August 20, 2018

The Girl Who Called the Stars by Heather Hildenbrand ~ #BookReview

August 21, 2018

Title: The Girl Who Called the Stars
Series: The Starlight Duology #1
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Release Date: July 18, 2018
Genre: Upper YA Sci Fi / Fantasy Romance

Source: Copy for review from the author 

My Rating:


Be very afraid of the Shadows. 

I know what I’m not. Human. 

I can’t remember my life before Earth, but I’ve grown up hearing the stories of a planet ravaged by war and a people in need of a leader who will bring them out of the darkness. I’m supposed to be their light. 

My future terrifies me. 

But I’m done waiting to have a real life. If I ever want a chance to live free of the Shadows, I’ll need to fight for it because freedom is never free. No matter what galaxy you call home. 

(This is book 1 in The Starlight Duology. Previously published as Across the Galaxy, now revised & rewritten with brand new content. This is a full-length Upper YA SciFi/Fantasy Romance.)

The Girl Who Called the Stars is a title I love and has a cover that's gorgeous and drew me into finding out what the story is like within. This is the first book I've read by Heather Hildenbrand, and I'm in love with her writing style already. Her writing is fresh with authentic characters and just the right amount of romance and angst. 

This book has an inventive and exciting mix of aliens and magic along with some romance, and these elements have broken new ground in science fiction for me. I really liked the clever addition of magic in the face of the horrific Shadows that Alina, Xander, and their allies must face.   

I loved Alina and Xander right away, and I loved them together. With Alina's memory of her life before Earth missing, Xander takes care to be patient with her and is focused on how she feels rather than frustration he must feel. 
Alina has mixed feelings of bravery and fear, which endeared her to me even more. Who wouldn't be at least a little afraid when you're missing memories of half your life?

There's chemistry between these two characters from the get go, and I'm rooting for them all the way. There were moments between them that took my breath away, and I'm shouting, "Just kiss her already!" 

The Girl Who Called the Stars was amazing and exciting to read, and I'm REALLY looking forward to the next book. I'm anxious to see what happens next for Alina and her people.  

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds really good, Jennifer! I love Sci-Fi, and it sounds like there's a very good story here :)
    Great review!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms


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