Audiobook Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

Audiobook Review: Starflight by Melissa LandersStarflight
by Melissa Landers
Series: Starflight #1
Release Date: February 2nd 2016
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Amanda Dolan
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
Pages: 369
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Source: Audiobook Received for Review

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...

Audiobook Received for Review in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Sci-fi books are generally a genre that is out of my comfort zone. I used to be bored by any sci-fi books I tried in the past, but in the last year I have really loved the sci-fi books that I’ve read. I’ve already heard the previous book by the author, Alienated, and I really enjoyed it and knew that I wanted to read Starflight when I heard about it.  Especially since it reminded me a bit of the Starbound books (in a good way).  I was hoping that this one would be released on audio, since I prefer to listen to this genre on audio and was so happy when I saw it on Audible.

I went into this book completely blind.  I was driving to the city one day (which usually takes an hour) and had just finished my previous audiobook and was in the mood for a new book.  I usually take a bit longer to decide my next audiobook: I reread the summary, recheck narrators, look up the length, etc. Since I was driving, I just chose the next book and started listening. I really liked going into the book blind because I had no idea what to expect or who the characters were, all I knew was that the book was set it space. I remember our first glimpse of Doran, I thought to myself ‘please don’t let this asshole be the love interest!’  Luckily, Doran did end up being the love interest and considering he was such an asshole in the beginning of the book, I wasn’t expecting to like him as much as I did. I don’t mind characters that have flaws, or even characters who are jerks like Doran, as long as they grow and learn throughout the book, which he totally did.

Solara was a character that I loved from the very beginning. She was tough and fierce and loyal and she won me over with each smart ass remark. Orphaned as a child and framed for a crime she didn’t commit, life isn’t easy for Solara. Especially with the felony tattoos on her knuckles that let everyone know just what kind of person she is.  Despite the fact that she has so much going against she, Solara is determined to make a better life for herself and boarding the Zenith is her last chance. For that, she needs the help of spoiled Doran. These two butt heads so much and there was a time in the beginning where I still wasn’t sure if Doran was even the love interest, but once I saw those tiny sparks fly between them I was a full-on Solara-Doran shipper. Their chemistry only gets better throughout the book and I really loved the romance part of the story. Starflight was more than just romance though.  We get danger, escape missions, betrayals, and even a ball!  We also have a great cast of supporting characters that I can’t wait to read more about in the companion. Starflight was such a fun adventure, sign me up for book two!

Audiobook Comments: I believe this is the first audiobook that I’ve heard from Amanda Dolan and I must say that I was impressed. I wasn’t aware that this would have two POV, since there is only one narrator listed and quite honestly having a one narrator do two POV’s really annoys me most of the time.  Luckily, this one didn’t bother me too bad and I thought Amanda Dolan did a pretty great job with her performances. I so would have loved this audiobook so much more if we had a guy narrator to do Doran’s parts, but I’m still glad that I ended up listening to this one. I really liked the story and plan on continuing with the series. Hopefully next time we have more than one narrator.

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  • Do not go and grab this book from the shelf, do not go and grab this book from the shelf,……. I’ve been staring at it since last week. I’m still having a hard time focusing, but whenever I finish up the ones I’m reading, I am gonna start this and Written in Red. I have to. Your reviews always make me want to dive right in.

    • Oh yay, two really good ones! I hope you end up liking both Lekeisha 🙂

  • Ooo sounds great!! I’m not the biggest sci fi person myself, but some sci fi books I really like. This one sounds right up my alley. Great review!

    • It’s not heavy on the sci-fi at all, it just provides a really great setting. I hope you try this one 🙂

      • Just provides a setting…sounds perfect for me! Lol. 😀

  • Amanda Dolan did Red Queen too which I liked on audio. I have Alienated but haven’t read it yet. I am glad to hear you liked this one because I wasn’t sure. I am not a huge SciFi person either but the right one I can get into. Great review!

    • Oh I heard Red Queen and liked it! I really liked Alienated, it was a fun book. I think you would like this one Grace 🙂

  • I want to read this one so badly! I’m regretting not pre-ordering signed since the other two books I have by her are signed. I’m glad Doran was a asshole. Hey, I like them haha but like you, I like for them to grow as the story progresses. This reminded me of Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki in the way that Solara has the tattoos on her knuckles, identifying her kind of. I plan to read this one! Great review 🙂
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    • I need to read the second book in her other series, I really liked the first. This would be such a pretty finished book to have. THAT COVER!

  • OOoh nice! I hear good things about Melissa’s books so naturally they’re all in my TBR mountain waiting to be read! This one sounds fun and exciting! Glad to hear you thought so too! Great review!

    • I’ve only read two but I’ve really liked them, hopefully you do too!

  • I struggle with sci fi too and I don’t even know why because when it comes to movies or TV shows, I love them. Glad this worked for you, I bet it would work for me as well.

    • I think it’s one of those things that comes across better visually? Maybe, anyway hope you give this one a try 🙂

  • Yeah. Sci-Fi is also a barely explored territory for me, too. But I must admit that I’m slowly warming up to it. I gotta say I do have a weakness for jerks, so I’m looking forward to meeting this Doran. Lol.

    • Jerks in books, because jerks in real life can kiss my ass 🙂
      I hope you like this one if you read it!

  • This is on my TBR, and I can’t wait to read it! I generally don’t mind the asshole characters, so chances are I’m going to fall in love with this one… Great review 🙂

    • Yay, I hope you like this one too Victoria!

  • I love going into a book blind. 😉 I’m glad it worked out so well for you, Nereyda. I haven’t read anything from Landers yet but she’s on my tbr. I really like the sound of Starflight – mostly because Solara seems like such a kickass heroine. I’m happy Dolan ended up showing some growth and not staying an asshole. 🙂 Great review!

    • I have never really done it before this but I did like it, I need to try it more!

  • Sci-fi is really out of my comfort zone too, Nereyda! Though I admit I have yet to find a *true* sci-fi that blew me away. Must be because I shy away from them so much lol
    Oh, going into a book blind is often the best way!!
    I love it when Assholes manage to grasp our hearts lol It happens one in a blue moon that an author truly manages to make a douche lovable, but when he/she does it’s always such a fun experience!
    This sounds really great, especially since it sounds like a well balanced novel! I haven’t read anything by Landers before, but maybe I’ll give this a try 🙂

    Great review Nereyda!

    • Oh I’m the opposite, I don’t like too much scifi. And yes, the redeemable douche is so hard to find in books 🙂

  • I’ve heard such great things about Starflight and it sounds like a whole heap of fun. I’ve heard someone compared it to Firefly, so I am so stoked to check it out at some point. The heroine sounds especially appealing <3 I am so glad to see more space adventures in YA, especially ones that does not focus solely on romance 😀

    • I’ve never seen that show but I know a lot of people love it, so I hope you do too if you end up reading it 🙂

  • This does sound really good! Although I’m a bit wary when it comes to anything vaguely sci-fi. But yeah, this one – definitely going on the list! Maybe I should try the audio too…
    Great review!

    • I don’t like it when it focuses tooo much on the scifi…then I get bored. This was just the right amount for me 🙂

  • So glad you liked this one and that the audiobook was awesome! This sounds pretty good, even though no my usual genre!!

    • Not my usual genre either, but it’s always nice to mix things up!