Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: Starfall by Melissa Landers

Series: Starflight #2
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion 
Genre: YA, Fantasy 
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Synopsis: When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend...with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn't exactly in need of heroics—she's claimed her birthright as Eturia's queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn't a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family's complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.

My Rating
3/5 stars

My Review

“The truth hurt more than lies.” 

I've been so impressed with Melissa Landers' books in the past, with Starflight being my favourite, but this book was nothing close to her best. The characters weren't as good, the romance was annoying, and the plot had great potential, but unfortunately didn't deliver. 

Starflight was my favourite book for the two main characters, and the action packed plot. I absolutely loved Doran and Solara. Their romance, back story, character development... just everything about them was perfect. I was so excited to seem them in this book, but they were barely in it. They showed up here and there, but when they did, they barely had any dialogue, and most of the time they were just "sent off" to do some other task.

I didn't mind Cassia and Kane in the first book, but having the whole book focused around them got annoying really fast. This romance was a lot different than the author's usual books. The characters have already known each other, and been in love for a long time rather than meeting during the first half of the book. Even though I knew that Cassia and Kane would end up together by the end of the book, their romance got so annoying that I started shipping the other guy in the love triangle... And yes, unfortunately this book has one. Throughout the whole book the two main characters go back and forth between hating each other, loving each other, one person hating, while the other person in love, and vice versa. It gets so boring, so quickly, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if a bunch of people gave up on this book because of it.

The plot behind this story was okay. It could have really been improved with some minor tweaking. We don't experience the intense action like we did in book one until the climax of the story. The plot before that had a bit of action but not enough to keep you wanting more, and stay up super late reading.

I was going to give this book two stars, but I decided on three due to the ending. This book does have a very good ending, and I'm happy with the way it ended. It was a fantastic ending to the duology.

With the slow plot, annoying main characters, and not including my favourite characters, I sadly didn't enjoy the book. While I love the world that Melissa Landers created in this series, I honestly don't know if its worth reading this one. Definitely read the first book in the series, and only read this one if you really liked Cassie and Kane.

Happy Reading,


  1. Oh that's a shame. I too enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to reading this one and seeing Cassie and Kane's story! Sorry to hear it wasn't as good as the first one but still nice review.

    1. Thanks so much jessica :)
      I was definitely expecting much more from these two, hopefully her next book is much better.


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