Author: Liz Gruder
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Published: February 2013
Starseed concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a starseed boy who reveals that she, too, is half extraterrestrial, and is forced to choose her allegiance between Earth and her star family.
Kaila Guidry has always known she is different. When she meets Jordyn Stryker at school, she finds out just how different.
Jordyn was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent to Louisiana's Bush High to learn human ways. But Jordyn didn't count on meeting someone like Kaila.
When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn awakens her to a new reality—and to love. But to prove herself, Kaila must look the other way as the real purposes of the starseeds unfold.
As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves inexorably forward, Kaila and Jordan, caught in an impossible love, must determine where their true loyalties lie.
I received Starseed in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. Kaila has grown up living a withdrawn life, her mother has kept her away from school, her only friends have been the dogs and horses. Her mother and grandmother have forced her to wear a hat the keeps people from reading her thoughts. Kaila has decided that she's had enough she wants to live a normal life and strikes a deal that will let her attend school but keep her mother happy.
It's isn't the only new student this year either, the students who are from a cult in New Mexico are attending school. They all dress alike, keep to themselves, and Kaila can't help finding herself drawn to them in more ways then she wants. As she gets to know more about who the new students are she starts to uncover secrets that involve her as well. The more she learns about the hive the more she isn't so sure she wants to be one of them. As Kaila and Jordan's relationship evolves they will have to decide which side they are on when the time comes.
I love the concept for Starseed it's a unique spin on the whole alien abduction theory. I thought Kaila was great I connected with her right away. However I wasn't sure for a long time how I felt about Jordyn. I've not read many books with aliens it's still a new genre for me which is why I jumped at the chance to read it. I think the hybrid idea is really cool it kind of makes you wonder if this could really happen. I also like that the book is clean, but also shows some real life situations like cyber bullying in the story. The author does an awesome job of creating a story that I found captivating from start to finish I had a hard time putting it down I wanted to know what would happen to Kaila next.
4 out of 5 stars
"After reading Starseed, my faith in YA sci-fi has been restored! ... I didn't want to put it down ... it had enough mystery and suspense to keep me going, page after page. Superb job 4.5 out of 5!"
-- The Forbidden Library Book Reviews
"I would recommend this book to all sci-fi lovers and, to those who aren't into it, take a chance. Who knows? You may love this book just as much as I did! Liz Gruder is definitely an author you should keep a look out for as she has great talent in writing and a huge imagination. Starseed was a wonderful read and very different from other books I've read. It was a very nice change from what I usually read and kept me enticed all the way."
--Starlight Book Reviews
"Interesting read. A lot like Roswell, but different. Gruder does a great job building the dark mystery of what the aliens are really up to on earth."
--Charity Bradford, sci-fi author, "The Magic Wakes"
“The story caught me off guard and won me over after the first chapter. The main conflict is a personal one for Kalia. Will she embrace her alien side or continue life as a human?”
--Pixie Dust Book Reviews
Starseed is a fun sci-fi read with romance. It brings light to the cliques of high school, and challenges the main character, Kaila, to be herself, instead of how others expect her to be.
--Kerri Cuevas, YA Author "Deadly Kisses"
"Liz Gruder's characters come alive through youthful, spunky narrative, and her headstrong heroine, Kaila Guidry, elicits a reader's encouragement from the first page. Fans of P.C. Cast will find themselves similarly transported into Gruder's exploration of the dark sides of faith, love, higher dimensions, and, of course, high school."
-- Jadie Jones, YA author "Moonlit"
Author Liz Gruder
As a youth, Liz Gruder saw a series of UFOs with her best friend while riding bikes. Ever since, she’s held a fascination for the stars. An avid reader, she used to hide under her covers and read with a flashlight. She has degrees in English and Psychology from Tulane University, a nursing license and a yoga certification. After going through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Liz realized how short life is and is now slowly fulfilling her bucket list: she’s been to the Egyptian pyramids (totally awesome and thought provoking) and is now teaching yoga and writing speculative fiction. Starseed is her debut novel.
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