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Under Different Stars

(Kricket #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  19,002 ratings  ·  1,854 reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 297 pages
Published December 19th 2013 by Amy A. Bartol (first published December 15th 2013)
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Caitlin There is mature sexual content that is pretty tame but still obvious in all three books. Later on the graphic nature of the fighting gets a little mor…moreThere is mature sexual content that is pretty tame but still obvious in all three books. Later on the graphic nature of the fighting gets a little more intense but nothing that I would keep from a middle-schooler. If I had to give it an age due to the mature nature, I would say 16 is a safe age. The Protagonist in this book is 17-18 throughout the series. (less)
AnnaM No. Not even an advanced one. There are way too many adult themes. It's not the sexual tension that makes me say this. It's the hints of past abuse, a…moreNo. Not even an advanced one. There are way too many adult themes. It's not the sexual tension that makes me say this. It's the hints of past abuse, and the current dubious consent. The heroine may act and look like an adult but she is underage on both planets and many decades younger than all of the men who fall in lust with her, two of whom almost straight out tell her they don't care if she wants to marry/produce kids with them, too bad, she will have to as soon as they can get ceremony done. Even the hero undresses her completely while she's unconscious. No way would I let an 11 yr old read this.(less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
“Kricket,” he grins. “It’s such a powerful name,” he breathes.

If a Kricket cries alone in a forest, does Khanh give a fuck? No. No, she doesn't. Who is Kricket? What is Kricket? I'll tell you.

Take the loveliest, most statuesque and Amazonian-like model you can find, then multiply her beauty tenfold. Add some killer cheekbones to that vision of loveliness. Give her a brilliant brain whose intelligence is visible because her frontal lobe is all alight when viewed with special X-ray gla
Steph Sinclair
Welp. Another case of pretty cover and terrible book has struck me again.

Kricket is a super special girl. She has special powers, special eye color, special hair color, special name and spelling of said name. She's really beautiful, but doesn't know it and every guy wants her body for himself... some as old as dirt! She's also The One at the center of a prophecy her super special mom prophesized long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Are you rolling your eyes yet?

Never have I read a book wi
Always Pouting
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read YA I usually don't look for the writing to be as complex as when something is supposed to be literature and I feel a lot more forgiving about cliches like the heroin being tall beautiful and blonde so that's probably why I liked this book more than others did. If a YA book has good pacing and a story line that keeps me engaged then usually I enjoy it. I liked the characters and yeah there were things that made you suspend your disbelief but I personally didn't find it hard to do so w ...more
5 unforgettable stars
"Be careful what you wish for...”

Kricket Hollowell never fit in, running and making it on her own, she is counting down until her 18th birthday. On that day, she can finally be free, no longer on the run from social services. But one desperate night, one careless wish, she finds herself being hunted by two sets of men who seem to know more about her past that she herself. It turns out there was a reason all along as to why she never fit in, a gift from her m
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

"You cannot thrive under the wrong stars, Kricket."

OMG this book was so captivating! I couldn't put it down, I was hooked from the first chapter! I am so in love with all the characters, this book has it all. Lots of action, romance, humor,and dystopian! Under Different Stars takes place on both Earth and an alternate planet called Ethar which lends to the sci-fi feeling. I love the world Amy creates, it's so interesting. Her descriptions of the people and places, especially o
Clinging to him tightly with my arms around his neck, I inhale deeply before muttering, "Shh, you're interrupting my revenge plotting."
"If you survive this, I'll insist that you learn to swim," Trey says, sounding annoyed.
"If I survive this, I'm killing you."


Okay, first of all, don't let that beautifully dramatic cover fool you into thinking this book is an autentic angst festival à la Mara Dyer (I think this is the first novel that came to my mind because the covers are a bit
Sarah Elizabeth
This was an okay YA sci-fi story, but it had quite a big slow patch, and a lot of info-dumping at the start.

Kricket was quite feisty and she certainly knew how to get herself into trouble. It seemed like trouble followed her around constantly, and she also had a real love of arguing, which to be honest irritated me a bit.

The storyline in this was okay, and there was some action, I had problems though. There was a massive chunk of the book which was really slowly paced, full of info-dumps, and al
Even though it isn't my usual genre, I've found myself reading a fair amount of paranormal YA books recently. Maybe I needed to change it up a bit to get out of a rut, or maybe it's just coincidental. Either way, there is something that has drawn me to this genre as of late and I'm working my way through many books that have been waiting for me on my TBR list for quite some time.

'Under Different Stars' is by far, one of the best books that I've run across in this genre. The heroine, Kricket, is
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
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[DNF at 62%.]

Under Different Stars could have been a unique, engaging and intriguing read--unfortunately, the book fell flat for me. I've wanted to DNF this one lots of times before I actually did, probably because of the characters and the writing, mainly.

See, I've always had a strong dislike for books with formula characters. Kricket was your typical heroine--she was the beautiful (yes, she does look quite exotic with her purple eyes and blonde hair--*cringe*) girl who is apparently sp
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My newest all-consuming obsession and one of my absolute favorite books of the year!
Utterly addicting, instantly absorbing and vividly depicted with intriguing and unforgettable characters. The story line is unique, suspenseful and brimming with the kind of scorching desire and idyllic romance that lingers with you long after the book ends.


Amy Bartol is dangerous. She writes nothing less than the kinds of books that make you want to keep your eyes open with toothpicks
Shelly Crane
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
If you know me, you know how I adore my Amy Bartol. A lot. It could be classified as an obsession. She's all-around amazing.

But we're not going to talk about Bartol, we're going to talk about her amazing book. And this review is completely unbiased! I don't have a lot of reading time so I'm very stingy and picky with the books I read. So when I was given (begged for) this ARC of UDS, Amy said no pressure. Now, the book's been out for weeks and I'm finally able to get to it and I'm KICKING myself
Rhea Dsouza
Dec 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
How To Check If You’re An Alien Living on the Wrong Planet:

• Your hair grows back immediately after it’s been cut. As in, a second later. And yet, after 17 years of living through this phenomenon, you have shoulder length hair.

• You have violet eyes.

• Your frontal lobe has X-ray vision.

• You are so thin, so lightweight, so delicate that wall climbing harnesses can’t support you.

• When a world has less gravity, you run faster instead of slower.

• You get bossed around by three men and fall i
Nov 29, 2013 marked it as to-read
Another AMY BARTOL work of art



oh my this book is definitely a must read!!!
Wendy Higgins
Aaaah! Fantastic! If you love scifi and romance, read this!
Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jacqueline's Reads by: Tricia Santos
4 Kickin’ Kricket Stars

It’s been awhile since I’ve read an Amy Bartol book. I wanted something light, a little romantic and plenty of action. I believe I got that with Under Different Stars.

This is a young adult read and the thing I love about young adult reads is the world I’m taken to. I love learning new languages, cultures and I know it’s going to be at least a three book saga. BUT that’s just me.

So Kricket currently lives on earth. She’s human or so she thinks. She knows she is a little dif
Good, but nothing special.

I know Amy A. Bartol. She's not an unknown author to me. I've read her Premonition series and I am pretty familiar with her prose. In this book, she tried to step out her waters, and tried to do something more original than today's young-adult books.

Kricket is a troubled girl, a run away from the system, a girl with no family. Her life is not interesting. That changes when two groups of people come looking for her and is captured by one of those groups and brought to an
the burning dreamer.
Oct 10, 2015 marked it as not-gonna-bother
Gorgeous cover? Check.
Young adult fantasy? Check.
High average rating? Check.


...or not.
Definitely not.

In fact, the book completely misses the target as far as originality goes and aims for recycled, overdone, badly written, clichéd tropes convoluted to draw you in before you realize it's nothing but a trick.


Honestly, I'm so mad because I thought I'd chanced upon a hidden gem with those shining 4.29 stars it holds - up until I read a few trusted reviews and excerpts that were enough to convi
Gabi Daniels
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Honestly, the world building and original ideas Amy came up with could easily put this book in either the sci-fi or fantasy genres. It was that well done. I’m all with my swoony romance… but I read just as much sci-fi and dark fantasy to say that I could put this novel up against any of the novels I’ve read.

Captivating from page #1, I want to know more, more, more! Why is she on the run? Where is her family? How is she surviving on her own?

This incredibly intense story unf
V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards
People tell me I should stop judging books by their covers but I find that whenever I buy a book by its cover it turns out I enjoy it.

kricket got on my nerves at times but the worldbuilding was great and I like the romance

I'm continuing with this series. It didn't blow me away but as far as kindle books go I think this one is satisfying.
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
I will admit I was mad that I had to read this book for a challenge featuring aliens. It's on the shelf so
I went with this one and I found a gem.

Krickett Hallowell was a17 yr old foster kid runaway trying to stay out of sight until she is 18 and out of the system. When two different groups show up claiming she's from another planet, and insisting they were here to escort her back. Krickett ends up leaving with Trey Allairis and his companions because he was honest with her.

Krickett had a s
Stephanie • Ideally Inspired
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“Kricket,” Trey says in a calm, soothing voice. “The stars here are in opposition to you…can’t you feel it? You are foreign to them. You have no ancestry here—no lineage. Let us take you home.”

This story is told through the eyes of Kricket Holloway, a 17-year-old girl who has spent her life in and out of the “system” after becoming an orphan as a young child. Her whole life she’s realized that she had certain traits that set h
Laura Thalassa
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Under Different Stars has had me losing sleep for the past three nights. An absolutely amazing read! Definitely a new favorite author of mine!
Alex Black
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was very hesitant to read this book for two reasons –
1. I was sort of mad at Amy for writing this one before Iniquity. I am a big Premonition fan – it is one of my absolute favorite series, I just could not understand why write THIS BOOK, when Iniquity was supposed to be finished a while ago.
2. I don’t like to wait – I am impatient, and want to fully enjoy a series one book right after the other. I did not want to get sucked into another series that I would have to WAIT to see what happens n
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This genre is not something I read a lot of which is bizarre because I love watching movies and shows with a sci fi theme but throw a book into the mix and more often than not, I won't even give it a second glance.

But when this showed up on my doorstep and I saw the gorgeous cover and the blurb, I knew I was making one of my rare exceptions and giving it a chance. Yes I can be petty and shallow like that.

But oh goodness how this story completely captured my attention and held it. I was complete
Kenzie The Dragon Queen
Personal Note

This is my first ever officiall re-read. I only decided to re-read this book because I had originally bought it and read it nearly four years ago, and shortly after bought the sequels and then forgotten about continuing the series. In the wake of covid and self quarantine, it’s become difficult for me to start new series, because I only own the first instalment, and if I like it, then I have to wait for shipment and delivery, because I’m a book hoarder that prefers to own physical
Actual rating 2.5 stars.

I don't know... the jury is still out.

I am moving on to the next installment.
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)


Ooh boy, where do I even begin? UNDER DIFFERENT STARS was a thrilling ride that I absolutely loved! I REALLY enjoyed UNDER DIFFERENT STARS, a lot! I was hooked from the very beginning and loved the pacing of this book. I never found myself bored or wanting to put it down for something else. I always wanted to keep reading when I knew it was time to do something else. I enjoyed the characters and their sharp personalities, and the obstacles they faced. The villains were chilling enough t
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This is one of those cases where bloggers and reviews really do help sell books because if I hadn't seen some of my blogger friends gushing about this novel, I might never have picked it up otherwise. And I would have been missing out on a fabulous sci-fi story rife with political intrigue, romance, and some serious ass-kicking.

I listened to the audio, performed by Kate Rudd, and I found it impossible to stop listening once I really started it. I downloaded the audio before I left on vacation an
I loved everything about this book.

I've seen this book pop on my recommendation list for my Kindle for like ever.. and I'm kind of shocked that I FINALLY took a chance on it. I'm freaking hooked guys and I was not prepared to feel these god damns feelings at all.

I loved Kricket.
I loved Trey.
I fucking shipped the fucking shit out of those two. Throw in Kyon and I'm rooting even more for those two - screw Kyon.

I wish I could be friends with someone like Kricket, well .. no. I'd like to be
Started off a little slow for me at the beginning but as soon as the story progressed it took off with a whoosh and I was catapulted right into it.

Under Different Stars is a story about Kricket Hollowell. She might seem like an average young woman but there is nothing average about her. You see, Kricket has lived it a little rough, going in and out of the foster care system, from one family to the next, never really knowing her parents. She basically is waiting until the moment she turns eighte
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