Starswept (Starswept #1)
In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.
A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.
When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.
But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.
I loved the plot of the novel and how part of the story was on Earth and the other part on Adryil. The story was well written and absolutely mesmerizing.
Iris is determined to find herself a patron to support herself and reunite her family but is certain her skills aren't good enough. She then meets Damiul, an Adryil that broke into her school.
The characters were really captivating and unique. I really liked Iris. She was determined, played by the rules and curious. Damiul was literally out of this world and most definitely a mystery that I wanted to more about. Milo was a really great and supportive best friend and Cara was really brave and stubborn.
I loved the details of all the various arts at the school and how Iris and her friends are trying to fight for freedom and their rights.
Starswept is a brilliant sci-fi novel with romance that will sweep you of your feet!