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Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich ...more
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Published February 2nd 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
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Emily May
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2016, sci-fi
"I guess we're stuck with each other."
"Guess so," she said. "Too bad you make lousy tea."

3 1/2 stars. Out of all the 2016 releases promising exciting things, lots of action, thrills aplenty and badass pirates, Starflight might have been the one I expected the least from. I heard bad things about Landers' Alienated and the blurb doesn't even try to hide the romance (including, it would seem, a bunch of cliches).

The only thing drawing me in was the comparison to Firefly. And, you know what? It
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
With her back turned, she loosened each plait until her hair hung in waves that curled around her waist. Then she spun to face him and puffed a sigh.
“Fine. You caught me. I guess there’s no use pretending anymore.”
Doran settled in and waited for the punch line.
“I lured you onto this ship,” she said, “because I couldn’t get enough of your scintillating personality.”
There it was.
“Kiss me, Doran,” she cried, flopping onto the mattress with one arm slung over her eyes and the other clutched to h
Jesse (JesseTheReader)

This was a really entertaining read! I mean, there's SPACE PIRATES in this book. How can it have space pirates and not be a fun read?! This book also reminded me a bit of the Lunar Chronicles, but it's obviously VERY different, it just had a similar vibe to it.

My main problem with this book comes from one of the characters & his character development. It just felt a bit out of place and sudden. But other than that this was a super fun read and I'm glad I took the time to read it. I'll def
Melissa Landers
Aug 20, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Woohoo! Starflight is here! But I keep hearing my characters' names mispronounced, so here's a quick phonetic guide. It's Doran (DOOR-IN) *not* Dorian, and Solara (SO-LAW-RUH). Hope you guys enjoy their story. :)

Let's talk about Starflight!

Like my other books, Starflight is a light sci-fi romance, but there are no aliens this time, only humans. (Sorry, Aelyx.) This story involves westward expansion on a galactic scale, and I pitched it to my editor as "Overboard" (one of my favorite romantic co
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I just thought I would take a little detour from my currently reading and pulled this little gem off one of my tbr bookcases. I'm so glad I did because I loved it! It felt so good to just pick something, read it and love it!!! ❤

So, Solara is trying to get across the galaxy and start a new life because she was set up my her so called jerk boyfriend. She got in trouble, he didn't, she got the tattoo's to prove it, he didn't. Now no one wants anything to do with her.

She gets kicked out of the home
“I’m loving your criminal mind right now.”
“Careful, you’re speaking Jackass again.”

This book, you guys, this damn book is so fun! I am someone who doesn't even usually enjoy cute books. I prefer darker plots with heartless sadistic characters. Starflight couldn't be more opposite. I want to say this was my first Sci-Fi (that took place in space). I read this last year, loved it, then forgot about it . . that is till i heard about Starfall a few days go. I am sorry, how the hell did this esc
C.G. Drews
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh this was a FUN surprise. I didn't have mega high expectations because Alienated was cute but a bit unimpressive. But Starflight?!? It was like Cinder meets Guardians of the Galaxy (!!) and it was actiony and funny and and punchy. TOOT TOOT, I'M BOARDING THIS INTERGALACTIC SHIP.

I haven't read a lot of sci-fi (space opera?) before this? So I literally have zlich to compare it to. But it's basically about Solara (WHOSE NAME IS JUST A BIT CLICHE C'MON. Solar???? Galaxies???? HUH) who is a crimina
Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★
Second Read Review :



"Most people
don't need a reason to be decent. I'm one of those people. You
could be, too, if you made an effort."

I read this book for the first time years ago and I remember that I liked it so much. I even cried over this book and I thought the book was amazing. So I decided to reread it because I loved it years ago and I wanted to see whether I still loved it or not. When I finished reading it, I just thought that the book was
Simona B
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
"She’d learned that home was a fluid thing and whether on a planet, a satellite, or a rusted bucket of a ship, this crew was her home."

•Therefore, obviously, the first and loveliest thing this book has to offer is a gigantic ton of camaraderie. The assortment of our crew is superb: in addition to the main character, Solara Brooks, at only eighteen already orphan, mechanic and convicted felon, we have "a bespectacled kleptomaniac, a star-crossed seducer and (view spoiler)
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This may have lacked depth and been cheesy at times, but boy was it a bucket of fun.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
starflight is one of those really fast-paced and fun novels that you need to read to see how amazing it is. I've put off reviewing this sooooo long because honestly i have 0 clue about what i should say about this.

reasons why you just gotta read it:

-There is a really strong female mc who isn't afraid to do whatever it takes to get whatever the heck she wants. She has a reallyyy great set of skills and at heart she is loyal and kind and she gave me serious Rey vibes (which is great because i lov
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This was very charming and enjoyable.

It started out kind of rough, as indicated by my updates, and had a bunch of quotes that were just like ???? Like at one point the bitchy girl told Solara to pick up her dog's poop and was like "you'll recognize it cause it's the color of your hair." I'm paraphrasing but ???? Um brown? Like the most common hair color? Like mean girl DYES her hair pink, but other than her, it seems that normal genetics and hair colors are still happening here...soooooo......

May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-releases

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Starflight by Melissa Landers
Book One of the Starflight series
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Rating: 5 stars
Source: ARC won from a giveaway

Summary (from Goodreads):

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across h
Science Fiction books are usually a hit or miss with me but I love the genre so much that I'm constantly keeping my eyes and ears open for the next great read. And guess what? STARFLIGHT was a HIT!!! Oh my goodness did I love this book. It had a little bit of everything; space adventure, strong characters, fun and witty banter, slow burn romance, and space pirates. That's right, space pirates!

18 year old Solara Brooks, fresh out of the orphanage, is off to the fringe for a fresh start where she
Katerina  Kondrenko
9.5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
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Icon For Hire – Sorry About Your Parents
Broods - Taking You There
ZZ Ward – Home

Genre: sci-fi, fantasy, upper-YA
Stuff: space, pirates, adventures
Fail: convenient circumstances
WOW: pacing, characters, humor, romance
POV: 3rd-person, she/he
Love-Geometry: zero


Buddy-read with my amazing shipmateKaterina *wishers* let's hijack Starflight ship, get Doran and Rhy on the board and serf the universe together :D

Actual rating: 4.5

...flies a small ship Banshee manned by fugitives: a captain with a sugar bear pet; a bespectacled kleptomaniac; a star-crossed seducer; a mysterious girl with a shady past; a convicted felon; an heir to Spaulding empire. They are on the run from ruthless chief of Brethren pirates and his crew. But pirates are the least o

♛ may

I feel like I’m the only person in the world who didn’t enjoy this book. That makes me sad and it makes me feel like I’ve been reading the wrong book

But I will be a positive muffin about this and channel all my sadness and disappointment into writing a review :)

See, everyone wins.

- The characters feel so monotone to me. It feels like solara’s only purpose is to hate on doran
- Doran himself is my biggest annoyance with this book. He is as fascinating as a piece of overcooked broccoli.
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)

Starflight was a quick and light read for me. I certainly had lots of laughs and enjoyed each and every one of the characters but as much as I liked the story, I didn't really LOVE it.

There were lots of funny moments. Lots of adventures and even SPACE PIRATES, which I all enjoyed but nothing really stuck out to me or made this book memorable compared to anything else I've read. In fact, I just kind of skimmed the last 30 or so pages because I slowly began to lose interest in the story.
Fafa's Book Corner
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by my GR friend Alyssa! I had heard about this book from Netgalley. Around the time Passenger was available for request. At the time I didn't think much of it. It sounded like some space book that I wouldn't enjoy. It wasn't until I read Alyssa's review that I was sold! I do like reading Sci-Fi books with a large focus on the characters. And I am happy to say that I did enjoy this one!

The book begins wit
Kells Next Read
People, People Starflight was is Fantastic.

I have absolutely no freaking regrets about reading this book. I love love love love everything about it. The leads, the minor characters the storyline and that build up, to one of the the most Awesomenesstic ( yes peeps, this book will cause you to make up words to describe how great it is ) relationship between our leads Doran and Solara.

Read this book. Get this book. Read this book when you get it. Then re- read it and then tell people to go read a
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reread: December/January 2016
I did a reread of this with the audiobook version because I thought maybe my kids would enjoy it, and they did! Honestly it is sometimes a challenge finding a book they both like, so that was a huge win. Amanda Dolan did a great job with the narration. She has a lively intensity about her voice that added to the story, and her voice acting for various characters was subtle but effective.

Now we are all excited for the upcoming sequel, Starfall.

Read: June 2016
Solara is
4.5 stars
Review to come

Oh wow!
This book is so much fun!
I loved this read so much!!!

Sad thing is, I hear that all the things I love about this book are missing in book two so now I'm a little worried :(

But .... it was awesome to be on such an epic, fun, cute space adventure!
Feb 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
I just can't do it anymore.

I kid you not, I got more entertainment out of these pole dancing animals than I did to Starflight.

I mean, look at that. It's so weirdly cute.

DNF 20%
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
4.5 stars

Oh this book was SO MUCH FUN! I know in a lot of reviews for this book they compare it to Firefly, and I hate to jump on the bandwagon, but it is definitely like the YA version of Firefly. It does have a lot of similarities, however I found it original enough to not care at all! Just so much fun!

Solara is looking for a new life on the outer realm. She has a piece of land with her name on it. She just has to get there. She must indenture herself to a wealthy traveller in order to pay for
Helena Paris
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did! Interplanetary adventures. Space pirates. Criminal crews. Sass and humour. You truly can't go wrong with this book! Firefly meets Cinder in this sci-fi romp. :D ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
This book was.. underwhelming. The plot and characters are developed too quickly and at the expense of substance. It's like the author was going for the biggest trope to page count ratio. The romance, friendship, loyalty all come seemingly out of nowhere, with no foundation or build-up whatsoever. If you don't think too hard, Starflight could be described as mildly entertaining, especially if you are into
space shennanigans.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
My review of this and others on my blog My Friends Are Fiction

My Thoughts:
Starflight was so much fun to read- it had all the things that I love in a science-fiction novel- rag tag ship crew, hate to love relationship, space-pirates, lots of action with a dash of romance. This was more in line with the Firefly type of science fiction… no heavy science talk or theories to digest. The pacing was fast with equal amounts of action and witty dialog between the characters.

This story starts with the ma
Trina (Between Chapters)
Can't believe I had such low expectations because this blew me away! So much happened and the pacing was perfect. ...more
Jaime Arkin
4.5 stars rounding to 5!

I’m a huge fan of Melissa Landers and for good reason! She writes fun sci-fi YA that I just can’t seem to put down.

Starflight is the first in a new series for her and I was so excited when this finally arrived that I dropped everything to read it… and as I said above, it wasn’t even possible for me to put it down once I started.

Solara Brooks and Doran Spaulding are from two completely opposite ends of the life experience spectrum. Solara, who grew up in an orphanage, s
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Melissa Landers’s Starflight has been receiving some pretty enthusiastic reviews lately, full of praise for the cleverness of its plot, excellent dialogues and the author’s wicked sense of humor. If you’re familiar with Landers’ debut, Aliented, I’m sure you know that humor is her strongest selling point, but even in that Starflight is far superior. I was surprised by this book’s spirit and charm, not to mention the loud bursts of laughter it surprised out of me. The words ‘pirates in space’ sho ...more
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