February 12, 2015

The Stillness of the Sky by Starla Huchton ~ Blog Tour: #Review & #Giveaway

Title: The Stillness of the Sky
Series: A Flipped Fairy Tale
Author: Starla Huchton
Release Date: February 2, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Copy for review

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"Once upon a time, my life was certain: it was insignificant, and it was cruel. But I refused to let it define me, no matter how great the cost.

Once upon a time, I made a wish. The world I knew grew wider than the sky and higher than the stars, and I listened to the voice within me, reaching out for freedom.

Once upon a time, my wish became my fate, and my destiny the hardest lesson to learn: kindness may be the most difficult path, but it can save entire kingdoms." 

The Stillness of the Sky is a gender flipped take on "Jack and the Beanstalk" with originality. I ADORE Starla's Evolution series and her other gender flipped fairy tale, Shadows on Snow. I not only wish I had thought about this, too, but also wish for her to gender flip everything! XD

In this rendition, Jack is short for Jacqueline. Jack's mother is tired of dealing with her father so she tries to convince Jack to leave with her. Jack chooses to stay with her alcoholic father because she worries he won't be able to take care of himself. He's abusive to her and one day orders her to sell their cows to cover his debt. On her way to town, she stops to rest, falls asleep, and wakes up to find the cows are gone and in their place is a pouch of beans.

Jack ends up leaving, wondering if it would have been kinder to have left earlier so her father would have been forced to face his demons a long time ago. She doesn't have a clear plan or idea of where she's going, but that's what makes her departure so adventurous and exciting. Not to mention that she's finally free - away from her father's abuse and only has to worry about taking care of herself rather than someone who doesn't appreciate all that she does. 

I was so excited for her! She's setting out on this journey this for herself, no one else. To me, the journey she embarks on was also symbolic of the kind young people take to discover themselves. Along Jack's way she meets different people whom she helps because she truly embodies kindness, and they recognize the quality in her. 
One stormy night, the beans are accidentally planted, and she wakes up to find a towering beanstalk. From there, everything becomes magical. 

I love the characters, especially Jack, and the adventure and romance woven into this tale. Starla has the imaginative chops to take this well known story and make it her own. From now on, I'll look at "Jack and the Beanstalk" with a new and fresh perspective. Every time I think about it, I'll think of The Stillness of the Sky and how beautiful and uplifting Starla retold this tale.        

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About the Author


A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, The Dreamer's Thread, was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. After releasing short fiction of steampunk, noir fantasy, and other varieties, she released the first three books of the Sci-Fi Romance Endure series in 2013. All three books of the Evolution series, a New Adult Superhero Romance series, were released in 2014, as well as a Steampunk Fantasy novel, Master of Myth (the Antigone's Wrath series, book 1), which was the first place winner of the Crested Butte Writers' contest, The Sandy, in 2012. Shadows on Snow, a gender-flipped retelling of Snow White, releases in November 2014. 

When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at

Author Links

Other Works by Starla A.K.A. S.A. 

Evolution Series

The Endure Series
Maven #1
Nemesis #2
Progeny #3
Paradigm #4 (WIP)

The Antigone's Wrath Series
Master of Machines #2 (WIP)

Stand Alones

A Flipped Fairy Tale
The Stillness of the Sky (Coming Late Winter)

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, and I'm so glad you liked the story! <3

  2. What an awesome giveaway - this book looks really interesting!

    If I could make a wish for someone else it would be that my partner gets better soon (he's been ill - poor lamb!!).

    1. The book is AWESOME!! :D I hope your partner gets better soon! :)

  3. THANK YOU FOR REVIEWING!! I know what books I am readin

  4. This sounds amazing, Jennifer. I know you recommended this author to me - which book should I read first??

    1. That's a hard question to answer because I love both series! I'm really dying for you to read her superhero series, lol, so I'd start with Evolution: ANGEL. :D Hope you love her books as much as I do! xx


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