Title: Behind the Stars
Series: Behind the Stars #1-6
Author: Leigh Talbert Moore
Release Date: 12/09/14
Genres: Science Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
From the author—
Prentiss Puckett is certain of three things:
-Graduation is two weeks away.
-Summer only gets hotter in south Mississippi.
-She’s getting a job with air-conditioning.
She did not expect to be kidnapped walking to work.
And she never expected to become a hero.
Those of us who’ve been around the reading block a few times 😉 know that reading tastes are cyclical and what floats your boat at one time in your life may very well fade into the past at some point. There was a rather lengthy time in my life when I couldn’t get enough of books set in the South or small farm towns and the like. The first pages of Behind the Stars took me there again with the dust of the dirt road on a hot summer’s day in Dabb Creek, Mississippi.
This is a book filled with mystery, some in the guise of teases, making us wonder just what is going on. Is this science fiction with aliens capturing humans? Maybe. Is it a paranormal sort of thing? Maybe. Certainly, Prentiss’s description of her captors’ eyes might lead you to think so but could something else entirely be going on? Perhaps this is just another coming-of-age story but then you’d have to ignore the fact that Prentiss most certainly is not in a place of her own choosing.
Prentiss is a girl I like very much, primarily because she’s so normal. In the beginning, she comes across as that girl we’ve all known, the one who is far too dependent on her boyfriend. She also harks back to an earlier time when many teens were content to stay in their small communities and farm as their family and neighbors always have; she seems to have no desire to “see the world out there” and, thus, she’s a bit old-fashioned. At the same time, Prentiss is a little irritating in this modern day when life goes at a faster pace and there were times when I wanted to tell her to wake up, especially with regards to her boyfriend, Jackson. Being held captive and away from Jackson just might be the chance she needs to stand on her own two feet.
Ah, Jackson. Jackson SHOULD be the ideal boyfriend but maybe he’s a bit too controlling, maybe he’s even a bit of a bully. He is an oasis for Prentiss from the bad things in her life for the most part but there’s just something missing inside and, the more I saw of him, the more I wanted him gone. Perhaps Gallatin, one of the mysterious captors, would be a good replacement for Jackson, hmm?
Behind the Stars is the first work by Leigh Talbert Moore I’ve read but I like her style and she’s got the storytelling gene, for sure. I’ll be looking for more from her.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, January 2015.
About the Author
Leigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy The Truth About Faking, its companion The Truth About Letting Go, and the mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel Rouge, a Quarter Finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
She is an award-winning journalist and editor, who has also worked in marketing and public relations for many years. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the southeast and Midwest U.S., and she runs the popular writing-craft blog That’s Write.
A southern ex-pat and beach bum, she currently lives with her husband, two young children, and one grumpy cat in the Midwest.
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