I was really excited to see the email notification from the lovely Shealea. She is again running this blog tour for this lovely book. She runs amazing blog tours and I always look forward to them.
Title: A Shifting of Stars
Author: Kathy Kimbray
Publication date: 28 May 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
A squandering emperor. A handsome stranger. A reluctant heroine. And the ancient magic that will capsize a kingdom.
Seventeen-year-old Meadow Sircha watched her mother die from the wilting sickness. Tormented by the knowledge that the emperor failed to import the medicine that would have saved her, she speaks out at a gathering of villagers, inciting them to boycott his prized gladiator tournament.
But doing so comes at a steep cost.
Arrested as punishment for her impulsive tongue, Meadow finds herself caught up in the kind of danger she’s always tried to avoid. After a chance meeting with an enigmatic boy, she’s propelled on a perilous trek across the outer lands. But she soon unearths a staggering secret: one that will shift her world—and the kingdom—forever.
Filled with longing and heart, surprise and wonder, A SHIFTING OF STARS is perfect for fans of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, RED QUEEN and SHADOW AND BONE.
For a while, this turned to be a 3 star rating, but honestly I realized how quickly I loved it. I was deeply engaged around page 100, and only took me a few sittings to read through this. I didn’t know this book was really going to captivate my attention seeing of how I have a rough time with books lately, and not a lot of them keeps my attention, but this book did.
Meadow: I really loved Meadow. She was one headstrong girl who is fiercely loyal to her father. I loved how she stayed true to herself, and all her choices was just to save people. She was one heroic heroine that I really loved reading about especially her reactions to Prince Bastard (yeah that works.) and his father.
The secondary characters were truly special. At first, I really didn’t know what to think about them, but it was them that made the book truly special. And that was after the first half where there was not so many characters, and I could tell which one was which.
One of my complaints for the characters was that there was way too many characters introduced. It only happened in the beginning, but it just got to the point where I was like, who are these people again? I don’t understand who they are, because there were so many of them. Luckily, as the book continued on, there were less characters.
The one thing I really noticed was the lack of world-building. There was some, but honestly it wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to know a lot more from the culture, the land and the magic system. Especially the magic system, it was lacking and I didn’t know too much about it.
I adored the author’s writing. It was quite breathtaking and I adored it. It brought the world to be alive, and how it is quite dark and twisty. It was something I could easily imagine. Though, I did find the pacing really dragged in the book. It went from jumping right in the story (which I felt a little confused about, but I didn’t mind it too much) with it’s fast pace, but shortly around the 40% things started to drag quite a bit. I kinda got a little bored reading it, but after that twist (which was predictable. I called it around page 100) things started to pick up again, and went back to the fast pace.
The only reason why I felt the twist coming was probably because I read enough novels that feature the twist. It wasn’t anything the author did, but probably because of the other novels I’ve read that featured it.
About the Author:
Kathy Kimbray is a YA author from Australia.
After graduating from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a degree in Media Arts and Production, she went on to complete postgraduate studies in education and spent many years as a primary school teacher.
Now a full-time novelist, Kathy is lucky to be able to tell stories every day.
Aside from writing, Kathy is an avid reader, dancer, language learner, musical theater enthusiast and fan of terrible reality TV. She lives with her husband in Sydney, and dreams of one day owning that elusive chateau in France.
Prize: One (1) signed paperback copy of A Shifting of Stars and one (1) Amazon gift card worth 10 USD (two winners: one for the paperback, one for the gift card)
Since the lovely Shealea is burned out on tours (who could blame her? 5 tours-2 of which I’m apart of this month? And an internship on top of it, is bound to give someone a burn out.) She couldn’t make a separate graphic for the blog tour participants.
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