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Under Different Stars (Kricket #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  14,289 Ratings  ·  1,602 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
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published December 19th 2013 by Amy A. Bartol (first published December 15th 2013)
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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,…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)
Autumn There were a few scenes that were violent but I could easily see a mature middle school student reading it.
If they have read/seen Hunger Games this…more
There were a few scenes that were violent but I could easily see a mature middle school student reading it.
If they have read/seen Hunger Games this is fine.(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 glasses! Ha
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
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF'd at 22%

Call me crazy, but I had this perfect resolution to help me stop reading eight books at the same time this year and that was to DNF books no more. Because, see, when reading multiple books, you can easily find yourself losing interest for the first you had started and losing interest most of the time, for me, equals MEH equals DNF.

Needless to say, I failed my most essential bookish goal for 2015. No, let me rephrase that: Under Different Stars made me fail my most essential bookish g
Pouting Always
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 mother that
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
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 special
Vilma Iris
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
Nov 29, 2013 marked it as to-read
Another AMY BARTOL work of art



oh my this book is definitely a must read!!!
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
Wendy Higgins
Aaaah! Fantastic! If you love scifi and romance, read this!
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 in
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
Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
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
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
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
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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.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-kindle-read
YEP! still loved this book the second time around!!!! Its amazing. I FUCKING LOVE KRICKET, shes just beautiful to me, her strength and courage are just a few of her many qualities. AND TREY don't get me started on him, just know...hes probably top 10 of my never ending list of fictional boyfriends <3 I love his team, and the dedication they show to him, their leader....and the tight bond that they all have. Its just such a great story!

idk what to say. the world the author created was just fan
Stephanie • Ideally Inspired
Check out this review and more over at: No BS Book Reviews

“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 her apart
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
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
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
Actual rating 2.5 stars.

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

I am moving on to the next installment.
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
I shouldn’t be surprised by how amazing this new book is from Amy A. Bartol, because I am a huge fan of her other series, The Premonition. While I am bummed that she hasn’t yet completed Iniquity, the 5th and maybe the last book in that series, this year, I am happy that I got to read about the new characters that have been talking in her head.

Namely, Kricket Hollowell and Trey Allairis, the two main characters in Amy’s new series, Under Different Stars (Kricket #1). While I adore them both, I w
ARC received via NetGalley

This was the first book I have read by this author and let me just say, I am REALLY looking forward to reading more of her work.

This book was simply amazing. It was beautifully written. The characters were well thought out/created and developed. It has a captivating storyline that really keeps your interest. The plot was consistently good - there were no lulls in the story. To me, this book has no fault. I loved it very much!

The storyline for this book isn't one you can
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
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