By: Larissa | June 10, 2014 | (22) Comments

Review: Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea HannahOf Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: October 8th, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Pages: 336
Source: Received in exchange for review
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After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she's been dying to leave behind. But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her "delusions," Claire can't seem to escape the wolf's eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she's ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella's trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister's disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella's past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.

My Review

Of Scars and Stardust  was an unexpectedly engrossing read that had me flipping pages throughout the night and gasping once reading that crazy confusing but plot changing ending.

Though I did find  Of Scars and Stardust  to be a truly captivating read, it wasn’t like that from the very start. It actually did take some time for the action to develop and I did find it to be on the slow side. Yes, the writing throughout the entire story was beautiful, descriptive and evocative. I felt the tension, fear and confusion that the mystery and the main character embodied. It just took awhile for me to truly feel invested in the story, as the beginning was told in a flashback sort of narrative. However this quickly changed and I found myself engaged in the plot line one hundred percent. The mystery was set and secrets began to get revealed, each one as game changing as the last. Right as soon as you felt confident in the direction the story was heading, you’d get thrown with a curve-ball that would have you re-considering the whole story.

The main character was a interesting one, who was definitely what I’d classify as being unreliable. She has suffered through so much tragedy so it does make sense that it has had a profound effect on her motives and personality. Once I got used to Claire’s interesting and often confusing narration I found myself quite enjoying this complex character.  I found one thing to be clear even with Claire’s emotionally poignant narrative: she loved her sister. I feel like the sister relationship done in  Of Scars and Stardust was done very realistically and in a way that felt organic. It was developed well and it took the urgency of the mystery of Claire’s missing sister to new heights. It allowed me further connect with both Claire and her sister. There was also some interesting relationships between Claire and her mother/father. That relationship wasn’t typical in the least, but I feel like it was resolved in a good way and the conflicts involved made sense.

We both got or scars from someone else: mine from Rae’s selfishness, and her’s from my mistake. It always seems to work out like that, anyway; all the scars we get are because someone hurt us enough to give them to us.

There was a touch of romance in  Of Scars and Stardust but I found that it didn’t take over the mystery or change any of the characters for the worse. The love interest, Graham, was quite endearing. He was fleshed out quite well and actually felt like a real person, not just like a cardboard cutout that sometimes YA love interests tend to end up like. He had his own inner conflicts to deal with. Still, I found Graham to be the one shining light for Claire in this dark story. He was honestly such a sweetie. Even with the whole town turning their backs and blaming Claire for her sister’s disappearance, Graham would make sure that Claire was feeling supported. I found the romance between Graham and Claire to be well done, I like how the flashbacks showed Claire and his relationship as friends. It really allowed for great development and made the transition from friends to something more quite smooth.

Maybe that’s just what we were now: two people with broken sisters that needed to stitch each other back together with hand squeezes and stillness. And maybe that’s okay. Maybe that’s more than okay.

He cupped my fingers in his and breathed. “Okay.”

The ending in this one was crazy. It was pulse racing and I found myself reading it at insanely fast speeds. So fast that I actually had to re-read it several times to fully wrap my mind around the ending. That’s the thing though, even after reading the ending and discussing it with others, I still find myself a little confused. However considering the book as a whole I believe this was a conscious choice by the author. I feel like there were some loose ends that were meant to be left open, in order for you to try and question things on your own and to remain with the creepy/dark atmosphere of this high paced thriller.

~Thank you Flux for sending me this copy!~

 

3.5 Stars
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Larissa was born and still is living in the land of ice, snow and maple syrup. She's 18 years old and really has no idea what to do with her life lately. Larissa's plans are constantly changing--though there’s one thing has remained constant throughout her seventeen years, and that’s reading. It takes her to another world and puts her into impossible situations and that’s why she loves it so much.

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22 Responses to Review: Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah

  1. Thank you for the ever so wonderful review, Larissa! I haven’t heard a lot about this one before, but I do remember adding to to my TBR last week for some reason – I’m glad you enjoyed it and I hope to enjoy it myself when I get around to reading it…whenever that’ll be! 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      Thank you for leaving such lovely comments <33 I do always mean to check out your blog but I've just been so busy lately. Hopefully I can find time once my exams are finished.

  2. I’m so glad the family aspect was lovely. While Graham totally sounds adorable and lovable, it’s great that the romance doesn’t overtake the rest of the story, which, sadly, seems to happen a lot in YA. I’m so curious about the ending, as well! Lovely review–I’m definitely adding this to my TBR!
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    • Larissa says:

      It was done quite well c: Yeah, I’m okay with romance, but it doesn’t work for me when the romance takes over every absolute aspect of the book, unless the book actually is just a romance one [; Thank you Aimee, hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  3. Tanja says:

    Now I regret not requesting this one when I had a chance. Damn! I love beautiful writing and this one seems to have it. Also great story line and characters. I must admit that I’m really curious about the ending now. I must read this one. Great review, Larissa 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      Hehe come on Tanja [; Get with the game. Lol yeah the writing did take a way to get used to, but once I did I really came to appreciate it. Thank you girl, your comments are always the sweetest and I love reading them.

  4. Happy to know that Graham isn’t too shabby as a love interest. Sometimes a mediocre love interest contributes to a flat story line. I am unsure if I like confusing endings, but maybe it really was intentional. There were some books that left me with a confusing open ending, like More Than This by Patrick Ness, but I still loved the story as a whole. Still, this sounds like a really good book because of its creepy factor.
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    • Larissa says:

      Yeah he’s definitely not lacking hehe [; And that’s true, the love interest usually plays a integral role in YA these days. I do believe this ending was done this confusing way to reflect the main character and the state she’s in during the ending. Scars and Stardust also definitely has that creep factor.

  5. Melanie says:

    At this rate, by next year, I will be drowning in a sea of books because your reviews just make me wanna go to the bookstore and snag a copy. I do love books that have a lot of unpredictable twists and an engrossing story line.

    Wonderful review, Larissa! <33

  6. Amelia says:

    I’ve never heard of this one before but I do adore the cover strangely! Hm, I don’t read a lot of unreliable narrators but I guess it would be pretty fun to try a book with one. Great review 🙂

  7. Stephanie B says:

    Great review and very helpful! I’ve been debating over this book for a while now. Really informative!
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  8. Beautiful review Larissa. The ending has me curious especially since you still feel a little confused about it.
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  9. Larissa says:

    Thank you! And yes, the ending was definitely a curve ball O.o haha.

  10. Pili says:

    Very glad to hear that even if it started a bit slow the pace picked up and by the end the book totally gripped you! Also happy to hear the romance didn’t take over the book!
    Great review!
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    • Larissa says:

      Yeah I wasn’t originally head over heels engrossed with Scars and Stardust. However as the mystery was introduced and developed, my issue became that I couldn’t put it down :p Thank you Pili c:

  11. Man, this really sounds like my kinda read. I love unreliable narrators. I mean, sure, sometimes they can be confusing, but it also means they’re complex. That we have to second guess their actions, their intentions, their conversations, becuase they may mean something else from what is automatically thought to be implied. I like it that the romance didn’t take over the story, too. Heaven knows how saturated this genre is with stories where the plot takes a back seat to give way for “true wuv”. I may really check this out now!
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    • Larissa says:

      I feel like you would probably enjoy this one ^.^ unreliable narrators really can bring a story to a whole new level. And I’ve noticed crazy endings usually follow lol, like Dangerous Girls omfg. You totally summed up my love unreliable narrators perfectly. LOL yeah! When the story and characters totally change because of “true wuv” I get so annoyed >.< hope you do Faye!

  12. Lyn Kaye says:

    You had me at ‘sister’. That title – AMAZING! Mental illness and strong family ties draw me in every single time. Adding!
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