IndieWritersReview’s Book Review Star Seed by Liz Gruder

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starseed coverKaila Guidry has always known she is different. After all, her mother insists Kaila hide her hair under a tin foil shield and a wig before leaving the house. When Kaila meets Jordyn Stryker one day at school, she starts to understand the origin of her mother’s seemingly irrational fears.

Jordyn Stryker was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent undercover to Louisina’s Bush High to learn human ways. When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn steps in and awakens her to a new reality, and to love. Out of loyalty to him, Kaila looks the other way when the real purposes of the starseed begin to unfold.

As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves forward, Kaila and Jordyn, caught in an impossible love, must face who they really are and decide where their true loyalties lie

About The Author

liz mcgruder

Liz is an author and a yoga teacher & lives in New Orleans.

Her YA novel, Starseed, just released by WiDo Publishing. She is currently working on a collection of ghost stories and another YA novel.

Question everything, believe in yourself and never give up.

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My Review

I enjoyed Star Seed’s Science Fiction element. I have not read many Sci Fi novels, thinking they might not be to my taste, but lately the ones I have come across have been very good, and I have found myself enjoying them. I felt the premise was a good one with the “Star Seed”, (those not from earth)… coming here to learn our ways. I felt the author did an superb job as far as the characters; she  showed  real growth in her main characters. Kaila started out as a seemingly unhappy teenager, very disgruntled with her family especially her mother and needed change. I believe Ms. Gruder did  an excellent job in showing Kaila’s metamorphosis.  It rang true to me the WHY also Kaila seemed to have such a negative view ,and why Kaila also seemed somewhat behind other adolescents her age in the handling of electronics, such as a Smart-phone and other aspects of modern society. Because she was protected by her mother especially, but family, to the point of suffocation, due to their fear, that those who came for Kaila’s mother when she was a teenager, would also come for Kaila. Also, the foil around the head and other precautions are just further aspects of their protection, which inhibited Kaila’s socialization(she was also home-schooled) and really was allowed to see no one due to this fear.

The author was on point with setting  up her world, a world that  was intolerant to those different from others. The story turned and the change began in Kaila when she was finally allowed to attend school and discovered who she was, and why she was here. Jordyn was the good looking boy who was just as much a captive to the expectations of those leading him, as Kaila was to her parents fear. He also made a incredible transformation at the end, deciding to stand for what he believed in and not what was dictated to him.

The pace was steady, there was no lagging or drawn out moments:) Great action when the Star Seeds true motives surfaced, and also some creepy moments with the ONE behind the Star Seeds showed himself.

I recommend Star Seed,I believe it is a story that would be enjoyed by Teens and Adults who like Science Fiction.


2 thoughts on “IndieWritersReview’s Book Review Star Seed by Liz Gruder

    • I think it would be great if you did, lately I have seen some really fun ones pop up…. I’m seeing sci fi and fantasy incorporated a lot, and that seems to be the mixture that works for me at least:) I believe I will search more extraterrestrial gems:)

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