Tuesday, 20 October 2015

ARC REVIEW: Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood

Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.

Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren's life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.

But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?

Title: Inherit The Stars
Series: Inherit The Stars #1
Author: Tessa Elwood
PublisherRunning Press Kids
Published: December 8, 2015
Rating: 4/5 stars
Amazon | Chapters | TBD
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This one is on top of my recommend to everyone pile. It has such a unique writing style that had me hooked from the first moment. I know a lot of people have difficulty with stream of consciousness but it keeps me enthralled for the entirety of the story because I feel like I intimately get to know the character.

I think that this writing choice also hindered the book, though because we didn't get to see the reasons behind the other characters motives that you can get when you use alternating point of views. However, I think Asa was the right character to have the point of view from and considering it was stream of consciousness, I don't think I would have wanted to switch between different characters and get inside their heads in the same way.

The story was good. I liked that Asa did anything and everything to save her family. I understand that her father was also doing the same thing, but him even contemplating his actions made me rooting for Asa. At the same time though, I felt as if I was one with Asa so maybe I had a very biased view of it.

I liked the world building because we were thrust into the world and given bits and pieces as the story went along. We had the definitely foundation of the world before we got into the plot itself. And I liked the idea that Asa was just as unaware as we were and as she learned new things, so did the reader. But this information was conveyed in a way that wasn't too much information all at once because we got little increments of it.

I loved the budding relationship between Eagle and Asa but I would have liked more reflection on Asa's part as to why she was falling for Eagle. I wasn't surprised that she did, I just think that there needed to be a bit more interaction between them for me to fully believe that they were that in love. Otherwise, I had no complaints. Other than I want more.

Overall: 4/5 stars. I highly recommend this one, especially to be read in one sitting so that you can fully immerse yourself in Asa's world and her thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. I like streams of consciousness books. I think that's why I liked Shatter Me. But then you didn't finish Shatter Me, so now I'm just confused! :P