Stray (Touchstone Book 1) - Andrea K. Höst

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First of all, I really love the cover! It is very beautifully drawn and that is what attracted me initially to this book. I just did not expect it would go towards SF, I was thinking more of a fantasy story. Normally I’m not so fond off reading SF, but this story is a huge exception . It was very fun to read and what an intriguing world! All these powers! And then there were the Ionoth, who are very creepy monsters. Everything was so detailed and believable! I could really imagine that a world like that existed!


I was only very confused by all the different powers the people have and I still do not fully understand how the spaces work. There is a glossary, but as my loyal readers know I’m not really a fan of those, because when you read an eBook it takes more time to switch between the story and the glossary . Add to that, the fact that the story is written in diary form and Cass does not always tells things chronological and you have a very confusing me, who’s thinking WTF is going on here?? Although it’s explained later, I still don’t like losing the thread of the story.


Cass is not your usual YA heroine. She nags and does not seem to develop deep feelings for her “saviors.” This was very refreshing to read. How she behaves when she’s all alone in the wilderness is very impressive. Okay, she admits she cried occasionally, but who can blame her? However she remains just a little too trusting and undergoes all tests always without grumbling. After a while wouldn’t you start making some ruckus? Especially if you’re treated like a “lab rat” ? Oh well, that’s simply not her character, although I hope she spices a bit up in the second book


Overall rating 3 HEARTS. I wanted to give it 4, but the story was sometimes too confusing for me to follow it, so it’s rounded down. It is a very innovative and interesting book to read and I’m definitely looking forward to the next in the series! Which hopefully has some romance in it, because although I did not miss it in this book, I would find it more fun to read about it in the next one;)