Review of Starfall by Melissa Landers

StarfallStarfall (Starflight #2)
By: Melissa Landers
Release Date: February 7th
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

My Rating:

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 Thoughts:
I really enjoyed the first book, Starflight, so I was so excited to see that Landers was writing a companion book. All the same characters are in this story but this time we are reading from the point of views of Kane and Cassia. The events of this novel take place after what happened in Starflight and I loved seeing some of the after effects woven into this new storyline.

I always found the relationship between Kane and Cassia to be intriguing and knew there was much more to them than what we saw (with them as side characters) in the first book. I was so happy to see them as the center of this story. Cassia is an exiled princess and this book sets her back on her home planet. I loved that with this princess angle the story sort of felt like a sci fi/fantasy because her and Kane come from different social classes (star-crossed love), and an evil king set out to do anything to seek revenge.

Landers has a way with character chemistry and tension. She builds up the feelings between characters it’s tangible for the reader. That’s my favorite aspect of her writing and she didn’t let me down in Starfall. Not only does this book have romance but a great rebellion story. I wasn’t exactly sure how Landers would get these characters out of some of the situations they found themselves in so this was a page turner. I couldn’t stop reading because I was so eager to find out what would happen next.


Final Thoughts:
I recommend these books to anyone that loves science fiction and quirky casts of characters. You could pick up and read either book first but I think publishing order (Starflight then Starfall) so that you don’t come across character spoilers.

Through the Ever Night Review

Book Cover for Through the Ever NightThrough the Ever Night
By: Veronica Rossi
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins

My Rating:

Spoiler free if you’ve read Under the Never Sky

Summary (via book flap):

It’s been months since Aria learned of her mother’s death. Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It’s a moment they’ve been longing for with countless expectations. And it’s a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.

Then it slips away. The Tides don’t take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry’s control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. but does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

The Story:
Wow, Through the Ever Night grabs you immediately and doesn’t let go. I had trouble even putting it down in the hours it took to read. It starts with Perry right where Under the Never Sky left off, I’m always happy when authors continue the story so seamlessly. Alot of sequels fail to be as engaging or progress the story as well as the first. Veronica Rossi doesn’t make this mistake. The story moves forward, questions are answered but there is still a way to go before the final conclusion, leaving me just as anxious as I was for this installment.  I felt myself rushing over the words trying to find out what was about to happen. I felt tense at areas, scared something bad was going to happen to someone I love. The book has a sadder feel overall than its predecessor, but in no way does the book make you feel bad.

The Characters:
Through the Ever Night adds a few new characters, some I liked but others, one in particular, I can’t stand. Not because the writing was poorly done but just because I hate the characters actions. All of our main cast deal with a lot of inner and outer turmoil as they struggle to find the answers they seek. Its not an easy ride for any of them but it never was. Rossi’s characters continue to grow and you are even more invested in their futures. Perry struggles with his new role as Blood Lord of the Tides and his promise to help Aria, who is half dweller. Just as the Dwellers don’t trust and dislike the Outsiders the Outsiders distrust those from the pods. Automatically, this puts Aria in a postion of distrust with the Tides. Aria is getting used to being an Aud and figuring out where she belongs in this new world. She has no question of her mission though, she knows what must be done and is willing to do it.

Final Thoughts:
Veronica Rossi didn’t let me down, Through the Ever Night was worth the year long wait and 2014 can’t come soon enough for the next. Fast paced filled with action yet a touching sequel that leaves you even more in love with the cast of characters.

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