Two Minute DNF Review: Under Different Stars by Amy Bartol

Friday, December 26, 2014
Title: Under Different Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Genre: young adult, science fiction, nonsense
Series: Kricket #1
Pages: 296
Source: publishers via NetGalley
Rating: N/A

All she wants is a home, but can she find one...UNDER DIFFERENT STARS Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they're rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago's foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home. 

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he's learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.

 Kyon Ensin's secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket's gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she's more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He'll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own. When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?

Pages read: 75/296

I usually try to give a book at least 100 pages to do something - interest me, find its ground, establish characters... but Under Different Stars was so frustraging, so full of cliches in the first 35 pages, I did laundry willingly.
I took a break, came back and read 40 more pages, and friends? It was a waste of time and effort. In those first 75 pages that I did force myself through, we learn that main character Kricket is...

A super tall, super beautiful (but doesn't know it), super blonde orphan.... with violet eyes.

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She's also super special and super sad and... just... no. There's also an obvious love triangle on the way, among the other ridiculously unneeded and dramatic cliches to come. I honestly could not care any less about anything going on and it was not worth the time investment to continue for a further 220 pages.  

I usually rate my DNFs but I didn't even make it to my usual stopping point of page 100 with Under Different Stars. No rating but I heartily dissuade you from attempting. Don't be lured in by the coverfraud like I was. Curse my magpie-like attraction to lovely covers that lie.

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