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From a Distant Star

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,907 ratings  ·  575 reviews
When Lucas Walker inexplicably recovers from a terminal illness, everyone is astonished --except for his girlfriend Emma, who never gave up hope. However, as friends and family celebrate the miracle, Emma becomes alarmed: Lucas has changed. He speaks haltingly, can't recall past events, and even his own dog doesn't recognize him. Emma begins to suspect something is terribl ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Skyscape
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Melanie

GAHHHHH! This book is all sorts of adorable. My smiling, heart eyes complete with waterworks say so. If you could only see how bad I’m struggling right now in trying to restrain myself from squealing and gushing about everything I adored about this novel, if I could go on full nerdy mode and dissect and quote almost everything from the book, I would but I really don’t want to give anything away about the story because for once, the blurb is smart enough to preserve the mystery and the plot surpr
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Tell Emma that I’m sending her less than three.”

When Lucas goes from his deathbed to making a miraculous recovery from cancer, his longtime girlfriend Emma begins noticing he’s not quite the same as he was before his illness . . .

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Well, maybe not that different.

When a couple of Feds show up at the door with a team who want to take a poke around Lucas’ family’s farm, she gets even more concerned . . .

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Did Lucas really come

I'm a sucker for cute alien love stories, so I snagged this off of NetGalley.
First off, this isn't an alien love story. See how the boy and girl are holding hands on the cover?
Well, it's more of a friendship thing, than a love thing.
There is a love story in this, just not an alien/human one. I was a tad disappointed, but that's not the book's fault. I wasn't promised alien love...but I was hoping for it.

Anyway, this was still a pretty good story, and I managed to fly through it in an afternoon
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Karen McQuestion, Amazon Publishing, and NetGalley.)

“A shape-less something flew out of the craft, latched onto his nose, and wiggled upward until it covered his eyes. The sensation was stronger than a breeze, almost like a splash of water to the face, but not exactly like that either. He stepped back, blinked, and shook his head trying to get the thing off him, but it was stuck, covering his eyes an
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

I thought this book was a sweet little story.


Emma is in love with her boyfriend Lucas, but Lucas now has cancer and is dying.

One night there is a crash outside Lucas family farm. No one really pays too much of attention as it's not a big crash, it just sounded like a thud to them. Actually it was a little bitty pod that escaped when the big ship was destroyed.. because you know.. the government likes to shoot shit down and worry about any consequences, but
“After all the planets and all the hosts you've left behind, you've finally found the place and the body you'd die for. I think you've found your home, Wanderer.”

---- Stephenie Meyer

Karen McQuestion, a best-selling American author, pens her new young adult novel, From a Distant Star that is a cute love story masked inside a story about an alien from a faraway planet in some different galaxy who unfortunately landed up in the backyard of a dying teenager due to an accident, but this alien is n
Karen McQuestion
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book so many times I'm no longer objective, but I do feel good about giving the audiobook five stars, because it's phenomenal! That should come as no surprise since Kate Rudd, the voice talent who narrated this book for audio, also did John Green's novel, The Fault in Our Stars. Finally I have something in common with John Green. :) ...more
This review is also up at Karleigh Reads

This book was provided to me by free from the author for an honest review. It is also available through netgalley

This book follows a girl who would do anything for her very sick boyfriend. Lucas was diagnosed with terminal cancer and everyone in his life has basically come to terms with his sickness and soon death, that it seems like everyone just gave up on him. But, not Emma. Emma feels like she would not be able to go on without Lucas in her life, she l
Montzalee Wittmann
From a Distant Star
By: Karen McQuestion
Narrated by: Kate Rudd

Oh my god! This is so awesome! A went through so many emotions with this book! The ending was perfect!

It's about an eighteen year old guy, Lucus, who is at home with end stage cancer. His girlfriend, Emma, who has stayed by his side and has high hopes he will make it. The boy's mother doesn't like the girl despite her being very bright and caring. She lives in a trailer with no father.

Emma goes to the local witch and asks for a cure.
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks again*

*3.1 stars*

An interesting YA science fiction standalone novel, From A Distant Star entertained me with an engaging premise and a great writing style.
Yeah, the main character is a soft version of the typical YA dumb protagonist but it's still an enjoyable fast read – I read in a day and I had to work.
Fans of aliens or YA in general will probably enjoy this book more than me!


Plot • ★★★.5 s
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Cute read. I would have eaten this up with a spoon when I was in grade school/middle school. I guess as a mom I just see things a bit differently than the high school age MC.

Emily is at her boyfriends bedside in his last days. He is dying of cancer. He is the "perfect" guy. Everyone loves him, he was a jock, gorgeous, and loves her even though his parents would want him dating someone from the same side of the tracks.

Even when Lucas is on his deathbed and no longer responsive, she still believes
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Karen McQuestion, Netgalley and Skyscape for giving me this book to review.

17 year old Emma is the only person who has not given up hope for Lucas, her boyfriend, as everyone believes that his cancer has killed him, but she is willing to do anything to save him. When Lucas miraculously recovers everyone is surprised and exultant, but Emma notices that Lucas is not the same person. However, she could have never guessed the truth, that an alien, Scout, has temporally taken over Lucas’s b
A little SF, a little love story, a little wonder..... Just what I needed. I really enjoyed this book!
Thanks Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for the arc!
WARNING: this book is not about romance. Well, it is, but... not what you're thinking. At least it wasn't what I was thinking when I got into it.

Emma is HELLA DEVOTED to her boyfriend. The things she does for her boyfriend Lucas absolutely astounds me. Despite Lucas' parent's protests, she stays by his side throughout the night while he's stuck in comatose and about to die from cancer. She prays exceedingly for him. She even tries to go to some
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

Get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure of courage, humanity, and friendship. - Abooktopia

Emma is determined to save her boyfriend Lucas from the brink of death, even when everyone else believes it’s only a matter of time before he passes away. Emma is willing to do anything if it means saving his life. When Emma visits the local “witch” in search for a cure, she is given a potion that is promised to heal her boyfriend, though he may be different than the pe
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm thinking 3.5. RTC!


3.5/5 stars

I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

The Skinny:

Emma, unlike everyone else, has not given up hope. She knows deep down that Lucas can, and will, make a full recovery. He simply cannot die from cancer. Willing to try just about anything, no matter how strange, Emma visits Mrs. Kokesh who gives her a special potion. That night Emma follows Mrs. Kokesh’s directions, and a few days later the unimaginable
Mandy K
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, sci-fi
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This book started out pretty slow, we didn't see any action actually start to happen until about 50% of the way through the book. Then, the pace continues to increase right up to the end, feeling a bit rushed. But apart from the obvious pacing issues, the storyline was cute and fun. The first half the book revolves around Lucas's cancer and sudden recovery. During this time, Emma, Lucas's girlfriend, and Eric, Lucas's brother, start to realize that he seems off, and almost appears to
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
You can also find this review on my blog: Nicola Reads YA

From a Distant Star follows Emma as she is determined that her boyfriend Lucas, dying of cancer, will survive. She visits the local "witch" who gives her a potion to use on Lucas to cure him. On the same night that she administers the potion, an alien from another planet crash-lands on earth and inhabits Lucas's body in order to survive until he can return to his home planet.

Lucas soon makes a fast and miraculous recovery from the cancer.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
DISCLOSURE: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This book comes out May 19, 2015!

Read my full review at:

Final thoughts from the end of my review:

I liked the examination of young love, the protective nature of parents, and the way McQuestion highlighted the decision-making ability of teenagers to pull themselves out of a mess (whatever the result may be). Emma was a sweetly optimistic teen wh
Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
This book review, like all my other reviews, can also be found on my Wordpress blog: Bookshelves & Paperbacks.

I received a free e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review contains my honest opinion about the book, and it is in no way intended to offend the author, the publisher or fans.

I think this book has one of the most stunning covers I have ever seen, so I would like to begin by congratulating the designer for coming up with such a beautiful cover. I
From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion is told from 2 alternating POVs, Emma and Scout's. Emma's boyfriend, Lucas, is battling cancer while in a coma, but when Scout (an alien) crash lands near Lucas' family's house he inhabits Lucas' body causing Lucas to wake up causing a series of adventures that Emma and Scout go on in order to get Scout back home.

From a Distant Star is a really cute novel, I wouldn't say I loved it but I really enjoyed reading it. The story is set at good pace it was reall
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this for free from netgalley for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this. I like the development of the story. I liked the characters and how we followed the story of them

Definatly one to pick up
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This arc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"People change even under the best circumstances. And when you pull them back from death's door, well, that's no small thing."

I went into this book with low expectations and I'm not entirely sure why that is. I'm not usually a fan of stories involving aliens and once again, I don't really understand why because I find the idea of aliens and their most likely existence to be extremely fascinating. As it turns out though, I
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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Originally posted on Heart Full Of Books

After seeing that this book is part of the contemporary-alien genre, I was excited. I love reading genres I’m not very familiar with; it means I can enjoy the book on a different level, without having a lot to compare it to!
‘From A Distant Star’ was definitely a great book, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves the genre, or is interested in a slightly strange road trip story.

So, the basic plot for most alien books is an alien comes to Earth an
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Challenge #43 A book that takes place in your hometown state (popsugar 2015 reading challenge:

I was sent this book by the author for an honest review.

I really liked it!

To be honest I haven't read a science fiction book in awhile that wasn't dystopian, so I don't have much to compare this book with. However, it seemed like a fresh start in a worn out genre.

The plot is pretty simple. A boy is dying from cancer (Lucas) and an alien is stranded on earth (Scout), to save b
(I received this book, in an exchange for an honest review from Net Galley)

I have very conflicting feelings about this book from the beginning up until the end. I found the whole scenario of an alien latching on or imposing in someone's body both a concept of freakiness and total awesomeness, I have not read many Sci-Fi novels but I did thoroughly enjoy this book. I wanted to rate this book higher but I found a couple of things annoying me about this book:

- It was kind of hard to stay with the s
Heena Rathore P.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book from start to end. It was a light read and had some really fun elements. In spite of being a Sci-Fi, it was more on the side of Romance fiction (other than a stranded alien.) I loved the characterization and felt a connection with the lead character, Emma, and even Scout (to some extent.)
I loved the plot line and though it felt a little off at a few places, it managed to pu
I'm finally reviewing this book! I've been so busy!

From A Distant Star was such an interesting book. I don't normally read sic-fi, it's one of the genres I don't normally reach for. I do enjoy it if it's written well though. I loved this book! It was better then I thought it would be tbh. The whole alien thing and boyfriend being sick synopsis intrigued me.

I read this book almost a month ago, and I can't stop thinking about it. I love the way the author was able to keep me invested in the stor
Heather Wood
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
My rating for From a Distant Star falls between three and four stars. There were parts I really enjoyed and I found the characters very likable. The pace was excellent and I was able to finish the book in just a few sittings. My only complaint would be how the book wrapped up. ***SPOILER*** I thought it was turning into an intergalactic romance, but that didn't end up happening. I just felt the chemistry between Emma and Scout and assumed that was where the book was going. I was happy to see her ...more
I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

The best way to describe this book is E.T meets YA fiction. Emma is the girlfriend of Lucas, a young man dying of cancer. On a night that Emma vows to do anything to save the love of her life, he suddenly wakes up, miraculously cured. However, Emma soon realises that the new and improved Lucas is not actually her Lucas. Instead, his body has been temporarily taken over by the consciousness o
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Karen McQuestion is the bestselling author of books for all ages. Some of her titles include Hello Love, Life on Hold, The Long Way Home, and the Edgewood series. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR. She has also appeared on ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning. McQuestion lives in Hartland, Wisconsin.

Her website:www.karenmcquest

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