Review – Starlight by P.S. Malcolm

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from Xpresso Book Tours.**

Title Starlight (A Starlight Chronicles Novella)

Author P.S. Malcolm

Description

A treaty upholds the peaceful lands of Ersarence— who have suffered from the spilt blood of their humble goddess, Titania, which stains the hands of the ruthless Urenphians.

Julian Rancewood— a small town delivery boy— wishes he could afford to save his dying mother. He never imagined a larger life for himself until he meets Adrina Hesfetter, the village seamstress’s daughter.

After striking a deal with the elusive King’s advisor and joining the royal army, he finds himself helping to search for a missing, unknown heir. Against all odds, Adrina and Julian soon meet again within the palace walls.

When Julian discovers Adrina’s fire magic— an impossibility among non-royals— they uncover a scandalous secret that will cause whispers of a Urenphian rebellion to travel through the kingdom. A thirst for revenge and a passionate romance causes the two villagers to set the events in motion which will bring down the entire Starlight Kingdom.

Release Date December 10, 2019

Initial Thoughts

I signed up for the Blitz for this book thinking that it sounded interesting. I didn’t know that I would receive a copy of the book as part of the process – so that was a very pleasant surprise.

Some Things I Liked

  • Dual POVs. I liked that the story alternated between Julian and Adrina. Since the story is filled with secrets and mysteries, the first person POVs really perserved the suspense and mystery until just the right moments.
  • Length. I love a good prequel (or sequel) novella. This shorter length was the perfect sample I needed to know that I want to read more from this series.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • Some of the decisions made by the main characters were a little “face-palm dumb”. There were some moments where I was like “WHAT, WHY DID YOU DO THAT?”. I was disappointed in some of the choices and it made me like them a little less.

Series Value

I would continue with this series. I was actually just approved for the first full length novel, Lanterns in the Sky, coming out in March 2020, on NetGalley.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed this book and I’m curious to see where the rest of the series goes. From what I understand, the next book is about different characters, so I’d like to see how it all connects. More to come on suggested reading order, but, as of now, I’m happy I read these chronologically.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand – if you like the idea of lost royals and secrets, give this series by Claire Legrand a try.
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – if you liked the idea of a lost heir mixed with forbidden magic, try this series.
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber – if you like the description of the world in Starlight, try this series, it gave me several similar vibes.

Links

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48133965-starlight

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