Saturday, September 21, 2013

Book Review: Maddy's Star

Title Maddy's Star

Series Wishing Star, book 1

Author Kate Rosebrook

Release Date August 30, 2013

Three women. Three stars. Three wishes.

When three friends make wishes on their piece of the metal Wishing Star, they start to see their dreams come true. But they don’t know about the supernatural power behind the star, or the deadline to return each piece before their lives are overcome with danger.

Maddy returns to Serenity Falls ten years after throwing her piece of the metal Wishing Star over the Falls, trying to get her life back together. When her past returns to haunt her, she and her friends worry there was more to their wishes than they thought. Maddy sees her fiancĂ© even though he’s dead. Nightmares of her abusive father become reality. And soon she discovers she has to recover her piece of the star to make the danger stop.

Riley falls for Maddy soon after she returns, but can’t seem to get her to open up to him. All he knows for sure is something is happening to her—a supernatural chain of events she can’t seem to stop. Once he learns about the Wishing Star, he’ll do whatever it takes to help the woman he’s falling in love with, and save her from the threat facing her and her friends.

To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about the story in this book. While Maddy's Star is well written, something seemed to be lacking. I think my biggest problem with the book is how through much of it (over half of the book), I wasn't sure why things were going on (what happened to Kara that caused her to despise Serenity Falls so much?) and so much of the book leaves us in the dark about the wishing star (it's obvious that something negative is happening because of the star, but why/what is left a mystery for too long). Instead of intriguing me to read more, it frustrated me.

I'm not sure I enjoyed the friendship between the girls very much. I didn't get a best friend vibe from them. It felt like they were friends, but it didn't feel like a genuine best friendship to me. To be honest, though, I haven't had a super close friendship with a group of girls in a long while, so I might just not remember what it's supposed to be like. As far as the girls individually, I enjoyed all of them except for Kara. Something about her didn't sit right with me.

Overall, the book was okay. The story was good enough to keep my attention and it was a nice and easy read.


3 out of 5 stars

* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

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