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Don’t miss this spectacular debut novel… Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves forbidden pop music work together to save humanity? This road trip is truly out of this world! A beautiful and thrilling read for fans of Marie Lu and Veronica Roth.

Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the
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Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Three it started sooo good but that ending!!! It ruined all my expectations stars!!!

There are so many good intriguing, entertaining things about this book keep my attention like popular culture references used with song and book quotes, bounding friendship and connection between a human and alien (my childhood’s favorite movie is E.T., I was raised with my adoration of Spielberg and alien nations till I met Ripley in Scott’s Alien movie!), and of course road trip idea.
But there is also annoying
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♠️ TABI ♠️
hi this sounds like all the tropes I love smashed into one story and I need it now and also I NEED THIS COVER AS A POSTER ASAP cause I just wanna pin it up on my ceiling and lay on my bed ogling it for hours

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Alechia
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I mean... I feel like I have to give myself the best rating possible, since I was a *tough* judge of my own work while writing it, you know?
Kate (kayvajuice)
Okay so here's the thing. I know this isn't exactly a "contemporary" but it feels like one. And I gotta be honest and say right here that I'm not a fan of contemporary. I usually prefer to skip them. I chose to read this because I was expecting it to be more of a fantasy but turns out it wasn't quite was I was expecting. I kinda feel like not a whole lot happened. When you think about the ending it feels that way. But I'm going to say this and stop the review here, I honestly think that this is ...more
Laura Weymouth
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So, I was lucky enough to read this book at an early stage and can safely say I expect many people to just adore it. Dow's debut is a fun, heartfelt scifi romp reminiscent of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, featuring eminently shippable protagonists, a high-stakes road trip, and a gorgeous exploration of the humanizing influence of music and literature. One of my most anticipated releases of 2020 <3
 Amelia
Jul 31, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A pop music obsessed alien + a girl who has a secret library = epic sci-fi adventure just made for me

I think I'm in love.

AJ
Oct 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
Listen this is the most beautiful cover ever everybody else can go home.
Fanna
Aug 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
Before anything else that the blurb says, THAT COVER is giving me life and I already want to read this more than anything else. Then comes my fave trope of alien falls in love with human, like YEAAAA
C.M. Estopare
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's incredibly tough for me to find books where the protagonists are like myself. Nowadays, with everyone falling in love with diversity, it's not so tough. But as a kid, all I had was Alanna the Lionness and a host of other female protagonists that were all white.

I wish this book had existed when I was a teen. Needless to say, I loved it.

The Sound of Stars is innovative and kind of like The Arrival meets Jane Austen. As a lover of hard science fiction, this book was...different to say the
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Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
Picture this: Equilibrium meets War of the Worlds. That's what this book is!

I enjoyed the idea of this book. Aliens have taken over a sick Earth with the mindset of restoring it and basically turning it into a vacation home while chilling out in their human hosts. Yep. They're going to steal the bodies while they're on vacay. But somehow music and books actually inadvertently save the world. The unique part is they're forbidden [see equilibrium likeness here.]

I liked the characters but didn't
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The Artisan Geek
Nov 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Book_Phenom
Nov 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
I feel like this book is one of those things that was written exactly for me. Characters that are obsessed with books and music? Yes, please! I felt that in my soul! I can't wait to get my hands on this.
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Sounds fantastic!
Kim
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not sure what to expect with this book. The beginning confused me some, until I got some background information and was able to process the story. It's unlike any book I have ever read, yet it reminds me, in places of several stories. Twilight, to name the obvious, but also, The Host, also by the same author. There are bits and pieces which are similar; the unlikely romance between two dissimilar species; but also the shared humanity of the characters.

Set in the not-too-distant dystopian
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Kayla J. ~ Master of Dragons & Assassins
The Sound of Stars blew me away. The story follows a pair of star-crossed lovers: a human girl named Janelle, or 'Ellie', and a labmade Ilori named M0Rr1S. After Earth was invaded by an alien species named the 'Ilori', humans are confined to pointless lives without music and books and art. The reason why? The Ilori want humans to become shells without emotions, fears, even desires - they want them to be compliant. Their goal isn't to kill off the human race. Their goal is to kill off their ...more
Vinny —☽.。* Artsy Draft
Thank you Inkyard Press for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.


NAT.orious reads ☽
Dec 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
My goodness, the cover! I can't even.
Jessica
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my new favorites. Absolutely stunning.
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Oct 07, 2019 marked it as unreleased
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7 October 2019
Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of Aliens BUT I still want to read it. The story sounds soo cute and weirdly, I wanna read it.
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Mary
Nov 07, 2019 added it
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(I would like to thank NetGalley, Harlequin TEEN, and Alechia Dow for my free arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

When you've read enough books there are just some tropes and phrases that you're used to. For me, "Tour de Force" has always annoyed me. I have never read a book that could possibly live up to that moniker, despite how many of the books I've read that claimed to be this. The Sound Of Stars is the first book to ever change my mind of this. Tour de Force? Is that
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Meghan
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Harlequin TEEN (US & Canada) - Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I completely loved the execution of this book in the beginning setting it up like a podcast style and explaining the purpose of Morris and the point he made through this earth. While I was reading this book, I could not help but think of Beautiful Creatures and Warm Bodies, teen romance novels with
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Rachel Somer
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything I love: alien invasion, imaginative tech, political machinations, high-stakes adventure, and characters you can root for. But at the heart, this is a story of hope and redemption, of learning to trust and forgiveness told through dual POVs. This debut is a quirky mashup of literature and music set against an apocalyptic backdrop that left me hungry for a sequel!
Madison Lessard
Many thanks to the publisher for providing an advance digital copy via NetGalley for review.

From the color scheme to the sci-fi setting to the fact that everything is glittering, the story’s atmosphere feels exactly how this cover looks. Make of that whatever you will.

Janelle lives in Ilori-occupied New York City, where life as she knows it has disappeared under their strict alien rule. She keeps herself grounded in her love of books, even though all forms of creative expression have been
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Liberty
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars.

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. The Sound of Stars comes out on February 25, 2020. And now that we’ve gotten all of that out of the way, let’s get on to the review section of this review.

The Sound of Stars is about a human girl who loves books so much she begins to run a secret library in her home when the world is taken over by aliens and an alien boy who discovers a love for
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Darian
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sari
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a wonderful debut novel by Alechia Dow! I love alien stories, I really just adore anything to do with space. I grew up watching things like Star Trek and Doctor Who, so when I read the synopsis of this book I knew I had to read it as quickly as I could.

From the first page, I was immediately transported into Dow’s fantasy world. Dow is phenomenal at world building and I really felt like I
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Kim
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was not sure what to expect with this book. The beginning confused me some, until I got some background information and was able to process the story. It's unlike any book I have ever read, yet it reminds me, in places of several stories. Twilight, to name the obvious, but also, The Host, also by the same author. There are bits and pieces which are similar; the unlikely romance between two dissimilar species; but also the shared humanity of the characters.

Set in the not-too-distant dystopian
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Bethany Swafford
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
One-third of Earth's population is killed when the Ilori invades, and Janelle (Ellie) managed to survive, but life under Ilori control is stifling and unbearable. Art, music, and literature have been banned, but Janelle loves books too much to follow the rules. When one of the Ilori, M0Rr1S discovers her secret, will her life be forfeit?

I had a hard time deciding on a rating for this book. I think I fall somewhere around 3 1/2 star, so I'm being generous and putting it at four. I'm all for a
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Alison C
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to Net Galley for the e-arc!

I love romance heavy sci-fi books and sci-fi that follows the emotional responses from the sci-fi set up. This book sounded right up my alley. And I liked this book in the beginning. But after a while, it got extremely cheesy. This book has the feel of a romantic contemporary with a sci-fi set up. I also feel like the ending didn't match the set up, especially because I think this is supposed to be a stand-alone. It kind of seems like there's potential for
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Alechia Dow is a former pastry chef, food critic, culinary teacher, and Youth Services librarian. When not writing about determined black girls (like herself), you can find her chasing her wild child, baking, or taking teeny adventures around Europe.