The middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting!
Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, "M" to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict "aunt", she's not even sure who she is. M's dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana, and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly - literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever...and expose her to perils she never dreamed of.
©2013 Brenda Hiatt Barber (P)2015 Brenda Hiatt Barber
ONLY the first two books (out of 4) are on audible at this point. I just finished the second and went to buy the next audible and there is none. FRUSTRATING
Other than that this is a very sweet and clean y.a story. Several plot holes but I am great at suspending my disbelief in order to enjoy the story.
The author develops the characters well and the dialogues are believable. While the plotline is predictable, there are enough twists to the story to hold the interest of young readers.
I understand the narrator is the author's daughter so I get why she told the book so well. Many narrator don't put emotion or feeling into their books and just read the script. This particular narrator acted out the action's of the main character and would change her voice well to go along with the narration which I liked.
The story itself is good and I really look forward to seeing books 2-4 on audio.
Hiatt has created an incredibly appealing world with characters that Ms. Barber brings to life with charm and impressive variety. Every character has a unique and distinct timbre that is emoted to great effect.
Starstuck is a YA series that feels fresh and fun. The love story between M and Rigel is approached with care so that is really absorbs you and feels both exciting and genuine. It's no surprise that Hiatt has a background in romance novels!
However, Starstruck is not without action. The intensity really builds throughout the course of the story and finishes with an incredible climax that leaves you wanting more. Now I'm so excited for the next book in the series, I don't think I'll be able to wait for it to come out as an audio book! (But hopefully it will :)
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