Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade [ARC]


Our Dark Stars is a science fiction, fantasy by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade and is set to be published on March 6th, 2018 by Blaze Publishing. 

5 stars


The story line was interesting with a princess waking up from her cryosleep a hundred years later in a ship with a crew of criminal mocks and a captain who was once a flesher (human) but is now all metal and wires. The world building is intriguing in itself and though humans vs machines has often been seen as an idea, this was different. Here, the story doesn’t get biased and doesn’t right tick humanity. There’s a well built plot to reach a time when things change and if it isn’t already evident, I’m trying really hard to apprise without giving away spoilers. Regardless of whatever turns the story brings, it doesn’t let you down, basically.

Let’s talks about something non-spoilery: the characters. I absolutely loved them! Will, the seems-to-be-a-jerk captain of the spaceship, and Talia, the princess who wakes up, are not only well developed but they also made it to my list of instantaneously-fell-in-love-with characters. I don’t recall trying too hard to care for them (or all the supporting ones, too) because I just found myself rooting for everyone at around one-fourth of the story.

Starting with Will who has been added to my list of book boyfriends tooI loved him from the first few pages of his introductory scene where the crew votes against his impending move as a pilot, to which he shrugs off and says, “I am reasonable […] And I don’t know why you believe this ship operates on democracy. Your votes mean nothing.” Contrary to which, he actually proves to be a great captain and friend and just an overall amazing person. Oh, and his specialities include flaunting a half-smirk at times and I don’t know about you but I can fall for those any day. Will kinda reminded me of Jack Sparrow but a little better version because he’s not a complete jerk and neither is he trying to be.

Then comes Talia who was a strong female protagonist and a feminine one at that. What I mean is, she has pretty auburn hair and loves jewelled colour tones and she is ‘technically’ only eighteen but her personality is that of someone who believes in herself and understands the role she can play in bettering this society and ugh, I loved her! Just like Will, I fell in love with her within a few pages itself when she calls the law senseless and stupid for deeming a prince higher than a princess. But she didn’t stop right there. She believed the mocks to be as important as humans are and tried to save her best friend who was a mock herself. Basically, she made a great main character.

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The supporting characters were as good as the main ones. The crew, particularly, was exceptional with their diverse personalities. Everyone had a role to play and their lives at stake in this space but they stuck together and trusted their captain who had not only bailed them from jail (or their past, worse, life) but also gave them more than they ever expected. There’s even a hologram projected woman who made me smile so much by her programmed personality.

If you can’t already guess, a romance develops between Will and Talia and I shipped them right from the moment they met. It was the opposites attract trope but they eventually founded a lot of similarities and that made me happy! I even liked how their romance didn’t take a front seat anywhere and the plot was always given more importance than their relationship; it really kept me focused on the story itself, hehe. This would be hard to mention without giving away spoilers but I’ll try my best: toward the end, things get worse (duh!) and the climax doesn’t play out in a i’ll-save-this-person-because-i-love-them attitude. In fact, it’s more of a i-need-to-save-myself-you-and-the-world kinda manner and I loved it for that because truth be told, we have to think of ourselves too in the middle of life-threatening situations. Essentially, they were perfect together.

The pacing is yet another amazing aspect of the story. It’s fast, thrilling, and just the perfect speed that a sci-fi adventure should ride on. I feel the writing has to be given immense credit. The story is narrated by alternate POVs of Will and Talia, and the wonderful imagery, cut-short sentences during action sequences, and subtle revelations worked in favour.  Also, a few twists and turns are guarding the end, and though I usually get a sense of what may be disclosed later in the book or what would finally happen, I couldn’t guess much of this. It was pleasantly surprising. In addition to all these amazing factors, there’s a bigger message across the book based on hope and humanity which definitely struck a chord.

I recommend this to all those who love a good science-fiction being played by characters they would love sooner or later, and a pacing that would throw you into a rollercoaster.


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Audrey Grey

Audrey Grey is an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including the Moonbeam Children’s Award bronze finalist, SHADOW FALL. She lived in the charming state of Oklahoma with my crew: one husband, two little people, four mischievous dogs, and one poor cat. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said crew, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for my characters to live in. [Bio from website]

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Krystal Wade

Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there. Stories give her a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to her on the fifty mile trek into town. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children, you can usually find her outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world, or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens, or curled up on the sofa with a good book.

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I received a digital copy of this via Netgalley but that in no way influences my rating and/or opinions about it. Thank you Audrey Grey, Krystal Wade, and Blaze Publishing!


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19 thoughts on “Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade [ARC]

  1. Lovely review, Fanna! ❤
    I have seen this book around for some time now, mostly because of the cover similarity to other popular book series, haha! But it actually sounds very cool, science fiction is a bit out of my reading comfort zone, do you think it would still work for me? I'm really looking forward to reading more from the genre, but I don't know what to start with.

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    1. Thank you, Marta! Oh, which book series? I would definitely recommend this to you if you wanna start with something lightly scifi and not too hardcore. This one has all the scifi elements but it’s mostly about the overall story and there’s not much of technicalities that would be needed to understand the story so I would definitely recommend it. THOUGH, you might wanna go through some more reviews because that would help you make up your mind for this 😀


      1. Starbound, I think people saw the similarities between Our Dark Stars’ cover and Their Fractured Light, especially. They kind of look the same, especially in the color scheme department 😂 Ah, it sounds great! Thank you, Fanna! ❤

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  2. I like this Talia that believes in herself! Glad to hear the supporting characters were good too! Yay for shipping Will and Talia! And a romance that doesn’t take over the plot and fast paced rollercoaster adventure! A winner!

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  3. Oh that was a lovely review, Fanna, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this book so much 🙂 I’ve been seeing it around for quite a little while now and I have to admit, the cover is what first drew me in 😉 but your review made me think that there is so much more than a beautiful cover here, haha. The world-building sounds so interesting and I like that there is romance that does not overshadow the main plot and adventure in this story. More often than not, these kind of stories end up mainly being romances and… I’m glad that does not happen here and that it stays on the side 🙂
    Great review! xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! Yes, the fact that the romantic sub plot in here was exactly what a subplot should be and didn’t take the spotlight is what I loved the most 😀 And yup, I requested this solely for the cover (oops, guilty!) but am so glad it wasn’t just a pretty cover, haha

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  4. Lovely Review Fanna! You know I finished To Kill A Kingdom yesterday and this book seems kind of similar to me but yes the difference between the setting.. it’s space here 😀 I like this Talia character. I love female characters with strong determination. And having an equally good side-characters? well, that’s definitely cherry on the top 🙂
    Also, I am so glad that this story didn’t end up having all about romance, otherwise that would have sucked 😛

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    1. God, I’m currently being so jealous of everyone who has read To Kill A Kingdom because I can’t buy it atm so of course I can’t read it and ugh, this is so annoying 😦 But I’m glad you got to read it and loved it so much ❤

      It's weirdly cool that the two story lines might be same but their world are so different, haha 😀 And yup, characters can make or break a story and am glad this one had some amazing ones ❤

      Yup, romance is fine as long as everything isn't about it 😀 Thank you so much for stopping by, Simant!

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