Review: Behind the Stars by Leigh Talbert Moore
-Graduation is two weeks away.
-Summer only gets hotter in south Mississippi.
-She’s getting a job with air-conditioning. She did not expect to be kidnapped walking to work.
And she never expected to become a hero.
Reviews are by episode since that is how they were originally read by Turning Another Page:
Episode 1: This book is summarized as Episode 1 because it begins with a story about a girl who gets captured by some type of organization and then ends on chapter five leaving you with a lot of questions. What kind of organization is this? If we rebel, what are they capable of? Prentiss is forced to believe that it is the military invading her town and kidnapping everyone, but then there are speculations about non-human activity. Overall, I will say that Leigh Talbert Moore did an outstanding job with this first book of the series. She allows the story to be simple and not too complicating but at the same time, it slowly builds up complexity. I recommend this book to all of my club members. It is a little more feminine in my opinion so guys, you may not want to read unless you are interested in broadening your horizons and taking the leap. I say this only because the book is from Prentiss’s point of view. You are constantly reading about her thoughts and her actions as opposed to another person’s standpoint. This author does a spectacular job of incorporating a southern girl with big dreams living in a small town in Mississippi. She has CAPTURED my attention and I can’t wait to read the second episode called Learning to Spy.
Episode 2: This book is classified as Episode 2 because it continues on chapter six where Captive ended and concludes on chapter nine. Prentiss is still on this mysterious farm with her brother and friends but unable to find her boyfriend Jackson. What catches my attention is the way that the captors, Cato and her younger brother Gallatin, act around Prentiss. They seem to be intrigued by her skills as a farm hand and seek her out for direction in the barn with their cows. This leaves Prentiss confused about what their agenda is. Overall, I love the way that Leigh Talbert Moore describes Prentiss’s thoughts. Moore really draws you in to the story to where you are left wondering the same thing that her character is wondering. Are they aliens? Are they as bad as they seem when they have been genuinely nice and displaying an interest in her? How can she become a friend to the one person who feels like he is imprisoned but may have all of the answers that she needs? I recommend this book to others because it is truly interesting in my opinion. I always view a good read by whether or not I am excited to read the next in the series and I am. I can not wait to read Harvest Moon because I would like to find out if Prentiss will escape or if she becomes closer to Gallatin then originally intended.
Episode 3: As expected, Episode 3 begins on chapter ten and leaves you with an inexplicable desire to read more by the time you reach the conclusion of chapter fifteen. I could not put this book down and had to read it all in one day. So far, Prentiss is still confused about her confinement on the farm; however, she does find plenty of time to cure her loneliness with multiple travels to the creak nearby with Gallatin. The emotions are building up to where I am really liking Gallatin’s personality and demeanor and the story has a very nice pace with the descriptions being vivid enough to picture everything. Jackson does not have too much influence on Prentiss’s decisions or thoughts in Harvest Moon because she is continuously becoming more confused with her captors. Her character really draws me into the story because she is slowly realizing that Jackson may not be her true one and only. She is still desperately trying to befriend Gallatin so that she can gain enough knowledge to help her friends escape their imprisonment. While doing this, she finds herself unwillingly becoming closer to him than intended. And what is worse for her, is that others are starting to notice the unwanted attention as well. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this episode. I recommend this book to my club members because it does keep me enthralled. In my opinion, It keeps getting better as the story line progresses. Since this is part of a series, it is not something that can be read as a standalone because it is a continuation from the previous two journeys in the life of Prentiss Puckett. I am looking forward to the next episode in the Behind the Stars Series called Jackson. It should be released around December 7.
Episode 4: This book is summarized as Episode 4 because it begins with chapter sixteen, where Episode 3 concluded, and ends on chapter twenty. Prentiss is now very close to Gallatin and she is confused about her mixed feelings. Jackson has never made her feel like her dreams mattered, not like Gallatin. He always told her what she should do instead of allowing her to make her own decisions. When something terrible happens with Braxton and Flora, her brother and best friend, she is forced to rethink everything that Gallatin has told her in confidence. I was heartbroken towards the end of the Episode because Gallatin has already informed Prentiss that his stay is very short and then they will forget everything that they have been forced to live through over the past few weeks. The author really captures Prentiss and Gallatin’s emotions with a genuine and raw need for each other, but where does that leave Jackson? Even though Gallatin and his people are not from Planet Earth and they have imprisoned humans to work for them on their farm as a means to hide, I find that I sympathize with Gallatin and Cato the most. They truly seem like the horrible things that are starting to happen were never meant to and they are starting to appear as victims. Both Gallatin and Prentiss show their own mourning and grief in this Episode which leads them to each other. This notion alone makes me feel excitement about reading the next Episode. Jackson always seems so boring to me and Gallatin is so intriguing, intelligent, and compassionate for life. My loyalties to the characters have shifted since Episode 1 and I am hoping for a certain ending but the author may throw a curve ball. I recommend this book to primarily women, even though this has a tinge of science-fiction, the romance is building which may push men away from the structure of the story. I give this five stars because the story keeps getting better and better!
Episode 5: This book is summarized as Episode 5 because it begins with chapter twenty-one where Episode 4 concluded, and ends on chapter five. Prentiss and Dee have managed to escape with Jackson with Gallatin’s assistance. As they make it back to the camp where all of the humans have been hiding out, she realizes that she may have just lost the best thing that has ever happened to her. She also realizes how much she matured while on the farm as she sees teenaged boys masked with blood running around like scavengers with no order or structure. Her only thoughts drift back to Gallatin when she sees that Jackson has being hiding things from her about their relationship that was supposed to be an unbreakable bond. She has to make a choice before it is too late but which one will it be? As I read this episode, my stomach was clenched during the whole unfolding of Jackson’s camp scene and his disloyalty to her. She has been so strong throughout other episodes and her desire to see her dreams play out before her made me long for her to go back to Gallatin. The author has a wonderful way of showing her readers how clear Prentiss’s judgement has become. She realizes that she has been living in a false dream and feels like she has only just woken from that deep slumber to see a different perspective on the things that have happened in her life. I recommend this book to women primarily due to this story being told from Prentiss’s point of view. She leads the reader into feeling mixed emotions including confusion, love, loss, pain, and anger. I give this story five stars like the rest of the episodes before this because again, the story is reaching its climax and I am excited to read the conclusion in If I Fly Book 6.
Episode 6: This book is summarized as the final Episode because it begins with chapter twenty-six where Episode 4 concluded, until the end of the book. Prentiss now understands everything about Gallatin and his people; she understands that they did not originally come to her planet to hurt them or cause death. The final decision that she has to make is whether to let him be hurt by the one that she once thought she loved or to use what strength that she has left to help save him. It seems obvious which decision she will make because love conquers all, at least in books and movies right?! The author is very vivid with her descriptions in her final episode which I absolutely found that I could stop reading! I had to read the whole thing because I really can’t let myself stop reading on a cliff hanger… which was what the end of Episode 5 was. Gallatin and Prentiss are so young, yet they had to be strong and wise in order to outsmart everyone else holding them back or telling them that they could not be together. What really drew me in to this story was the summary originally. This was a romance; however, I took a leap and tried it because of the science fiction. I normally do not like anything about aliens but this was a totally different twist. The author made them seem as close to human as possible which I felt that readers could relate to more. In my opinion, I would have loved to have been able to read an ending where they met back with Cato and the others; however, the author’s ending was exciting and happy nonetheless. I recommend this book in it’s entirety, meaning all six episodes, to everyone who likes romance and science fiction. There is a little more romance than expected; therefore, women may be more susceptible to enjoying this rather than men who don’t get into the whole love scene. I did really enjoy the whole book and believe that the plot got thicker and thicker with each episode, which is great for a reading allowing the author to hold their attention all the way through. I give this five stars because it is well-written and the creativity and originality is there.
After a decade working in journalism, editing, marketing, and public relations, she began writing novels, and in 2009 completed Dragonfly. Today, Leigh is the author of many popular young adult and new adult novels, all with a strong romantic slant.
She lives with her husband and two young children in the middle of the country, where she conjures new worlds, characters, and situations while playing chauffeur, chaperone, group activity leader, and referee.