Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £2.46
includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

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

Curse of Stars (Diamond Crier Book 1) Kindle Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
£2.46

Length: 264 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled

40 Kindle Books for £1
Browse our selection of Kindle Books discounted to £1 each. Learn more
Get a £1 reward for movies or TV
Enjoy a £1.00 reward to spend on movies or TV on Amazon Video when you purchase any Amazon Kindle Book from the Kindle Store (excluding Kindle Unlimited, Periodicals and free Kindle Books) offered by Amazon.co.uk. A maximum of 1 reward per customer applies. UK customers only. Offer ends at 23:59 on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Terms and conditions apply

Product description

Review

." . . 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


Product details

  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,473,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
0
4 star
3
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
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.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
 
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)

Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Start to a Dark Fantasy Series 10 Mar. 2017
By BrizzleLass - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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. I still enjoyed it but it just wasn’t fully committed to the genre as it had been in the beginning and I missed that.

I actually didn’t like any of the characters in this book, which was odd as I did enjoy reading it. But I had a major dislike for Sabi who I know I was supposed to feel empathy for but I just didn’t, I really disliked her and I had times where I hoped she was going to get killed off in a rare plot twist, I found Anya tiresome, and I found Cabal devious.

Donna Compositor has strong writing, her level of understanding of her world translates well in her world building, her characters are three-dimensional, with you left unsure about what will happen next as it is rarely the outcome you would expect, especially within a young adult novel.

Given the way this ended I’m expecting this to be the start of a series so will be interested to see what happens next in this world.

Thank you very much to Donna Compositor for the eARC so that I could review this book honestly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Come take a journey with Sabi, Anya and Cabal as they face their many obstacles 4 Mar. 2017
By Nancy Allen (The Avid Reader) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Sabi Perez along with her parents and little sister find themselves on the run from a man from another world. Sabi has no idea why this man is chasing them or what he wants. Sabi soon learns that she is a diamond crier and that this man, Jeviar wants her tears.

Later Sabi finds herself in a cell with another girl Anya whose tears this guy Jeviar is taking as well. She finds out that they are not the only ones that Jeviar has taken. Sabi finds out later that Jeviar has more in store for her than just draining her tears things that Sabi wants no part of and has no intentions of being this man’s prisoner for the rest of her life or until she is dry whichever comes first.

After Sabi discovers her powers and learns that another prisoner; Cabal is from the same place as she is and that he has powers like her they start to make plans to escape. They know once they escape that their lives will never be their own as Jeviar will hunt them down and they will be on the run and hiding till the day they die or he does.

If they can make it to sanctuary, their home maybe they can find the help they need to stand up against Jeviar and put a stop to what he and his wrong doings. Can they find their safe place? Can they find someone to help them? Can they find someone to stand up for them? Will Jeviar find them and take them back?

Come take a journey with Sabi, Anya and Cabal as they face their many obstacles while they are imprisoned; on their planning and escape from Javiar. If you like books that are filled with action and adventure and are very mysterious then Curse of Stars is just the book for you.
3.0 out of 5 stars Dreary & Depressing Tale 1 Mar. 2017
By Jen Lapa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. The cover was gorgeous and the description sounded interesting. But I just didn’t feel like it reached its potential in the story. Right from the start, bad things happen to Sabi Perez, from being chased around New York by an unknown enemy, to being tortured and imprisoned in horrible conditions. Things only go from bad to worse though, with very few pockets of happiness or hope. I found almost the entire book to be very confusing, dark and depressing. I didn’t feel as though the main character or the reader was given very much information about what was happening for most of the book.

The last two or three chapters, however, things finally seemed to look up, at least minimally, for the three main protagonists of the story. Also, quite a few more things were explained. There were several unexpected occurrences, in a variety of different areas, that finally made it seem like there might be a story worth following. I’m definitely willing to read the sequel, but I hope it comes across as not quite so dreary and depressing as this novel.

I received a free eBook copy of this book from XpressoBookTours, and have willingly provided and honest review
3.0 out of 5 stars If you are someone who enjoys dark fantasy that is still fairly light, then this is for you. 8 Mar. 2017
By Samantha Bilodeau (Musings of Madjy) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Now, I am a fan of science fiction and fantasy, so I was excited to read this. One of my favorite things about the sci-fi/fantasy genres is the world building and mythology, which this didn't really have a lot of.

We start off with Sabi, a teenage girl who lives in New York City, being followed by a strange man who calls her his property and threatens her sister. From there, Sabi discovers that she is not from Earth (or, at least, not the same Earth?) and that she has a special ability that was hidden from her somehow for over a decade. She is ripped from her family and imprisoned by the apparently evil man who came for her.

Then, we get a small amount of mythology, a couple of new characters - Anya and Cabal - who sort of answer some of her questions, and mostly a whole lot of misery. This goes on until close to 50%. Around the middle, we get more world building and mythology, but just a taste before moving along to the next setting.

This had some interesting aspects and a lot of potential, but I feel that it missed the mark in most ways. None of the characters are especially deep or developed, even Sabi, and there are some strange things that happen that made me confused about the morality of both of Sabi's companions and whether they were good or bad.

If you are someone who enjoys dark fantasy that is still fairly light, then this is for you.
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot to take in for a book 1! 3 Mar. 2017
By Book Addict - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
 

Reading Progress

February 16, 2017 – Currently Reading

February 17, 2017 – Finished Reading

Post a comment »
Comments

No comments have been added yet.
Notify me when people comment

comment
add book/author       (some html is ok)

   (preview)

Add to my Update Feed *
Notify me when people reply *
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know
click to open popover