Rayna Grace C.
Title: Of Scars and Stardust
Author: Andrea Hannah
Pub Date: 10/08/14
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book was so strange. It was totally working the mystery/cheesy romance power combo … until about the last forty pages, when everything took a complete 180° turn and dropped a giant, steaming dump on everything it had created. I’m not sure if this was the intent of the novel or if the author backed herself into a corner and just went with it. This book was upsetting because it presented itself as a love-will-heal-all-wounds sort of book someone (probably a pre-teen girl, but I won’t judge) might read when they’re a little down and won’t mind if the main character is a bit overdramatic; however the resolution completely wrecked this persona.
This novel was not bad, that isn’t what I want to say here. I actually really liked it until those last forty pages slapped my budding feelings right in the heart and left the smell of burning cake lingering in my nose. I mean, the romance was realistic; the characters made sense and very well could have been real people; the plot thickened appropriately; the author had the perfect amount of back story explanation without becoming mundane; the small town aspect was original/realistic enough to not bug me. BUT THE END WRECKED ALL THAT WE HAD. I wasn’t even all that invested in this book until Andrea Hannah wrecked all the fun I was having. Then I became upset.
SLIGHT SPOILERS: If you plan on reading this book, you probably should not go on. I mean, the end is not explicitly explained here, but this could ruin some of your fun* I honestly thought the whole the-wolf-did-it scenario was either some sort of plot hole no one could convince the author to remove or a metaphor for the real culprit who had the facial resemblance of a wolf, a surname that meant a wolf (Lupa, Lobo, Loup, etc.) owned a wolf, or something of the like. I even thought the knife development was somehow going to be explained away by the perpetrator during their grand reveal, like on Scooby Doo. The conflict resolution was nothing like I expected and it made me very sad.
Cover: The cover is pretty good. I honestly have no comment on it... the trees are really pretty?
Age Range: 12 through 15
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Additional Comments: Honestly, the more I write this the more I think I am just kind of bitter because this is the first romance I have actually maybe enjoyed, and Andrea Hannah ruined it for me with the falling action/resolution.
tags: paranormal/psychological suspense / ya lit