Book Review: The Girl From Mars

The Girl From Mars, by author Brenda Hiatt is the fifth book in the Starstruck series. A few things hit me right away. First, unlike the other books, this one was in first person. That can throw me off sometimes, but the story was so good I barely noticed after the first chapter. Second, the book centers around another character, Kira Morain, who lives on Mars and is a star Caidpel (Martian sport) player. Getting used to a different character’s point of view after spending so much time in M’s head was strange at first. And honestly I didn’t like her too much in the first half of the book, however she did have many redeeming qualities. As the story went on and Kira’s character grew, I warmed up to her.

The Girl From Mars: A Starstruck Novel by [Brenda Hiatt]
The Girl From Mars

It was also strange getting used to another character’s POV as I was very attached to M and Rigel. I didn’t like it at first. However, it is necessary for the rest of the series. And once again, shortly after beginning the story, I was caught up in it.

The Girl From Mars introduces Kira as another critical character in the series. It follows Kira’s migration to Earth and how she’s learning fit in. While she doesn’t start out with the best of intentions, that all changes as she gets to know people in Jewel. She also learns much more about who she is and what she is capable of.

Do not miss this book in the series.

Rating: 📚📚📚📚📚

Where to Get It: Amazon

Brenda Hiatt’s Website

Book Review: Fractured Jewel

Fractured Jewel, by Brenda Hiatt is a novella between books 4 and 5 in the Starstruck series. I was happy to see this book because I loved the characters M and Rigel. This story picks up after the end of book 4 when M tells her Aunt Theresa about about her being a Martian princess, her people, and the potential disasters that she and Rigel were able to thwart. However, when M’s uncle finds out, it sets off a chain of events that led to another life or death scenario for M.

I really enjoyed the story and loved seeing the story pick up from book 4. I do wish it was a full book, but I will take what I can get. Judging from the other titles after this one, it looks like the other books pick up stories from other characters. I’m not sure how I feel about that as M and Rigel are so fascinating, but we’ll see. In the meantime, this book definitely didn’t disappoint. The action toward the end once again had me clinging to my seat and I couldn’t stop reading until the end.

If you’re a fan of the previous Starstruck novels, you will be sure to enjoy this one. And once you get caught up, definitely check out her website as it looks like another installment is out! Yay!

Rating: 📚📚📚📚📚

Where to Get It: Amazon

Brenda Hiatt’s Website

Starbound Book Review

Starbound: A Starstruck Novel

Blurb: 

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? “



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



Reading and Writing in 2015

It is a new year and I am pumped. I have been off the radar lately and I admit: I’ve been hiding under a pile of interesting YA novels since November. In addition to all this FUN reading, I also have been fulfilling my new teaching responsibilities,

All this reading, however, has motivated me to also tend more to my writing.  I have many great stories swimming around and they need to be told. Reading from these wonderful authors has reminded me that I have fallen victim to what I call The Writing Enemy. I am realizing now that when an author also works full time, he or she needs to better budget their time if their writing is to survive. So, for this writer, that is Resolution #1 – and a resolution I plan to stick with.

As with all resolutions we intend to keep, it is important to have a plan in order to establish a habit of writing. Since I have read several books lately (and I was too excited about them to stop and do a review), my plan is to reflect on and re-read these books with the goal of writing a review.  Small steps. In addition I have several writing snippets that I had planned to turn into a novel. I feel I am now ready to pursue those projects –or at least one of them. It is amazing what the New Year and a few great authors can inspire.

So, who do you expect to hear about? I have explored several self published authors and have been pleasantly surprised by their work. Some of my favorites over the last few months have been Chanda Hahn, Heather Sunseri, Rachel Morgan , and Brenda Hiatt. Do yourself a favor and check these guys out, especially if you like YA and fantasy fiction.

Happy Reading!