Friday, October 3, 2014

Review ~ Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah

Series: standalone (?)
Genre: YA psychological thriller
Pages: 336
Publication date: October 8th, 2014
Publisher: Flux
Goodreads Description: 

After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she's been dying to leave behind.

But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her "delusions," Claire can't seem to escape the wolf's eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she's ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella's trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.

Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister's disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella's past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Want to read a crazy, psychological thriller that will make you question what the heck actually was reality and what was not? Want a great read that will give you the chills and make goosebumps pop up on your skin? Of Scars and Stardust has got you covered! I went into it with high hopes and it definitely didnot disappoint.

First of all, the feel of the book. The best way to describe it is to just point at the cover. The inside had that same winter-y, slightly eerie, stark yet soft feel to it. It would be great to read while curled up in a warm blanket with a mug of hot chocolate nearby (I just had the blanket). It's also great to read while listening to classical or instrumental music. I listened to Vivaldi's "Winter" as I read most scenes in the last 10 or so percent. It just seemed to go perfectly with the tone of the book. 

Andrea Hannah's writing can also be described with the cover. It was beautiful! I loved how scenes, objects, and feelings were described. This was the kind of book where I highlighted sections simply because I loved the way they sounded.

The story, the way it was written, the events, and the ending all came together to create a very chilling effect on me. I felt a little colder than usual while reading this book. I was covered in goosebumps while reading the end! The psychological and the thriller parts were done pretty well. I was kept guessing the entire way through and even now, I'm still trying to sort out what exactly happened. The line between real and not real was a blur, which I always like in books in this genre.

I don't recall disliking much, but there was something that brought down my rating a little. Some parts--mainly some of the character's roles in the story--didn't feel as developed as they should've been. The biggest example I have is Rae. It just felt like there should've been MORE to her and the role she played in the story and in the other characters' lives than there actually was.

Overall, Of Scars and Stardust was a great read that has the capability to play with your mind a bit. I love books like this: beautifully written, slightly eerie psychological thrillers that keep me guessing through the end. I'm so happy to say this book met my expectations!

Question Time!

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