Starbound Book Review

Starbound: A Starstruck Novel


Between keeping high security secrets from everyone (including Rigel) and trying to keep Rigel and Sean from killing each other (with no help from Trina, of course!) M has more than enough on her plate already. 

She knew that as the newly discovered Princess of a secret Martian colony, she’d have to return there someday—but over spring break?? An emergency requires her immediate presence but not everyone is overjoyed to have their long-lost Princess back. Can she win her people over in time to save the colony from destruction? And what will she have to give up in return? “

Spoiler alert: Do not read if you haven’t read book 2: Starcrossed) 

Starbound is an exciting and invigorating addition to the Starstruck Series. I read this book easily in under four days. The only problem I had with it is that the next book and concluding edition will not be out until the end of February 2015. I should have paced myself more. That being said, if you haven’t read the first two books, read those first before jumping into this one. While it certainly can stand alone, nothing beats the full experience of this series. 

Although I now wish I had paced myself more, with a book this intriguing, I couldn’t stop even if I tried.  The book picks up a few months after the conclusion of Starstruck ( the second book in the series.)  After discovering she is the only heir to the Royal Crown on Mars, she also discovers she is the only one who could possibly divert an alien race. These aliens, far more technologically advanced than humans, appear to be a threat not only to Mars, but Earth as well. In addition, M and her true love Rigel, are kept apart. Hiatt shows us the story brilliantly with vivid detail and plenty of tense moments. She keeps us rooting for M and Rigel, and I found myself wanting them to be together almost as much as they wanted to be together. There were a few moments I caught myself yelling out loud, “Oh noooooo,” but the final twists in this book will leave you craving the final installment. Hiatt’s work was pure genius so far in this series. I can’t move time quickly enough so that I can get my hands on the next book. 

Where to get it: 
I got my copy at Amazon for my Kindle. You can also get it here in print. 

Book Review: Wild About Books

                                      Wild About Books  

What do you do if you drive your mobile library to a zoo? Why, share the books of course.  That’s just what the mobile libarian Molly McGrew does in Wild About Books. In this rhyming picture book, the librarian ends up in a zoo and decides to introduce the animals to the world of reading. The flow of the poetry was music to my ears and it captivated my preschooler’s attention the entire time.  Favorite lines of the book mentioned other popular children’s classics, which exited my class even more. The illustrations by talented illustrator Marc Brown were engaging, colorful and fun.

However, as an author I have to say MY favorite part of the book was how naturally the readers turned into authors. What a great lesson and how true to life that is. The book beautifully painted how authors begin as avid readers then grow to have a desire to create their own story.  This is a must read for children, teachers and of course authors. You won’t regret it! 

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