The Author Visits Reviews Lost in Starlight by Sherry Soule
Review by: Veena Kashyap
Title: Lost in Starlight
Author: Sherry Soule
Number of Pages: 293
Genre: YA Romance
Publisher: Moonlight Publishing
Release Date: June 26, 2013
Series: Starlight Saga Book 1
Book Blurb: High school is tough. Romance with a sexy alien–even tougher.
Star reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.
Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.
They’re as different as night and day–she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac–yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.
Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life….
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I received a copy of Lost in Starlight from author Sherry Soule in return for an honest review.
I really enjoyed the first book in the Starlight Saga, Lost in Starlight.
Sloane Masterson, our quirky protagonist, is a smart-as-a-whip sixteen year old with a style all her own (read purple hair, a Hot Topic shopping habit, a love for horror films and a crush on the hottest boy in school.) A reporter for her school’s newspaper, the Haven Gazette, Sloane is asked to cover a story on a recent computer hack at the school. Rumor has it, Hayden Lancaster, Sloane’s mega-crush, is suspect number one and like any good reporter, Sloane hunts down the facts with her trusty Hello Kitty notebook in tow.
But Hayden Lancaster and his basktetball playing brother Zach are suspect of Sloane and her snooping. Zach doesn’t take kindly to her, confronting Sloane every opportunity he gets, telling her to stay away from his brother while taunting her with fat jokes.
Weight is the one thing that really hits Sloane right where it hurts and quite frankly he is as much an antagonist in this story as Tama, the crazy ex-girlfriend who stalks Hayden and her love-lorn side kick, Darion (amongst others of course!)
Sloane, the resourceful sleuth that she is, doesn’t let a few nasty jokes get in the way of her story. She gathers enough clues to determine Hayden is hiding a big secret. She can’t put her finger on it but the clues she’s collected paint an interesting picture, one that questions whether Hayden is human or super-human.
Despite Hayden’s best intentions, the boy has been crushing on Sloane for a while and their constant run-ins further fuels their attraction for one another. Finally, Hayden comes clean and confesses to Sloan that one, he is attracted to her and two, he is part alien, part human and his existence is a super-secret.
The remainder of the book follows the trials and tribulations of the star-crossed lovers as they try to hide their budding romance, stay under the radar of the Galactic Brotherhood, keep the lid on Hayden’s secret and try not to get killed along the way.
Lost in Starlight is entertaining. I love Sloane. She is dynamic, smart and unapologetic. She does have her weaknesses, for one, the whole weight thing can really pull her down. Sloane does her best not to let fat jokes get to her but again, she is real and I like her spirit. She gets over it and embraces who she is which really makes her a great role model for today’s teenage girls obsessed with being a size zero and blindly believing being super-skinny is the standard for beauty.
I gave this book four stars on Goodreads and Amazon. Here’s why. As I read Sloane and Hayden’s story, I couldn’t help but feel there were some similarities with another uber-popular romance, Twilight. Despite Sloane having nothing in common with Bella, I did find common ground between Hayden and Edward’s characters. The chronology of turning points were also alike. I did feel like I was reading the alien version of Twilight and hence the rating.
Nonetheless, I read this book in less than twenty-four hours, engaged and entertained throughout. The twist at the end of the book definitely made me groan because book 2 wasn’t available yet so I couldn’t continue reading Sloane and Hayden’s story.
I e-mailed Sherry as soon as I finished the book, wanting to know when the next book in the series would be out. I’ve already lined up to read and review book 2 (which should be out in 6-7 months – straight from Sherry!)
Sherry is a talented writer with a fun YA voice. There are some pretty cool book features I haven’t seen in other YA reads before. I enjoyed the Fright Night Babble chapters, posts from Sloane’s blog about all thing horror movies. It’s a fresh concept and gives more dimension to Sloane. This kind of creativity cements Sloane’s character with all her quirks, setting her apart and making her an unforgettable character. She is what makes this book so worth the read.
The whole part-human, part-alien angle was something I didn’t think I could get into, but again, I was wrong. The premise is different in all the right ways.
Like I said earlier, I’ve already asked the author for an advanced reader copy of book 2. If you enjoy YA and are in the market for some good reads, add Lost in Starlight to your list. It is a must-read!