darken the stars book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I have a problem ending series. I really do. Usually it’s because I love the series so much I don’t want the story to end. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about Amy A. Bartol’s newest series. While I enjoyed the first book, Under Different Stars, I wasn’t in love with it. I hoped the story would further draw me in as the books progressed, however, this was not the case. By the third installment, Darken the Stars, I was done. I had to force myself to finish the novel, enjoying very little about the story and characters.

Kricket, a half-breed from a world similar to earth but with more advanced technology, finds herself captured by Kyon, who is rather forceful with his pledge to make Kricket his own. What I did not like about this storyline was how easily Kricket was manipulated by Kyon and the psychological and almost sexual abuse he put her through. The entire situation made me uncomfortable. Love triangles are very cliché in the young adult world, and I was rather sad to see Bartol stoop to this level yet again, considering the same Stockholm Syndrom-esque situation happened in her Premonition Series.

Aside from the predictable and rather bland plot, I found myself cringing at how different Kricket was in this book. While I felt a little better that at least her family background was given more play, I felt like Kricket lost a lot of herself in this novel, and that is essentially why the novel did not work at all.

Some people really liked this book, but I honestly could barely read it. The end did not justify the series, and I couldn’t find any redeeming qualities other than that the series is over. While I thought this series could possibly be as good as Bartol’s Premonition Series if the author lost some of the lingo, focused less on the sex, and pushed more on character development, she did none of these things and lost my interest halfway through the second book. I would skip this series. It’s not worth your time.

Rating: ★½☆☆☆ 

Sarah Emily Lelonek has a BA in English Literature from Kent State University. She is currently enrolled at Tiffin University in their Master’s of Education program. She enjoys traveling and gaming while on breaks from working on her novel.

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