Thursday, 5 September 2013

When Stars Die: A Book Review

Synopsis: Amelia Gareth's brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims in the snowy city of Malva. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.

Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They're searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch's signature. The shadows are after witches.

Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves? 

Amelia is instantly likable. Her dedication and her commitment to her promise is noble, her intentions are pure and honest. She's an easy character to like and it's even easier to root for her when the Shadowmen appear. It's clear they have a dark agenda, but it is not clear as to exactly what they want. The mystery drew me right in.

Amber took me on a journey of mystery, danger and young love. Who can resist young love? Oliver and Amelia? Can a girl who is determined to become a nun stifle her feelings for a boy that is also a priest? A relationship between them is strictly forbidden, but will they pursue it regardless of the consequences?

I loved this book. The story gripped me from the first page and held me until the last. It moves fast, which is important to me because I have very little tolerance for boredom. Her characters are real and so are their motivations. I especially enjoyed the element of suspense in the book. Forbes did a wonderful job writing this book, it really does have all my favorite features, suspense, mystery, love, danger, and most important, the opportunity for a sequel...or two...

When Stars Die is slated for release in October 2013 by AEC Stellar Publishing

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