Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Review: Make you See Stars by Jocelyn Han

This is my review for 'Make you See Stars' by Jocelyn Han. I was given an advanced reader copy by Net Galley to review.

Release Date: 15th Dec 2013


A fresh start…

Determined to have a life of her own, Victoria Weiss flees the safe haven of New Berlin on the planet Mars by accepting an internship on the most remote space station in the solar system. Being the daughter of the Great German ambassador isn’t all glitter and glamour, and Tori needs a fresh start away from her overbearing parents.
But running away from your past isn’t easy when you’ve hidden away the darkest parts. Tori hasn’t trusted men ever since a sexual encounter that left her soul scarred, and when the station’s Chief of Security shows an interest in her, she feels torn between running away from him and allowing herself to open up to new possibilities.

A troubled past…

The last thing Alen Novak expects is to lose his head over an Elite girl. But when Tori Weiss walks into his life, he can’t help but feel she’s different from the Great German leaders who effectively destroyed his Croatian homeland during the Great Wars in Europe. Even though he is the station’s Security Chief, Alen doesn’t command the respect of all his colleagues because of his prison past – and he’s afraid Tori will dismiss him for it right out of the gate. After all, he’s been hurt by a woman he loved before.

Fanning the flames of passion…

There’s no way to avoid working together, though, and the two are irresistibly drawn to each other. Will Tori and Alen learn how to face their darkest fears, or will the past nip their passionate love in the bud?


I haven't read many of this genre of book before (futuristic New Adult) so I was really keen to start reading.

I was a little disappointed with the start of this book as I didn't think the author explained the history/ back story of the planet very well. The characters were living on a space station but had originally come from mars (i think!, it was a little confusing). She didn't explain why they were no longer living on earth etc for several chapters of the book (there were wars on earth). Apart from that, I really liked the characters as the main female lead Tori was fiesty and confident and the male lead Alen was sexily sarcastic and captured my interest very quickly.

I also really liked the fact that they were living on a self contained space station because it sort of reminded me of the star ship enterprise from Star Trek! (geek alert lol).

Alen was the acting security chief of the space station and Tori was an intern for a science company (she was a physicist or something along those lines, lol). The characters started off clashing and having major misunderstandings in this book and then eventually found themselves falling for each other, I always like this in a book as there usually are some quite funny scenes between the characters and this book was no exception! I found myself laughing out loud at some of their scenes together.

I don't like to reveal too much of a books plot as it would ruin the surprise for a new reader but Tori finds herself involved in a plot to take over a neighboring galaxy and needs help from Alen to sort things out and during this, they fall in love. 

It is always easy to tell whether the reader enjoys the book when they want to read the next in the series and I definitely do! This book overall was an exciting and fun packed book despite the sometimes complicated science/space jargon which I imagine is standard in a futuristic book.

I loved the characters, the setting and the good versus evil plot so would recommend this to any New Adult/ Futuristic fan. I can't wait for the next book in the series to be released!

My overall rating is:
4 out of 5 stars

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