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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  33 reviews
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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    ♠️ 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

    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
    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.

    Oct 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Listen this is the most beautiful cover ever everybody else can go home.
    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
    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Sounds fantastic!
    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 freedom an ...more
    Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    This is one of my new favorites. Absolutely stunning.
    sanna ♡
    Oct 07, 2019 marked it as unreleased
    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.
    Ashlee » Library In The Country
    Nov 07, 2019 added it
    Shelves: read-diversity
    (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 even enough to
    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 wit
    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!
    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 w
    Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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    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
    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 a
    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
    Haley Hope Gillilan
    Really, really wonderful sci-fi debut. Some solid twists and turns, this was more of a road-trip adventure than I expected and I didn't see the end coming at all! I think what I love best about this is the way that Ellie talks about her favorite books. In the Sci-Fi genre, especially in this kind of dystopian subgenre, the books that survive the apocalypse are the narratives the heroes take with them to build a better future. I loved that in this story, it included books that teenaged Black girl ...more
    Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
    I struggled to give this two stars instead of just one. Here is what ultimately made up my mind.
    1. Black bi sexual main character who is curvy and her weight is just an afterthought and not the main point of the story
    2. Non binary side characters
    3. Blunt, honest statements about how humans value some skin colors and life paths over others. That some skin colors inspire dislike, hatred, and violence in other skin colors and how awful and unfair that is.

    But that’s it. The rest
    Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Janelle ("Ellie") is living in a post-apocalyptic earth, still reeling from the invasion of an alien race known as the Ilori. M0Rr1 ("Morris") is an Ilori, shaped to look like a human and to prepare the Earth for the Ilori takeover. Ellie has defied the edict banning music, books, and art, and Morris finds himself drawn to them . What happens when they meet? Parts of the book are reminiscent of the "Fahrenheit 451" and the "White Mountains Trilogy," though much more tailored for a modern, female ...more
    Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book has been on my goodreads list since it was announced and it did not disappoint !! I was given an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review and here it is ! I grew up watching doctor who as well as bits and pieces of Star Wars and Star Trek, though I was never really into them until I was in high school. This book did not disappoint! I enjoyed both the sci fi and fantasy aspects of the novel as well as that doctor who feel to it! I am super excited for the release and cannot wait t ...more
    Rebecca M
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Sound of Stars is the alien invasion road trip novel for my SFF loving soul! (One I didn't know I needed, but definitely did.) Alechia Dow's writing grabs readers right from the beginning and takes them on a fast-paced journey they'll never forget into the epic struggle to preserve artistic expression - and with it, humanity - at any cost. This book is infused with teen spirit, along with rich world-building and fun, memorable characters readers won't want to leave behind. I'll recommend thi ...more
    Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    There was so much to love in this book.

    First and foremost this is a story about star-crossed lovers. A bookworm and the music-obsessed alien who loves her. That alone was enough to make me pick this book up, but it is so much more than that.

    Dow creates a startling look at what the world would look like if we were invaded by aliens. The punches here aren't just about humanity being failed by a system beyond ours, but the failings of our own system leading us down a path of destructio
    Charity Solomon
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book is phenomenal! The first few chapters was a little rough for me to get thru but it was so worth it. There are so many great lines out of this book. I just fell more and more in love with Morris! I'll take one too please.

    We get to go through some of the hard ships She has for just being a black girl and how people look down and think she doesn't belong just because of her skin color. Then Morris stumbles into her hidden library and she learns not only that they aren't so different but
    C.M. Estopare
    Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    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.

    If you'd like to read my longer review head on over to my blog at:
    Fae Crate
    Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I fell head-over-heels for Morris and Ellie from the very beginning! Star-crossed lovers, alien and human, on a journey to save the Earth and rebel against an alien takeover? LOVE.
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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.