Review: All the Stars Left Behind

All the Stars Left Behind

by Ashley Graham

(This is a series, but I can’t find any info about it)

Source: Netgalley – Thank you Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read this book. Receiving this book for free in exchange for a review in no way affected my opinion of this book.

Stars: 3.5 out of 5

Description:

Relocating to Arctic Norway would put a freeze on anyone’s social life. For Leda Lindgren, with her crutches and a chip on her shoulder the size of her former Manhattan home, the frozen tundra is just as boring as it sounds. Until she meets her uncle’s gorgeous employee.

Unfortunately, no matter how smoking hot the guy is, Roar comes with secrets as unnerving as his moving tattoos. And Leda doesn’t trust him.

Roar shouldn’t be drawn to the moody human girl with eyes that leave him weak in the knees. But when Leda gets shot by one of his enemies and survives, Roar finally understands why he’s drawn to her: Leda is exactly what he was sent to Earth to find. A weapon of immense power capable of saving his planet.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Review:

I read this book a while ago, but I had to stop and thinking about it before I could decide how I felt about it. There are a lot of issues that are dealt with like insta-love, not knowing who you are, transgender, loss of a loved one, physical disabilities, and many other things. There was a lot that I liked, but a lot I didn’t like at the same time.  Let’s dig into it.

What I liked:

  • The alien side characters were complex. Interesting with their quirks and personalities.  There was clearly a lot of time spent behind the scenes making them into what they were and the book was better for it.
  • I like how Leda was not perfect. I like that she had physical disability that left it so she had a strong personality that wasn’t going to let that stop her, but at the same time she would occasionally worry about being imperfect and how it would make her feel real.
  • Aliens are just awesome.
  • I loved some of the tech they had. It wasn’t so technical that I couldn’t follow it, but was still cool.

What I didn’t like:

  • Insta-love. Now, it has a purpose here so I can’t totally hate on it, but it wasn’t may favorite either. I just feel like it’s an over done topic. Even though there’s insta-love for a reason, they could have developed the romance a lot more to make it more enjoyable. Gave time for the characters to get to know each other outside of their intense feelings.
  • The description gives too much I think. It describes the book into the second half of the story which is frustrating. I want enough to be enticed, but not so much I know so much.
  • I wish the villains were better developed. I think I would have hated them more if there was more information about them upfront.
  • Was the cover white washed? I’m not sure, so maybe this is nothing, but Leda is described twice as having darker skin and the cover she looks like the same color as Roar, though in its defence, it’s hard to tell with the purple overlay.
  • Also needing to be developed was some of the information that Roar knew. Something would happen and then he would be like, oh the Elders told me something to do with this before. Surprise how it’s different. If we would have had more foreshadowing, this would have made a greater impact.
  • Sometimes things were confusing and I felt the need to reread so I could understand it better. Maybe it was me? But it was frustrating whatever it was.

While I’d say this book isn’t bad, in fact there were parts that were quite enjoyable, it wasn’t one of my favorites. It’s still worth reading if you like sci-fi romances with insta-love. I think if you go into aware of the problems, it’s easier to like.

Have you read this book? What’d you think? If you haven’t read this book, does this sound like something you’d enjoy reading?

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