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When Lucas Walker inexplicably recovers from a terminal illness, everyone is astonished --except for his girlfriend Emma, who never gave up hope. However, as friends and family celebrate the miracle, Emma becomes alarmed: Lucas has changed. He speaks haltingly, can't recall past events, and even his own dog doesn't recognize him. Emma begins to suspect something is terriblWhen Lucas Walker inexplicably recovers from a terminal illness, everyone is astonished --except for his girlfriend Emma, who never gave up hope. However, as friends and family celebrate the miracle, Emma becomes alarmed: Lucas has changed. He speaks haltingly, can't recall past events, and even his own dog doesn't recognize him. Emma begins to suspect something is terribly wrong. What happened to the Lucas she loved? Does his strange behavior have something to do with the shooting light that fell into Lucas's backyard the night he recovered?As the two set off on a road trip in search of the truth, the journey takes an unexpected turn. First they're shot at by unknown enemies and then helped by unlikely allies. Before long, Emma and Lucas are plunged into a desperate life or death race against time.Packed with intrigue and emotion, FROM A DISTANT STAR is a riveting novel about loyalty and the power of love....

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From a Distant Star Reviews

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2018-11-19 15:43

    GAHHHHH! This book is all sorts of adorable. My smiling, heart eyes complete with waterworks say so. If you could only see how bad I’m struggling right now in trying to restrain myself from squealing and gushing about everything I adored about this novel, if I could go on full nerdy mode and dissect and quote almost everything from the book, I would but I really don’t want to give anything away about the story because for once, the blurb is smart enough to preserve the mystery and the plot surprises along the way which only leads me to this point- unless you read the book, you won’t realize what I’m talking about. The main characters are admirable and the diversity is something you don’t get to read every day. The writing is just beautifully heartwarming, sincere and funny. I was giggling a lot of times. The narrative voice which shifts between first person and third person is simply fascinating. I was honestly engrossed from page one until the end and I really enjoyed the pop references , Finding Nemo , E.T. and Star Wars.How cute is that? I bet you’re getting some hints now. ;)The book is tagged as YA romance but I can promise you it’s so much more than that. I was given a perspective of humanity from the eyes of an outsider that made me more appreciative of human relationships. This is possibly one of the most unique YA contemporaries I have ever read. Of course, you’ll detect flaws. I did but I had no chance to pay them attention when I’m too busy fangirling. Lol. P.S. I love Scout. He’s the cutest and one of the cutest things he said: Emma less than three.Bahahaha!(view spoiler)[ I know I said I won’t gush but I just couldn’t help it. My guess is that if you clicked this part, it’s either you don’t mind a little spoiler or you have probably read the book. Still, I’ll try to keep my gushing minimal. If you read the blurb and read between the lines, you’ll probably figure out that this is about an alien called Scout taking temporary residence in a host, in this case, Lucas (Emma’s boyfriend who is dying of cancer). Scout’s possession of Lucas’ body miraculously cured Lucas of cancer but a new problem arises- how Scout will get home and how Lucas will get his own body back.What I loved most about the novel is Scout’s perspective. How he sees the world. How he learns to communicate and express himself the way humans do. It’s just so sweet and adorable. Just look at these excerpts. “Your language is inconsistent in its rules. I try not to speak too much so I do not make mistakes.”"Why would someone hurt a kid?”“This is a very confusing planet. People believe things that aren’t true about other people just because of how they look and what kind of vehicle they drive.”“That is a sad thing, always thinking the worst of other people.” “Why don’t the people just make the world a better place and then they wouldn’t need to get drunk?”Okay, I’ll seriously stop now. I hope those excerpts are enough to make you want to read the book.(hide spoiler)]Thank you to my young, smart friend, Melanie whosereviewlured me to read the book. Also, happy, happy belated birthday, my awesome friend. I hope you had a super amazeballs day!!!

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2018-12-07 15:10

    Find all of my reviews at:“Tell Emma that I’m sending her less than three.”When Lucas goes from his deathbed to making a miraculous recovery from cancer, his longtime girlfriend Emma begins noticing he’s not quite the same as he was before his illness . . . Well, maybe not that different.When a couple of Feds show up at the door with a team who want to take a poke around Lucas’ family’s farm, she gets even more concerned . . . Did Lucas really come back from the edge of death . . . or is someone else just using him as a “Lucas suit”????It doesn’t take long for Emma (and Lucas’ little brother) to begin putting two-and-two together, and realize they are dealing with something that is literally out of this world . . . Then we get . . . A ROAD TRIP!!!!!!! (Full disclosure: I'm fairly certain I give stories an automatic 1/2 Star bump just for including a road trip.)Where the couple find help from some unlikely heroes when they stop at a little hole in the wall . . . .(Okay, it’s actually called the “Bar None,” but there’s no way I’m not using a Road House reference if I’m given the opportunity.) Can Emma save the boy she loves, as well as the boy From A Distant Star???The fact that I’m currently ELEVEN reviews behind should show that I generally kind of suck – but I REALLY suck when it comes to writing reviews about books none of my friends have yet reviewed and that I liked. Although I never think anyone should take my opinion for gospel, I do want to help an author whose book I enjoyed rather than hinder his/her sales. I read From A Distant Star last week and kinda loved it – mainly because of it was a fresh idea and not the same ol’ regurgitated YA love story that has been churned out for eternity. There was no insta-love in this one. Emma and Lucas have been together for years, and while some will probably complain that planning your entire future together with your high school sweetheart is not realistic, I’m here to say I’ve been married for 147 years to a boy I met at the tender age of 18. While I realize I’m an exception to the rule, I also realize I’m not the only exception so Emma’s love for Lucas rang very pure and very sweet to me.From A Distant Star also provided some bigger topics to think about. Readers should take note of the lessons to be learned from “Scout” in this novel . . . “This is a very confusing planet. People believe things that aren’t true about other people just because of how they look and what kind of vehicle they drive. Why can you not wait and see who they are inside before you make a decision?”All in all, a truly enjoyable story that could be read by middle-graders to high schoolers to old ladies like me.Disclaimer: I was approached by the author with a read/review request, but I have a firm policy of not accepting author requests. However, in what may be the biggest reading co-inky-dink to ever happen to me, From a Distant Star was a title that sounded familiar to me and once I checked NetGalley I realized I had already obtained a copy that was sitting in my queue to be read. So thank you, NetGalley!

  • Anne
    2018-11-19 15:10

    I'm a sucker for cute alien love stories, so I snagged this off of NetGalley.First off, this isn't an alien love story. See how the boy and girl are holding hands on the cover? Well, it's more of a friendship thing, than a love thing. There is a love story in this, just not an alien/human one. I was a tad disappointed, but that's not the book's fault. I wasn't promised alien love...but I was hoping for it.Anyway, this was still a pretty good story, and I managed to fly through it in an afternoon. The gist of the story is this:Emma needs to get the alien who crash landed in (what seems to be) a high-tech pie tin, out of her boyfriend's body, and back to his own planet. In the pro category, Scout cured Lucas' cancer and brought him back from the verge of death. In the con category, Scout had to take over his body to do that. I should probably mention that Scout's body is on his planet, because his race separates their consciousness, stuffs them in a teeny-tiny spaceship, and sends them out to explore.If Emma wants Lucas back, she needs to help Scout find a way to contact his home world, so he can get the hell out of her boyfriend's body.On the way to getting him home, they run afoul of evil government agents, evil scientists, and evil alien hunters. Not to mention Lucas' mother, whose personality runs along the lines of a demon-possessed grizzly bear.Here's what I liked:Emma never gives up on Lucas and does everything in her power to get him back. She's not particularly brave, but she sucks it up for her man!His brother, Eric, is another stand-out character that I really enjoyed, even if he felt much older than 14 years old.Scout (the alien) was sweet and childlike, as aliens often are... Plus, there was a nice pace to the book. So even without it blowing me away, I still ate it up quickly.Here's what I liked...less:Emma was overly dependent on her relationship with Lucas. Evidently, these two were just so in love that they knew they would be together forever! I mean, Lucas was devastated when he learned that his chemotherapy would leave him sterile. 'Cause he definitely wanted to have babies with Emma some day. *rolls eyes*Thing is, I know people who were high school sweethearts, and they are still happily married today.It doesn't happen very often, but it does happen.The real problem for me was that since Lucas is trapped (sleeping) in his head while Scout is in control of his body, you don't see any actual chemistry between Emma and Lucas. It's just stuff that Emma is either remembering for herself or explaining to Scout. And, quite honestly, Emma seemed slightly obsessed with the Lucas. I get it, she loved him. But as she went on and on about their undying love (year long relationship) her voice came off as obnoxious...and downright creepy at times. Which is why I ended up sort of understanding why Demon Bear Mamma wasn't very friendly towards her. I would have probably eaten her, myself.This one is a decent PG-13 sort of adventure/romance with a sci-fi twist. If you enjoy stories with lots of fluff and bit of adventure, you'll more than likely think this is fun.Thank you to NetGalley & the publisher!Also reviewed for:

  • Sarah
    2018-12-16 14:46

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Karen McQuestion, Amazon Publishing, and NetGalley.)“A shape-less something flew out of the craft, latched onto his nose, and wiggled upward until it covered his eyes. The sensation was stronger than a breeze, almost like a splash of water to the face, but not exactly like that either. He stepped back, blinked, and shook his head trying to get the thing off him, but it was stuck, covering his eyes and making his vision murky.”This was a YA sci-fi story, about a boy whose body has been taken over by an alien.Emma fought really valiantly to keep her boyfriend Lucas alive, and it was so mean the way his mother treated her like dirt. I thought that Emma did well to keep fighting for Lucas though, even when the things he said sounded very strange!The storyline in this revolved around Emma trying to cure Lucas of his cancer, and then cure him of the alien inside him! The pace in this was very slow though, and I did find my attention wandering a lot.There was some romance, but not a lot, because Emma knew that Lucas wasn’t really Lucas.The ending to this was fairly happy, and this did improve a bit towards the end. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book really though, the slow pace and the fact that it didn’t hold my attention well made it feel like a really long book.6 out of 10

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2018-11-20 13:54

    MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListI thought this book was a sweet little story. Emma is in love with her boyfriend Lucas, but Lucas now has cancer and is dying. One night there is a crash outside Lucas family farm. No one really pays too much of attention as it's not a big crash, it just sounded like a thud to them. Actually it was a little bitty pod that escaped when the big ship was destroyed.. because you know.. the government likes to shoot shit down and worry about any consequences, but I digress. There is a little alien, creature thing inside of the pod and the takes refuge in the family dog that comes sniffing around, poor old dog! So, said dog goes into the room with Emma and Lucas for the night and the host transfers to Lucas body! This is good thought because he cures Lucas of his cancer, but he's like a robot trying to learn how to be Lucas and all he wants to do is find a way home. Lucas has a brother named Eric and Emma and Eric find out there is an alien inside of Lucas. Yeah, right... anyway, Eric decides to name him Scout as this is what the alien is for his planet, a scout. So, this, that and the other goes down. Emma and Scout form a bond and he knows how much she loves Lucas because he can read a person's thoughts. They take a road trip to try to get in touch with some peeps that an send signals to Scout's planet. That doesn't work out but some other things do and the next thing you know, Scout's race are on their way to get him. They do it without killing Lucas or Scout. They each go back to their lives, a little changed and with memories of a nice, sweet creature they had the opportunity to know... and now...when they look up at the stars, they wonder what Scout is doing.. I liked it! :-)

  • Aditi
    2018-11-22 11:55

    “After all the planets and all the hosts you've left behind, you've finally found the place and the body you'd die for. I think you've found your home, Wanderer.”---- Stephenie MeyerKaren McQuestion, a best-selling American author, pens her new young adult novel, From a Distant Star that is a cute love story masked inside a story about an alien from a faraway planet in some different galaxy who unfortunately landed up in the backyard of a dying teenager due to an accident, but this alien is not someone who have a body or mind to speak for himself, if he needs to survive, he needs a human body ASAP.Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—believed that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true. To be fair, I can straight away compare this book with Stephenie Meyer's book, The Host and I don't know, if the author have invented the dancing car concept or not, but in a similar recent Bollywood movie called PK, where this dancing car concept was used, it might be a coincidence not a copied concept, I believe.Lucas is a dying teenager who is suffering from cancer, whose girlfriend, Emma never leaves his side day and night. Their love is cute, but they all knew, Lucas will die very soon, and not able to digest the hardcore truth, Emma rushes to the house of a modern witch who is famous for curing people from terminal diseases and making love potions, and feeling moved by Emma's grief and pain, that witch agrees to help her, little did she knew that on the night Emma used the magic potion to cure Lucas will bring alive his boyfriend, only it was not Lucas, it was some alien, named Scout who lives like a host. Problem arises when Lucas' miracle cure hits the local television and grabs the eyeballs of the government authorities, along with some mean people trying to hurt the helpless alien.Back to my review, the writing is very flawless and alluring and I was immediately drawn to the heart of the story. The pacing of the book is really great, since the moment, Scout was introduced, I felt absolutely engaged and captivated by his charms and the actions unfolding right in front of my eyes. The author have layered her plot with some catching action scenes and a lot of cat-mouse-chase with the government authorities trying to get a grab on Lucas's alter ego, Scout. The adventure that Scout and Emma take to find his spaceship is really thrilling to read about it, and the author have intricately portrayed those scenes.The characters are nice and captivating to read about except the protagonist, Emma. The author let's us see the story through both Scout's POV and Emma's POV and that helped me a lot to contemplate with these two main characters. Emma is a daring girl, who has a strong determination to not to give up on her dying boyfriend, whereas Scout, trying and adjusting to the human niche, is strong enough to take chances and change his strict demeanor. The rest of the cast is also quite well-developed, unfortunately, I couldn't find any resemblance with real-life characters' mannerism in this book. Now given the fact, this is a science-fiction novel, I would rather say, the real-life resemblance doesn't matter that much!There is also a bit of chemistry between Emma and Scout inside Lucas' body, which is very sweet and compassionately depicted by the author. Emma and Scout had a friendly bond, or rather say very brotherly and sisterly bond, which is strong enough to become weak under any circumstances. Overall, the book is like an adventure trip taken along side with an alien in a human body across the state Wisconsin, the landscape of which is vividly featured by the author in this book.Verdict:YA science fiction and fantasy lovers will enjoy reading this book. Courtesy:Thanks to the author, Karen McQuestion, for providing me with a copy of her book, in return for an honest review.

  • Karen McQuestion
    2018-11-18 18:44

    I've read this book so many times I'm no longer objective, but I do feel good about giving the audiobook five stars, because it's phenomenal! That should come as no surprise since Kate Rudd, the voice talent who narrated this book for audio, also did John Green's novel, The Fault in Our Stars. Finally I have something in common with John Green. :)

  • Karleigh.Reads
    2018-12-05 10:40

    This review is also up at Karleigh ReadsThis book was provided to me by free from the author for an honest review. It is also available through netgalleyThis book follows a girl who would do anything for her very sick boyfriend. Lucas was diagnosed with terminal cancer and everyone in his life has basically come to terms with his sickness and soon death, that it seems like everyone just gave up on him. But, not Emma. Emma feels like she would not be able to go on without Lucas in her life, she loves him so much that she would do anything for him. Even give away her entire savings so that the 'witch' down the road can create a potion for him. Emma thinks that her potion is what cures Lucas and restores him back to health, but soon she realizes that Lucas may not be the same person she fell in love with. I found this book started out on such a cute and unique note, where the point of view was from the dog when he discovers the tiny alien ship in the backyard. I loved hearing the thoughts the dog had when he found it and how he think bringing it to his human may help him be better. He doesn't understand why Lucas is so sick. The point of view changes after that chapter to Emma which I had a much harder time connecting with. Puppy-love is something all teenagers go through, but I felt like Emma was too dependent on the relationship she has with Lucas. Although her stubbornness and the fact that she never gave up on him was quite admirable. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I have an irrational fear of aliens. Some people it's clowns or spiders, but for me it's aliens. I don't know why, maybe some childhood trauma with a scary movie, but even the thought sends me into ridiculous amounts of fear. But Scout the alien in this book was cute, sweet, and could have been mistaken for a child character.Sadly, this book just wasn't anything amazing for me. I found myself reaching for other books, and just sighing the whole time I read it. I didn't connect with the characters, or story.

  • Ylenia
    2018-12-07 13:45

    *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks again**3.1 stars*☞QUICK REVIEW☜An interesting YA science fiction standalone novel, From A Distant Star entertained me with an engaging premise and a great writing style. Yeah, the main character is a soft version of the typical YA dumb protagonist but it's still an enjoyable fast read – I read in a day and I had to work.Fans of aliens or YA in general will probably enjoy this book more than me!☞FULL REVIEW☜Plot • ★★★.5 starsFrom a Distant Star has a pretty interesting premise: Emma and Lucas are boyfriend and girlfriend, they love each other so so so much (*insert sarcasm here*) but Lucas is sick, he has cancer and he's dying. Emma is the only one that still has a little bit of hope for him. After a series of strange events Lucas starts to feels better but Emma notices he's not the same as before and, at the same time, she founds a mysterious object outside his house.I don't have a lot to say about the plot of this book, since it didn't have any particular problems. Since this is a standalone novel the pace is fast – but not rushed – and the actual action happens in a matter of days. My problem is that, when I'm reading and I get bored, I normally skim-read some paragraphs, just to get to the action parts and be done with it. This happened a couple of times with this book, mostly because it was pretty obvious to me there would be a happy ending. Characters • ★★.5 starsEmma is the classic YA """heroine""" that takes bad decisions (the first one around 17%, then she says yes to a stupid plan and an actual okay decision at 50% of the book – I love to take notes while I'm reading). She thinks she's sassy and badass when she's just stupid. There's also a scene when she gives a girl a slutty nickname just because that girl is NICE to her boyfriend. I hated that, I think there's enough slut shaming in real life.I also didn't understand why Lucas' brother needed to be 14 when he acted and talked like an 18 years old guy. Setting / World Building • ★★★ stars Since you probably guessed there's alien stuff involved in this book I will say I appreciated how they were presented. They kind of can do everything and they're better than us in every single aspects so there's nothing really original, but nonetheless I liked it.The three stars are also for the info dumps here and there. Writing Style / Format • ★★★★ starsThe writing was enjoyable and the chapters well divided, I liked the dual perspective.Ending / Feelings • ★★.5 starsLike I said, the ending was predictable, at least for me but maybe I read a lot of similar books, I don't know. Since is a standalone novel you can kind of guess from the start how it's going to end.

  • ❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
    2018-11-29 10:46

    Cute read. I would have eaten this up with a spoon when I was in grade school/middle school. I guess as a mom I just see things a bit differently than the high school age MC.Emily is at her boyfriends bedside in his last days. He is dying of cancer. He is the "perfect" guy. Everyone loves him, he was a jock, gorgeous, and loves her even though his parents would want him dating someone from the same side of the tracks.Even when Lucas is on his deathbed and no longer responsive, she still believes love can make him rally and recover. So when a miracle happens, she doesn't question first.Soon she and Lucas are on the run from government bad guys and trying to help a new friend. In my opinion, this is great for middle grade to high school age kids. I enjoyed parts, found some parts to be a bit of an eyeroll (but the characters were actually acting authentically for their age, so I can't really fault that). There is definitely an audience for this, but it was just OK for me.Thank you Skyscape Publishing and Netgalley for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
    2018-12-02 12:59

    Thanks to Karen McQuestion, Netgalley and Skyscape for giving me this book to review.17 year old Emma is the only person who has not given up hope for Lucas, her boyfriend, as everyone believes that his cancer has killed him, but she is willing to do anything to save him. When Lucas miraculously recovers everyone is surprised and exultant, but Emma notices that Lucas is not the same person. However, she could have never guessed the truth, that an alien, Scout, has temporally taken over Lucas’s body and is desperate to get back home. With government agents poking around, Emma and Scout set out to find help and save the boy she loves. From a Distant Star is a likable YA sci-fi book, which is a quick read, with romance and suspense. While this book deals with some big issues it is not dark.While I liked Emma as she was determined and never gave up, she did irritate me as she was very clingy and believed in aliens way too easily. However, I really liked Scout as he was adorable and naïve, who is just lost in a strange world and just wanted to go home. I also like Eric as he was a good kid, but I did feel sorry for him as his parents didn’t believe in him. But while they did not seem the kindest parents, it must be hard for them having a son dying of cancer, and that may explain why they acted a certain way.I enjoyed From a Distant Star and I would recommend to fans of YA sci-fi novels.

  • Abooktopia
    2018-11-28 13:07

    http://abooktopia.weebly.comGet ready to embark on a thrilling adventure of courage, humanity, and friendship. - AbooktopiaEmma is determined to save her boyfriend Lucas from the brink of death, even when everyone else believes it’s only a matter of time before he passes away. Emma is willing to do anything if it means saving his life. When Emma visits the local “witch” in search for a cure, she is given a potion that is promised to heal her boyfriend, though he may be different than the person she once knew. On the same night she gives Lucas the potion, an alien from outer space crash-lands on her planet. When Lucas makes a miraculous speedy recovery within the week, everyone is happy to have Lucas back from battling cancer, but Emma senses that something’s up. It turns out, an alien by the name Scout, has taken to inhabiting her boyfriend’s body; curing Lucas’s cancer in the process. Scout must take up residence in Lucas’s body if he wishes to survive on Earth and return to his home planet. If that wasn’t bad enough for Emma already, there are federal agents investigating the scene of the crash. Racing against time, Emma must help Scout return home before the agents get their hands on him for their experimentation, if she wishes to free Lucas’s body. The character’s were well developed and were realistic. Karen McQuestion added a nice touch of humanity to her characters, making them all the more loveable, and easy to connect with. Scout had a loveable personality right from the start, and was really interesting to get an idea of how someone outside of our world may view Earth, and how he or she would experience their time here. I really loved how there were no insta-romances, let alone love-triangles in this novel, which was refreshing. There was only Emma trying to get her boyfriend back, and Scout wanting to return home to his loved ones. ***I received a personalised signed copy of this book in return for an honest and unbiased review***

  • Aila
    2018-11-20 12:53

    Thanks Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for the arc! WARNING: this book is not about romance. Well, it is, but... not what you're thinking. At least it wasn't what I was thinking when I got into it.Emma is HELLA DEVOTED to her boyfriend. The things she does for her boyfriend Lucas absolutely astounds me. Despite Lucas' parent's protests, she stays by his side throughout the night while he's stuck in comatose and about to die from cancer. She prays exceedingly for him. She even tries to go to some witch-lady to get him healed. It's actually a little psychotic at times.So giving a more thorough rundown of the synopsis, an alien from planet whatever (it isn't specified) crash lands and takes over Lucas' body. Lucas' soul is still dormant, but the alien has to first get back to its own planet before Lucas can come back. Emma, Eric (Lucas' brother), and Scout (the alien's name) work together to find a way to get that plan to hatch.The science fiction parts of this story was pretty cool. When Scout describes his own planet it's quite vague, but I wasn't really here for the sci-fi aspects anyway. The whole side story with the government agents kind of complicated the book a little and I thought putting so much details into that small part of the story REALLY wasn't really necessary.But back to Emma: like I said before, her loyalty to her boyfriend is an admirable quality. She also has qualities that aren't so... shining. Ultra-possessiveness of her boyfriend, slut-shaming, and basically baring her teeth at any other female character her age in the book."But they couldn't have him because I'd claimed him first. He was my nectar. My forever boy.""She snapped her gum and rested a hand on Lucas's shoulder as she spoke to him. I didn't know her name, but mentally I named her Bambi McSlutsky."If she's a slut, then you're the psycho girlfriend. Really, I tried to skip through these parts because after the first twelve times I was just done. Considering the only female character in this book is you (Emma), I think you have enough screen time. No need to ruin it with all this creeper behavior.Anyway, the one thing I enjoyed the most out of this book was the friendship that developed between Scout and Emma. At first she's angry at him for taking over her boyfriend, but she starts to empathize with him and teaches him to have fun and all that non-alien shizzam. They have a great platonic friendship throughout their journey. "We were two broken people trying to find comfort from the other. Neither of us had signed up for this madness, and yet, here we were together, trying to make the best of it."Don't go into the book looking for some sweet romance. Honestly, Emma's possessiveness is the only thing going for the romance in the book considering Lucas himself is hardly in it. Once I realized that, however, I enjoyed it more and focused on the companionship of Emma, Eric, Scout, and the relationships with Lucas' parents.The last comment I have is a complaint that when Scout was on Earth, he solved so many problems. Healing a girl from cancer? Done. Yeah, I get that he's an alien, but it was a little annoying that some problems were just solved by him being there. I guess it's leading up to a happy ending, but it was just too happy-go-lucky for me.The friendship in this story really stood out to me. Emma definitely has some major flaws that aren't really an issue in the story but I had an issue with nonetheless. Technically, the romance was hardly in the book. It takes two to make a relationship, right? Considering the second part of Emma wasn't conscious for the majority of the book, I would say that there wasn't much of a relationship going.Don't read this book for the story of Emma and Lucas (the couple), but read it for the friendship that develops between the strong (but possessive) main character and a companion that came from a distant star.

  • Kristen
    2018-12-02 11:06

    I'm thinking 3.5. RTC!------------------------3.5/5 starsI was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!The Skinny:Emma, unlike everyone else, has not given up hope. She knows deep down that Lucas can, and will, make a full recovery. He simply cannot die from cancer. Willing to try just about anything, no matter how strange, Emma visits Mrs. Kokesh who gives her a special potion. That night Emma follows Mrs. Kokesh’s directions, and a few days later the unimaginable happens: Lucas wakes up. The problem is, Lucas is no longer the Lucas that Emma remembers. In fact, he is so different that Emma begins to suspect that something is terribly wrong. Who is this Lucas that has come back to her? Does his strange behavior have something to do with the other oddity that has just occurred right in Lucas’s backyard?Review:There are many reasons why I should not have liked this novel:1) Emma is constantly waxing poetic about Lucas. She and Lucas share such a deep love. They are going to grow old together. Blah, blah, blah. Honestly, for a 17 (?) year old girl, I feel that the amount of time discussing her true love for Lucas was a tad much. Maybe I am wrong? I am basing my feelings about this on my time as a 17 year old; I most definitely did not know what true love was. 2) Emma, at times, was TSTL. The prime example I can think of is when she told Lucas’s parents about her theories concerning Lucas (that “something else is inside of Lucas and that something is wearing him like a costume.”). I was very confused as to why Emma was telling his parents this, especially because Lucas’s mom did not appear to like Emma (AT ALL!). Why would someone who was constantly trying to shoo you away believe such a story? Why would you expect someone who disliked you to believe such a story? If I were in Emma’s shoes, the last person I would tell would have been Lucas’s mom. 3) Some of the happenings were just too convenient. The biggest convenience was the ‘thing’ that Beverley and her husband lent Scout and Emma. I’m not going to go into detail, because it would give a lot away, but this object made things just a teensy bit too easy. There are several other things I made note of (Emma not being a particularly strong female character being one) that should have added to my dislike of this novel. But the fact of the matter is: I didn’t wholly dislike this book. Guys, I bought what this author was selling. WHY? Even after several days I’m not sure why I liked this. I think the main reason is that it gave me the warm and fuzzies. The ending was like a freakin perfectly wrapped present, which I just LIKED. This was such an easy read that really didn’t cause me any grief whatsoever. Once in a while I guess I like a book like that. I liked From a Distant Star in this kinda way:Awwwwwwww.Overall:This book was an easy read that involved little brain power, and it was definitely devoid of any anxiety-inducing moments. There were many things that prevented me from loving it, yet I would read another book by the author. If you are looking for something that is quick, easy, and strangely likable, then this may be the read for you. 

  • Mandy K
    2018-11-18 16:49

    Full ReviewThis book started out pretty slow, we didn't see any action actually start to happen until about 50% of the way through the book. Then, the pace continues to increase right up to the end, feeling a bit rushed. But apart from the obvious pacing issues, the storyline was cute and fun. The first half the book revolves around Lucas's cancer and sudden recovery. During this time, Emma, Lucas's girlfriend, and Eric, Lucas's brother, start to realize that he seems off, and almost appears to be a different person. And for half the book, that's all that happens. Then, Emma and Lucas/Scout set out on a roadtrip to solve their problems and for the next ~25% we are roadtripping. I actually enjoy road trips in books, but I know that not everyone does. The last 25% of the book is when things are revealed, people and such become connected, and problems get solved. So about two thirds of plot is shoved in that last portion, in makes the plot feel rushed.I did not like the main character, Emma, at first. She did a little of whining about everything, and she was just meek and weak. Mrs. Walker, Lucas's mom, was a total b-word and was absolutely insufferable, and Emma just layed down and took all the insults and disrespect that Mrs. Walker threw at her. Emma did finally sort of grow a bit towards the end, but I would have liked to see her stand up to her. Another thing I didn't like was the fact that were are told constantly by Emma how in love her and Lucas are, and how totally different they were from every other high school couple that fancies themselves in love, and how completely intertwined their souls are, ect. But, obviously, we never get to see this, and based how everyone else acts about their relationship, it just felt false to me. You can't just tell the audience how heart-stopping, jaw-dropping, earth-shattering in love to characters are, you have to show it. Instead, Emma just seemed like every other cliche over-dramatic naive teenage girl. I did really enjoy Eric and Scout, though.Overall, it was a cute story, but the pacing issues, and the behind the scenes relationship just really held this book back for me. It was enjoyable enough, but I was just left feeling like this book missed out on some of its potential.

  • Nicola
    2018-12-01 18:01

    You can also find this review on my blog: Nicola Reads YAFrom a Distant Star follows Emma as she is determined that her boyfriend Lucas, dying of cancer, will survive. She visits the local "witch" who gives her a potion to use on Lucas to cure him. On the same night that she administers the potion, an alien from another planet crash-lands on earth and inhabits Lucas's body in order to survive until he can return to his home planet.Lucas soon makes a fast and miraculous recovery from the cancer. Everyone is happy to have him back but Emma senses that something isn't quite right and soon discovers that an alien has taken up residence in her boyfriend's body. If that wasn't bad enough, there are federal agents on the scene investigating the "collision" and Emma must find a way to return the alien to his planet, freeing up Lucas's body to the real Lucas, before the agents catch him and keep him for experimentation.I really, really liked this! The alien, Scout, was really sweet and I enjoyed his commentary on the way we live life on earth. It was fun to see earth through the eyes of someone from a different planet. The romance element was refreshing as there were no love triangles or insta-love, just Emma trying to get her boyfriend back and Scout eager to get back to his own girlfriend. The story felt very fast-paced, exciting and it had me totally hooked. I would recommend to fans of YA sci-fi.Also, as a side note, the cover is so beautiful!I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.

  • Iris
    2018-12-13 16:40

    Challenge #43 A book that takes place in your hometown state (popsugar 2015 reading challenge: was sent this book by the author for an honest review.I really liked it! To be honest I haven't read a science fiction book in awhile that wasn't dystopian, so I don't have much to compare this book with. However, it seemed like a fresh start in a worn out genre. The plot is pretty simple. A boy is dying from cancer (Lucas) and an alien is stranded on earth (Scout), to save both of their lives Scout uses Lucas's body as a host and cures his cancer. Lucas's girlfriend Emma is the one who figures out Lucas is not the same, and eventually helps Scout try to find his way home.The characters are well developed. They have realistic mannerisms and react the way I would expect someone to react. Emma could be annoying at times, because of how timid she was, but I realized this was just part of her humanity. Scout was interesting, and i was glad that the reader got to see things from his point of view from time to time. The alien species reminded me of that in "The Host" by Stephanie Meyer in every way besides taking over a planet. Scout's character develops well, and you can really see him learning the different aspects of human nature. This is a perfect book for those who are tired of the romantic plots in YA books. There is no romantic development in this book. The relationship of the two main characters, that is focused on, is a completely platonic one. It is refreshing to focus on world building and action, rather than romance.This book hit close to home, literally. It is set, from what I can gather, about 30-60 mins away from my house. Reading a book that is set in your hometown is rather fun, because it is so familiar. At the end there is a road trip sub plot, going to northern Wisconsin, and I have taken that trip many times. If anything, the one bad part in this book was when an adult gave a seventeen year old girl a gun. Though the author made it necessary at the end of the book, I thought this was unrealistic and detrimental to any young person reading this book. When books are placed in the future or in rogue governments, it makes sense for teenage girls to have weapons (Hunger Games, Divergent) but in a book placed in normal society, I really didn't like it. 4/5 stars!

  • Melanie
    2018-12-05 10:59

    From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion is told from 2 alternating POVs, Emma and Scout's. Emma's boyfriend, Lucas, is battling cancer while in a coma, but when Scout (an alien) crash lands near Lucas' family's house he inhabits Lucas' body causing Lucas to wake up causing a series of adventures that Emma and Scout go on in order to get Scout back home.From a Distant Star is a really cute novel, I wouldn't say I loved it but I really enjoyed reading it. The story is set at good pace it was really easy to get into it once you started reading it. At some parts it was a bit cheesy and I felt it would make a great movie (if that ever happens).I really loved Scout, he was adorable and once his personality started coming out I really enjoyed reading from his perspective. I really wish the author would have gave Scout more chapters. Lucas' parents I had a problem with, the way they just automatically assumed Lucas was going to relapse was unbelievable. I would assume most parents would want their children to get better really quick, but they were so quick to assume he would die, that they just weren't my favorite characters. Emma was an OK character. I really liked how much she cared for Lucas, but at times she was a bit naive.This was a really cute book and I would definitely recommend if you're looking for a fun science fiction novel.*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*3.8/5 StarsYou can also find this review and many othershere on my blog.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-24 14:49

    I'm finally reviewing this book! I've been so busy! From A Distant Star was such an interesting book. I don't normally read sic-fi, it's one of the genres I don't normally reach for. I do enjoy it if it's written well though. I loved this book! It was better then I thought it would be tbh. The whole alien thing and boyfriend being sick synopsis intrigued me. I read this book almost a month ago, and I can't stop thinking about it. I love the way the author was able to keep me invested in the story and in the characters. Emma was my favourite character, she was so strong and determined to make sure Lucas got better, she never gave up. She was the only one who noticed that something might be a little off. I don't want to say anything else because of spoilers. I would have given it 5 stars I just wanted to know what happens next. I felt like the ending was semi rushed. One of my favourite things was also the chapter lengths. Some of the chapters were so short they were only a page long. *I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review* Thank you so much Karen, I can't wait to read more of your books!

  • Patti's Book Nook
    2018-11-27 17:49

    DISCLOSURE: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This book comes out May 19, 2015!Read my full review at: thoughts from the end of my review:I liked the examination of young love, the protective nature of parents, and the way McQuestion highlighted the decision-making ability of teenagers to pull themselves out of a mess (whatever the result may be). Emma was a sweetly optimistic teen who refused to give up on something she believed in, and that was nice to read. I saw a Goodreads review recently that said this book could be the lovechild of These Broken Stars and Alienated. I'm not sure if that's true since I haven't read these two books, but it seemed to get a lot of online support. This is a cute, fast-paced book with a little romance and some otherworldly elements. I think teenagers will enjoy!

  • Lauren
    2018-11-26 16:06

    I received this for free from netgalley for an honest review.I really enjoyed this. I like the development of the story. I liked the characters and how we followed the story of themDefinatly one to pick up

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    2018-11-27 16:57

    Originally posted on Heart Full Of BooksAfter seeing that this book is part of the contemporary-alien genre, I was excited. I love reading genres I’m not very familiar with; it means I can enjoy the book on a different level, without having a lot to compare it to!‘From A Distant Star’ was definitely a great book, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves the genre, or is interested in a slightly strange road trip story. PlotSo, the basic plot for most alien books is an alien comes to Earth and the first person they come into contact with has to help them back to their home planet. No surprise, this was the plot. Like ‘Fire In The Woods‘, this book was told from a first person perspective, from Emma, the girl who discovers the alien.What I liked about the alien was that the science-fiction meant it could take a human body, kind of like ‘The Host’, rather than being a wrinkly green creature. The alien, Scout, took the body of Emma’s boyfriend Lucas, who was dying from cancer before Scout arrived, so Emma had a serious motive for helping Scout.Pacing and ClichesThere was a very slow build to this book. Scout/Lucas had to deal with illness, and getting better over a period of time, before they could go on the adventure. I’d say about 40% was devoted to Emma explaining Lucas, their relationship and his family. Something different about ‘From A Distant Star’ was how prominent the parents were to the story. They were like normal parents, anxious and annoyed that the teenagers were trying to escape. It was nice that, for once in YA, the parents played a big part in the story.The next biggest plot point was the road trip to return Scout. However, I thought this section was fairly repetitive. The couple got into trouble, got help from someone and continued to run away from the authorities. I did like the little twists and connections between the beginning and the journey, but everything just seemed a little…convenient.CharactersI loved the characterisation of Scout, as he tried to understand our planet and Emma’s feelings. It was nice how Scout and Emma both changed each other’s lives in some way or another, and that happy endings were inevitable to both.I’d say the writing style lent itself to narrative, and I really thought I understood Emma and the strength of her feelings. Although others would write Emma and Lucas’s relationship off as a teen fling phase, I loved her dedication and devoted.RomanceYou know what else was great about ‘From A Distant Star’? The girl didn’t fall in love with the alien boy. This has got to be the biggest cliche of the genre, so I was pleased this book didn’t follow through with the interspecies romance. There wasn’t even a hint of sexual tension between them, because Emma was so in love with Lucas, and Scout had someone how loved him back home.Overall, I’d give ‘From A Distance Star’ 3.5 stars. It was awesomely different and fun to read, though the latter half was definitely more repetitive than the first. In some ways, the journey was predictable, but I liked the ending and felt very satisfied. Totally worth a read!

  • Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    2018-11-25 14:41

    This book review, like all my other reviews, can also be found on my Wordpress blog: Bookshelves & Paperbacks.I received a free e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review contains my honest opinion about the book, and it is in no way intended to offend the author, the publisher or fans.I think this book has one of the most stunning covers I have ever seen, so I would like to begin by congratulating the designer for coming up with such a beautiful cover. I do think, however, that the cover is slightly misleading. You look at it and you think this story’s going to be about a young couple, and it’s going to be romantic with a tinge of sci-fi in it. The boy and girl on the cover do have a relationship, but the book itself focuses more on friendship than romance. That isn’t a bad thing at all; I’m just pointing out that the cover may mislead some people.I’m not a science fiction person. The sci-fi I do enjoy is usually centered around utopian or dystopian societies. Therefore, I’m unaware of how most YA sci-fis work. For me, this book was encompassing too much for it to fit in such a small book. There was so much going on- extraterrestrial life, government plots, action, a little bit of magic, some romance, family relationships. There was so much happening and the hardcover is 272 pages long. I don’t think it was enough.This book had a lot of potential. The premise was interesting, and there was a lot of action and turns throughout that I wasn’t expecting. It was an eventful, fast-paced story, but it was just all over the place. It didn’t feel like a cohesive story for me.Plot:The story follows a young woman named Emma Garson who’s comatose boyfriend is not expected to survive much longer. In a desperate attempt to save his life, Emma visits the local ‘magician’ who gives her a potion that may save Lucas’s life- but there’s a catch. When Lucas comes to, he’s not the Lucas she knew. With an unidentifiable, otherworldly object Emma founds in the backyard, she comes to the realization that perhaps Lucas’s body is being worn by someone from another world. With suspicious agents asking questions, Emma and Lucas are forced to take these extraordinary matters into their own hands.The premise of this book was fascinating. I’ve never read an alien book before, so I was interesting in checking this out. It seemed very creepy, slightly dark and gritty. I was pleasantly surprised by how fast the book moved, and it read a lot like a movie, which was good. The shifting perspectives (mainly between Emma and the alien) were interesting because McQuestion often overlapped the timelines; so you saw the same situation from two perspectives. Speaking of, I found the alien perspective very interesting. His innocence provided a refreshing outlook on the world the readers have become so used to. I also loved all the action.So where was the main problem? Like I said earlier, my main problem lay in this book’s cohesiveness. I did not think this book was well-tied together. It was a little all over the place. Somewhere in between the action, our narrator would start reminiscing about her and Lucas’s relationship which completely broke the flow. I thought that the dilemmas faced by the characters weren’t problems at all because McQuestion didn’t make them struggle, she just handed them a way out, so it started feeling way too convenient and unrealistic. For example, no top-secret facility (hidden from the feds, mind you) can be accessed by two teenagers who walk through the main door. When I would become quizzical about the entire scenario, McQuestion would provide an answer that was little better than “just because I said so.” Seemed a lot like a cop-out. Characters:McQuestion really needs to work on her characterization. I did not like the main character, not even a little bit. It’s safe to say that I hated her from the first couple of chapters. She was selfish, self-absorbed, insensitive, careless, judgmental and naive. From the very beginning, it’s pretty obvious that Lucas’s parents do not want her in their house 24/7, but she refuses to leave Lucas’s side. She constantly disobeys their OWN house rules in their OWN house, and that just made me mad. When Emma talks about her relationship with Lucas, she comes off way too clingy and needy, and even though their relationship wasn’t a toxic one, I found myself slightly repulsed by it. And of course, despite being a terrible person, everybody thought she was a very nice person, with the exception of Lucas’s mom (which is probably why she was the only character I was invested in.) Plus, she makes some pretty horrible decisions throughout.I enjoyed the alien’s character. I thought his innocent outlook on the Earth was interesting, and I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if it had been written entirely from the alien’s point of view. My favorite parts were those from his perspective, and the times he would question Earthen practices.The secondary characters were just there. I knew nothing about Emma’s parents whatsoever (except that maybe perhaps probably her dad was Middle-eastern), and it seemed like Lucas’s parents were there just so Emma could criticize them and make herself feel good.Writing Style:The technique was all there, and that’s what hurts me. I hate giving books low ratings if the writing is good, but what can you do? Karen McQuestion can write. She knows when to pause for effect. She knows how to construct effective sentences. The structure was good. The pacing wasn’t bad. But the plot and the characters brought the book down. Shame, because it had a lot of potential.“People like the feeling they get from alcohol. When you drink enough of it, you get drunk, and it makes the world seem like a better place. Most of the time.”“Why don’t the people just make the world a better place and then they wouldn’t need to get drunk?”

  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    2018-11-19 18:41

    This arc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "People change even under the best circumstances. And when you pull them back from death's door, well, that's no small thing."I went into this book with low expectations and I'm not entirely sure why that is. I'm not usually a fan of stories involving aliens and once again, I don't really understand why because I find the idea of aliens and their most likely existence to be extremely fascinating. As it turns out though, I really thoroughly enjoyed this story! It wasn't nearly as cheesy as I was expecting and I found that it actually felt pretty realistic.Karen McQuestion has done a great job in creating a story involving an alien species that feels very realistic and could possibly happen if it hasn't already. The writing style was very fast paced and there was not one moment where the story felt as if it were dragging on.For the most part, this story is told from the perspective of Emma, a young teenager who is trying to cope with her very sick, and unfortunately, dying boyfriend Lucas. What I found particularly interesting and unique though, was that the opening chapter was actually told from the point of view of Lucas' dog Mack. This was the only chapter told from this point of view, but as the story progresses there are a few chapters scattered throughout the novel that are told from another point of view (no spoilers, I promise!). These chapters are short and sweet and straight to the point."This is a very confusing planet. People believe things that aren't true about other people just because of how they look and what kind of vehicle they drive. Why can you not wait and see who they are inside before you make a decision?"I found that Emma as a character was a bit bland and was unfortunately shadowed by some of the other characters. There wasn't much character development on her part. I really wish Lucas' brother Eric was included more in the story, in fact I wish he could have been a part of the main storyline/adventure that takes place during a large chunk of this book. Eventually, we meet another character who is not from our planet Earth. The circumstances in which he is introduced to the reader was one of the things that I found the most unique and interesting. It probably isn't the first time this approach has been taken in an alien-based story, but I found it to be believable and realistic. For lack of an English name, Eric decides to name this alien Scout based on his profession on his home planet. Out of every character within this story, Scout goes through the most character development. In my opinion, he was the best character throughout the entire novel.One thing I was worried about when going into this story was the potential for unanswered questions. This could be another reason why I have a hard time getting into the sci-fi genre, but I hate feeling confused while reading a story. Most of the time, I tend to want answers. It seemed as though every time I questioned anything in this book or anytime I thought I had found a flaw, my question was answered. There were no loose ends and everything tied in well.Overall, this was a great young adult novel to mix up the general contemporaries I usually read. It was fun to read something a little more paranormal even though it did end up feeling quite realistic and possible. This story had a great adventure/road trip element to it and it was definitely a fun, fast-paced and entertaining read from start to finish."The sunset," I answered. "It's gorgeous." It always was. A dusky, blue backdrop interrupted by slashes of light and color. From night to night it was never quite the same, but somehow it was always familiar and beautiful. And it happened every single night. If you gave it some thought, you'd wonder why all of society didn't shut down to watch this. If we were smart, we'd be turning off our electronics, leaving our homes, and settling down on our porches and driveways just to take it in. Each night a different miracle in the sky. But no, most of us never even bothered to look out the window. While this gorgeous light show went on outside, we did the dishes and texted and argued and watched TV. We let out all of those tedious, mundane, everyday things get in the way. "Tonight it's really pretty."You can find all of my full length reviews at:Big City Bookworm

  • Carla D.
    2018-12-13 15:02

    Opinião do blog Pepita Mágica: received a digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewEu não li este livro numa assentada só porque estava carregada de trabalho da faculdade. Tive a excelente ideia lhe dar uma oportunidade, ler apenas alguns capitulos e depois estudar um pouco. O problema é que perdi completamente a noção do tempo e quando dei por mim já ia a meio do livro. Tive que o pôr de lado, mas não conseguia parar de pensar nele. Digam lá que a capa não é linda?! Não se deve julgar um livro pela capa, mas… GORGEOUS!From Distante Star está escrito na primeira pessoa: Emma. O namorado dela, Lucas, tem cancro e praticamente toda a gente já o dá como morto, mas Emma não desiste e recusa-se a acreditar que Lucas irá morrer. Ela está disposta a tudo para ter o namorado de volta. Não vou avançar muito mais na história porque não quero estagar o plot com spoilers, mas para o bem da review vou só dizer que Lucas acorda, mas por causa de um alien chamado Scout, que se aloja no corpo dele.Só tenho a dizer que adorei! Gostei da história muito mais do que estava à espera; muito interessante e manteve-me presa à história de Emma e Lucas/Scout. Assim que li a sinopse deste livro, achei a premissa muito interessante. Acho que nunca li nada sobre aliens, pelo menos não este tipo de aliens. Uma das coisas que gostei foi logo o primeiro capitulo: ler sobre o que estava a acontecer pela prespectiva de um cão, a meu ver, foi muito inteligente e original. Ao longo da história, pouco a pouco, fui-me interessando mais pela personalidade de Emma e como evoluiu de uma rapariga que fazia tudo o que Lucas dizia sem questionar para uma rapariga determinada, forte e inteligente.Para dizer a verdade, no início, não gostei muito de Scout. Parecia-me demasiado submisso e apático. Eu percebo que ele estava num planeta diferente, estava a tentar ajustar-se aos modos dos humanos, imitando as pessoas que o rodeavam e através dos filmes que via com o “irmão” Eric, mas o que senti foi que ele estava resignado a ficar para sempre na Terra e que não tinha força para fazer algo para se salvar. Mas na segunda parte da narrativa, ele melhorou bastante. Eu gostei que Lucas e Scout se tivessem unido para salvarem a Emma do perigo.No entanto, tenho alguns pontos negativos a apontar. Pareceu-me demasiado rápido e fácil como Eric e Scout descobriram sobre as “instalações secretas” e sobre as mensagens através de rádio que estavam a ser enviadas para o espaço. Esta parte do plot pareceu-me muito mal pensada e pouco desenvolvida, como se a autora não se tivesse dado ao trabalho de explicar as coisas, tipo “é assim e pronto”. A informação caiu do céu e pronto (no pun intended). A história da existência de aliens na Terra é bem mais plausível que isso. E se no final, Scout tem um certo tipo de poderes mind-controlling porque nunca usou isso antes? Definitivamente teriam dado bastante jeito.A descrição do planeta de Scout é basicamente o planeta utópico. Adorei os detalhes e o pormenor que a autora dedicou a isso. Sem dúvida que adoraria visitar esse planeta, se existisses e se fosse possível. Eu sou uma daquelas pessoas que acredita que não estamos sozinhos neste Universo. Recuso-me a acreditar nisso. Tenho a certeza que algures na imensidão que é o nosso Universo existe um planeta (ou planetas) que tem um ambiente favorável ao desenvolvimento de vida inteligente. Tem que haver um planeta com seres muito superiores em inteligência e muito mais civilizados que nós.Resumindo, adorei a história. Achei o livro muito bem escrito, tem uma história interessante e as personagens não são aborrecidas nem flat, elas florescem com o desenvolvimento da história. Recomendo este livro a quem goste de livros young adult e de fantasia. E vou ficar de olho nesta autora, porque este foi o primeiro livro que li dela e fiquei fascinada.

  • Aoife
    2018-11-29 15:41

    I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.The best way to describe this book is E.T meets YA fiction. Emma is the girlfriend of Lucas, a young man dying of cancer. On a night that Emma vows to do anything to save the love of her life, he suddenly wakes up, miraculously cured. However, Emma soon realises that the new and improved Lucas is not actually her Lucas. Instead, his body has been temporarily taken over by the consciousness of an alien life form called Scout, who is looking for a way to call home. Before too long, Emma ends up becoming involved in a race to get Scout home, and Lucas back.I really enjoyed this book. It took me little over a day to read and it really kept me enthralled throughout. I felt that the personalities of all the characters really shone through, even Scout. Karen McQuestion had a great way of allowing her character's unique personality to shine through, such as Mrs Walker's...annoyingness, and Eric's smarts. I liked the small glimpses the reader got of Scout's world...I'd almost really love some kind of novella all about Scout when he returns home and reunites with Regina (also, I loved the Mean Girls references).While Emma's devotion to Lucas was one of the strongest points in the book, I did feel concerned about how Lucas seemed to be her whole world. While I understood that Emma would be preoccupied with Lucas while he was sick, it seemed that even before that she had no one else but him. At only points in the novel does Emma mention her friends - one was when she said she used her phone for updates from friends (but didn't mention names), another was when she said that two of her friends had ditched her in fifth grade. She didn't seem to have one best friend. When Lucas got sick, his friends dropped her to school...she had no friends of her own. I found this concerning, and a little unhealthy. I don't think it's a great message to send to younger readers, that's it okay to make your world center around one boy because when they leave, you end up with nothing. I enjoyed the book overall too much for me to detract a star because of this though.This was a fast-paced, easy and enjoyable read and I just really want to know how Scout is doing now!

  • Shay J
    2018-11-30 14:56

    Rating;★★★.5Overall Enjoyment; ★★★Characters; 3.5 StarsFavorite Quote;But the biggest hero was Emma. She was afraid so much of the time, but it did not stop her. From A Distant Star makes me feel likes its slightly of what I imagine would be the love child of These Broken Stars and Alienated. This was quite enjoyable, the writing style was well enough, although I would have loved more clarification and view in to Scout’s world. Because what we did see was incredible fascinating! I would not have liked it anywhere near as much if it hadn’t been for the characters, Lucas/Scout in particular! I really liked Scout & Emma’s dynamic, and the fact that I didn’t know who she would end up with, I was never sure one way or the other. (No, there was no love-triangle btw.) It kept me guessing. I am very pleased with the way it ended. The last chunk of the book is what picked the rating up from a 3 to a 3.5!This book was okay, I liked it but didn’t find myself pulled in as much as i’d have liked… I am in a bit of a grotty mood at the minute so that may have impacted my thrill of reading. Fancasts; Shay Mitchell as EmmaLuke Mitchell as Lucas/ScoutBTW this cover is GORGEOUS!This title was generously provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review!

  • Aneesa
    2018-11-28 15:56

    (I received this book, in an exchange for an honest review from Net Galley)I have very conflicting feelings about this book from the beginning up until the end. I found the whole scenario of an alien latching on or imposing in someone's body both a concept of freakiness and total awesomeness, I have not read many Sci-Fi novels but I did thoroughly enjoy this book. I wanted to rate this book higher but I found a couple of things annoying me about this book:- It was kind of hard to stay with the story since the chapters didn't have subheadings;I found it difficult to stay with who's POV it was.- I found both Emma and Mrs Walker being irritated characters, particularly Emma at times. She could see things were different with Lucas, yet when Scout told her the truth she refused to acknowledge it first and did not want to believe him (kind of like acting the way Mrs Walker was towards her when Lucas was ill). She did progress though and I began to like her character even more when all the action started and she set on a mission with Scout to get him homeOut of the whole book, I would have to say Eric and Scout would have to be my fav characters. I loved the way Eric was open to possibilities and, he trusted Scout and immediately was offering his help in any way whatsoever. I instantly fell in love with Scout's character from the beginning and enjoyed his discoveries and progress with the Human World.Overall, I did enjoy this book and I loved the concept behind it and how Scout always represents peace, calm, tranquillity and most of all his innocence. I did think, however, there could have been slight improvements made which would have made the whole story much better.

  • Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
    2018-11-28 18:02

    Everybody thinks that Lucas will die soon, except for Emma, his girlfriend. Out of desperation, Emma seeks the help of Mrs. Kokesh to provide her a potion to bring Lucas back from the dead. After doing what she was told to do, Lucas miraculously woke up and started to feel better, only now he's not like himself. Later on, the find out that an alien is inhabiting Lucas' body and Emma has to help him get back home so that she can get back the real Lucas.This was a 'meh' book. I don't have any bad things to say about it, but I don't have much good things to say about it either. It's not so boring that I lost interest that I put the book down, but it wasn't so exciting to motivate me to read on either. It was not horrible, but it was not great either. There were parts where I just skimmed the book, but it wasn't that bad. I guess the pacing and the plot alright, and I also liked the friendship that formed between Emma and the alien. I just wished that there were more parts that showed Lucas since the whole thing was about getting him back. The book was centered on him, but he was barely there. Honestly, this was really weird alien book, but props to the author for the very unique plot.I racked my brain for more things to say about this book, but I can come up with nothing to sway me to one side. I guess I just have no strong opinions about this book. Thus, I am giving this book 3 stars to stay in the middle.

  • Heena Rathore P.
    2018-12-06 17:50

    Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this book from start to end. It was a light read and had some really fun elements. In spite of being a Sci-Fi, it was more on the side of Romance fiction (other than a stranded alien.) I loved the characterization and felt a connection with the lead character, Emma, and even Scout (to some extent.)I loved the plot line and though it felt a little off at a few places, it managed to pull me inside the story from the beginning till the end. I even loved the other characters. They felt very realistic and that's where this book scored for me. That and the fact that it was a fast read.I liked the writing style as well because it flowed nicely and wasn't complicated like most of the Sci-Fi books. And unlike most of the YAs these days, this book is a standalone, which is a big plus for anyone who wants to read a nice little piece of fiction.It also had a great ending, one that I predicted when I was less than half through the book. But the author still managed to keep me second guessing it right till the end. So, it was a pleasant reading considering everything.You can also read this review at The Reading Bud.