Review: Starfall by Melissa Landers

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Genre: Young-Adult, Science-fiction
Pages: 368
Series: Starflight #2 (Can be read as Standalone)
Release Date: February 7, 2017

3.25 Stars

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Starfall is the spin-off/sequel to Starflight, a book that I read last year and loved. This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year (even if I did forget to add it to my ‘New Releases’ post) and I hate to say this, but it didn’t quite live up to the promise.

In the last book, we were introduced to Kane and Cassia, who were both part of the crew of the space ship, Banshee. Cassia is the princess of a the planet Eturia and was supposed to marry the prince of an enemy kingdom as part of a peace treaty. But she found out that her husband-to-be had some pretty murderous plans, and ran away. Kane, her best friend, went with her. And now they’re both being hunted. There’s a high bounty for Cassia’s capture, and Kane’s head.

And all that is great. I knew that from Starflight. I really like the premise and I liked the characters as well. Until, in this book, Cassia became a horribly selfish person who always took Kane for granted, trusted people she barely knew over him, constantly hurt him, called him a bad friend despite the fact that he basically gave up his life for her, and overall, treated him horribly.

I couldn’t stand seeing how much she hurt Kane. And I don’t think she deserves to have someone like him. I’m going to need a shit ton of apologies from her (to Kane) before I even consider the possibility of her being with Kane. I know it’s not my decision, but I don’t really care. All I care about is that Kane be with someone who doesn’t lash out at him whenever she feels like it.

But those two aside, there are other things to discuss.

This wasn’t a bad book. It simply pales in  comparison to its predecessor. Starflight was so great, with the crew being more fun, the protagonists having better chemistry, the story more engaging and the humor more humorous. Basically, everything was better in Starflight.

In this one, the first quarter felt very rushed, easy and… convenient. I didn’t care enough about the plot regarding Eturia. I didn’t care for the new characters. And the romance wasn’t great. I wish we’d seen more of Kane and Cassia connecting, like with Doran and Solara. I mean, I actually closed the book a couple of times to read a few scenes of, you guessed it, Starflight. It makes me kinda sad because this is still a good book and all I’m doing is pointing out negatives. I like Melissa Landers as a writer and I hate to be writing a negative review for her novel, but it is what it is.

Overall, this is a book that I’m disappointed by. I might have liked it more if I didn’t expect so much from it; or less because I wouldn’t have care for the last book’s characters… I don’t know. I can’t figure out how to feel about this one.

My Judgement = Clouded.

So I’m gonna save myself the headache by letting my head sort things out gradually, and I’m gonna rerad book-I-shall-not-name-because-I’ve-already-named-it-too-many-times. I think you should read it too, if you haven’t already.

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