Stephanie's books

Clockwork Angel
City of Bones
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Golden Compass
Night World, No. 2
Thirst No. 2: Phantom, Evil Thirst, and Creatures of Forever
Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn
The Iron Daughter
The Iron King
A Discovery of Witches
A Great and Terrible Beauty
The Hunger Games
The Host
City of Glass
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Stephanie's favorite books »

Friday, 12 April 2013


Title: Starseed
Author: Liz Gruder
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary:
Kaila Guidry has always known she is different. After all, her mother insists Kaila hide her hair under a tin foil shield and a wig before leaving the house. When Kaila meets Jordyn Stryker one day at school, she starts to understand the origin of her mother’s seemingly irrational fears.
Jordyn Stryker was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent undercover to Louisina’s Bush High to learn human ways. When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn steps in and awakens her to a new reality, and to love. Out of loyalty to him, Kaila looks the other way when the real purposes of the starseed begin to unfold.
As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves forward, Kaila and Jordyn, caught in an impossible love, must face who they really are and decide where their true loyalties lie.

My Review:
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
First of all I want to comment on the cover it just kinda threw me a bit, although I am one who can sometimes judge a book but its cover I must be honest and say that I don't think I would have picked this up on my own but I read the summary before seeing the cover and it pulled me in, I did enjoy the book and I just put the cover out of my mind and carried on.
I found this story to be a nice look into human nature, how we have the ability to love so fiercely and even the power of feeling sadness and lose and how it helps us see beauty in life. I liked that the process of Kaila being "awakened" she taught the aliens what being human is all about.
Kaila was very relateable to me, she loved her family but longed to know a sense of normalcy. Her bond with her paw paw really hit home for me as he reminded me of my grandpa and his undying love for his family, trying to put Kaila first even as he struggled with cancer brought tears to my eyes on several occasions and  it was also through his love and battle that Kaila found meaning in being human.
Now confession time I dont usually read Alien books they just sort of unsettle me they have so much power and control and this one is a prime example, so much evil and darkness but when they finally opened up to emotion a few were what I would call saved and I was glad a few of the characters found some sort of happiness.
Overall I enjoyed this book and I would recommend this to sci-fi and Alien lovers.