May 03, 2015


From A Distant Star 
by Karen McQuestion
Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—believed that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.
As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.


This book was provided to me by free from the author for an honest review. It is also available through netgalley

This book follows a girl who would do anything for her very sick boyfriend. Lucas was diagnosed with terminal cancer and everyone in his life has basically come to terms with his sickness and soon death, that it seems like everyone just gave up on him. But, not Emma. Emma feels like she would not be able to go on without Lucas in her life, she loves him so much that she would do anything for him. Even give away her entire savings so that the 'witch' down the road can create a potion for him. Emma thinks that her potion is what cures Lucas and restores him back to health, but soon she realizes that Lucas may not be the same person she fell in love with. 

I found this book started out on such a cute and unique note, where the point of view was from the dog when he discovers the tiny alien ship in the backyard. I loved hearing the thoughts the dog had when he found it and how he think bringing it to his human may help him be better. He doesn't understand why Lucas is so sick. The point of view changes after that chapter to Emma which I had a much harder time connecting with. 

Puppy-love is something all teenagers go through, but I felt like Emma was too dependent on the relationship she has with Lucas. Although her stubbornness and the fact that she never gave up on him was quite admirable. 

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I have an irrational fear of aliens. Some people it's clowns or spiders, but for me it's aliens. I don't know why, maybe some childhood trauma with a scary movie, but even the thought sends me into ridiculous amounts of fear. But Scout the alien in this book was cute, sweet, and could have been mistaken for a child character.

Sadly, this book just wasn't anything amazing for me. I found myself reaching for other books, and just sighing the whole time I read it. I didn't connect with the characters, or story.

2 out of 5 stars!

Karen McQuestion is the bestselling author of books for all ages. Some of her titles include Hello Love, Life on Hold, The Long Way Home, and the Edgewood series. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and the national NPR show, The Story with Dick Gordon. She has also appeared on ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning. McQuestion lives with her husband and kids in Hartland, Wisconsin.


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1 comment

  1. Aww I'm sorry it was a disappointment, I hate it when that happens! and with such a pretty cover too! Thanks for sharing, I hope your next read is better! :)