Saturday, 13 August 2016

Starflight by Melissa Landers Review

This is a spoiler free review!

Written by Melissa Landers
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Pages: 369
Places to Get this Book: Amazon Barnes and Noble Book Depository

Recommended Age: 12 and up!


Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...


This is definitely a new favorite of mine. I have tried to write this review twice and it didn't work both times because of my fangirling. This book has so many aspects that just make me want to jump for joy. For instance, the science fiction aspect is done so well. This book is like a cross between Star Wars, The Lunar Chronicles and Stitching Snow.


I find this cover to actually be kind of nice. I like how the starship is flying into the distance.


The world-building was done fantastically. I really enjoyed learning the backstories to the characters and the backstory to the whole entire world.
Then there are the characters.


"She'd learned that home was a fluid thing and whether on a planet, a satellite, or a rusted bucket of a ship, this crew was her home."

Solara is such an independent and strong female character. I really enjoyed reading about her. She is also really funny and is not a damsel in distress at all. Her spirit never diminishes despite the trials she has to go through. She has also had a hard life and it was interesting to find out about all that.


"What's wrong? Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed again?"

Doran is such a charming, sarcastic and cocky male lead. He is hilarious as well and I hated him at the beginning. He was incredibly rude and didn't seem to have sympathy for anyone. But I quickly got over that and obviously fell under his spell.


The crew was definitely a type of family for Solara. They really got along and laughed and joked like they were family. I think this is a book that has a strong 'family' relationship


The plot of Starflight was pretty unique, with twists and turns that shocked me. I really enjoyed following Solara and her friend's adventures and it really felt like I could connect with the story.


Solara and Doran's relationship slowly develops throughout the story. It is a pretty slow burn romance. But I thought it was very very well done. I thought that Solara and Doran really worked together and were quite cute together.


When you are flying through a book, you don't really think about how the writing was. Since, I flew through it, I think it was really well done.

Final Thoughts:

Go read this book! It is so amazing. It has space ships, other planets, pirates and a beautiful romance. This is one of my favorite books of all time.

Quotes from the Book:

“I might have dirt under my fingernails and tattoos across my knuckles,” she told him, “but I can fix that with a hot bath and a visit to the flesh forger. You’re dirty in a place that can’t be washed. You’ll never change, and you’ll never make a difference. When you die, no one will miss you, because your life won’t matter.” She followed him down the stairs until they stood nose-to-nose at the base. “You don’t matter.”

A minute ago she wanted to break his jaw, and now she had to fight the urge to pat him on the head and give him a cookie. That had to be some kind of superpower. She finally understood how he got everything he wanted in life." 

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Crowns



  1. AAAHH! I absolutely lovvvvved this book as well! I did a review awhile back and we have exactly the same thoughts on the characters!

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