Starlight Saga, Book 1
Synopsis: 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….
Review: I think we all have guilty pleasures when it comes to books and mine is teen aliens. I loved the Roswell TV show, as well as the books that inspired it, and I also love the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Therefore Lost in Starlight seemed like my kind of book from the start. The story focuses on a teenage girl who has to investigate the whereabouts of one of her classmates for the school paper. Instead of the hacking story she was looking for, she discovers much more. Hayden is definitively not human, he is a hybrid, and what Sloane finds is a whole alien community that might not be so happy about a regular human snooping around their business…
I really liked our main character, Sloane. She is very resilient and pugnacious as it’s something I love. Maybe because I’m very resilient too so I like that when I find the same quality in a book character. Aside from her motivation, Sloane was also interesting because of her eccentricities. She is passionate by horror flicks, has her very own fashion sense, and totally owns her differences. Even when people try to get her down, particularly about her curves, she never backs down and always presents a strong and determinate front. Hayden, our male alien, is without surprises particularly dreamy. Aside from the obvious hotness, I found his kindness and sense of justice even more appealing. I like a guy who doesn’t define himself by his good looks and who is not scared to stand up for the people in need.
Of course the most interesting part of the story is how the whole “teenage alien thing” was played out in this book. The back-story created by the author for the hybrids alien was interesting and quite tangible. It wasn’t too developed yet and we didn’t get to discover much of it. This first book explores more the romance than the paranormal aspect, which was not so bad since it’s clear that the background is here and ready to be more developed in the sequels. The only downside is that we didn’t get to meet someone we can identify as the big bad guy yet. The antagonists were mostly Sloane’s chief at the school paper and Hayden’s younger brother. They both were utterly annoying but it’s still mostly made for the human setting of the story, not the hybrid one. I guess I was excepting something fishy happening with the hybrids and when no one revealed himself as “the guy with evil plans to dominate the world” I was a bit disappointed.
Overall Lost in Starlight was a good first book. Sloane is a very compelling character and her star-crossed romance with Hayden was appealing, even though we didn’t get that much surprises and everything was kind of predictable. But, more importantly, the hybrid side of the story holds lots of potential and the end cliffhanger promises lots of craziness for the sequel.