Book Review: Of Stardust by February Grace

Of Stardust cover 300 ppiSynopsis:

“Dreams are sacred…”

At the age of twenty-six single, geeky bookseller Till Nesbitt inherits the shock of a lifetime: a huge Victorian farmhouse filled with unique tenants, and the knowledge that there is a reason she’s always been different. She’s destined to become a Fairy Godmother, because the skills are written into her DNA.

Till embarks on her fairy education at Dreams Come True University with much trepidation, guided on her journey by a unique mentor: a Celtic hybrid with a secret by the name of Gus.

When Till falls head over heels for Gus, will she break the most serious law in the Fairy Code, or will the truth of what really happened to Gus’s parents keep them from repeating history?

About the Author: february grace

February Grace is a writer, artist and poet who lives somewhere that is much colder than she would like most of the time.

She sings on key, plays by ear, and is more than mildly obsessed with music, clocks, colours, and meteor showers.

Her poetry, prose, and/or flash fiction have appeared in The Rusty Nail Literary Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Rose and Thorn Journal. Her work can also be found in the following anthologies: Poetry Pact Volume One, Anything Prose…And Poetry, Too! and Orange Karen, Tribute To A Warrior.

GODSPEED, her debut novel, is a labor of love she refers to as “Literary romance with steampunk embellishments.”
Her second novel, OF STARDUST, is a modern, romantic fantasy tale.

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My Review:

I found this book very interesting. It was a kind of YA urban fantasy with a slow building romance. The concept was really lively and original and I loved the sense of humour.

My only criticism is the protagonist, Till. She felt a little flat as a character, and when you’re dealing with large personalities such as fairies and other supernatural beings, well, the main character needs to have more than 2 dimensions. I felt (and this is just my own opinion) that she was an absent character going through the motions. I think that maybe if it was changed to first person narrative then Till could have shone a bit more and the reader perhaps bonded quicker with her.

From a writer’s perspective, it was beautifully written and had some very funny moments in – fairy college in particular was a great concept – although there were a handful of cliches in there: forbidden love, the suddenly realising you’re a supernatural being, going off for training etc. To be fair to the author though, there really aren’t many things left in this genre that haven’t been done before and we all love these stories for a reason; so they really needed to be in there.

The front cover feels a little cheap, and really isn’t going to stand out amongst the more artistic covers that tend to draw in the teen reader – a shame really as they are missing out if they don’t read it.

Overall I’d give ‘Of Stardust’ 3 out of 5 starts and nice read that will make you smile.

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