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.
Sea of Stars is book two of the Kricket books by Amy Bartol and I have to say, I continue to enjoy this series. There are solid characters, an interesting story, plenty of action, and some swoony bits…all of my favorite things. Plus, the covers on these books are absolutely stunning and I love them.
Kricket is one of those characters that has what I consider the perfect level of snarkiness. Add to this the fact that she is willing to stand up for herself and she is also willing to do whatever she needs to in order to protect those she loves and I think she and I could be friends…if she were real.
Trey, Wayra, and Jax are still very protective of Kricket and they all get the opportunity to do so but in this book, Kricket also gets the chance to save them and I think there is a great balance and friendship that was developed in book one between all of them that only continues into this book. Add to this the relationship that has developed and definitely progresses between Trey and Kricket.
Kyon is definitely crazy and the lengths that he is willing to go to in order to get Kricket back create a very dangerous situation for anyone who is with her. Kricket realizes this but isn’t necessarily willing to give everyone up. Plus, she would never convince Trey that the right thing to do would be for her to get away from them all. With the addition of the other priestesses and where Kricket ultimately ends up in the last chapter of this book, I believe that things will get even more interesting for Kricket.
There are some additional characters that have been added to the story but I can’t say too much about them as they would give away some twists that come up. I can say that Griffin was an interesting addition and his purpose, while a bit of a surprise, should add another layer to this story that I wasn’t really expecting.
Outside of the hunt that Kyon has underway for Kricket, there is now officially a war going on that is impacting everyone. Alameeda is looking to wipe out the Rafe house and as Kricket begins to get a handle on her ability to see the future, she is able to see how certain things are going to turn out for her and those around her.
I have to admit, once I picked up this book, I wasn’t able to put it down. It is fast-paced and all of the action had me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. I can’t wait to see what happens next for these characters and with the twists that Bartol introduced in this book; I don’t know how I am going to be able to wait for the next book. Someone needs to take pity on my (please, please, please) and get me a copy of the next book as soon as possible. Definitely consider diving into this series if you enjoy a good paranormal fantasy with some interesting characters and an action-packed story.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the review copy.