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Publisher's Summary

Earth is dying. Hope waits light-years away on Arcadia, a planet veiled in cyan atmosphere...and harboring a dark side.

On the last day of Cassie’s starship journey to her new home, her father is killed in a mysterious explosion. Somehow, she manages to escape death - helped by a vanishing stranger with otherworldly blue-green eyes. 

But his presence lingers in her dreams. 

Officials swear the explosion was a horrible accident, but she’s convinced they are hiding something.... 

About her father. About Arcadia. 

Orphaned and alone, Cassie begins to see curious glowing visions and soon the boy with the cyan eyes reemerges. He offers her one chance to uncover what became of her father and the secrets the planet holds. 

Two worlds collide, and a powerful attraction draws her to Javen. She can’t say no to the opportunity....

Even if saying yes forces her to choose between saving humanity or saving Arcadia.

©2018 Jenetta Penner (P)2019 Jenetta Penner

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Conspiracy Theories and Aliens UHM YAS

Parents can have high expectations for their children but Cassiopeia has to live up to a new nation's idea of her. Her parents were famous scientists helping found a colony on the planet Arcadia. Her mother passed away before reaching the planet. Terrorists attack just days before they start their new life on Arcadia and her father is murdered. Or so the government says. Cassie believes her father was kidnapped, not murdered but no one will listen to her. She takes on her father’s job to gain access to the information needed to save him. Along the way, she meets Javen and Max which tugs her deeper into conspiracies behind the new colony.

Magic but in the form of misunderstood science is one of my favorite magic types. I really appreciate the concepts Jenetta Penner puts forwards in saving the world and creating a new colony but this one just wasn’t for me.

I really appreciate the character building and the descriptions of both boys has me torn in who I support as the romantic interest. The narrator did a good job with emotions and descriptions in her voice as well. I just had a hard time getting through it and won't be reading the sequels.

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Great Story

I really enjoyed Starfire by Jenettea Penner.
I became a fan of her writing after listening to The Configured Trilogy. Penner gives you female characters that you can relate to and get emotionally invested in. Starfire is no exception. You follow Casseopiea as she and her father travel to a new world to create a new life for humanity. Cass is surprised to enjoy her life until a group of terrorists attack and everything she knows is slipped upside down.
The narrator is perfect for the character and doesn't bore you or overdo the emotional. This makes for a pleasant listening experience.
overall, I loved the story. It was unique and the romance wasn't overly cheesy or present. It worked well with the story.
I would encourage other YA fans to have a read or listen to this book. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next.
I received a free copy from th3 author, but all opinions are my own.

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Wow!

This story sucks you right in. It is a YA Romance. And is so good. I can’t wait for the rest to come to audiable.🤞
Narrative was also great!

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A good beginning for a YA sci-fi thriller series.

Cassi isn’t one of the many people from earth who are happy to be on a space ship to colonize a new planet, Arcadia. Cassi’s parents are scientists who were instrumental in locating a compatible planet and arranging for the colonization program from crowded Earth. Sadly Cassi’s mother died in an accident so only Cassi and her father, Richard Foster, plan to move into the new settlement. Shortly before landing Cassi inadvertently hears an altercation between her father and his nemesis, the President of the Board, Elizabeth Hammond. They disagree on how to move forward with development on the new planet with Foster seeking to protect the existing culture and Hammond leading the greedy interests to exploit the mines of the planet.

As the colonists prepare to celebrate the landing, an unprecedented explosion kills Foster and others near the speakers’ platform. Hammond refuses to explain what happened, leaving the event shrouded in mystery and leaving Cassi determined to find out if her father is really dead.

Cassi was in the room when the explosion took place. She had just had an encounter with a strange young man with eyes flashing cyan. When she wakes Cassi finds a new friend, Max, trying to help her. But she has a vague memory of the stranger who pulled her away from the fire. Soon she will begin to wonder who she can trust to help her or who will lead to her destruction.

I would describe this as writing clearly geared to young adult audiences. I did enjoy the sci-fi elements and the alien conflict even though I felt many characters, including Cassi, were not deeply developed. Cassi just assumed some companions were safe to share her secrets with while ignoring that some may well have been seeking to betray her. The romance is a quick crush of young love and light contact which is fitting for YA level. Although I am not pulled in by the romance, I am curious to see what develops as the war among the conflicting colonists and the hidden, conflicted aliens progresses. I would be interested in reading book 2.

Audio Notes: Rebecca Johnson does a good job with the narration. Her voice and reading match the YA characters. The narration made it an easy, quick listen.

Source: January 2020 Audible Code from the Author.

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  • 01-05-22

Completely Unoriginal

As the title might suggest, this story is completely unoriginal (think Pocahontas or Avatar) and lacks character development.

The main character falls head-over-hills in love with some dude she’s “bound to” but has just met and they spend time sharing very intimate kisses in the weirdest most inopportune moments…it’s so ridiculous. Then there are the supporting characters that you don’t quite get to know at all that the main character just completely trusts with vital, life-threatening information.

Let’s not forget at the hint of the completely underdeveloped love triangle that is developing yet the reader/listener just. doesn’t. care.

The plot is so flat as is the writing…honestly I’m so baffled that I even wasted my time with this utter nonsense. I fully plan on returning this book and possibly billing the author for my time.

Performance was good. 4/5 stars. The narrator could only work with what she had…which was pretty bad to begin with.

I do not recommend this book. There are plenty of other YA series to check out.

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Looking Forward to More

A brilliant introduction to the Starfire Universe. We’ve met our key players, our villain, and have plenty of mysteries to solve. The world is wonderfully built and the characters are intriguing. This ends on a cliffhanger, so be sure you have the next book handy. Preferably, the entire series.

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Great Story!

A fascinating new world with amazing secrets. I can’t wait to find out where the story goes next.

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Light space story

Thanks to the Author for this wonderful opportunity to listen to this book, and Audiobx for the review opportunity. The narrator was engaging and easy to follow.

Starfire is a book perfectly suited for its genre, in YA Space scifi & fantasy. It deals with landing on a new planet where they are not alone... but it's not the locals that have sinister agenda but the incoming humans.

Its a light space fantasy since we don't get a in depth back story about how they came upon a new planet, since we start of with MC being already enroute and lands into thorny situation upon reaching the planet.

THE Alcou, it's an interesting concept dealing with multiple dimensions and their life source is under danger from being tampered by human.
I feel the parts with Jivan were rushed, our MC could've gleaned more but their interactions were too short on discoveries but to much on angst.

Cassie, our MCs goal was to find out what happened to her father prior landing, but with the Alcous survival on the line she.... Obviously takes matter into her own hands.... And I'm sorry to say it felt a bit too easy.
She somehow has all the right people at her reach and are blindly going along with her....
However, the overall story was enjoyable, I will be listening to the sequel to see where the story picks from book1

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Excellent story spoilt by price of audiobook

Well built and unique story with well-built chatacters and quality narration but books are novella size only and too expensive for the value. I appreciate it when stories are not unnecessarily padded but the set should be combined or the price lowered.

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Quick Interesting Read

This was a really enjoyable listen. I was really intrigued by the world and the story kept me hooked.
Rebecca Johnson gave a fantastic performance. Highly recommended

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  • 04-26-20

Intriguing YA story

This space opera is full of intrigue and suspense. It follows 1 young girls trials trying to find her place on a new planet with new friends, yet unsure who she can trust. The narration really compliments this book.

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  • 04-16-20

Great start to the series

Cassie and her father are on a starship bound for a new world called Arcadia. The earth is failing and this planet seems to fit the requirements for humans. Really good story and lots of action. I was impressed with the narrator, she put lots of detail into her portrayal of Cassie. The men's voices were very good too and that's what makes a good narrator. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and realised I have the box set already so I will read the next part.

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  • Layla
  • 03-03-20

YA Science Fiction

First off, this book ends on a big cliffhanger, and it is what I would call a typical YA book. So if you like that sort of thing then this is for you.

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  • S. Cole
  • 02-17-20

Starfire

I really enjoyed this book. It is a great Sci-Fi YA book. This book does end on one heck of a cliffhanger. Really excited for the next installment in this series.