Under different stars by Amy A. Bartol

1 out of 5 stars

Under different stars

“He was telling us that your voice will give comfort when the night becomes its blackest,” he replies. “And I’ll protect that voice with my body, my mind, and my spirit . . . because without it, I’m alone in the dark.”

Ugh. Just, ugh. I wanted to gag this entire book but hey I stuck it out stubbornly with a morbid curiosity if this was going to be as horrible as I thought it was.

Turns out, it was.

I really wanted to read this and have something to dispute with the bad reviews I had read, because hey on Goodreads it does have an over 4 star rating! but… I can’t. Where do I begin to constructively criticize this book?

Let me begin with Kricket. Miss Independent with a chip on her shoulder. I get she’s had a difficult life since she ran through the system and is running from DSS when we first meet her, however, the sarcasm and biting remarks gets old…fast. She has a disgusting personality that is just far too hard and scathing. I get she’s had a tough life and has been on the run, but I feel like Miss Bartol went over the top with some personality traits. Instead of being real and well “human” she constantly resorts to sarcasm.

Then flash forward… when she meets our other main characters,  trey, jax and wayra, somehow they’re all buddy buddy..there is no real connection there that becomes developed, it just happens and you’re left wondering why on earth this snarky little muffin isn’t a little bit more leery!

Enter the feels, they begin to happen and attachments are formed, because Kricket is um..charming and who can not help but fall for the [constantly reminded of this,] platinum blonde Kricket?!

I feel like the characters needed more depth, something deeper than sarcasm, stoicism, and constant bickering..the book had a lot of potential..it just didn’t ever really get there for me.

The over all world was thrown to the side, the background story and history of it all, because Kricket stole the show with her platinum blonde hair and amazingly hot bod.

This book was shallow to me, in every possible way. Shallow story, shallow characters.

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