Behind the Stars
Published on 12/09/14 Genres: New Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Prentiss Puckett is certain of three things:
-Graduation is two weeks away.
-Summer only gets hotter in south Mississippi.
-She’s getting a job with air-conditioning.
She did not expect to be kidnapped walking to work.
And she never expected to become a hero.
Red Dawn meets L O S T in this new action-adventure romance from Amazon bestselling author Leigh Talbert Moore.
Behind the Stars was a great surprise for me. I was intrigued by the short synopsis – kidnapped? Yes. I’m in! And then I’m reading along and I discover it’s got a little bit of a mystery going on. A little bit of a science fiction thriller going. Are these people good? bad? I’m just not quite sure. I didn’t look up anything beyond the synopsis when I signed up for t blitz, so I really had no idea.
Prentiss Puckett was a pretty cool heroine. For starters, she’s strong. She’s got a lot of fight in her, and she’s got a great attitude (as in, I’m gonna kick butt and save the world) after she is abducted. But poor Prentiss also has a skewed view of her little world. She is surrounded on all sides by contradictions. Her family life is a mess. Her father beats her brother and drinks himself unconscious every night. Her boyfriend of many years seems to be her one and only savior, and yet… there is something not quite honorable about him either. And her boss, the town veterinarian whom she helps after school, seems to have complete faith in her intellect and abilities–even though Prentiss admits to herself, and others repeatedly throughout the book, that she’s “not that smart”.
Prentiss is smart, though. And also naive in a way that protects her heart. Which is understandable, since she’s had a rough few years after her mother died. So she’s very sympathetic in my opinion.
The setting was perfect. Hot summer days in a small farming community. I could almost taste that dust on the road. I could picture those farmers out there in the fields. Loved it. We get to learn a little bit about her and her and her relationship with Jackson, the one person she’s been able to count on since her mother died. They are best friends, and have plans to marry and start a life farming the Jackson’s family land.
Until… she is abducted on her way to work one summer day. And this turns into the most frightening thing and the best thing that ever happened to Prentiss Puckett all at once. Not many people get a chance to prove what they are made of, but this town did. All on the dame day. And they all reacted differently. Some decided to fight back with weapons. Some decided to go along. Prentiss decided to take action. Not the kind that involves hurting people, but the kind that requires patience, understanding, and an open mind. Prentiss discovers – she is a LEADER. And her whole world changes.
I can’t say anymore, but I was drawn into the story and didn’t want to put it down. I didn’t realize it was a boxed set of serials at first, but it is. So just FYI. This set is all six parts.
I loved it and I will be looking for more from this author in the future. In fact, I shared the link with Leah, one of the girls who runs the NAA Facebook page last week after I finished reading and she bought the set too.
Four and a half stars for Behind the Stars.
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About Leigh Talbert Moore
Leigh Talbert Moore wrote her first graphic novel at the age of nine–about a lady scientist burned by acid. Sadly, the text of “Fury Woman” was lost, and Leigh’s novelist aspirations went on hiatus.
Then, after a decade working in journalism, editing, marketing, and public relations, she began writing books again, and in 2009 completed Dragonfly. Today, Leigh is the author of several popular young adult and new adult novels, all with a strong romantic slant.
She lives with her husband and two young children in the middle of the country, where she conjures new worlds, characters, and situations while playing chauffeur, chaperone, group activity leader, and referee. And she’s still trying to remember the plot of Fury Woman…
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My favorite type of hero would be a vampire lol
Leigh T. Moore
Thanks so much! I love this review!
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It use to be vampire, which is still at the top of the list…LOL, but I’m now shifted to shifters.
I like vampires. They’re always beautiful and sexy. 😉