Monday, 19 May 2014

The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes + GIVEAWAY

The Star Child (The Star Child, #1)        Goodreads    Amazon    Twitter    Website

The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. Only one can stop the night. 
Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. When the sudden death of his Gran takes him from the East coast to the rugged cliffs of Western Ireland, all that changes. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning
tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

Review ahead!

First of all, I will say in general, fantasy isn't my thing. It's not that there aren't good stories to be found, it's that I am a complete wuss. It can cross over so easily from vaguely supernatural to something that scares the life out of me and encourages me to sleep with the light on. Thankfully this book hovers in between these two extremes without ever managing to make me become bffs with a torch light. 

The story begins with a 17 year old Kellen graduating and just being ready to go on and live his life. What he doesn't expect is to meet Calienta. In meeting Calienta he discovers that he has a predestined future ahead of him. Calienta is a goddess and as always, the gods need humans to fulfill their prophecies for them. 

It's definitely interesting to see how taking this journey changes Kellen, it's nice to see a character grow into themselves. Kellen is kind of unsure of himself at the beginning of the book so it was so good to have him have a good sense of self and where he would like to go next.

This book was a super good read however sometimes, I did feel that the romance was very rushed. I understand crushes, I have a minimal belief in love at first sight and I've seen a lot of infatuation. The romance angle, whilst occasionally cute, felt like it had gone from zero to sixty in about 2 seconds. I'm not sure whether I can really complain when lists of the "greatest" love stories tend to include Romeo and Juliet or Jack and Kate from Titanic. *sigh*

This book manages to balance fantasy issues with life issues and I think it's an exceptional balance. A lot of books that create their own world can get so caught up in building it up, they forget that they've chosen to inject human characters into the world and that they're not going to magically adapt. Stephanie Keye's world was portrayed in a very simple way. In a lot of things that could be seen as an insult, but honestly, with this it is a compliment. Authors need to space out information otherwise it can be hard for readers to grasp, as this book is part of a series, I'd imagine the world is explored even more but hopefully never too much at once. 

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Recommend to: fans of Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus, fans of Paranormal YA
Rating: 4 stars



  1. Thanks very much for hosting today, Aisha! Glad you enjoyed The Star Child. :)

    1. No problem! Loved the book, thank you for reading!