If It’s Not a Rant, It’s a Rave: Starfall by Melissa Landers

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Title: Starfall 
Author: Melissa Landers
Publication date: February 7, 2017
Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi 
Format: Hardcover, purchased

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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.

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My Rants and Raves of Starfall

I swear Melissa Landers should write for a TV show. Her gift for storytelling is so engaging, and Starfall had me on the edge of my seat from chapter 1. There were so many twists and turns that I did not see coming, and I could not have asked for a better story to unfold in the Starflight series. UGH, WILL THERE BE MORE IN THIS SERIES?! PLEASE TELL ME THERE WILL BE MORE!

I love the chemistry between Cassia and Kane. Their dialogue, actions, and feelings toward each other is sizzling, swoony, and oftentimes frustrating (but so, so good). Their friendship, teasing on-and-off-again relationship, and sacrifices that they make for one another throughout the book fueled me to the very end. Their relationship is so imperfect, yet swoony, which made me root for them throughout the entire novel. 

Starfall is so quick-paced and action-packed, but it’s the development of the roguish Kane and the smart, cunning, and fierce princess Cassia that strengthened my love for this book. And I loved that behind Cassia is a gang of misfits who would sacrifice anything to keep her, and each other, from becoming a victim of their enemies. The friendships in this book (and series) are true squad goals, and allow the story to unfold with excitement and adoration. If you’re a fan of television shows like Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and even The Magicians, this book is for you! You will fall in love with the strong friendships, wild escapades, snarky attitudes, and witty dialogue that meshes this novel into a one of a kind sci-fi adventure.

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NOTE:  I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher in an exchange for a review. I bought this book with my own funds and reviewed it at my own discretion.  All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

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W…W…W…Wednesday: 3/8/2017

W…W…W…Wednesday

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W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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Wow, the words and poetic form of this book are beautiful and heartbreaking. I already know that this book is going to be emotionally hard for me to review, but I look forward to letting my heart spill.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Loved this book. Full review and blog post will be up on Friday.

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If you love fandoms, you will love this book. My blog post for the Queens of Geek tour will be up next week! 

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I love this series. And Starfall did not disappoint. This book reads like a sci-fi TV episode, and I was on the edge of my seat for the entire journey. Full review post to come.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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AHHH…I cannot wait to jump into this series and world again.

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So

HOSTED by The Broke and the Bookish


This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So

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What are some underrated/hidden gem books you have read in the past year or so?

Book Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

Title: Starflight
By:  Melissa Landers
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Pages: 369 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Format: Hardcover
Source: Signed copy from Joseph Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati

GOODREADS’S SUMMARY

21793182Life 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

Overall, I found this book hard to put down–it is definitely a great page-turner. I am always a sucker for any outlet that encompasses space adventure and criminal runaways seeking refuge among other misfits. Starflight is definitely a novel that can stand on its own as a gift to the sci-fi genre. As I read the story, I started making connections to popular culture, and I most definitely saw a reflection and integration of two of my favorite fandoms: Joss Whedon’s Firefly and John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club

Similar to the TV show Firefly, Landers has created a story revolving around a female protagonist, in this case Solara Brooks, who wants to create new beginnings in the intergalactic abyss. Solara unwillingly tags along with rich and charming Doran Spaulding, who finds himself in his own predicament. And to make the tension between these two greater, they both despise each other. Through grand scheming and fate, both characters find themselves aboard a spaceship with its own band of misfits. And not to give too much away, the characters aboard this spacecraft have a slight parallelism to the cast of The Breakfast Club: a princess, a thief, a basket case, a brain, an athlete, and a criminal (well, there might be more than one criminal…hahaha).  

The conflicts, twists, and the space pirates that litter Starflight‘s plot kept me on the edge of my seat. Some of the conflicts were predictable, but other times I was caught off guard and completely surprised. I mostly enjoyed the love/hate relationships that are described in the story, which provides a tolerable angst that is worthy of being developed and transformed into new friendships and companionship. If you like a slow burn romance, you will quite enjoy and be entertained by the tempers, banters, and selfless sacrifices of several characters in this story. 

MY RANTS AND RAVES

RANTS:          Some plot lines were predictable, but overall, the story is very unique and enjoyable. 

RAVES:          I love me a good space story, and Landers definitely provided a brilliant cast of misfits in a new and exciting setting of outer space. Plus, I enjoyed the development of friendship that is encountered throughout the whole novel. 

NOTE:          All statements and opinions are mine.

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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