Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Review: "Starflight" (Starflight, #1) by Melissa Landers

Starflight by Melissa Landers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...



If I had to count how many sci-fi novels made me laugh so hard, they wouldn't even be more than seven (adding in "The Lunar Chronicles" of course). Melissa Landers has proved how you can combine humor, soft core scifi elements and romance all in one book, which has unstoppable adventure and a fluffy cute pet.

This is the story of Solara, an orphan girl who is also a brilliant mechanic and has tattoos which shun her as a felon. Looking for a better life outside Earth, towards the outer zones of space, she joins Doran, a rich selfish boy in his cruise.

Now you'd really expect them to have a great time fighting with each other but when circumstances force them to join the Banshee and its crew, then they have signed up for more than they have paid.

I enjoyed every part of the book and I am not reffering only to the main characters. The Captain, Cassia and Kane, Renny add more spice and humor to the adventure, not to mention that everyone has their secrets. What I also enjoyed was the hate-to-love relationship which formed between Solara and Doran. It was great for a change to see two characters begin as enemies, then turn to a romantic relationship. It felt more real and had its moments.

I can't wait to read the next book and I am eager to see how the new POVs of Cassia and Kane will be!

About the author:

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Melissa Landers writes romantic sci-fi for teens and the young at heart. ALIENATED and INVADED are now available from Disney Hyperion, and UNITED, the third book in the trilogy, will release in August, 2016. The first novel in her new series, STARFLIGHT, launches February 2, 2016.