REVIEW: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

TITLE: Of Fire and Stars

AUTHOR: Audrey Coulthurst

PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray

PUBLICATION DATE: November 22, 2016

GOODREADS’ SYNOPSIS:

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

(Read more for my review)

MY REVIEW:

It is not always that I get to read a dystopian book that also has a touch of LGBTQ on it, and I’m so glad that this book was created to be like that.

I found out about this book through the #BBTC on Twitter hosted by @bbookrambles. I also got the chance to connect with the author, Miss Audrey, through that Twitter chat. It was such a wonderful chat and I hope you could join in other chats hosted by Brittany. It’s a weekly thing and it’s really fun!

Then, back to the book…

The Twitter chat really boosted my hype for this book. I read the synopsis and it seemed so original and unlike any other LGBT or dystopian book. I had high hopes and expectations for this book. I was so glad when my expectations were met!

Of Fire and Stars is a fast-paced, action-packed and very intriguing novel that it became a page-turner for me!

The narration is enjoying and it feels like the narrators are just talking to me like we are close friends. This book has two points of views: Denna’s and Mare’s. I can say that both narrations are really good and connecting. That’s what I am always looking for in a book: its connection to the reader. I totally felt connected with this book!

I also like how the author only focused on few characters, because in that way, it is easier to actually get to know the characters best. I also couldn’t help but love Denna and Mare. They are such strong and independent and wise yet still cool ladies! I somehow wanted to be as brave and cool as they are.

One thing I noticed though is that the setting was not given much attention, though it wasn’t such a big deal to me. I just thought that I would love to visualize further the setting because the description of it seems really beautiful, plus the map in the book seems…adventurous and intriguing!

If you would view the genres it was enlisted to at Goodreads, you would find fantasy. For me, this is more of a dystopian novel than a fantasy. The fantastical side of it was not shown pretty much that big, but the dystopian part of it was really on point.

I have one thing that Miss Coulthurst did in this book that I both love and hate at the same time: SHE KILLED THE PEOPLE I START TO LOVE! I mean, I am so sorry if this is kind of a spoiler. I just couldn’t take it. I love how she did the killing part of the two characters that I began to love, and I also hate it because just when I was starting to love those two characters…that’s when she killed them. IN VERY HEARTBREAKING WAYS, I must say. Why, Miss Audrey? Why?

Well, nevertheless, I love love love love this book! I enjoyed reading it. It is such a fast read. It didn’t feel like 300+ pages to me. It is fast-paced. It is not boring. A total page-turner. I was intrigued and hyped to read it in the first place…then while reading it, I was still so intrigued that it drew me in and in and in. Oh, I just love this. I hope that there will be a sequel, Miss Audrey. Hehe. Yep, I am talking to you, Miss Audrey Coulthurst! 😉 😉 I need more adventures and mysteries and action!

I cannot wait for you guys to read it. ❤

**I won an ARC through #BBTC; this review is composed of my opinions and nothing will affect them.**

MY RATING: ★★★★

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