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Curse of Stars (Diamond Crier Book 1) by [Compositor, Donna]
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Curse of Stars (Diamond Crier Book 1) Kindle Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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." . . vividly imagined and deftly plotted dark fantasy . . ." - BookLife Prize in Fiction

"Both original and exciting - with a fierce heroine, a fast-paced plot, and a fascinating world. Fans of dark fantasy - pick this one up!" Mari Mancusi - Award winning author of the Scorched series and the Blood Coven Vampires


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1349 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Donna Compositor; 1 edition (19 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MQLKG7G
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #543,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Curse of Stars has quite the high-octane beginning, with a chase through New York, when a strange man turns up vowing to take Sabi. Once he achieves his goal the speed of the story slows but Sabi is on a different planet, the planet she was born on. Not that she has any clue any planets but earth even existed. She is a Diamond Crier, quite literally one who cries diamonds, and more than that she is the last of her kind.

Sabi is trapped in a cell with Anya, someone who doesn’t trust easily, and they only see guards and a boy who brings them food Cabal. The three of them hatch a plan to escape but they are living in hell defined so it may take more than luck to carry it out.

Curse of Stars is marked as a young adult novel, yes Sabi our protagonist is a teenager, but beyond that this didn’t have the feel of a young adult novel to me, Many of the themes in this novel as quite adult, the way the book is written is deep and dark and Sabi could easily be middle aged and pulling off the same actions throughout the book.

This really is a dark fantasy, not much goes anybody’s way and a lot of really bad stuff happens. Much of the book, especially the earlier parts, make for uncomfortable reading and there is a lack of hope that goes with reading this novel, even when you feel the hope glimmer something often snuffs it out.

The thing I was disappointed with was towards the end of the book there didn’t seem to be the same commitment to the dark fantasy theme, the level of description and depth of character building seemed to be less intense. I felt like I had read this extremely intense book then about two thirds of the way in it just flaked off a little.
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I have given it 4 stars.

First of all....I love the cover. A cover should catch your eye and make you want to pick the book up and this one certainly does that.

I went into this never having heard of the author and not knowing what to expect from the novel but found myself pleasantly surprised at it's content.

The plot itself is very intriguing and quite an interesting concept, having read nothing of it's kind before.
The story moves along quite quickly to begin with and then proceeds at a steady pace but lacks any real action until the second half.

However, I found there was too much detail in some places that made it difficult to follow the story and had to go back and re-read sections where I had found myself skimming the story.

Overall this is pleasant and reasonably well written fantasy that I would recommend to any fantasy fan.
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In fantasy novels, one of the key elements to a good story, in my opinion, is the strength of the world building and the translation of that from the author's imagination to the page. Here, the author does a good job of that and I think that one of the fundamental reasons for this is that she has kept an element of realism throughout. The world that Sabi is taken to is different, yes, but there is an element of familiarity for the reader to hook into.

As for the plot line, I did find this a little overly convoluted in places and tricky to keep up with the various character machinations.
Nevertheless, the underlying story is decent, even if far more questions have been raised than have currently been answered. A promising start to the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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Wow what a great cover it certainly reflects the story very well. Poor Sabi you had to feel for her, coming home from school and finding a stranger waiting in your home that appears to know you. This goes from New York to a planet full of monsters, and a nightmare of epic proportions.
Suddenly being blamed for something your parents did, and having to adjust to her new reality was not easy for Sabi. An enjoyable first book with lots of world building. This is not an easy read, there is so much to take in for a first in a series. I can’t wait for book two to see what happen to Anya, Sabi and Cabal. I recommend this for readers of fantasy and Sci-Fi.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
 
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