Book Review, Space, ya sci-fi, young adult

Book Review | STARFALL, by Melissa Landers

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Starfall (Starflight #2), by Melissa Landers

Publish Date: February 7, 2017 
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Length: 368 pages
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn’t a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family’s complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.


My Review: 

This was a so-so sequel. I honestly found myself only mildly interested in it, and even at times it felt like I was forcing myself to slog through it. Continue reading “Book Review | STARFALL, by Melissa Landers”

Book Review, Space, ya sci-fi, young adult

Book Review | STARFLIGHT, by Melissa Landers

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Starflight (Starflight #1), by Melissa Landers

Publish Date: February 2, 2016 
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Length: 362 pages
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…


My Review: 

I really enjoyed the characters and overall plotline in this, despite some plot holes here and there. It was an extremely fun read, with a slow-burn enemies-to-lovers there-is-only-one-bed romance that had me grinning madly Continue reading “Book Review | STARFLIGHT, by Melissa Landers”