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When Stars Die- Amber Skye Forbes

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I received a free copy of When Stars Die in exchange for an honest review.

After she realizes that her younger brother is a witch, Amelia Gareth leads Nathaniel to a convent, far from their mother and father’s sins. Amelia is convinced that if she prays fanatically to Deus, their God, and becomes a nun, then she’ll be able to save her brother’s soul. In order to become a nun at Cathedral Reims however, Amelia must undergo physical and mental anguish. Fortunately, she shares a bedroom with a lovely girl named Colette, and befriends an attractive priest named Oliver, who she gradually falls in love with. To make matters more complex, Shadowmen are roaming the halls of the convent, searching for witches. After Amelia discovers that she too is a witch, her quest for redemption diminishes. And she accepts the bitter fact that what she and Oliver share must come to an end and that saving her brother’s soul is unlikely.

When Stars Die is beautifully written and Forbes’ voice is original. The story reminds me of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale which is one of my favorite books.

Forbes’ descriptions are lovely: “She is a dance piece in a music box…” (p. 12) – Amelia describing Colette

“People think children are so tender, but they’re resilient. It is we older ones who are tender, already beaten down by life” (p.92) – Amelia comparing herself to Nathaniel

“Yet, even when stars die, they leave a lasting impact through their light, their diamond brilliance as they scatter their material to form new stars” (p. 133) – Amelia reflecting on her future and what if anything she’ll leave behind.

If you enjoy YA Paranormal Romance, I would highly recommend When Stars Die. 

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4 Comments

  1. Wow, sounds intense. I keep hearing about Margaret Atwood, maybe from you, and keep thinking that I need to read her. It’s like a sign, or something.
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