRIGHT? 🙂


Ah, since I mentioned Trey, excuse me a minute:



melting girls again


Ok, I think I’m good for a minute. 😉

I started reading Under Different Stars on Monday and thank the (different) stars (ha!) that I had Tuesday off, because I finally gave the book a rest when I could barely keep my eyes open. I was instantly sucked into the story and I did not want to stop reading!

This book was incredible, from the unique Etharian slang they used to the swoon-worthy Trey Allairis . The characters in this book were amazing and the world that Amy built for us..was a lot like ours, but yet so very different. I’m finding it difficult to put into words how much I loved this book, but I will try!

Kricket was smart, funny and the good kind of sassy.  She wasn’t at all annoying like some Sass-filled protagonists come off as.  Having lost her parents early on in life, she’s had a rough upbringing and she’s doing all she can to stay off the radar and away from the DSS until her 18th birthday. After the life she’s lead and the situations she’s already had to endure, she can handle anything that’s being thrown her way..and she proves it to you in this book.

Trey is..I have no words for Trey. I just know I’m in love with the boy. At first you don’t know whether he’s the good guy or the bad guy… and then Kyon and his goons come into the picture a bit later and you know, YOU KNOW, that Kyon and company are NOT the good guys.

Reading this book and experiencing the relationship between Kricket and Trey grow was a beautiful thing. At times Trey tried to keep her at arms length and other times he gave in to the attraction. Finally he pretty much said “to hell with it.”

“We have to make the stars align for us now– find a way for us now to get burned for being together.” – Trey to Kricket

Trey’s and now Kricket’s friends, Jax and Wayra, were absolutely freakin’ amazing! Kricket instantly clicked with them, and they with her. They were so very entertaining. Trey, Jax and Wayra were all in AWE of Kricket and I can tell that they will do anything and everything they can to protect Kricket in the future. I can’t wait to see what happens to these Four in the next book. I know they’ll be able to handle just about anything.. 😉

I highly suggest you check this book. I don’t think anyone will be disappointed with it at all. It’s a great book full of entertaining dialogue, amazing characters and a lovely romance. It’ll also keep you on your toes and you won’t be able to put it down until you finish it and even then you’ll be wanting more!


Remember how I said there was Etharian Slang? Well this review comes with the Unofficial Etharian Dictionary

I got about 75% through with this book when I realized that maybe it’d be a smart thing to start documenting the strange words that Amy has created for her Etharian world. I went through the book and got as many as I could remember and then set to defining them and building a glossary for the book.  Thanks to Amy A. Bartol for going over my glossary and defining some words I wasn’t clear on. She also gave me some extra words that ended up being cut out of this book but might end up appearing in the sequels!


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About Amy A. Bartol

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.


7 responses to “12 Days of Reviews & Giveaways: Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

  1. Ann

    Nothing much. Just relaxing after work. Saturday I’m going home to spend the holidays with my family in Texas. It’s going to be a long car ride from Ohio. =D

  2. LOLZ, LOLZ, LOLZ, LOLZ,LOOOOOLLLLZZZ. Ahhhh. Stomach cramps from laughing at Ancient Aliens dude. I’m def gonna have to use him in one of my posts some time. The cover of this book looks so puuuurdy. And the name is so puuurdy! I WANT TO ENTER TO WIN!!! Oh, and FLOVE the glossary idea! 😉

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