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[Review] For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Publication: June 12th 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary (Amazon): It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

My Review: I was simultaneously excited and worried before starting this book. While i adore Diana Peterfreund, her killer unicorns books are absolutely fabulous, I was never a huge fan of Persuasion by Jane Austen which this book is based on (I think my life of Pride and Prejudice made it difficult to love her other novels.)

I shouldn’t have been worried. At all. Diana came through and delivered with a book that immediately found its way to the very top of my favorite books from 2012. A little dystopian, a little sci-fi, a little classic, a little steampunk and a lot of awesome. This may be on my list of all time favorite YA Reads as well.

Elliot is a phenominal character (and I love this name for a girl!), she’s strong, driven and fiercely loyal, but at the same time she is incredibly vulnerable and fragile.  As i got further into the story I was completely unable to put the book down and I frantically flipped pages to find out what was going to happen to Elliot. I was fully invested in the story and Elliot’s well-being and I had to keep reading to make sure that everything would be okay.

The story is beautifully executed, flipping seamlessly between long ago letters exchanged between Kai and Elliot and the events that were occurring in real time. The letters were a fantastic insight into the two when they were children, and it was great being able to see the history they had without being subjected to multiple flashbacks. They also served to make Kai a more sympathetic character, because for a lot of the book he was pretty much a jerk.

The world building was fascinating and complex without being overly complicated. The class structure that was developed added an interesting layer to the plot. The world felt both familiar and strange at the same time, which constantly kept me on my toes and trying to figure out how things would work.

All in all, Diana’s blend of dystopian and science fiction was the perfect complement to Jane Austen’s novel of manners. Austen’s influence gave an entirely new spin on the dystopian genre and in my opinion it was something that I loved to see happen. This is a must read for everyone. I promise you, you’ll enjoy it.

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TGIF June 29th! Best Reads of the Year (well, so far)


TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads. Every Friday she posts a new question and it’s a really fun way to discover new blogs.

This weeks question is: Best I’ve Read So Far: We’re half way through the year (crazy how time flies!), which top 3 books are the best you’ve read so far this year?

Y’all I have ALL THE THINGS to say about this topic. Because I’ve read some pretty amazing books  so far this year. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while none of these will come as a shock to you 🙂


The Fault in Our Stars
 by John Green. I CANNOT stress enough how much I loved this book. I’ve read it twice since January and it only got better on my second read through. I had ALL THE FEELINGS when I read this book. I even did that thing where you’re laughing, but at the same time you have tears streaming down your face.

I honestly wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did, but I just can’t seem to let go of the story. If you haven’t read it then I highly recommend that yu do so. preferably as soon as possible. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

If you don’t believe me just ask Twitter.


Two Kisses for Maddy
 by Matt Logelin. This is another book that had me feel just about every emotion I could possibly feel. I reviewed this book back in April and I could barely piece together the words needed for the review. This book broke my heart into a million little pieces and then ever so gently put it back together again. It’s a true story and a touching memoir of one man’s journey through life and love and single fatherhood.

Ever since I read the book I’ve been following Matt’s blog and I am so amazed by his ability both as a father and a person. I know going through what he did couldn’t have been easy and it takes a strong person to handle it the way he did. This is a must read, but definitely keep tissues handy. Pretty much at all times.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. I just read this book last week and I haven’t gotten a chance to review it yet. But this is a 5 star book all the way. Even though I knew the basic plot going into it (it’s a retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen) I was captivated by the story and the characters Diana created.

I adored the heroine, Eliot, and I spent the book feeling every emotion she felt, wanting to protect her and to defend her against others. I’m not sure why but something about her brought out my overprotective sisterly instincts.

I’ll save the rest for my full review (which should be up soon), but if you haven’t read it yet then you absolutely should, Because it’s incredible. And because Elliot is quickly rising on my list of favorite headstrong female characters.

Honorable Mentions:
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Between Shades of Gray by Rupta Septys
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

What are you top three favorites so far? And also, can you believe June is almost over? I have NO idea where this year is going, but I don’t like it one bit.

 
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Posted by on 29 June, 2012 in TGIF

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading June 25th?


Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

So, I di pretty well last week considering it was my birthday over the weekend. I finished up A Clash of Kings, and then reading For Darkness Shows the Stars and My Life Next Door. I’m gonna buckle down this evening and write up reviews of both the new reads! Yay, productivity!

Anyway, here are the two I’m going to continue reading this week and one more I’ve added cause it releases tomorrow!

I’ve heard great things about Catching Jordan! I won this in a giveaway a few weeks back and it just arrived in the mail over the weekend. Can’t wait to get started!

So, I got super busy over the weekend and wasn’t able to get to Soulbound as I had expected. But, I’ll be starting (and finishing) it this week for sure!

I picked up Partials by Dan Wells a few months back and then it got lost in the shuffle somehow. BUT, I found it this weekend while cleaning and am really excited to start reading!

What are ya’ll reading this week? If you have anything you think I’d enjoy let me know so I can add it to my TBR list (the list that never ends…)!

 
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Posted by on 25 June, 2012 in WAYR

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading June 18th?


Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

Okay, so work completely consumed me last week and I was only able to get one book read, one that wasn’t even on my list last week! How I completely forgot about The Golden Lily releasing on Tuesday, I don’t even KNOW! After all, it was my most anticipated book of the summer! Needless to say I cracked open that book as soon as I got it and read it entirely in a day.

Anyway, here are the two I’m going to continue reading this week and one more I’ve added cause it releases tomorrow!

I started A Clash of Kings last week, but I knew there was no way I’d be able to finish it. SO, this one will probably be hanging around for another week or so. It’s a re-read but I keep putting it down to read other things so it’s been slow going.

Okay, so For Darkness Shows the Stars was SUPPOSED to have arrived at my house on release day, which was last Tuesday. However, due to some snafu with Amazon I didn’t get it until Friday. And then I was slammed with work and Father’s day stuff all weekend so I didn’t get a chance to read it. I plan tos tart it on lunch today!

Soulbound is the first book in Heather Brewer’s new fantasy series Legacy of Trill. I have been sooo excited about this books since she first announced it and I can’t wait til tomorrow to start reading it!

What are ya’ll reading this week? If you have anything you think I’d enjoy let me know so I can add it to my TBR list (the list that never ends…)!

 
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Posted by on 18 June, 2012 in WAYR

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading June 11th?


Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I’m setting some rather difficult goals for myself, but I’ve got seven days to accomplish them, so it shouldn’t be too hard right? (Please just humor me here!

So, here’s what I’ve got lined up to read this week:

First up is to begin re-reading A Clash of Kings. I know that this will take me far lounger than just this week, but I’m okay with that 🙂 I’m enjoying rediscovering GRRM’s world, I’d forgotten how much I adore some of the characters (and how much I hate the others!).

I borrowed this book weeks ago from my best friend’s husband, he’s been telling me for years that I’d enjoy this series. I’m excited to finally start as I’ve heard good things from others about it as well. (Plus I probably need to return this copy sooner rather than later 😉 )

This is the one I am most excited to read! I’ve been waiting for months for this book’s release date and I can’t believe that it’s finally here. If you’d like to know more about this book check out my waiting on wednesday post about it.

What are ya’ll reading this week? If you have anything you think I’d enjoy let me know so I can add it to my TBR list (the list that never ends…)!

 
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Posted by on 11 June, 2012 in WAYR

 

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