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FML is becoming Katia’s motto for senior year. Things couldn’t get any worse, or so she thought. After another uppity party that ends badly, she finds herself stumbling down the street with a broken heel. So when the guy she’s had a mad crush on since preschool offers Katia a ride, she couldn’t say no. But she should have. Seth Nightingale was trouble.Seth just made the biFML is becoming Katia’s motto for senior year. Things couldn’t get any worse, or so she thought. After another uppity party that ends badly, she finds herself stumbling down the street with a broken heel. So when the guy she’s had a mad crush on since preschool offers Katia a ride, she couldn’t say no. But she should have. Seth Nightingale was trouble.Seth just made the biggest mistake of his life, and there is no way to fix it. He kissed Katia Montgomery. What hell had he been thinking? The problem is, when Katia is around, his mind turns to mush. Torn between his affection for Katia and his desire to not die, Seth is forced to deal with the very thing he’s been avoiding his entire life. A dark curse and deep-seated deception leads Katia and Seth closer to their cursed destiny. They will have to overcome an ancient curse, toe-curling lust, and love if they want to survive.Genre: Teen Paranormal Romance...

Title : Starbound
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ISBN : 9781311968005
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Number of Pages : 104 Pages
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Starbound Reviews

  • Joelle ★My Book Angel Blog★
    2019-04-04 05:35

    I want to preface this review, by stating I don't often review books. My apologies if my review isn't written as eloquently as others ;-)Here goes-I received this book for free for an honest review and I'm seriously glad I was able to read such a fantastic book! I honestly had no idea what Starbound was about. I just knew that if it was written by J.l. Weil then it must be a good read.At first when I started reading this book, I felt maybe I was to "old" for this genre, but I found myself not able to put the book down. I had to know what happened between the two main characters, Seth and Katia. I really liked how the author wrote the book from both their POV's , you're able to get to know each one of them and feel what each one of them is feeling. This is definitely a new twist on magic, and I'm not talking about witches and warlocks! This is by far something new and unusual which made this book that much more intriguing. I highly recommend this book, you won't be disappointed.

  • Karataratakus
    2019-04-10 05:47

    Starbound Condensed Review for Goodreads.If you can imagine, for a moment, that I'm jumping up and down in slow motion with my arms waving about, and Beethoven's Ode to Joy is playing in the background, you'll probably get a good feel for what this book means to me.Because there are no words.COVER: Poor-man's Danaerys Targaryen stands in the woods in a black dress, beneath a magical symbol of some sort.OPENING: Ah, Starbound—you clearly know how much I love infodumps! Yes, in case the viewer was worried there'd be any suspense in this book, our heroine gives us the entire history of her relationship with the hero in a meandering, vague ramble. As for said hero, the first line in his POV is:'I watched her saucy little butt saunter out of the classroom and I had to bite my lip'Truly, this man is class personified.THE MAIN CHARACTER AND THE LOVE INTEREST: These two get almost equal amounts of POV so I thought I'd talk about them together. Sadly, there's far too much stupid to say about them for this condensed review; so I'll have to give you the bare details only. On the bright side, they're both such shallow characters that I guess that won't be too difficult!For example: here are the reasons that Katia and Seth are in love with one another.1. Destiny said so.2. They're both really hawt.3. Seth gave Katia a lift home once—during which time he opened her door for her.That's it. True Love all 'round, everyone!But when they're not thinking about how much they want to bang each other, Katia's thinking about how much she hates her friends while Seth thinks about committing acts of violence on about half the people he meets.Oh, and they have magic powers or something.THE HYPOTENUSE: Elena is a goffik skank bitch who is in love with Seth for some reason—maybe he opened a door for her too! She tries to force him to be her boyfriend in exchange for healing Katia's wound that she got from tripping over, but that subplot is completely forgotten about halfway through the book.THE ANTAGONIST: Is called Isa, so I guess my bank was wrong about those being a good idea. She died like a billion years before the start of the book, after casting a curse of the mythological Arachne for stealing her man—the extremely authentically-named 'Avery'.The curse itself likes to randomly set things on fire or cause earthquakes every time Seth and Katia get too close to one another, thus channelling the emotions of the reader in a truly spectacular fashion.THE LITTLE SISTER: Her name is Collins. Seriously, what happened? Did someone ask what the parents were going to call their daughter just as they were calling for the butler, and they panicked and decided to just go with it?THE BEST FRIENDS: Well, there had to be some other characters in the book, didn't there?THE PARENTS: *Slow clap* Parents of the Year, everyone—Parents of the Year. Here was their plan to deal with the fact that their kids were destined to fall in love with each other and die:1. Keep it all a secret from Katia so she doesn't know how much danger she's in.2. Continue to live in the same town as each other and send the morons to the same school, but pretend there's a feud between the families so Katia will hopefully not want to spend time with Seth.3. ????4. Problem solved!WORLDBUILDING: Okay, magic exists.......That's about it.PLOT: The first half follows the epic bitching Katia and Seth do at each other until she finds out about the falling in love death curse thing. The second half involves Katia and Seth wanting to bang each other, the curse attacking them, them saying it's too dangerous to be around each other, then meeting up the next day because they want to bang. Rinse and repeat.They try to counter-act the curse with a spell to see how it was cast in the first place, through which they discover that it was cast by a jealous ho called Isa, against Katia's ancestor Arachne, because she stole the love of Seth's ancestor Avery. For some reason, they act like this is a terrible thing to have learned, even though THEY ALREADY KNEW ALL OF THAT! Fortunately, they are saved by Katia's grandmother, who randomly appears at the end of the story to tell them that Katia actually had the power to break the curse all along. All's well that ends well!THE WRITING: Readers are in for a treat this time, because this book is totally Down Wif Da Kidz. It's a 'shinning' story that really gets across Katia and Seth's desire to 'do the freaky-deaky' with each other, without that 'skank-ass curse' 'burning their butts'—sure to make you 'feel like a cherry slushie'So, I'm afraid it's a one out of five on Goodreads for the terrible characters, terrible plot, and terrible proofreading, but... *drum roll*... ten out of ten, on the Karataratakus scale of Things that Entertained me with their Badness, for being the most entertaining read I've had since The Selection! And it gives us two new shelves! Truly, this is a joyous day.

  • Jennifer Pierson
    2019-03-29 06:01

    I enjoyed this book so much that I finished it in one sitting. The story was smooth and flowed very well! It had me laughing out loud quite a bit! J.L. Weil made it even better by having duel POVs with the main characters. "Katia Montgomery’s life is charmed. She is pretty, popular, and dating the star basketball player. So then why is she miserable?Seth Nightingale has always known that the sassy and spunky Katia is destined to be his—that they are starbound."I loved these 2 main characters. Katia was feisty and Seth was the serious hottie! They had chemistry, humor, some spider goddess blood, and a curse hanging over their heads! And boy were they HOT! I could feel the connection while reading especially with the 2 POVs. The more they tried to stay away from each other, the hotter it got even though it meant their death from the curse! J.L. Weil added another twist in mythology that I enjoyed. She kept me invested in the story from beginning to end! Although Starbound is a stand alone book, I really wish she would make it into a series. I want more of Katia and Seth! Read this book, you won't be disappointed (except that it's over too soon)!I was lucky enough to get this book from the author free for a honest review!

  • Amanda
    2019-04-09 03:37

    I devoured this book in a matter of hours. As another reader said, the dual point of view was great. It made you actually get to know both characters on a more personal level. I felt the relationship in this book rivaled how things are in real life. Not everything in life is butterflies and roses, and not everyone will kiss you butt or spout beautiful love words every moment. This book was heartfelt and it showed the true price of sacrifice and what true love really looks like. The characters are all really well fleshed out and you feel like you have insider information on them with dual points of view. These characters were definitely memorable and you definitely wanted to laugh or cry when they did. I love a book that makes you feel something and this book definitely does. I highly recommend this book!

  • Rita
    2019-03-25 05:39

    well I hate to be the debbie downer here, but meh. I read the previous reviews and was optimistic but I had a hard time finishing it. this was my first time reading this author so I didnt know what to expect. just too many cliche sentences, too many failed attempts to sound witty and the the story line and action of the characters were either too predictable or just plain annoying. sorry...I tried to like it but it just fell flat for me.

  • Lauren Hagan
    2019-04-01 01:03

    This book was seriously terrible , I don't understand all the good reviews.

  • Inda
    2019-04-18 03:40

    This sounds kickass.

  • Kathryn Packingham
    2019-04-09 00:52

    This love story is Magic!! Kat's and Seth give the reader the best love story imaginable filled with passion, drama and curses! It was a can't put down read!!

  • Nucking Futs the Fire Fairy Book-a-holic
    2019-03-29 21:46

    This review is also posted on Musings of the Book-a-holic Fairies, Inc.First, I want to thank the author for this complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. It was a joy to read this book.The main subject of the story is the supposed imminent death of the heroine - and eventually, the hero - because of a certain curse. Suprisingly, the book kept its tone light and witty.Let me explain the gist of the story first.Katia and Seth are destined to be soulmates. In the story, the term used is starbound."Being Starbound meant there was one person chosen to be yours by the stars - like a soul mate juiced up on steroids. It infused magick, heart, soul, flesh, and spirit, binding two nixies for all eternity - the five points of a star. Starbound was rare, and if you found yours, you never let go."Sounds romantic huh? It should have been a happy ever after story right from the start. Unfortunately, some bitter ancestress made a curse that will kill Katia if they complete the starbinding, eventually killing Seth too. "A starsoul could never live without his or her love. Their hearts - their lives were woven together. If one stopped beating so would the other, and their souls would follow one another into the after life, where they could be together forever. Every nixie knew about starbinding and how exceptional it was."So how would our young lovers undo a curse as ancient as Greek myth? Well, you have to read the book to find out. *wink*The story is in the POV of Katia and Seth. I love how the narration keeps switching between them. It definitely kept the story entertaining. And you get to connect with both the main characters and makes understanding them better.I love Seth. Outside, he's a tough guy. Someone who you don't wanna mess with. Inside he's a nice guy. He deliberately rejects Katia so that she'll hate him, preventing her to fall in love with him, therefore protecting her from the curse.Katia, on the other hand, is oblivious to the curse. So she really hates him but at the same time, is drawn to him. They kind of have a love-hate relationship going on. I really enjoy their banters because of Katia's colorful vocabulary and witty remarks.The minor characters are lovable as well, even the not so nice ones. My favorite is Zeke, Seth's best friend. He's such a sweetheart in the story. I hope he gets to have his own book, too. And probably, with a cheerleader. Lol!As I've mentioned earlier, the story is light and the lines are witty. Lots of scenes cracked me up. I can definitely say that there was no dull moment while reading this book.If there's anything I can complain about, it's probably the anticlimactic ending. I was hoping for a more dramatic turn of events but the author made it gentle and quick. But when I think of it, it was probably better that way to maintain the light tone of the story. So I guess, no complains after all. Lol!My rating for this book is 4 1/2 stars! I definitely love this book and if anyone asks me for recommendations on new YA books, this will be the first book I would suggest.

  • Lindsay Michaels
    2019-04-20 05:40

    I was one of a lucky few to receive this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review; and having read all of J.L Weil's other books I was more than excited to read Starbound......and I was not disappointed!I think one of the best things about the book is the dual POV, it was nice to be able to understand things from both Katia and Seth's points of view, especially in terms of how they felt about each other and the curse placed upon them. It made each chapter interesting because as the reader we got to see how both of them really felt about each other when the characters themselves didn't even know how the other felt about them. And the dual POV worked especially well in explaining how Katia and Seth felt about the curse and their love for each other. Seeing that they both had an inner turmoil over it, over how they viewed the situation and what they wanted to happen was especially captivating. The concept of the story was fascinating, a different take on stories about magic, and I can honestly say I've never read a book like this one, it was completely original and I was hooked from the get go.What was also likeable about it, was that the characters weren't best friends from the start, they didn't have a sudden romance and consequently a heavy relationship from the off. Quite the opposite in fact, in the beginning of the book, Katia and Seth didn't even speak to each other, other than to fling sarcastic or hurtful comments at each other. Of course they found themselves drawn to each other, but for the most part they steered clear of one another. So what was nice, was the fact that we got to see how those initial feelings of resentment and dislike actually weren't that at all, and that actually the two shared a deep and intense attraction to each other, being drawn together by fate and a deadly curse that neither could do anything about. It was compelling to read how the characters dealt with those feelings not just towards each other but about the curse too.The ending was brilliant, I was so sure at one point that the ending may not have been a 'typical happy ending' which normally would have me putting a book down but I couldn't stop reading; I was hanging on the edge of my seat, willing Katia to be okay, hoping more than anything for some sort of miracle.....and there was one! Thank goodness! The suspense had me nearly in tears so that when Katia and Seth could finally be together, minus the curse, I was so thrilled my heart practically sang for the two of them!A truly brilliant read! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a female character with a bit of sass and a stubborn edge and a drool worthy male lead with a bit of an attitude. Absolutely awesome!

  • Nicole
    2019-03-31 22:00

    I received a complimentary copy of the book for an honest review and boy did I love it!The book is told in a dual POV which really complimented the story-telling and the progress of the story. Both main characters were really relatable and easy to get along with, Seth was a really honest guy and Kate was a girl that let life and social standing rule her demeanor, even if that wasn't who she really was. The chemistry between them was undeniable and the story was really interesting regarding the curse, the process of being starbound and the story and meaning behind it.My overrall score is 4.5 just because the ending was too rushed for me and I think it could have ended I little more neatly and slow paced. Also, even though magick is considered an essential part of their lives and they are supernatural beings I felt it missed a little more depth in this part of the story. I though it would have make me more excited to know more about the world and the kind of being they were or if there were other kinds of people other than them.It is a really enjoyable read which I recommend plus it is a standalone. So no cliffhangers!

  • Keep Calm Novel On
    2019-03-26 01:44

    *I received a copy of the eBook from Lovers of Paranormal (LOP) in exchange for an honest review.*Is Starbound a modern day Romeo and Juliet? Their families despise each other yet these nixies are drawn to each other. They both come from families of magick. Although they appear to deny their chemistry and attraction, their pull to each other is undeniable. Is it love? Are they cursed?Katia Montgomery and Seth Nightingale are seniors hoping to complete their final year of high school and move on to their next chapter without drama. Right! The novel is told in each characters point of view giving great insight into the circumstances of their story. They both have strong and distinct voices. The language, tone and dialogue are age appropriate for the setting and characters. Katia and Seth’s story is far from over. Hoping the author will consider a sequel as the supporting characters have great depth as well.Starbound is a most enjoyable read.

  • Ellin
    2019-04-02 01:04

    Not even sure where to start with this review but this book was, as I expected, a fantastic book. I really do hope there's going to be another book coming out (although I doubt it). There are some parts in this book of which I had expected to happen but there were also numerous parts that I hadn't expected the least bit. This novel is so good that I had to stay up until 3 am last night, I may be tired but it was worth it. A book that once started, must be finished. The only reason I did 4 stars instead of 5 stars was because of the parts that I had seen coming that didn't surprise me at all.

  • Kindle25
    2019-04-14 22:55

    I don't know, maybe it's just me but I don't like Katia. She's so out of control. She's the one to blame for the whole curse manifesting itself, and for Seth's efforts and sacrifices to be in vain.Then there's the curse as well. I really don't like how it was defeated with minimum fuss and effort. Her grandma, that was introduced near the end of the book, just suggests something at the last minute, and then Katia survives the curse with 2 hours to spare... What a joke!

  • Jan farnworth
    2019-04-05 02:05

    I loved that the author did this story from dual POV it really made the story flow very well as you got one character reaction to the story and then you flowed into what the other character was feeling. The author did a great job of keeping you reading and the hottness factor was not over powering to the point where you did not want to stomache the romance between the main characters. A great stand alone story thanks for the chance to review it.

  • Daniele Cochran
    2019-04-18 01:41

    I loved this book. I'm a huge fan of this author. I have read most of her books. This one is as wonderful as the others. I like the characters and the plot. The development of both are well done. I like that the story isn't a cliffhanger. If you have read any from Weil before, you'll like this one too. Also, if you like stories about soul mates, you will definitely like this! I read it in a matter of hours. Great book!

  • Jacqueline Bagwell
    2019-03-30 02:01

    Excellent read!My first question is, will there be a second book? I seriously hope so! I can't get enough of Seth and Katia. My imagination is running wild with possibilities of how their story could continue. If you haven't read any of J.L. Weil's books get one today. I'm definitely a huge fan!

  • Sydney
    2019-04-17 23:38

    A delightful teenage romance with intriguing magic! Overall, this was a charming story that kept my interest piqued the whole way through. The magic elements were unique and also perfect for a teenage romance, making me truly feel that this plot would appeal to a mass of teenagers if put on the big screen. It hints at the nostalgia that The Twilight Series brings out in it's fans while also showing originality and unpredictability in the face of danger, all the while adhering to the drama that teenage romance (and true love in this case) brings. The dual-perspective narrative was quite fitting for the story, but more character exploration and world-building would have pulled me emotionally into this book more. Anyone who did enjoy The Twilight Series will also enjoy this book. Needless to say, this tale kept me smiling and hoping for a good ending the whole way through, so I think J. L. Weil achieved what she set out to do!Three stars for various reasons... There was a least one mistake/typo/error/inconsistency on every other page, but it did not detract from the story and would be easily remedied with proper editing. Also, as another reviewer has mentioned, the author glosses over events and characters that, if better explained and explored, would make the story richer overall. Had the book been longer, I'm sure the author would have gone into more character and world-building. I felt that the depiction of teenage drama, love, and hormones were accurate to a degree in this book, but it came off as too lusty for a book whose main character is a virgin and is inexperienced sexually. Simply put, it did not feel super realistic. Lastly, the book did not manage to pull me in in the way I was hoping. It kept me interested and smiling throughout, but I did not feel that obsessive pull that we readers get when we find something that spellbinds us to keep reading all night and obsess over it when we have finished.

  • Skye Hegyes
    2019-04-08 02:49

    I'll admit, there were a lot of things I liked about this novel. It was part of a story bundle, but I haven't read any of the others in the bundle, so I went ahead and marked it as that I read it alone.Most of the story was good. There was a lot of action going on, there was friction between the two characters. That said, I was less impressed with the ending. I thought it was weird how the parents handled the curse their daughter was under, as well as the fact that the curse took so long to "activate" between the two. Earthquakes and magical opposition to their being together only after she realizes the truth? Why not before? Why not the moment she discovered the truth?There was also a sub-plot I felt went unanswered in the end with the deal between Elena and Seth. They made a deal and he broke it. Unintentionally, of course, but there should have been some repercussions, and there just... weren't. It was as if the deal hadn't mattered, and if that was the case, why include it at all? It was a little frustrating.Also, I figured out that her ability to solve puzzles would come in handy, but I was disappointed in how late everyone seemed to realize it and how it took a brand new character showing up at the end (Where the heck did you come from, Grandma?!?) to point the way. It was frustrating in its own way.

  • Jackie
    2019-04-18 04:49

    3 & 1/2 stars rounded up.The story did not flow as well as some of the other books I’ve read from this author, there were a lot of slow down-speed up type moments, & I felt like it should be Y/A except for the one sex scene (that was very tame). Without that sex scene it would definitely have been a Y/A book. I felt the sex scene should have been left out, as they were still seniors in high school, at 17-18 years old, I felt it’s not good examples for youthful readers. (I’m aware that that age group is not all abstaining from sex, but I prefer to not encourage the behavior.) There was a lot of high school drama/angst in this, which I didn’t particularly like. The main characters, Seth & Katia were ok, I liked Seth better than Katia though. I did feel the world building could have been better, since there were some things that left me confused of what was going on. This was given as a free copy with no obligation for review, I’m assuming it’s an ARC copy. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if the editing/proof reading mistakes were cleaned up before publishing, I hope so, cause there were a lot of mistakes in this copy, almost enough for me to quit reading.

  • Arwen
    2019-04-05 03:03

    Not entirely my cup of tea. Plus there were some errors, which always drive me nuts. Mostly stuff like going instead of doing. In that instance it was, "What are you going out of your room?" When you know they meant "What are you doing out of your room?" Then there is the very catty, VERY teenage Kat, the female half of the protagonists. I couldn't like her character for the life of me. Still the story was well written and I really wanted to know what would happen. If you are more of a teen drama and paranormal romance fan than I am you might like the story.Oh and then there was the use of the word "redonkulous." I seriously considered stopping right there. Please authors, do not use this term EVER. Really almost deserves to be 2 stars because of that ridiculous word usage.

  • Lisa Eiff
    2019-04-04 02:38

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I actually read it as the first entry in the Shattered Worlds box set, and I feel in love with Weil's writing with this story. It's the same story told from two different point of views, and I think it's masterfully done. Katia and Seth are so easy to fall in love with in this book, and you learn they are genuinely interlocked in a real love/hate type situation. I'd recommend this book for fans of the fantasy and supernatural genres with a slight romantic edge. It's also ideal for YA readers, as well.

  • José Bakker
    2019-04-16 22:01

    Very easy to read. I can recommend this book if you just want to read something to take your mind off things. Something simple, romantic and sexy. There are some inconsistencies in the story line/logic and characters though.

  • Shawn
    2019-04-11 05:44

    I loved the story, Seth and Katia are likeable and well written. J.L. Weil kept me guessing how things were going to turn out. It’s a great read with twists and turns, the story keeps you on your toes. Highly recommend this book.

  • Brittany Lindgren
    2019-03-24 04:38

    AwesomeCouldn't put it down read beginning to end in one night. Definitely recommend it to all teens and adults. Can't wait to see what happens next

  • Deann
    2019-04-06 05:52

    Wow that was exciting! That was so addicting! Would love to see where the circle goes from here.

  • Jen
    2019-04-16 21:38

    WowThat was lame. Reached the Elena/Seth/Kat graveyard scene and I was done. The whole deal with the devil scene...beyond stupid.

  • Debbie Poole
    2019-04-17 22:00

    Starbound Three words love love love. This book is amazing ,love the characters, the magic the suspend. If you haven't read it do. I just hope maybe there will be a sequel.

  • Alex Latham
    2019-04-13 00:51

    Book 16 complete.

  • Maria Banales
    2019-04-11 02:56

    Beautiful I gotta say that I was so hooked on this book.. I loved the characters and the story line, I am really looking forward to reading more books by this author...