by Leigh T. Moore
Release Date: December 31, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Red Dawn meets L O S T in this new action-adventure romance from Amazon bestselling author Leigh Talbert Moore.
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.
“I needed to spend more time remembering what our world used to be like and thinking about reality. Not this mixed-up summer camp existence I’d somehow fallen into believing we were living.”
When you read the synopsis for Behind the Stars you will notice that it does not give much away as to what this story is about. I will not be spoiling the book in this review, because this synopsis is perfect! It was so much better to go into this book that way and learn more as the story unfolds. I have read others books by Leigh Talbert Moore including Dragonfly and The Truth about Letting Go and really enjoyed them. I was very excited to read Behind The Stars and experience her writing once again but in a different genre.
As stated in the synopsis, Prentiss has a Summer job and is working hard. On her way to work one day she is kidnapped and blacks out. When she wakes up everything in her world is different. That is all I will give away… the rest you have to find out for yourself!
At first I did not like Prentiss, she kind of came off as a clueless bumpkin. I felt bad for her situation, she had a horrible home life and the only security she had was her boyfriend Jackson. Prentiss is one of those characters that has so much personal growth in a novel that they end up really coming to life in your eyes. As she changed and became more confident and secure, I began to like her more and more.
“I’ve learned something about myself… I’m smart. I’m strong. And I can be strong without you. I can make my own future.”
When Prentiss befriends Gallatin, I liked him immediately. He is an unwilling member of the group keeping Prentiss and others captive. He was not cold and unfriendly like the others were. Despite everything against them, they’re friendship grows and they become very close. I was so invested in their friendship and how it grew and changed.
There are several other secondary characters as well, including Prentiss’ brother Braxton and several of her friends from high school including D’Lo, Yolanda and Roxie. They each play a part to create the world that Moore creates of the camp and the life they are all forced to live, which is totally captivating and engrossing. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next! The mystery surrounding the captors was so good! It honestly kept me wondering and guessing until the very end!
“I had to see how we were all losing our identities in this place, and the longer we were here, the more this captive mentality became the new normal for us.”
I’m having a tough time reviewing this without giving too much away, but I will say that it does have a paranormal element to it and you are wondering pretty much the entire time who these captors are and what they want. That wonder and suspense was one of my favorite things about this novel.
I really enjoyed Behind the Stars and was so happy that I got to read all 6 stories as one and would recommend reading them in this format. It seemed as though this story ended, but at the same time I still had questions and could see it continuing from that ending. I would actually welcome more to this story, but at the same time I could be content with this ending.