Author: Liz Gruder
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Published: February 2013
Starseed concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a starseed boy who reveals that she, too, is half extraterrestrial, and is forced to choose her allegiance between Earth and her star family.
Kaila Guidry has always known she is different. When she meets Jordyn Stryker at school, she finds out just how different.
Jordyn was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent to Louisiana's Bush High to learn human ways. But Jordyn didn't count on meeting someone like Kaila.
When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn awakens her to a new reality—and to love. But to prove herself, Kaila must look the other way as the real purposes of the starseeds unfold.
As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves inexorably forward, Kaila and Jordan, caught in an impossible love, must determine where their true loyalties lie.
"After reading Starseed, my faith in YA sci-fi has been restored! ... I didn't want to put it down ... it had enough mystery and suspense to keep me going, page after page. Superb job 4.5 out of 5!"
-- The Forbidden Library Book Reviews
"I would recommend this book to all sci-fi lovers and, to those who aren't into it, take a chance. Who knows? You may love this book just as much as I did! Liz Gruder is definitely an author you should keep a look out for as she has great talent in writing and a huge imagination. Starseed was a wonderful read and very different from other books I've read. It was a very nice change from what I usually read and kept me enticed all the way."
--Starlight Book Reviews
"Interesting read. A lot like Roswell, but different. Gruder does a great job building the dark mystery of what the aliens are really up to on earth."
--Charity Bradford, sci-fi author, "The Magic Wakes"
“The story caught me off guard and won me over after the first chapter. The main conflict is a personal one for Kalia. Will she embrace her alien side or continue life as a human?”
--Pixie Dust Book Reviews
Starseed is a fun sci-fi read with romance. It brings light to the cliques of high school, and challenges the main character, Kaila, to be herself, instead of how others expect her to be.
--Kerri Cuevas, YA Author "Deadly Kisses"
"Liz Gruder's characters come alive through youthful, spunky narrative, and her headstrong heroine, Kaila Guidry, elicits a reader's encouragement from the first page. Fans of P.C. Cast will find themselves similarly transported into Gruder's exploration of the dark sides of faith, love, higher dimensions, and, of course, high school."
-- Jadie Jones, YA author "Moonlit"
Author Liz Gruder
As a youth, Liz Gruder saw a series of UFOs with her best friend while riding bikes. Ever since, she’s held a fascination for the stars. An avid reader, she used to hide under her covers and read with a flashlight. She has degrees in English and Psychology from Tulane University, a nursing license and a yoga certification. After going through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Liz realized how short life is and is now slowly fulfilling her bucket list: she’s been to the Egyptian pyramids (totally awesome and thought provoking) and is now teaching yoga and writing speculative fiction. Starseed is her debut novel.
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Aliens are known for super technology and super powers. In this Top Tens, we’ll look at modern YA novel alien powers. YA aliens, while becoming more popular, aren’t so easy to find … but when you read YA aliens, you’ll enjoy extraterrestrial powers often charged with super-romance.
1) Telepathy. (Reading human thoughts). Otto, in Anna Sheehan’s A Long, Long Sleep, communes by touch telepathy because he can’t speak. ***** In Starseed, the aliens can read human minds any time. They know what you’re thinking, as well as can access your memories, deepest fears and joys. Good for taking over a high school, not so good for romance.
2) Healing. Max Evans, an alien in Melinda Metz’s Roswell, heals Liz Parker from a bullet wound early on, bringing her back from certain death. Max also has powers of
3) Leptokinesis (change the shape & form of objects, heat, melt cool objects) and telekinesis (ability to move objects with the mind).
4) Mind Screen. In Starseed, the aliens can make humans believe an event happened, when in reality it was something entirely else. When Jordyn wants to spend time with Kaila and they’re late to class, he makes the teacher believe Kaila fell and bruised her knee. The teacher can see a bruise, when no one else in the class can. The Starseed aliens can also visit students at night and make them believe it was an owl or a cat they saw in the night—if they remember at all. When their eyes turn black, their powers are transmitting . . .
5) Light. As in controlling and made of. When Daemon Black, Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Obsidian hottie alien uses his light powers, Katy lights up … literally and romantically--not good for alien enemies who can track Luxen aliens through Katy. **** John Smith in I Am Number Four has plasma light emitting from his hands.
6) Entering dreams. Isabel Evans in Melinda Metz’s Roswell can stare at a photo and enter that person’s dreams or “dream walk.” When Isabel is afraid that human Maria will betray them after she knows they are aliens, Isabel does a dream walk into Maria’s head. Maria doesn’t talk and earns Isabel’s trust.
7) Inter-dimensional travel. In Starseed, the aliens can travel to the 4th dimension and be invisible as they observe humans. Creepy and scary, yes. ••••• Priscilla Snowden, a benevolent alien in Starseed is actually from a higher dimension of light and so tires easily with the strain of living in our often-hostile dimension (and high school--which can exhausting anyone).
8) Inhabiting human bodies. In Stephenie Meyer’s The Host, Wanderer, an alien soul, inhabits Melanie Styder’s body by being implanted in her spinal cord and brain stem. The problem is that host Melanie is strong and aware. Wanderer hears Melanie's thoughts and experiences human emotions. Movie release end of March. Gotta go. (I love alien movies.)
9) Feeding on Humans. In Melissa West’s Gravity, the Ancients feed on the humans at night (with their consent). The humans wear patches so they can’t see who’s draining nutrients from them. This is why the slogan for Gravity is: Don’t. Ever. Peek. Of course, in Gravity, Ari Alexander peeks and sees her Ancient (alien), Jackson Locke.
10) Out-of-this-World, Super Love. In YA alien books, when an alien loves, they love hard.
--John Smith in I Am Number Four loves for a lifetime;
--Daemon Black in the Lux series (after he discards his douchiness) passionately loves Katy;
--in Magan Vernon’s How to Date an Alien, another hottie alien, Ace, falls in love with human Alex;
-- in Starseed, hybrid Kaila (half ET), born on Earth, and hybrid Jordyn, born of the stars, find each other in high school. Jordyn tries to fight his rising feelings for Kaila. Aliens disdain emotion—it gets in the way of trying to take over worlds. Emotion and love ... or controlled "hive" mentality ... What's an alien to do?
YA ALIENS 4EVR!