From A Distant Star by Karen McQuestion: Not Even Aliens Could Tear Us Apart

From A Distant Star by Karen McQuestion: Not Even Aliens Could Tear Us Apart

If you like a sweet enduring romance that can survive anything, even an alien possession, this might be the lite scifi romance you have been looking for.  From A Distant Star isn’t as polished as something from a publishing house, but for an indie (and an indie price), it isn’t too bad.  I think if you still want to read it after the first sentence of this introduction,you have a good shot at enjoying this.  On the other hand, if you snorted a beverage out of your nose when you read the intro sentence, you should probably pass.  I gave it a shot, and it does have some redeeming qualities, but it ultimately pushed my suspension of disbelief too far.  I also felt this way about one of the same author’s contemporary mysteries, though, so I might just not be a fan. I gave it three strange stars.  It publishes May 19, 2015

No one was around when something crashed behind the barn late one night.  No one even paid much attention to the noise because they were keeping vigil around Luke’s deathbed.  When Luke makes a miraculous recovery and government agents show up searching for something that fell from the sky, Emma, Luke’s devoted girlfriend, begins to believe it wasn’t her love that brought him back.  Something is different about Luke, but Emma isn’t willing to settle for anything less than her soulmate, and she will do anything to get him back, even if it means believing the impossible.  True romantics will sigh over the certain and unshakeable love that Emma feels for Luke, the type of love that makes even insurmountable obstacles easy to ignore.  And though readers mostly encounter the real Luke through memories, it is easy to see why Emma thinks he is worth fighting for.   This is a quick and easy read, paced to introduce the situation without drawing out any part of the action for too long.  The SciFi elements are simple and readers won’t have any trouble with the mechanics, but they are expected to accept some rather vague explanations, so think SciFi Lite.  This is a far-fetched premise and the blurb makes that pretty clear, so be prepared to suspend your disbelief for the entirety of the book.  Strangely enough, I had a harder time accepting the examples of human kindness that Emma encounters more than anything else.  The narrative begins from a unique perspective, and I can’t help but wish it circled back and ended with that perspective to wrap things up, but it had a satisfying ending.  The decision to give “Luke” a distinctive voice was completely reasonable, but it does result in some choppy prose and dialogue.

I received an invitation to read this book from the author via Goodreads and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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