Kricket finds herself in quite the predicament(s) to work through in this sequel. It is more action-packed than the first book in the series, and the romance aspect intensifies tenfold. Overall, the story remained moving quickly and was enthralling. There were parts where I wanted to hit Kricket for being naïve, and I did not feel there was much character development.
Seeing Kricket’s romantic life take off was welcomed and done very well throughout the book. The temperature behind it rises quickly and pulls you into the building relationship.
This one ends with a more prominent cliffhanger than the first, so be prepared to start the 3rd book immediately, I promise you will want to!
Overall, I give the story 4 ½ dragonflies. I enjoyed the book and instantly devoured the third as well (review to come) I would rate this as a 16 or 17+ due to the romantic encounters. There is a bit more violence in this book as well, nothing too severe, but a more significant quantity for sure.
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I generally get weary about "alien" series. So far, the books I have encountered with other world species have been on one end of the spectrum or the other; super corny or really good. This extreme has left me a bit guarded towards these types of books. I honestly didn't realize this was a different world book until after I was already in, luckily it didn't deter me at all in this book.
Amy didn't leave me wanting in any way! I loved every part of this book and was left craving the next instantly craving the next. The characters consumed me after only a few chapters, and the storyline was the perfect mix of action, love, and drama to leave me hanging onto every word.
I give Under Different Stars a 4 1/2 dragonfly rating. I would consider it a young adult, safe for 14+.
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As if the cover itself isn't enough to convince you to buy this book, I'll restate it; buy this book!!
Beautiful. Romantic. Real.
The characters will draw you in, You will instantly form a connection with them.
Their story will send you through every single emotion possible.
The writing of this book is simply incredible. It will leave you unable to put it down.. The emotions it ignites will leave you raw, yet still wanting more. It will linger in your mind long after you are done.
Blue and Adam are a wonderful love story, yet the emotions invoked are masochistic. I won't lie, this book shredded me, but in the best way possible. Do yourself a favor, and just read it!
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I rate this book 5 dragonflies and 16+.
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Invasion of the Tearling is the second in the Tearling series.
Kelsea made a few changes during the first book in taking over her Kingdom that brought on serious repercussions. The Invasion of the Tearling is where we see those repercussions come into play. We know from the first book that war is inevitable. As you can likely gather from the name of the book, that war comes into play in this book. Overall, it was a good book. There was a lot of build-ups and in a slight way, I feel it was a bit anti-climatic.
There was a good bit of character development throughout this book and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Kelsea's internal conflict with accepting herself and the woman she is becoming. It was done in a very relatable way. There are two storylines going on in this book and we learn a lot about the pre-Crossing era. I think this part of the story was the most interesting because it was done in a way that was very believable. The things that led to the downfall of humanity and in turn led to the Crossing in search of a fresh start are all things we see in the world today. Greed, debt, desire for power, disrespect, and hate towards people that are different or we don't understand. It was eye-opening to think of the very things we see day-to-day in this world being what destroys us and sparks a hatred and bigotry that infects every fiber of the world.
Overall, I would give this book 4 dragonflies. It was enjoyable and I look forward to reading the last book of the series, The Fate of the Tearling. I would consider this book a 16+, there is language as well as some sexual relations, and rape, and a few scenes of battle.
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