Saturday, June 21, 2014

Review: Lost in Starlight by Sherry Soule

Release Date: June 26th, 2014

ISBN: 978-0692224427
GENRE: Upper YA / SyFy Romance
Release date: June 26, 2014
Available in both paperback and eBook formats
Rated: PG-13
Please add to your TBR on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20707942-lost-to-starlight


Synopsis

High school reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.
Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.
They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and crazy dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.
Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, ├╝ber snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life...
 


My Rating

3.5



My Review

Lost in Starlight is a highly entertaining and very swoon-worthy romance that brings the intrigue of science fiction into a forbidden romance - which, in all honesty, never gets old. I enjoyed reading Lost in Starlight, and think that is an excellent choice of book to look into, whether one normally reads sci-fi romances or not.

I love the voice of Slone. She's not the typical YA heroine (I mean, she actually eats, which is exciting on it's own) but her humor and charm will instantly appeal to readers. Being a horror junkie and aspiring screenwriter myself, I was easily able to connect with her as a character, and thought that she had a great perspective. The writing style never lost sight of her voice, which was refreshingly unique. Her commentary on the cliches of horror films were perhaps the single most wonderful fictional blog/print posts in all of my reading experience.

Although plot-lines incorporating both 'aliens' and 'forbidden romance' can be overdone, I enjoy them both to such an extent that it really doesn't bother me either way. Of course, Lost in Starlight brings a new spin to each of these concepts. Yes, we see aliens all the time in literature, and yes, we even see them pretty ingrained in the human race. However, I have never seen it quite like this, and the result was definitely exciting. In addition, there have been stories were the forbidden part of the romance is a direct effect of the two parts of the relationship being of different species, but I feel that the dangerous part normally lies within that of the non-human. I didn't need another love interest spewing the whole I love you but my instinct makes me want to kill you, yet I promise I'll try to protect you...from myself. It's more refreshing to see an outside threat, which not only allows Hayden's want to protect Slone to run deeper, but can more easily transition to real world problems that people actually experience.

As awesome as the science fiction portions were, Lost in Starlight still is a romance, and what is a romance without a strong love interest? Luckily for all the readers who enjoy their heart melting, Hayden - the tall, dark and handsome sex bomb of a nonhuman - has nothing if not all the lines. The things that boy says seems reason enough to risk a lot for the sake of love. And there aren't enough superhuman bad-boy hunks in fiction who still want to be scientists. I mean, come on.

Despite the awesome addition of aliens to a romance, and the super steamy make out sessions, some aspects of the plot just seemed so predictable. There were some twists, but I saw them coming, and they just didn't do it for me. The plot did not keep rolling in a way that made it unable to quit. I couldn't put the book down, but that was because I liked the characters and the language, not because I was hanging at the edge of my seat. This isn't necessary a bad thing, but I believed it could have taken the book from really good to freaking unbelievably great.

Nonetheless, the ending will still leave readers heartbroken eager to find out what happens next, and I'm excited to continue with the series. I definitely can recommend the book, as whether or not you agree with my statements previously, it should be a very enjoyable read. 

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