Sleeping Beauty In Space! Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade [ARC Review + Giveaway]

Posted March 30, 2018 by Zeee in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews4 Comments

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Sleeping Beauty In Space! Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade [ARC Review + Giveaway]


I received this book for free from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sleeping Beauty In Space! Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade [ARC Review + Giveaway]
Title: Our Dark Stars
Written by Audrey Grey, Krystal Wade
Published by Blaze Publishing
Publication Date: March 6th 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 316
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Flame Rating: one-flame


While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.

One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.


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My Thoughts

Don’t want to read the whole review?  Click to jump to the Skinny Review.

I was intrigued when I read the blurb for Our Dark Stars and I was not disappointed! This is the first book I read from the writing duo Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade, and I want to delve into their backlists!

Our Dark Stars is fast-paced and full or epic space battles! I kid you not! I was not expecting this at all! The characters are also very interesting, and I just want to spend time with the crew of the Odysseus!

Talia is a Starchaser, a descendant of the first humans who left earth to colonize planets in the galaxy, and she is about to wed a Prince from an ore mining planet. Unfortunately, there is also a war brewing between humans and Mocks (highly intelligent robots), and her ship is attacked! Talia barely escapes with her life and manages to hide in a steel (?) coffin and gets shot out in space, in a frozen cryosleep, and forgotten for 100 years. She is found by a mock captain, Will who used to be a flesher (human).

Why I Enjoyed Our Dark Stars

Epic Space Battles. This book is full of action! And I was really surprised – in a good way!

Mocks and Fleshers. I LOVE that in this world, the humans are now treated as objects and are the sub-species, while the androids were the superior species. This felt so fresh and very interesting. It really reminded me of The Planet of the Apes, only with highly advanced AI.

Princess who kicks ass. I know YA always has this princess character that kicks ass, but Talia reminded me of Princess Leia. She was a princess who defied tradition.

Tearjerker. I did not expect to cry. SERIOUSLY. But I did! It was definitely Will who tugged at my heartstrings, though!

Will. Will. and more Will. This character is sooo dreamy! Okay, I had to fangirl and add him to my book boyfriend list because he is everything that I love in a male character! Also, I love the name Will. Fangirling aside, I love Will’s complex character. I love his dilemma between his feelings from being a “half-breed.”

The crew of the Odyssey. OMG! This is such an amazing crew of very interesting characters and I so want to hang out with them! The crew reminded me of the awesome camaraderie in the crew of The Banshee from Starflight by Melissa Landers. I WANT to read more about this crew!

Our Dark Stars was too Predictable

The Villain. Meh. I KNEW who the villain was 10% in. I mean, it was tooooo obvious who it was. 100 years later, they called her the Queen and never mentioned her name, but I knew who it was.

Is there a sequel? The ending was… interesting. I’m not sure if there is even a sequel but WE. NEED. A. SEQUEL. Or a trilogy! I want more Will and Talia. And I want the villain to do more EVIL things. I still have a lot of questions, too!

Recommendations

If you are a fan of YA Sci-Fi, definitely pick up this book! I know it was a little bit predictable, but overall I gave it 4/5 hearts because the action had me at the edge of my seat!

Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Cover
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: 4

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Our Dark Stars Skinny Review

 

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Let's Discuss

Do you finish a book when you find out who the villain is 10% into the book? Especially if the villain is being kept a secret?

Who are your favorite book villains?


About Audrey Grey

Audrey Grey Author

Hi! I’m an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including the Moonbeam Children’s Award bronze finalist, SHADOW FALL. I live in the charming state of Oklahoma with my crew: one husband, two little people, four mischievous dogs, and one poor cat. You can usually find me hiding out in my office from said crew, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for my characters to live in.

I started creating stories during the sweltering Oklahoma summers spent laboring in my father’s wheat fields. Alone and bored, I dreamed up wild fables of vampires (the Anne Rice kind), cavemen, and love-torn ghosts. By college, my tales had grown more persistent, and I started to actually write them down.

Now, fiction is my life, and I look forward to sharing my characters and their stories with all of you.

About Krystal Wade

Krystal Wade Author

I’m happily married to the love of my life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. We live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day I wake up to find myself stuck in traffic trying to get there.

I hope you love my stories (or just like them a little; that would be okay, too). And I hope that one day you find your passion, because there’s nothing in life better than doing what you love while surrounded by people you love.


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4 responses to “Sleeping Beauty In Space! Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade [ARC Review + Giveaway]

    • Thank you, Sam! I have been adding the skinny review for over a year now. I feel like some readers (sometimes me) only want to see the short abbreviated version, without reading a whole block of text.

      Also, isn’t the cover gorgeous?! I also gravitate to any title with the word STAR/s!

    • You’re welcome, Brooke! It’s a fun book and very appropriate for your teen! There is a little bit of attraction and hormones hinted, but very tame with kissing only. 🙂 Hope both of you enjoy it! Please let me know what to think when both of you are done!