Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Review ~ The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes.




Title: The Star Child (The Star Child #1).
Author: Stephanie Keyes.
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon

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. 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?






After virtually the first page, I was hooked on The Star Child. It was a bit of an emotional roller-coaster mixed in with some fantastic action and romance. With great characters, wonderful setting and a fast-pace, The Star Child (#1) was a really enthralling, promising start to the series.

I loved the world-building in The Star Child. It was full of imagination and creativity which made it so easy for me to be transported into the magical adventures which take place. The book was always fast-paced which I enjoyed. Whilst the plot was never not entertaining, there were a few times when my mind was a bit slow to keep up with the pace and I got a little confused. But I got through, and this book got better and better.

I was really pleased to see that this book was written from Kellen’s POV. I don’t often see a male perspective featured in Young Adult books or at least, not solely a male perspective. So it was interesting to see that in this book and it really helped me root for Kellen, who I thought was a great character. The girl of Kellen’s dreams, Calienta, was a fab character too and their romance was heartwarming and captivating. There was a lot to love about the romance in this book full stop. Yes, it was quick and everybody complains about quick romances, but this one worked.

So as much as The Star Child was a wonderful fantasy adventure, the focus on family relationships and romance brought in two relatable components in Young Adult books. Stephanie did a great job at building up the characters and this magical world, and I’m looking forward to seeing how things develop in the next book of this series.


Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon




Stephanie Keyes grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent years traveling and working as a Corporate Trainer before she made the decision to pen her first novel. As a teen, her family always accused her of having an “overactive imagination.” Now, she’s encouraged to keep her head in the clouds and share her world with readers.

Still a resident of the ‘Burgh, Steph is now Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she's best friend to her incredible rockstar of a husband. She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), a speaker and teacher, as well as a featured author for Love a Happy Ending Lifestyle e-magazine.

Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and The Star Catcher, all from by Inkspell Publishing. The Fallen Stars was a 2013 semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards. The Star Child has topped the Amazon best-seller list several times since its 2012 release. Steph writes YA novels because she’s a hopeless romantic who lives to believe that Magick truly does exist. She is hard at work on a new YA novel.

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First prize ~ Book Boyfriend Bag.



Second prize ~ The Star Catcher playlist on iTunes.

Third prize ~ New swag pack.


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8 comments:

  1. Great review Sophie! So pleased you liked it :) Thank you so much for taking part! :) xx

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    1. Thanks Jenny! Thank you for your great first tour :) xx

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  2. Thanks for the wonderful review, Sophie! I'm so pleased you enjoyed Kellen's story. Thanks for taking part in the tour and taking the time to read The Star Child. :)

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    1. You're welcome! I loved Kellen and his story. :)

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  3. Looks like I have a new series to check out!! This sounds so good! I can't remember the last YA I read that was written in a male POV, so this one should be interesting and different for me! Great review!
    Megan @ Books i View

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    1. I'd really recommend it! You don't get many male POVs in Young Adult do you? This one was done so well.

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  4. The striking cover of the star child is BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks so much for an amazing post :)

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