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Starstruck (Volume 1)

Narrated by: Rena Gail
Series: Starstruck Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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After an incident with a hot-air balloon causes college-dropout Sally Webber to lose her job, she sets off to find direction in her life. Crashing into a teleporting alien, however, is not on her to-do list. Now she’s on the run from TV-drama-loving aliens, and things are just getting started. Zander won’t stop reeling her into life-or-death situations to save her planet, as he waits for his laser-wielding sister to search the universe for him. Though Sally isn’t quite sure if he wants to save Earth from annihilation or just quell his curiosity of all things human. Now she’s got to find lost alien emissaries, as well as a job, and stop the planet from getting incinerated in the process. But with Zander as her roommate, what could possibly go wrong?

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Wonderful and hilarious

Overview: This has been on my tbr pile forever. I’m more of a fantasy fan than scifi but something about this book stood out to me. And I have finally read it.
Sally is really your average girl. I could relate to her on so many levels. Life problems, job problems, and some ptsd that we really never talk about.
Then the worst of the worst happens and some jumps in front of her car before she can react. Bam! Life you’d expect to go down hill from here, but for Sally, it actually goes up. The alien, Zander, has this great ability to heal quickly. But you know… he’s from space and has his own secrets. Bring on the mayhem!

Narrator: fantastic performance! I loved how well they verbalized the book, gave characters good voices, and actually appropriately read the sentences. If someone was out of breath, she made them sound breathless. Tired? Nailed it. Drunk? Hilarious! She knew exactly how to put on a good show for us listeners.

Characters: I really love how diverse the characters are. It’s actually hard to imagine these aren’t real people and just words on a page. There is a lot of life and growth within the book that is really easy to get lost in and appreciate.

Setting: Modern day with netflix and pop culture references. It really felt like this could have happened in the suburbs I grew up in.

Style: Not sure where I’d put this one. It’s labeled as scifi/fiction and is great for both adults and YA. It’s a quick and easy read with some twists, a few predictable a few not. You can see the author is setting things up for future books but honestly, I have no idea what is being established and I’m excited to see what.

I can easily give this book a 5/5. It’s not my preferred genre and I’m actually excited to read the entire series. I love the characters and am fairly invested in seeing where this next adventure takes them. Zander is also *highly* quotable and I need to know what nonsense he’ll say next.

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What on Earth!?!?

Well lookie there! I am first to review this YA sci-fi audio novel!

I asked a writers group for some suggestions for audio books as I was traveling. The author slid hers across the digital table and I thought I would give it a whirl. Bottom line? It’s pretty good! If I were 16-18 and a female, I think it would be darn good! It is, after all, a YA novel.

It’s got lots of action, well written and the narrator did a fine job on the female inflections, an “OK” (acceptable) job on the males. But for tweens and teens? Well, the issue lies in the foul language. Oh- I’m all about cussing! I’m a former sailor! But to keep this story totally YA (where it firmly belongs) a simple edit would seal the deal. If she changed the Fu*#’s to fracks... you’re in!! But that’s kind of too late now due to the investment in having the audiobook made. So the story is hovering somewhere in between YA and adult.

The female protagonist is a college drop out and is kind of an emotional train wreck- and again- college types would feel the writing is geared more toward younger teens. Sally carries on more like a high school junior more than a college sophomore. There are a couple instances of maturity but not enough to bring it to the “adult” level.

The action is good- story is kinda cool- and I would have given this a 3.8- it’s really just shy of a 4 for me. The Balloon (mentioned in the blurb) seemed kinda random to me- it wasn’t fully explained but kept popping up. There were a few developmental things that could have been polished up before investing in the reading as well.

But overall- pretty darn good. I don’t think hard core sci-fi fans would like it- but up and coming readers in their late teens should get a kick.

Good Job!

PS- listen to it (or read it) and you’ll understand my opening title line!

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