Monday, July 15, 2013

Starseed, by Liz Gruder

Starseed, by Liz Gruder

~Synopsis (from Goodreads)~

"Kaila Guidry has always known she is different. After all, her mother insists Kaila hide her hair under a tin foil shield and a wig before leaving the house. When Kaila meets Jordyn Stryker one day at school, she starts to understand the origin of her mother’s seemingly irrational fears.

Jordyn Stryker was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent undercover to Louisina’s Bush High to learn human ways. When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn steps in and awakens her to a new reality, and to love. Out of loyalty to him, Kaila looks the other way when the real purposes of the starseed begin to unfold.

As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves forward, Kaila and Jordyn, caught in an impossible love, must face who they really are and decide where their true loyalties lie."

  ~My Rating: 3/5 Roses~

~My Review~

In all honesty, sci-fi is a genre I enjoy, but haven't gotten into much, and space-y books are always a question mark for me.  The synopsis of this book caught my attention though, so I thought I'd give it a try.

The beginning was interesting, taking a look at Kaila's family and life, and she seemed pretty relatable.  With the exception, of course, of her tin foil head-covering and blonde wig...

Her first few meetings with the aliens, masquerading as High School students, was quite humorous, and had me laughing at several points.  The descriptions of them fit most of the sci-fi standards for humanoid-looking aliens, which was nice.  As Kaila finds out more about herself, her family, and her past, things become much more complicated, and less humorous.  Ominous and scary events and plans unfold, and take the story on an exciting ride.

I liked this book overall.  The characters were really different, and I enjoyed all the plot turns in the story. The story was well written and easy to follow.  The author did a wonderful job of describing the surreal elements of the story, carrying the reader though an exciting adventure.

I took away two roses because of some plot points I personally didn't care for (no spoilers here, folks), and through part of the book, it did get somewhat confusing.  I would still recommend this book though, especially if you're a fan of alien stories, and, even if you're usually not, this one may surprise you :)

~Find out more about this book here:
Goodreads: Star Seed
Shelfari: Star Seed

~Visit Liz Gruder's author page and website here:
Goodreads: Liz Gruder

~Purchase Star Seed here:
Amazon: Star Seed

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.