Made of Stars by Kelley York

Made of Stars by Kelley YorkMade of Stars by Kelley York

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Young Adult Romance
Published by Entangled on October 1, 2013
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
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five-stars  

This is one of those instances where a book title and its cover are what led me to reading a book.  I had heard of the author’s other work, but this is the one that grabbed my attention.  I have to say that for once I’m glad that I really didn’t read the blurb because it would have been spoilerish in this instance.  Instead of the edgy raw discovery of things as they happened which was my experiences, I would have been watching for some things that the blurb revealed.  Okay, enough about all that.  This story was haunting and breathtaking.  It will stay with me for some time to come.  I would say it is because of the superb storytelling and compelling characters- which they are, but really it was that ending.  I was flabbergasted and then I was angry.  I wanted more.  I think there needs to be a support group or something of that nature for those of us who need to talk through our feelings at the conclusion of these sorts of books.  My imagination tries to give me the closure and ending I need which I suppose is part of the point of that ending.

The story is about three bosom friends who come of age together.  It is told first person point of view from both Ashlin and Hunter’s perspectives leaving Chance as the enigma.  Ashlin and Hunter are half siblings who come to visit their dad every summer and take up an idyllic friendship with Chance the boy they meet, befriend and make their own.  They are inseparable, but Chance is the one who keeps a part of himself back.  Though they are all three in the forefront, this really is Chance’s story as the author points out in the afterward.  For much of the book, it is a gentle pacing through their lives all along there is an ominous quality that grows darker until the menace is in the open.  There is also a dawning realization for Ashlin and Hunter of how things truly between them all.  Hunter’s journey to his truth is probably the most joyful part of the story.  Truth is impossible to separate from lies in the end, but the lies bear some acquaintance with the truth too.

I know I have been vague with that summary and I did it on purpose.  It was just such a moving story that deserves to tell itself and wow people with the way it impresses itself on them.  There is camaraderie, relationships breaking, building and remolding.  Family situations that will just break the heart in their stark realities, but also a ray of hope in the way these teens redefine who family really is and who they love.  Each character is beautifully drawn.  I loved getting into their heads and being a part of their thinking, emotions and actions.

For my suggestions, this would be appropriate for mid teens and older.  There is stronger language and one theme is abuse.  There is no sex, but there is a mild m/m romantic theme.

Those who enjoy starker, haunting and raw stories that are stronger on character and milder on romance should give this one a try.

My thanks to Entangled Teen for providing my copy of the book for review purposes.

Yours Affectionately

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Sounds very interesting Sophia. I almost never read blurbs until after I’ve finished the book and am putting the review posts together. I like the discovery of things and like you mentioned not waiting and expecting those plot points to show up. Glad you enjoyed this one so much!

    • Sophia Rose

      I couldn’t believe what a spoiler this blurb really was once I read the book. There was one other time a blurb gave it up like this. Not to mention all those times the blurb has gotten the story all wrong. So I guess that makes the blurb rather a crap shoot and you’re probably right to ignore them. ;D

  • Lola R

    I saw this review as part of the related posts underneath a review I just commented on and I just had to check out your review. I heard great things about this book and pre-ordered it before the release and now it’s been sitting on my book shelf unread for a logn while already. Your review makes me curious about this book again! I almost forgot I still had this book. The title and cover are also what drew me in to this book, it’s so pretty!

    • LOL! Yes, Lola! This happens to me once in a while too. I see a review, I get interested and then I realize that I had the book all along. Hope you like it when you read it.

      Definitely an eye-catching cover!