Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt, a romantic YA story, starts off normal enough; nerdy girl, Marsha, falls for the new boy in school, Rigel, who is also the star quarterback, Drop dead gorgeous and way out of her league. Knowing that she has no chance with him doesn't stop her from fantasizing about being with him.
Not able to ignore this intense connection that they have Marsha starts to ask questions and eventually forces Rigel to tell her what he has been hiding.
He takes her to meet his parents so they can help to tell her their secret, that they are really from Mars, and that they emigrated to Earth 75 years before.
Suddenly Marsha finds herself in the middle of a Martian political war, with missing alien royalty and the threat of dangerous Martians coming to her small town looking for the missing royal heir.
Even though this book was written for a younger audience I found myself lost in its pages. Enjoying the developing relationship between the two main characters, Rigel and Marsha. Rooting for the nerdy girl to get the hot, popular guy.
Then throw in the alien race threatening to take over Earth I really enjoyed this book, and have placed the following three books on my TBR list.
The author writes the mystery and secrecy well in the book, and leaves you dying to know what's going to happen next.
The characters and story line are very well written and it's easy to get addicted to the lives of these teenagers whose high school issues are the least of their problems.
If you enjoy YA romance added together with alien races then you will love this book.
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Claire Rees, reviewer. Claire lives in a small village in the South Wales Valleys, UK with her husband, two kids and five snakes. She will hopefully be starting an English literature course this September. She has always loved reading books. Her favorite genres are horror, mystery and fantasy, although if the story line is good she'll read anything. Connect with Claire on Facebook.