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The highly anticipated sequel to Under Different Stars, winner of four 2014 utopYA Awards.

Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger - and more dangerous - than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity...and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents' clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power, and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket's precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection - and a home - in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what's to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.

©2015 Amy A. Bartol (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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We get it, she's in love

I love this story...even though the lead character is a little too perfect. However, a LOT of this book was frustrating. I wanted to get into the actual plot, but Kricket wouldn't shut up about "desire" coursing through her veins and blah blah blah. I don't need erotic descriptions of Kricket and Trey getting it on, and scene after scene of her and Trey vowing to love each other forever, followed by mooooore sex in more dangerous scenarios. WE GET IT. Get on with the story!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Not Science Fiction

OMG... I don't know why I had to finish it but I did. just because there are spaceships and other planets doesn't make this any less a sappy romance novel. I was so happy when our heroine got nabbed because she was feeling so lusty towards our hero. That was the most satisfying moment. these two were lusting for each other throughout the whole book; despite bombs; despite evil plots that they were. fully aware of; despite criminally insane people surrounding them, they couldn't keep their hands off of each other.... Just don't understand writers like this. I promise you every 10 to 20 pages they are lusting after each others bodies. even when they're supposed to be quiet and hiding from the enemy they're passionate and loud. I was actually happy when it all went wrong for them. I rarely give this kind of negative review if there's just enough imagination. this author has imagination but she's clearly not getting enough and tries to live vicariously through her characters who seem utterly childish and foolish. very disappointed.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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borderline YA novel

Far too much sex. the story line is excellent and it could do without the mad bunny love. the only upside, if you could call it that, is that it's not as descriptive as other romance novels.
I wouldn't recommend this to any YA that plans to hold on to their virtue.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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At Best, Cheesy & Annoying

Would you try another book from Amy A. Bartol and/or Kate Rudd?

Nope

What was most disappointing about Amy A. Bartol’s story?

The first book had a little bit of a unique story line...moving into this second segment, it felt like the author just wanted to write one sexual encounter after another. The lines were so cheesy, I flinched a few times. .Plus, there is some repetitive, yet bizarre content: multiple times in almost every chapter,, someone is picking up the main character, Kricket, and setting her on their lap. Or some soldier is rubbing her back. There were wierd fillers like that in every chapter (what the heck?). The content became more and more bizarre as the book progressed. The actual plot isn't too bad...but everything in the middle is painfully corny or sexually explicit. Every time the listener believes that they are going to find out what is going to happen (plot-wise), the main characters are stopping everything to have sex. Sexual encounters seem to be the priority, even while fleeing evil psychics, an entire enemy army (oh yeah, and full enemy occupation of their country), and an obsessively jealous, psychopathic suitor. Though I could compliment Amy's imagination, the execution of the storyline is poor, at best.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rudd’s performances?

Probably not-her interpretation of the 2 main characters is partially why I found them to be so annoying.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disgust...as I described before. It got to the point where the lines were so corny, I flinched.

Any additional comments?

Save yourself a credit and move on.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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So. Much. Sex.

I felt like this book was just trying to move from one sexual encounter to another. Which was extremely frustrating to me as I find the general premise of the book extremely compelling, and refreshingly different from so much of the ya fiction out there right now.

Sex is sex, and it wasn't even that the characters tried to find every possible opportunity to bang (need to pee in the woods? How bout some sex?), it was the overly descriptive style that really bothered me I as pictured young women and TEENAGERS reading this book. Yikes.

I loved the characters, especially the main character in the first book. The main characters were strong and funny, caring and daring. Somehow the fact that all their strength and self restraint falls away with the slightest glance somehow seems to cheapen that strength and integrity.

I actually sometimes felt like I was reading a trashy romance novel instead of a creative, refreshing piece of fiction.

So much potential, and I think the story could really be something special, but I really believe in instances such as this, that there is real power in authors who can really own the "less is more" mantra. Love is so multi faceted. I'd love to see books that focus and explore more of the those facets than just the carnal.

There were elements of that in this book as the characters talked and seemed to get to know each other, I would just like to see more of that kind of depth in a relationship rather than moving from one super steamy sexcapade to the next.

I would have rated at least 4 or 5 stars otherwise.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Love the sarcasm!

I really like this series. Kricket is pretty funny and her relationships with the other characters are great.

The writing style is descriptive enough that you can get a clear of everything but not so detailed that it puts you to sleep. Apparently, that's harder to pull off then one would think because I can only think of a handful of writers that can accomplish this. Most are only OK.

A huge pet peeve of mine is when the characters reactions to what is happening are not realistic. There have been a lot of books that I have not been able to finish because I just thought the reactions were so stupid. But all of the reactions are pretty spot on. Kricket is not a soldier so I don't expect her to act like one. And she doesn't. She cries and gets mad and even throws up once because she's so upset. That's realistic. That's good writing to me.

I don't hand out very many 5 stars but I think this series deserves it. I only wish I'd waited until all the books were out to start the series. I hate waiting.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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An equally exciting sequel

Just as good as the original and yet making me long for the next instalment. Such a great heroine and interesting world building and accessory characters.

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Love it

Why did it have to end! I need more....!!! I can't believe this is happening. I hope the third book comes out soon.

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High speed chase for the majority of the book

If you could sum up Sea of Stars in three words, what would they be?

HIGH SPEED CHASE

What did you like best about this story?

1) Kricket hasn't lost her sass.
2) More Kyon
3) A bit more info on Alameeda and the priestesses
4) More info on Kricket's parents

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

I love how she portrays Kricket

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just wish Book 2 gave us a LOT MORE background to the ALAMEEDA. It makes sense that they're portrayed as the bad guy as it's told from Kricket's point of view as an half ALAMEEDA, half RAIF who's being stalked and heavily pursued by an obsessed admirer and his countrymen led by a BROTHERHOOD (that MALE-dominated, racist, and power hungry).
Personally, I don't think ALL ALAMEEDA are evil. But the ones Kricket encounters pretty much follow Kyon's orders, is Kyon himself, or wants to kill her.

Any additional comments?

Just a personal preference. But I think it wasn't necessary to spend so much time with the non-graphic sex scenes. It's not graphic. But it's not a fade to black either.

Also, like the first book, it doesn't have enough well developed female characters. As far as I could see, Kricket is the only well developed female character in the book. But that may just be because Kricket spends the majority of the book on the run with male characters and running from an army that's ALL male. On the other hand, the females Kricket interacts with on a meaningful basis either really love her (not in a sexual way) or hate her.

But hopefully, the next book would give us more insight into the females of Ethar (who as hinted in this book are not given much opportunities to lead and make their voices heard). And I'm not just talking about the Priestesses either.

But overall, I enjoyed the book because I often love hearing Kricket's POV. I love hearing her sass people! She's intelligent enough to give witty retorts and give a metaphorical and sometimes literal "F**K YOU" (Though she never says that in the book because this is still a YA novel) to anyone who underestimates/oppresses/tries to kill her. But vulnerable enough that you want to give her a big, warm embrace. The only times I wasn't too keen on hearing things from her POV is when she's waxing poetry on Trey's features. I get that your a girl in love Kricket!

But as I said, I love how she outsmarts most of the people in this book. And the only way she ever ends up with the ending of this book is because of something that was totally out of her control.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Stop being so desperate... uhg...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I loved the first one. This one yea... not so good

What do you think your next listen will be?

A search will tell

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Rudd?

Someone who doesn't seem so desperate.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

I loved the first book. She was a survivor. I was waiting for a superior twosome. This book is escape... caught constantly over and over again... boring. Yuck. Where did the strong survivor go. This book is filler and nothing else. No substantial story. Sorry I ever got involved in this series. Gripping story terrible author.

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  • Karen Beresford
  • 01-11-18

Second book and the plot thickens, excellent.

Would you listen to Sea of Stars again? Why?

Absolutely yes, because the story is so good.

What did you like best about this story?

There isn't just one thing I like best, its a combination of plot, characters and emotions invoked that make the whole thing a listen to in one go or if read a reading in one sitting.

Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't, only this series, she is good but I do have other female narrators I prefer such as Renee Raudman and Lauren Fortgang who just have that storytelling edge hence 4 stars instead of 5 for performance but that is just my personal preference on voice tone. .

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, both.

Any additional comments?

Great world building, intriguing plot where all is not as it seems, good character development and decent narrator lead to a recommened listen. Looking forward to book 3.

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  • Jummai
  • 06-26-17

There's a word limit so I'm just gonna say WOW!

What other book might you compare Sea of Stars to, and why?

Kate Daniels series, because they are both self-reliant strong female protagonists. Both characters I love and can't seem to get enough of. I hope Kricket gets a fourth book, she deserves one.

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

I just got lost in the story, so I guess everything about Kate Rudd's performance. I love when the narrator adds and doesn't take away from the story.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both, but I have just finished the third book and I'm in tears. But I'm happy as well, It was such as amazing series, so thrilling and fulfilling to read but I'm sad that things have to be so hard for Kricket. I can't wait to read the fourth book. Because there really NEEDS to be a fourth book. I feel like all the characters deserve a fourth book, but mainly Kricket, I need to know the end her story.

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  • Jas P
  • 10-03-15

Beautiful Narration to a decent story- worth it

Kate Rudd has a lovely voice and does a wonderful job of creating of characters, both Male and Female and by the time you reach the second part of this series, it is easy to recognise who is talking simply by her character voice without her identifying whom has spoken.
As I stated in my review of the first book, she has a beautiful tone as well that makes this easy to listen to.
As for the story, this is a good sequel to the first, the characters continue to develop well as does the story line, and although it is a little slow again in parts, its only because the Author is taking her time in developing a good story, and its worth sticking with it.
We still follow along with Kricket (I still can't get over that name?) as she is thrust into an alternate world were she goes from being an foster kid with very little hope, to being a Priestess with special powers who everyone wants, and who extremely large, gorgeous men are falling all over her trying to vie for her attention. Of course some of them are trying to kill her in the process as there is a civil war going on, and as its a YA novel, there is a bit of a 3 way love triangle in there as well.
Having said all of that - it is a lot better than what that sounds - there are very plausible reasons for everyone being larger in this world (not so much why they are all so attractive though?) One thing I really like about this Author is that she does actually explain things, as the series is going on (Im listening to part 3 now), and all the bits that you want answered, are slowly being answered as the series goes no.
Kricket is amusing as the lead - her commentary throughout the series is very clever as the strong willed street kid who has to grow into herself and find the strength to survive in this new environment. The support cast of Trey, Jax and Wayra are very good, Kyon as the the antagonist is so good you just want to kill him yourself, and there are several other great characters.
Personally (and I do stress this is for me!), I think Kate Rudds reading of this makes a huge difference in how much I liked this series, her voice and the way she does her characters is exquisite.