Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Book Review: Where the Stars Still Shine

Title Where the Stars Still Shine

Author Trish Doller

Release Date September 24, 2013

Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.

This situation seems incredibly weird to me. I just want to point that out. How strange would it be to have to live with practical strangers because your mom kidnapped you?

When I decided to read Where the Stars Still Shine, I thought it was going to be a heavier book than what it is. There's nothing wrong with light books. This book isn't totally fluff, but it wasn't as deep as I (admittedly) assumed it would be. Truthfully, I just thought (and hoped) I was getting something different.

I did really enjoy Trish Doller's writing style. She had me hooked into the story within the first chapter. While I don't feel like there was a whole lot of things going on in the story, there weren't any lulls or boring parts.

Insta-love is such a huge disappointment. Seriously, if a book has to have romance, does it really have to feel so fake? Alex is supposed to be, according to Kat, a man whore (though, I suppose she could have been making that up as he rejected her before). Suddenly, Callie comes into town and he's reformed and head of heels for a girl that he knows nothing about? Sure. Totally believable.

The ending was rather abrupt, too. Like, I literally didn't think it was coming so quickly. It felt rushed. The ending combined with how light and surface the book felt left me feeling unsatisfied overall. I just wanted more.

Where the Stars Still Shine was a decent book, but definitely not was I was expecting when I picked it up.


3 out of 5 stars

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