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Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns hisNerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never dreamed of. Yes, the middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting!Read the opening chapters for free on Wattpad!

Title : Starstruck
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ISBN : 9781491251942
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 328 Pages
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Starstruck Reviews

  • Ben Alderson
    2018-12-14 03:31

    well well well.What a fantastic read. This series is so promising after this first book. The characters, setting and idea behind this world is fantastic. I have to admit I LOVE ALIENS.Really excited for the rest of this series! :D <3

  • Megan Krogh
    2018-12-06 02:12

    I fucking hated this book. I seriously cannot believe I actually finished it. Although every page I read, I could feel myself losing brain cells. This book was so fucking cliché. The plot was pretty dumb. The vocabulary sucked shit. Marsha was dumb as fuck. Rigel was supposed to be amazing and hot and the perfect dude but seriously was totally fucking cliché and he did not act like a fucking 15 year old. Trisha was cliché too (wow cliché again, I think this is going to be a reoccurring theme here) and girls aren't like that at high school. I didn't connect with the characters at all and truthfully, found them to be very shallow. If someone held me at gunpoint and told me to pick a favorite character, I guess I would have to say it was Allister. Either him or just go ahead and shoot me and end my fucking misery. The ending was disappointing. Thank fucking goodness Shim didn't talk the entire time. Because if he did and that would have been the "fight" then I would have put the book down right there even though I had about 10 pages left. I would rather wash my eyes with fucking bleach before I would ever read the second book. I feel like I should take it upon myself to collect up this series of books from all around the world and fucking burn them. You may think this review was harsh but I could give a fuck less. I don't know how my hours of my life I have wasted and brain cells I have destroyed by reading this fucking shit called a book.

  • Satarupa
    2018-12-07 05:13

    I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.Firstly I would love to thank Brenda Hiatt, author of Starstruck, for giving me this wonderful opportunity of reading and reviewing this book and hats off to the great and awesome moderators of Teen Critic group for letting me sign up for this book.I really loved this story, it's great and really enjoyable. I loved to experience the life of M and liked the fact that she developed through out the book and became strong and confident.The pure essence of first and true love was really nice to experience and the unique plot did wonders in keeping up my interest levels. The writing style is really awesome and really connected me to the story.The story is really a page turner and gripped my interest and excitement from the very first and I finished it within one day.The emotional whirlwind that M faces really made me feel sad for her and I really loved the unexpected twists and turns that bumped me in between the chapters.The suspense and revelations of many secrets really spiced up the story for me and made the experience even more interesting and intriguing.A must read for ya all and I would recommend it to all of you out there and hope that you'll love it as much as I did.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-28 23:20

    I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.That book was epic! Oh, wait a minute, it's over.Someone told me it's going to be a series though, soWhere to start with this book? It was amazing! Yes that sounds good. When I was reading the first page or so, if I'm honest with you I thought this was going to be a boring high school romance or something like that. I wasn't in the mood for all that soppy teenage romance, because let's be honest it get's old, it gets boring. So as you can imagine I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered it wasn't the plain book I thought it was going to be. The first clue was the 'static electricity', why I do not envy Marsha for that. Imagine not having a phone, a proper computer, or any of the electrical devices we have now, well having them but braking them!I don't like Bri, that section in the middle of the book so mean towards Marsha, luckily it all gets sorted out so I'm not quite sure what the point of including that in the story was, it seemed so petty compared to all the other drama going on and it was sorted so quickly it was like it didn't actually happen.There's not much I can say without giving really big spoilers, which I don't want to do. One thing I did find was I predicted a lot of the plot, and by that all the big details, yes I'd already said "That's going to happen." Luckily this book was still good enough for me to overlook how predictable it was.I thought it was a so-so original story, the plot and everything yes the idea of martians on Earth, not so original.Overall, this better be a series, I loved the storyline (most) of the characters. I don't believe how fast the pages went by, I just couldn't stop reading it, I made so many excuses to sneak away to read a few pages!

  • ♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
    2018-11-26 03:33

    You can read this review and more on my blog:This was a cute little book in the beginning, but it didn't take long for me to become annoyed with it. I don't so much think that the problem lies with the storytelling. I have just read a few books that were similar and I liked them a lot more.It's never good when both the little and big aspect of a book cause you to cringe and roll your eyes.First of all I hated the main character's nickname. Her name was Marsha, but thanks to being called Marsha the Martian and being picked on all through middle school, she begged her friends and anyone who would listen to call her M. I know this is a very small thing to care about, but a name can be important when you are reading and when people keep calling your main character by using a letter it can get annoying pretty fast. Besides my strange aversion to her nickname (Which they constantly used even when they didn't need to) I was never really drawn into the alien part of the story either.(view spoiler)[Both Marsha and Rigel, the boy she falls for, are Martians. This should have been interesting, but it wasn't. Although the Martians have some advanced abilities, they are really nothing more than more evolved humans. In fact that is exactly what they are. Aliens abducted some regular old humans 2000 years ago and did some experiments on them . These experiments made the humans stronger, smarter, and live longer, but they are still just humans. This book only scratched the surface of what the Martians can do so hopefully some better powers will be revealed in the next books. (hide spoiler)] The romance between Marsha (I refuse to call her "M') and Rigel, her school's hot new quarterback, was kind of cute. This is a paranormal romance so there was insta love. (view spoiler)[This is the kind of insta love where two people are soul mates and if they can't be around each other, they will get sick and possibly die. I don't complain when author's do that this type of insta love because it is an easy way to explain why two people care so much for each other so quickly, but it felt a little lazy in this book.I was never sure if Marsha and Rigel really liked each other or if they just liked how they felt when they were together. When they touched, it gave them this supercharge euphoric feeling and made them stronger, and when they stayed apart they became ill. Doesn't seem like they have much of a choice when it comes to being together and that lack of choice makes them boring. (hide spoiler)]Despite my ambivalence towards them as a couple, Rigel and Marsha were decently written characters who were easy to like. I enjoyed the fist part of the book when Marsha was a pimple faced, shy, wallflower and Rigel was the gorgeous new quarterback who kept finding reasons to talk to her. I wish that part of the book had lasted longer. Can't say whether I will continue with this series or not. There is potential here for a decent story, but I don't know if it is worth it. At the time of this review, this book was free on Amazon and will most likely remain that way indefinitely. If you haven't read a lot of books about soul mates who have to be near each other then this is a cute one to start with and you just might like it. This book was clean there were no sexual situations or cursing. I would recommend it for ages 12 and up.This review was originally posted on Kookie Krysp Reads["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Hannah
    2018-11-16 23:24

    This is more of a 2.5 rating. There were things that I liked but there were things that bugged me too. I understand that you will never find the perfect main character in a book. However, M (yes that's what people called her) at times was too childish and stupid and her friends were no better. Especially her friend Bri who actually stopped talking to her because M had a boyfriend and what was worse that her other friend Deb stopped talking to her because Bri did. I hate people like that. Anyways, back to the plot you have M who finds out that she is different. Rigel comes to town and she begins to understand who she is and where she really came from. I know that's vague but I don;t want to give too much away. Since this was an okay reading I'm not sure I will continue with the series.

  • Ari Reavis
    2018-12-12 07:19

    This was a pleasant surprise. I've had this on my kindle for a while and am wondering why I took so long to get around to reading it. Marsha is the typical sophomore with acne, glasses, and bullies galore. Rigel comes along and 'notices' her in more ways than one. Rigel won and lost me at various points in this book. He was so sweet and protective, but made some pretty dumb decisions that had me scratching my head sometimes. There's a lot of mystery and some action towards the end. Ohh, and of course romance... albeit high school romance... so a lot of smooching. But a love develops that you can see is genuine. Looking forward to the next part.

  • broken-barriers
    2018-11-14 04:34

    2.5 to 3 stars. Maybe I'd have enjoyed this book more if I were fifteen myself, and a little more naïve about the world. The book had an interesting premise, had impeccable grammar (which is important to me) and was FREE! I'm a sucker for deals and free things, fyi. ;)

  • Tabitha
    2018-11-14 04:38

    This book was brilliant! I haven't read any alien themed books before but wow, I just loved this and I can't wait to read the rest! (I think I may just binge read the rest over the Christmas holidays!) great book - I'll be writing a review on my blog soon xx

  • Runningrabbit
    2018-11-17 23:23

    If these were on Kindle Unlimited I would give the next book a go, however they aren't and I won't.

  • Caru
    2018-12-12 03:20

    I recieved a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.Thank you!! Rating: ★★★★☆My Opinion Of This Book: I liked it!!!!______________________________________________Liked:-Rigel-Bri-Deb-Marsha-The Romance-The Writing-The Ending-The Plot/StorylineDisliked:-There were some YA clichésWhat I Disliked:The YA Clichés~Well, there was insta-love in this one. I mean it wasn't really a big deal but I would've liked this better if it didn't have insta-love.The CharactersRigelHe laughed out loud, a delicious sound. "Boys like me? You can tell her I don't expect anything at all. Though—" He went suddenly serious— "I may hope, a little." I discovered I wasn't quite brave enough to ask what he hoped, though the intensity in his eyes gave me a clue. My heart started beating faster.Oh, how I love Rigel!!!He's like the star football player at Jewel.He's sweet, adorable, cute, smart, funny,and hottttt!!!AND he likes reading!!!!That's just PERFECT!!!Marsha or MMarsha or M, was great!She didn't get on my nerves at all and I really liked that she was stubborn, in a good way.Bri and DebBri and Deb are Marsha's friends. I liked them most of the time but they did annoy me at times, too.The Writing and the Plot/StorylineThe writing was perfect!!Really it was descriptive and just great!!!The plot/storyline was fast-paced, exciting, and fantastic!!!The RomanceThe romance was adorable and cute.Rigel and Marsha are so cute and amazing together!! Like...OverrallThis was a pretty great read!! I can't wait to read the next one!!And well...

  • Lauren AKA randomfreckles
    2018-12-10 07:26

    Oh my goodness! I really, really, really, really, really like this book! It was exactly what I wanted and it was just so darn fun to read! The characters, plot, and overall tone of the story were so entertaining and fun! I only had a few issues with this book, but it was still fantastic. My first problem with the book was all of the little cliché parts in the story. I mean, it didn't bother me a whole lot, but little things like the mean girl group, and the whole nerd becoming pretty was cliché, but it was done so in a way that didn't really bother me very much which I was surprised by. YOU GO BRENDA HIATT :) ( If you get that reference you go Glen Coco) My second issue was Rigel's character. ( sorry if I misspelled his name) While I thought he was sweet and kind, I wanted more depth in his character. I want to know more about and not just think martian, kind, boy MC likes. I want to think more character traits but I still really loved him to death! I really loved a lot of things about this book, but I personally adored how the bits and pieces of Martian traditions were sprinkled throughout the story. There was no info-dumping which I found so helpful! The way Hiatt handled the Martians was honestly so well done!I also really liked the addition of the mean girl. I know it is cliché, but I thought Trina was the perfect mean girl! I know a girl at my school who can be very much like a Regina George so I could relate to friends/ me being teased.I found the romance to be so freaking adorable! M and Rigel go so well together and warm my heart. The romance wasn't to overdone and you honestly didn't mind the insta-love. It was written so well that way! Everything looked sort of realistic about their romance, just a little unrealistic but for the most part I could see them as a couple. I overall loved this book! ( Brenda Hiatt, if you are reading this I will always review your books in the future! I love YA and Starstruck!)

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-13 05:35

    Pros:Well, the cover is really pretty.This book made me feel sad. Poor Marsha, she is so beat down, the moment a guy even looks at her, her friends rush to straighten her hair, and it's like her whole life is hinging on a purple eyeliner pencil. Like just maybe, that purple eyeliner is the deciding difference between failure and success.I wanted this book to be a cautionary tale, about the fact that male attention is not the only thing that matters in the this world! But it's all the seem to matter in her world. Listen to me teenage girls!! Your value of yourself, your opinion of yourself, should not hinge on the opinion of a 15 year old boy. Because unless they are written like mature men (as is Rygel the romantic lead in this story) 15 year old boys are the worst. Most of the book, she's just obsessed with Rygel, every detailed thought, call, expression, positive affirmation is ridiculously detailed in this book. It was like having a 16 year old friend with a wicked crush, again. No-one likes that friend. That friend is annoying. Therefore, this book sort of annoyed me. I know it's hard not to get obsessed when you have a crush and talk on and on about them, but I always expect more from a book, you know to avoid that sort of repetition. I know books don't exist to be role models. Their job is to create characters, a world, a plot, a story. And I don't know if in the future, that Marsha becomes a stronger more empowered character. But this character has no self esteem, she can barely speak out loud. And her relationship is the only thing that seems to give her any self purpose. I wanted to be her big sister and just say, ah sweetie,

  • Ashley
    2018-11-27 02:24

    Initially, I was going to give Starstruck one star, but there were some good parts to it.Besides that... words fail me. The romance was very clichéd and a bit unbelievable. I liked the main character Marsha for the first half of the book, but when she started to ignore and neglect her friends to fawn over her love interest, that was a big no-no, for me anyway. Not to mention when they broke up for a period (view spoiler)[ you know, to protect her from the bad Martians who wanted to eliminate her as she is the heir to the throne(hide spoiler)] she became physically sick and depressed *ugh*.Not to mention the fact she refused to go into hiding as the threat to herlifebecomes so serious, because she would be away from Rigel. The plot was 50/50 for me. The Martians emigrating from mars, and the political unrest and issues and that were occurring was interesting, but I got a feeling most of the story was invested in the romantic plot and how Marsha (view spoiler)[ also known as Princess Emileia or M (to her friends)(hide spoiler)] and Rigel could createamazingfeats of electricity when they are touching, to get themselves out of danger. I also felt that Trina, one of the main antagonists, was only there to be a threat to M while they were at school. The book doesn’t really explainwhyTrina hated Marsha so much before Rigel came onto the scene. Overall, I did not enjoy this book, and was quite disappointed. I won’t be reading the sequel.

  • Ishi
    2018-12-11 04:14

    ~~I was given a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review~~Rating: 3.5 starsIt's the first day of the school and our narrator, Marsha, or M as she is called by her friends, is boarding the bus. A sophomore, Marsha isn't exactly at the top of the social hierarchy of high school. The mean girl Trina, her enemy since childhood, is everything Marsha isn't and takes special interest on playing pranks on her. Hoping that this year might be different somehow for geeky, unpopular Marsha, and with the introduction of the mysterious new quarterback of the football team named Rigel, is how the story starts. Will things really change for her? Or will this year also go on like the rest?Review:This book was a short and sweet read. The instant chemistry between Rigel and Marsha, even if predictable, was sweet. Even though I knew that the book was shelved as sci-fi, the revelations made in the book were quite unexpected; in a really nice way, and made me more curious as to how the story would proceed. What I didn't like, was that the talk of the politics overshadowed many other aspects of the story. (view spoiler)[I personally, would've liked it better if there was focus on the Martian politics in a different manner. At one point there was absolutely no focus and the other entirely too much. (hide spoiler)]Overall, I enjoyed reading the story and look forward to reading the second part in the series.

  • Kindra Erickson
    2018-12-13 07:27

    Beautiful cover, cliché book. The main character left all of her friends (two, because she's a "nerd") just so she could hang out more with her popular, hot, perfect boyfriend. Oh, but they loooove each other! Puke. I'm all for a romance book and falling in love, but this was just sickening. In my opinion, it's chicks before dicks, EVEN if you're in-loooove. Not only that, the author wrote down every trick in the "Cliché For Beginners Handbook". She's a nerd, he's popular. She's a lost alien princess so she's not supposed to be with him, he's just a normal alien who had the task of finding her. They have a loooove bond which ultimately means that they're soulmates... But no one can know! She was adopted, but then her adopted parents died, so her adopted dad's sister or brother (I don't know which) took her in *deep breath*. Oh, and her aunt is rude and horrible and resembles the stepmom from Cinderella except that she doesn't make the main character a slave. She also lives in a house in the middle of nowhere with...guess what? Noooo technology! Poor thing, right? Anyway, I don't recommend this book to anyone unless you like the whole cliché-alien-thing.

  • Ariana
    2018-11-30 03:14

    This was much better than I expected to be! A lot of fun!

  • Nicole Hewitt
    2018-11-25 00:12

    This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction AddictionStarstruck is a really sweet YA paranormal novel that fans of the genre will love! With its unique paranormal storyline and characters that teens will relate to, I think that this book is a definite winner.I can't really summarize the book any better than the synopsis does without giving away spoilers, so I'll just jump directly into my review.The negatives:Some clichés. There were some parts of this book (especially the beginning) that felt a bit too typical YA. The uncool, "nothing special about her" protagonist falls for the mysterious ultra-cool guy. Most of the first half or so of the book was dedicated to the romance blossoming between M and Rigel, so it felt a little cliché. Still, I found myself enjoying the story anyway and, luckily, the second half of the book really improved - once you find out the paranormal secret, the book gets much more unique and interesting!What I LOVED:M. Even though I said that M is a pretty typical YA heroine, I still found myself really liking her. I appreciated that she was intelligent and a bit geeky without being overly self-deprecating or a total loner (I loved her best friends Bri and Deb - I thought that those friendships seemed very realistic both when they were getting along and when they were fighting!). I also liked that when things start to get crazy (in a paranormal sort of way), she doesn't automatically believe everything that she's told - she responds in a very realistic way! Rigel. Rigel was a very swoon-worthy love interest. He was also sweet and smart - an all-around good guy - and I was definitely rooting for M and Rigel to be together. I loved that he put M's interests and happiness above his own and he didn't abandon her, even when it seemed that he might have to!!M's aunt and uncle. The tension between M and her aunt and uncle (especially her aunt) added a really interesting dynamic to the story and made M a more sympathetic character. I hope that, in future books, we get to see those relationships develop even more and come to understand a little bit more about what makes M's aunt treat M the way she does. We definitely get part of the story in this book, but I would love to see even more!The unique paranormal story. I can't say too much about the paranormal aspect of this book without spoiling things, but I was happy that it was very unique and interesting. I loved the literal sparks that flew between M and Rigel and the fact that this book came to a satisfying conclusion, but left us with room for more books in the series because the paranormal storyline is definitely not finished!I highly recommend Starstruck to fans of YA paranormal romance! I can't wait to see what Hiatt has in store for us in future books! 4/5 stars.***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own***

  • Siobhan Davis
    2018-11-25 23:25

    Marsha Truitt isn't popular in school, but she's used to it. Constantly taunted by cheerleader Trina, she does her best to ignore her with the support of her two best friends. M's home life isn't much better - her aunt and uncle were forced to take her in when her adopted parents died shortly after adopting her. Her aunt is a total tyrant and her uncle is usually tongue-tied around his domineering wife.When hot newcomer Rigel starts to take notice of her, M's life changes in ways she could never have imagined or predicted. She discovers her real identity and the path that lies in store for her.While this was a decent read, I wasn't blown away by it. The writing is very good and it's clear than Brenda Hiatt is an experienced author. So, no issues with the writing style at all. However, I found it quite slow-paced in the first half and I kept waiting for something to happen to inject a much-needed spark. Though, to be fair, the plot more than made up for that in the second part of the book. In the main, I liked M and we start to see a transformation in her as the story progresses (not just physical). But I was screaming at her to stand up to her aunt at certain junctures and I wish she had more backbone.Rigel is a great male lead though I was unhappy with him in the latter stages of the book. While he implemented a selfless plan in order to protect M, I didn't like that he had to partner with evil Trina to do it. Surely, he could have chosen a different girl!The romance was sweet and clean, and there was a nice build up to it.Overall, I found this to be a lot more juvenile than the YA books I usually read. Most of them are categorized as age15/16+ but this is suitable for younger teens.I was in two minds as to whether I was going to continue the series, but the hinted-at Irish connection is what swayed my mind. Onto Starcrossed next. Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

  • Chez
    2018-12-07 04:20

    This was such a cute story! I read it on Wattpad after I saw that my friend had added it.Starstruck is a really quick read and lighthearted. It wasn't too cliche and the characters were really fun. The only thing that was kind of bothering was that I kept forgetting that they were only 15. It would've been better if they were 17 with some of the jokes or references that were being made. Overall it was a really fun read and I would like to read the next book, as I see no point not to continue this series!

  • Beatrice Rivers
    2018-11-15 00:40

    Stay safe my Marsha Prentiss...I could never have guessed the twist at the beginning. I knew at once that Rigel couldn't be a normal human being... But then again, how many stunning, cute and magical young men are there in the world of fiction that aren't supernatural? My favourite character was, of course, Rigel, although it must be annoying to blow up every electronical objet that you touch...I Highly Recommended this book. Stay safe my Marshan Princess.

  • AnnMarie
    2018-11-24 02:41

    I am used to reading this author's regency romance, and I didn't know how this different genre would go down with me, but the story sounded good, and I gave it a try. I am glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a unique story, Brenda has such a great imagination. You can't help but appreciate how nice it would be if something like this could be happening around us right now, well the good guys bit that is. You will have to read it to know what I mean. You won't be sorry.

  • Isabell
    2018-11-30 23:41

    This book was so freaking amazing!But I will not lie and say that I liked the whole book because some parts I really thought was annoying and just boring. I love the characters and even if sometimes I thought Marsha was annoying at some points I did turn out to like her in the end. I totally recommend people to read this book!

  • Yara
    2018-12-10 07:20

    Absolutely LOVED M and Rigel's connection! Sure makes me with the bonding thing existed in real life :) One of my fave YA's this past year. Couldn't put this down, nor the sequel. Can't wait for the next installment!

  • Brea Johnson
    2018-11-22 05:25

    I received a free copy of Startstruck in return for an honest review.Starstruck is the typical childhood fantasy – being saved from your boring, very ordinary, typical life by some extraordinary events or people that tell you that you’re something different, something special. I guess you could call this boring and overdone, or depending on your outlook, see it as appealing. I personally think that even though Starstruck is very typical, it has a background idea that can potentially turn a second or third book into a very original series. This story however, is well, ordinary. Warning - There are spoilers below. First, the plot. Girls, remember fantasizing that you’d wake up one and find out that you’re actually a princess? Ever dreamed that you were Mia Thermopolis and a long lost relative told you that you were royal? Throw in a few aliens, adoption and a foreseeable romance and you’ve got Starstruck. Sadly, this makes it a little predictable. I do like the sci-fi element though – I personally never imagined I’d be from outer space. The pace of the story was a little off for me. I personally hate it when authors feel the need to fill me in on every aspect of the main characters day. We literally see MC’s Marsha’s entire day for a week. Each class, lunches, going to the locker, the bus rides home, dinner – the lot. To be completely honest, a lot of that could have been cut out as it didn’t add to the story. Though this pacing did improve as the story went on. I also didn’t get a big hit from the climax. I love it when I’m surprised, when the climax makes you jump and cringe. Sadly, as soon as I saw the problem arise, I knew exactly how they were going to get out of it. No surprise there. Next, the characters. I’ll be honest when I say I’m not a huge fan of the MC, Marsha. She is portrayed to be somewhat weak, and even though I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for strong female characters, an MC who turns out to be royalty should definitely not be weak. I also hate her vulnerability and change that comes about in her when love comes into play. It appears that she totally loses herself to her infatuation with a boy; including ditching her friends. I just don’t like it. Now to the love interest and boy in charge of Marsha finding out her identity. I find Rigel incredibly boring. There no rebelliousness or sneakiness to him. No normal guy, cool casualness. He is way too nice and loyal. To perfect, really. But I do like how is loyal and true nature adds suspense to the story. I like his determination to stay away from Marsha for her own good, hurting both him and her. It does give him a little appeal. To me, both these characters are a little unrealistic. Actually the most realistic character in my eyes is the horrid aunt, who acts as an evil step mother who has a weird, hidden affection for Marsha. Overall Starstruck is a little predictable, has weak, unrealistic characters and is tiresome to read – especially in the beginning. Despite this, it deserves credit in that it does have some originality and is suited to those who still love to fantasize.

  • M. Kircher
    2018-12-08 02:32

    **This review contains spoilers**This book is amazing! Now, I may be a bit biased because the main character’s name is M.—a name that I obviously hold near and dear to my heart—but really, it has nothing to do with names and everything to do with how freaking awesome Book #1 in this series is.We start out with fifteen-year-old Marsha (or M. as her friends call her). She’s a sophomore at Jewel High School and the class geek. Not pretty or popular or even all that coordinated, M. survives by staying under the radar and out of the way of pesky cheerleader Trina—her nemesis since the third grade. Anyone who wasn’t a cheerleader in high school can relate to M. and the intense desire she has just to be left alone. Thankfully, M.—who was adopted and then orphaned and now raised by her aunt and uncle—has two best friends named Bri and Deb. The trio stands together in their geekdom and dreams about one day being on the top of the social food chain. And maybe even dating a hot guy or two!Enter Rigel (pronounced Ry-jel), the hot new quarterback who gives M. these strange jolts of electricity whenever he’s near. Much to the dismay of Trina and every other girl in the school, Rigel starts to pay a lot of attention to M.Marsha can hardly believe her good luck and begins to fall for the hot guy and there’s this back and forth between them that sucks you in like a black hole. Seriously, I haven’t been this drawn into a teen romance since reading Twilight obsessively for five hours in a row.Rigel and M. begin to become more than friends, but there’s another reason he’s interested in her. One that’s hard to believe, even for an orphaned astronomy nut like M.And the reason is that Rigel is a human immigrant from Mars, and he and his parents have been searching for M. a long time. It turns out that M. is the long-lost Princess of the underground human colonies on Mars; deposed from her rightful throne by the evil dictator Faxon and believed dead by many.It sounds hokey. But it’s not. Think Twilight with Martians! M. and Rigel form the legendary graell bond, while other expatriate Martian dignitaries and Rigel’s own parents think it’s better that the two remain apartThe writing is superb—exactly what you would expect from a New York Times Bestselling author. And the story is well-crafted. But it’s the engrossing ill-fated romance between M. and Rigel that had me reading late into the night and snatching up Book #2, Starcrossed, off Amazon as soon as I was done.A well deserved five stars! Great for ages 12+ (The author mentions the pull towards sex realistically, but keeps the main characters from ever doing more than PG kissing.)

  • Anna (Adventures with a Book Nerd)
    2018-12-01 00:41

    More reviews can be found on Adventures with a Book Nerd.So, I went into this book with low expectations because a.) it was free as an e-book, and b.) it was compared to the LUX series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. If you didn't know, the LUX series is one of my favorite series of all time, so I did not want to read a not so good copy of my favorite series. I am glad to say I was was pleasantly surprised. In this book we follow Marsha, otherwise known as M, as she starts her Sophomore year of high school. M is the nerdy student; she always does her homework; she loves to read; she also has a giant crush on the new student and quarterback, Rigel. The whole school is surprised though when Rigel starts to talk to and like M, but what made him see M in the first place?I liked M, but sometimes I found her kind of annoying. That rarely happened though, and she had a lot more good qualities than bad. I really liked how she thought everything out and used resources around her. She thought about different plans, and how each one would turn out before acting out on one of them. I also really liked Rigel. He was just a really sweet character, and he was really good to M. He was always thinking about her, and what would be best for her. I cannot wait to see how their relationship progresses through out the series. Now, this series has been compared to the LUX series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I can see why. There are similar aspects like the alien thing, the bonding thing, and even Rigel and M's relationship. One real difference that I really enjoyed though was the politics. I am not really a big fan of a lot of politics in YA books, but I really enjoyed it in this book. It was cool to get to see how the politics on Mars is similar and different from on Earth. Now I'm sure that we are going to focus more on powers in the rest of the series, but I am excited to see how the politics aspect of this book works out.Overall, this was a fun, fast paced book with aliens, romance, and interesting politics. I recommend this book to alien lovers.

  • The Book Jar Blog
    2018-12-12 00:38

    Read more of our reviews at: www.thebookjarblog.wordpress.comThis is the first book of the series where M, short for Marsha is a nerdy, awkward 15-year-old teenager living her life in small town Jewel Indiana. M lives a tragic life, being orphaned and now living with her disapprovingly strict aunt and brainless uncle. Life changes for her when the new student (a very attractive new student) Rigel, starts paying more attention to M. M finds her acne clears up, she know longer needs glasses and weird things are happening. Rigel is more mysterious and intriguing and more interested in hanging out with M over the popular crowd. As M navigates her high school life, between homework, friend drama, learning more about Riger and bullies, life with Riger becomes more interesting than she could have imagined.This was an amazing opening book to a really intriguing series. The huge revelation of the book was not what I thought it would be, but it was good. Hiatt does a great job of creating an uneasy, unusual tension between Riger and M that you are dying to know what the secret is. In the beginning of the series, and in this book, I felt M was very spineless. She should have stood up for herself more when her friends start to ditch her. Riger is swoon worthy and extremely sweet to M. Their bond and love is described so well, it makes it very plausible. The book time frame is a little confusing as the first book only takes place in a span of a few months. I thought it was a great first book, fast-paced and easy to read. 3.5/5

  • Mariana
    2018-11-16 00:42

    "The middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting."Orphaned as a kid and raised by her overly-strict aunt who is reluctant to shed some light into both her biological and adopted parents, Marsha Truitt doesn't really know who she is. She never thought that a guy as popular as Rigel Stuart, the newly transferred quarterback star could ever notice her, especially since mean girl Trina is constantly trying to steal his attention, but he takes an interest in Marsha. And her life changes drastically. All of the sudden she doesn't need glasses anymore, her acne goes away, her taekwondo moves improve significantly and people in school are finally paying attention to her. And stranger yet, when Rigel and Marsha touch something unexpected happens—sparks fly. Literally.In her search for the truth, Marsha discovers secrets that will change her boring life forever... And put her in danger.This was an entertaining enough read but in my opinion it was a bit too predictable and cliché. I also felt it lacked something. I didn't feel overly invested in the story or the characters. And for this reason I won't be continuing the series. I got this book for free on iBooks and if I could get the rest too I'd read them, but I just don't feel like paying for the others.I would like to say that this is just my opinion. If the synopsis of this book sounds interesting to you, then you should give it a try. Who knows, you might enjoy it ;)

  • Ayanami Faerudo
    2018-11-23 01:19

    Original review at Whatever You Can Still Betray.Starstruck started slow. It was compounded with my irritation with Marsha’s voice and I continually reminded myself that she was at that age where we all were after our childhood and before we were legally able to drink. Furthermore, I dealt with stereotypes and clichés that about sums up half the plot:•Socially-awkward, unpopular heroine, who•Secretly has a crush on the most popular boy, who•Had a cheerleader girlfriend before, who•Torments the nerdy MC, who•Turns out to be an extraordinary person with an extraordinary destiny•Enter gorgeous (this word is really overused in YA) boy who triggers the MC’s transformation•Cue instaloveDid I get it all?It was really not that bad once I got past all those and accepted for what it is. Goodness knows how many YA-clichéd books I’ve read. What saved this book from sliding towards to middle of the fence and the two-apple rating was the sci-fi element. Call off the posters featuring green midgets with large, exposed brains. Tell Natalie Portman that her father, Jack Nicholson, was mistaken about the origin of the beings that reenacted Independence Day. We were misled! Martians are just like us! Humans! Not something you see in every YA book, is it? That’s the best part.