Of Stars and Stardust (Goodreads | Amazon) is a bit of a perplexing read. Don't get me wrong, it's wholly enjoyable and something where you'll keep turning the pages. But even after finishing I'm a bit puzzled by a lot of things in the novel.
The main character Claire Graham is damaged and engaging. She's the perfect example of an unreliable narrator. After her young sister is attacked by wolves, Claire is sent to live with her aunt in New York City where she stays until her sister Ella mysteriously disappears. That event forces Claire to return home, to return to the place and memories that left her mentally broken to investigate and bring home her sister.
The investigation leads her unexpected places, surprising Claire as much as they surprise the reader. It's hard to say much more about what they discover because I want other readers go into the story without expectations. Just know it's twisty and intriguing, which I hope isn't saying too much.
The writing has that simple beauty that I always appreciate.
"I looked at Grant, who just smiled his crooked grin back at me. It was funny because I had always thought that Ella was magic, and Grant thought that I was magic. But maybe Grant was magic too, and his magic was that his sincerity in everything he did made people do crazy things, like open up a box of construction paper stories and trust that he'd be able to find the answers hidden there."The book is atmospheric, filled with eery cornfields and the chill of winter snow that sets the tone perfect for a book that is both mysterious and chilling. This is the type of book that makes you shiver, so I recommend reading it with a fuzzy blanket, cup of tea or even bed a warm fire to keep away cold.
I received an advanced reading e-book in exchange for an honest review.