Thursday, August 3, 2017

*Review* Starfall by Melissa Landers

Genre: YA Science Fiction
Published: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 368


When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend...with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn't exactly in need of heroics—she's claimed her birthright as Eturia's queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn't a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family's complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.


This book series is more standalone than I expected, basing it off of the alienated series. But that’s not something I take issue with, especially as I was quite interested in reading more of the Cassia/Kane stories hinted at in Starflight.
It’s hard to compare this one to Starflight, because they books are so different - just with much of the same characters from the first book. So I won’t do it. Basically what I’m saying is don’t go into this expecting Cassia to be like Solara and whatnot, because it’s not going to happen.
What I was not expecting was for this story to fit in with my July diversity challenge. I don’t want to get into much detail, because spoilers, but I very much appreciated how the situation happened and how it was handled, even if it caused me frustration.
One thing I like about this series is how there is romance but it’s a background thing. It’s not the driving force of everything going on, but it’s also important enough to keep me interested in the relationship between Cassia and Kane.
There’s a whole other sort of drama happening in this book. Although family drama is a factor - like Starflight, this one is much more political… seeing as Cassia is a monarch and what have you.
Anyway, I really liked this book and Melissa Landers has continued to please me with her glorious books.

4 Platypires - Joood - Hooligan

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About the Author

Melissa Landers ( is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn't afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, "Sweetheart of Ohio."

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