Release Date: October 8th, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, YA
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.
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!~
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