Review: Starfall by Melissa Landers

Starfall by Melissa Landers

Starfall is the second book in a series. I loved Starflight, so I was eager to read this book when it released a couple of months ago. Unlike the first book, Starfall isn’t focused on Solara and Doran. It picks up the story of Cassia and Kane, who were both minor characters in the first book. Cassia, a princess who’s been on the run with her best friend, is kidnapped and taken back to her home world of Eturia. Kane of course wants to go and rescue her.

This book was fairly predictable. And while I loved Cassia and Kane’s banter in the first book, since they’re hardly together in this book, I just didn’t feel as attached to them. Solara and Doran and the captain are in this book as well, and a new character is introduced, but overall I kind of had to force myself to finish this book. I was so disappointed.

The first book had such great squad goals, but this book didn’t have the same vibe. I was kind of in a reading slump when I read this book though, so I may have been that too.

Rating: 3 Stars

Starflight #2
Melissa Landers
Young Adult Fiction
February 7, 2017

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend...with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn't exactly in need of heroics—she's claimed her birthright as Eturia's queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn't a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family's complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.

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  1. I was a bit disappointed in this one as well, after liking Starflight a lot. I think for me I was attached to Solara and Doran and Cassia/ Kane didn’t work for me as well. I actually liked them better as supporting characters in the first one? So I pretty much agree. Not a bad book, just not great.
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