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.
Kaila has been sheltered her whole life, literally. She has never gone to school and has never really been out of her house. She becomes fed up with it one day and demands that she be allowed to attend high school. Her mother reluctantly agrees on one condition. She keeps her hat on. Instead of the hat she wears a wig and goes to school. One of the first people that she meets is Jordyn Stryker. She feels an instant attraction to him and notices he also has 4 fingers on one hand. She then moves on to meet his crew and she knows something is going on. The all dress, talk, and act different from normal people. When she finally finds out what is going on, she is shocked. She will now have to decide what side she is on. Human or Alien?? Which would you choose?
This book started off a little slow for me. I was wondering when it was going to pick up. It finally did and I couldn’t put it down. My only problem was everything was kinda confusing to me. I don’t know why. Maybe it was all this information given at once. Also the book is interesting, but it didn’t keep me interested. I found myself wanting the book to hurry up and end so, I could read another book. Don’t get me wrong this was a great book and all, but it wasn’t for me. The romance in the book seemed forced and didn’t feel genuine to me. Kaila was an alright character, but I found myself liking her friends more. I loved the alien aspect of the story and they had some pretty awesome powers. I think I’ll read it again in the future b/c I just think I wasn’t in the mood at the time for this book. :D
Overall: A nice book to read if you have some down time.
"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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