Series: Starr Fall #1
Published by Inkspell Publishing on November 4, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance
Format: eBook, Kindle Edition
Source: Review Copy
On the run from the Organization, Starr never planned on falling in love.
Starr Bishop’s the complete package. A perfect smile, brains to match, and a winning attitude. Boys want to date her and girls want to be her. She’s the type of girl you want to hate, if only she wasn’t so damn likable. But don’t worry, she’s not interested in your boyfriend. Boys are one complication she can live without.
When the Organization decides she’s not only the model student but the ideal assassin, Starr’ll need a lot more than high test scores and extracurricular involvement to get herself out of that commitment.
Dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood is the last person she’d expect—or even want— to come to her rescue. From opposite ends of Webster High’s social hierarchy, their lives collide in one electrifying moment. Christian isn’t the Goth loner he pretends to be, he’s a part Cherokee, All-American boy who wants to be a hero, Starr’s hero. Christian makes Starr forget that the Organization is after her, but nothing will stop the Organization from collecting their top recruit.
By the way, the spot for junior class president just became available.
Starr Fall by Kim Briggs is the kind of novel that I’m not sure how to feel about. The series as a whole has a massive amount of potential, especially in the young adult genre, but as an opening novel Starr Fall has some issues to work through.
First, the positive; Starr Fall is an interesting concept. From the cover design and novel title, you’d think Briggs’ debut novel would be about aliens, but in fact, we’re thrust into the world of a secret organization of assassins bent on claiming our heroine, Starr, as their newest recruit. And the organization isn’t above using some incredibly unethical methods to bring her into the fold. I was charmed in the beginning, between Starr’s personality and her group of friends, and I couldn’t wait to read a novel that thrust these characters into an impossibly brutal world (as I assumed this would be the world an assassin organization thrived in).
But when Starr finds out about the organization early on in the novel, things started to go downhill for me as a reader. Not only did the pacing of Starr Fall completely throw me off (more on that later), but it became less of an action/mystery and more of an instalove romance novel. Gone was the excitement and adventure I was expecting, and instead I was left with a lot of Starr and Christian interaction that often times felt forced. There was so little growth in the characters that it was hard to feel any sort of connection with them throughout Starr Fall, and (for the most part) there aren’t any other characters to cling on to in order to get a break from the constant barrage of teenage romance. View Spoiler »Starr’s friends that I was looking forward to getting to know? They don’t make another appearance. « Hide Spoiler
Back to the pacing of the novel. The parts of the novel that I wanted to take a little longer, and explain a bit more, like everything that could reveal a hint about the organization’s motivations and basic operation, seemed to only take a few pages to get through. Every conflict that Starr and Christian met in Starr Fall was resolved quickly and with what felt like very little consequence. And as a trade off, the sections of the novel that were drawn out and detailed had very little to do with the main plot of the story, and I found myself wanting to skim read and move on quickly. What I’m trying to get at is that there was a huge amount of time taken up by Christian and Starr’s romance that could have been expanding and complicating the main plot of Starr Fall.
So obviously, Starr Fall ended up not being my cup of tea. But it would definitely be a novel for someone who really loves a ton of romance with the potential to really expand both the love story and the mystery of Starr’s world. It’s a novel you’ll just have to decide an opinion of for yourself. And if you decide that it’s a novel for you, Briggs has released the second novel in the series, Starr Lost, with a third novel coming out in June of 2017.