Review – Lanterns in the Sky 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 via NetGalley.**

Title Lanterns in the Sky (Starlight Chronicles #1)

Author P.S. Malcolm


Everything was normal for Lucy Maisfer until the day a star fell from the sky and knocked her out. Upon waking, she comes face-to-face with Jason Woods, who also happens to be the mysterious new guy in her best friend, Valarie’s, life.

Then the strange dreams begin, and she learns about the Starlight Princess— who must not under any circumstance be reawakened. Driven to uncover the meaning of it, she finds herself caught up in a strange twist of events that eventually lead to bigger danger than she ever anticipated. Before long, Lucy is forced to make a choice between saving the world, or saving her best friend; only to discover that Valarie cannot be saved… that she has an even darker secret, and that her supposed star-crossed romance with Jason might not be so destined after all…

Release Date March 5, 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

  • World building. I thought the world building was an interesting continuation of what we saw in Starlight. I liked the way the magic system was explained as well as the different species magical beings Lucy interacted with.
  • Single POV. I liked that Lucy was the only narrator here. I thought it made the story feel more mysterious. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • I wasn’t a fan of the setting change. I read the novella first and the setting was much more fantasy-oriented (as opposed to the modern setting in Lanterns in the Sky). I much preferred that setting.

Series Value

I would continue with this series. I can’t promise it would be right away, but I’d like to know what the next chapter of this series has in store for these characters.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed this book. It was a bit of a change from the novella, Starlight, that I read first, but I thought the parts of the story that were continuations of the novella were well done. I would keep reading this series.


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.

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