ARC REVIEW: Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik (Starlight’s Shadow #1)

Title: Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik
Published by: 
Publication date: 
31st March 2022
Genre: Science fiction
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones


Octavia Zarola would do anything to keep her tiny, close-knit bounty hunting crew together—even if it means accepting a job from Torran Fletcher, a ruthless former general and her sworn enemy. When Torran offers her enough credits to not only keep her crew afloat but also hire someone to fix her ship, Tavi knows that she can’t refuse—no matter how much she’d like to.

With so much money on the line, Torran and his crew insist on joining the hunt. Tavi reluctantly agrees because while the handsome, stoic leader pushes all of her buttons—for both anger and desire—she’s endured worse, and the massive bonus payment he’s promised for a completed job is reason enough to shut up and deal.

But when they uncover a deeper plot that threatens the delicate peace between humans and Valoffs, Tavi suspects that Torran has been using her as the impetus for a new war. With the fate of her crew balanced on a knife’s edge, Tavi must decide where her loyalties lie—with the quiet Valoff who’s been lying to her, or with the human leaders who left her squad to die on the battlefield. And this time, she’s put her heart on the line.

My review:

A massive thank you to Harper360YA for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Hunt the Stars might just be my new favourite series. It’s the perfect blend of sci-fi, romance and mystery. The plot is so incredibly detailed and the characters felt so real. I quickly fell in love with this world and I’m eager for more. 

I really admired Tavi mainly due to her relationship with her crew members. She’s a fantastic leader as she always put the safety of her crew first and never did anything they weren’t comfortable with. Also, the banter that flew back and forth between them was brilliant. It was very entertaining and so heartwarming to see how protective they were of each other. You soon find out that they’ve been through a lot and their relationship felt so genuine as a result. 

Torran is similar to Tavi as he also puts the safety of his crew first and was very considerate of everyone’s needs. It was easy to see that both Tavi and Torran considered their crew to be more like family and it was so touching to see that they’d do anything for one another.

The enemies to lovers romance between Tavi and Torran was honestly perfect and so well done. It didn’t feel rushed at all as they slowly get to know one another and develop feelings over the course of the story. I was also excited to see potential relationships develop between the other characters like Kee and Varro. 

I normally find sci-fi books hard to follow but Jessie Mihalik sets this up so perfectly. Instead of telling the whole backstory right at the start, it’s slowly drip-fed throughout, which makes it easier to digest as there’s a lot of history to unpack between these characters. It kept me invested in the story as I was eager to find out more about what happened in Tavi’s past and what made her and Torran enemies. 

Hunt the Stars is a fantastic start to a new sci-fi series. I’m sure the next book will be just as action-packed and have an even more compelling plot. I can’t wait to read more about these characters!

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