Series: Starlight Saga #1
on June 26 2014
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Upper YA
Buy on Amazon
High school 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 crazy 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....
Sherry Shoule had approached me on Goodreads and asked if I was interesting in reviewing her book Lost in Starlight, and as soon as I read the synopsis I knew this was a book I was going to have to check out. I would up with a little bit of a girl crush on the main character. Sloane Masterson reminds a litte of Veronica Mars with her super sleuthy reporting skills and bad ass attitude. Also I would love to own her closet and if I wasn’t so attached to my red hair I would totally be trying to rock purple hair. I think I related to Sloane so much because she is a geek girl and doesn’t exactly fit in with the norm. She’s kinda the queen geek and star reporter for the newspaper at her school and doesn’t really care what others think about her fashion choices. She likes to do things that make her happy and doesn’t care about taking crap for it.
When we first meet Sloane she is getting her stalk on and investigating Hayden Lancaster. The hot new boy at school she has been crushing on for 6 months and finally has the chance to learn more about him. He was suspected in hacking the school’s computer system and her Editor and friend Devin has asked her to look into it, and Sloane of course jumps at the chance. Turns out there is a lot more going on with Hayden than his high IQ and impressive hacking skills. When strange things start happening around him Sloane needs to know more. Hayden on the other hand isn’t so keen on Sloane investigating and following him around. He has secrets that could be dangerous to anyone who learns the truth about him. Hayden tries his hardest to push Sloane away but they two are inexplicably drawn together. Now there was three things that I didn’t like about this book. Number One: The whole insta love thing between Sloane and Hayden, especially when he really was quite rude and awful to Sloane. It’s not my favourite when books pull out the whole love at first, drawn to each other thing even when the guy is being a total douche canoe. I would rather see a relationship build up over time with the main characters and be based on something with more substance than just being so physically drawn to each other. That said I did enjoy their relationship later on in the book when you saw more of the real Hayden and them opening up to each other. Number Two: I didn’t like that Hayden was such a jerk in the beginning, it just didn’t seem to match his personality later on. I get he was trying to push her away and protect his secret but it just didn’t seem to fit in with who he was. I could see him politely but firmly trying to get rid of her not being mean. Lastly Number Three: The situation with Devin, Sloane’s Editor and “friend”, seemed like something Sloane wouldn’t have let happen based on other actions and standing up to people who treat her badly. The guy is downright pervy and I can’t see her remaining friends with him or letting him to do the things he does later on in the book. I didn’t like she was a tough girl and had a strong personality but let that skinny little twit treat her they way he did. He did get his comeuppance in the end but I felt like it should have happened sooner.
So those were my three complaints but otherwise I really did enjoy this book and found the pacing to go fairly well. As I said I really love Sloane’s character and I find her best friend Viola to be really interesting as well. I actually would like to read more about Viola in future books or even have a short story, I think there is a lot more to tell about her. I also found of the hierarchy the Zeta hybrids interesting. It seemed like for being part alien race they had a lot of control over what happened to humans when they find out about them. I would have thought the government would be worried about them gaining too much power. I am looking forward to seeing more of how they operate in future. Overall I think this was a fun, well paced read that will leave you wanting more. I can’t wait to see more of Sloane and Hayden and how the next chapter of the story unfolds.
I would give Lost in Starlight 3.5 stars!