Rating: 4/5 stars
Category: Adventure, romance, YA, fantasy, contemporary
Publisher: Harper Teen
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If the night sky holds many secrets, it holds Sheetal Mistry’s secret the closest. A secret that explains why her hair is the silver of starlight, or why some nights the stars call Sheetal by name.
Stars like her mother, who returned to her place in the constellation Pushya years ago. Since that day, Sheetal has been forced to hide.
But as her seventeenth birthday draws near, the pull from the sky is growing stronger. So strong that Sheetal loses control, and a flare of starfire burns her human father—an injury only a full star’s blood can heal.
Sheetal has no choice but to answer the starsong and ascend to the sky. But her celestial family has summoned her for a reason: to act as their human champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of heavens.
Desperate to save her father, Sheetal agrees. But nothing could have prepared Sheetal to face the stars’ dark history—or the forces that are working to shut the gate between the realms for good.
Sheetal is half-star and half-mortal. When her mother was on earth, she taught Sheetal about her heritage through stories but she missed her home and eventually left Sheetal in the care of her father. Sheetal loves her father deeply and they have a great bond but her father doesn’t want her to date boys until she is ‘old enough’. The boy Sheetal likes is from a family that knows about stars; their ancestor once imprisoned a star and drained her of healing blood to sell. After years of hiding who she is, to be discovered by a star-hunting family is mortifying for Sheetal because everything her mother warned her about seemed to be coming through. When Sheetal confronts her father with all the secrets he has kept from her, they get into an argument that results in his hospitalisation and little hope of recovery. Sheetal is remorseful and doesn’t want to lose her dad, but who can help her?
When Sheetal gets to the star court, she is told that she is a champion in a competition for rulership of the star court. She has to deal with politics and hidden agendas from her mother’s side of the family. Instead of inclusion, she gets discrimination for being half-mortal, so she doesn’t feel like she belongs. Sheetal wants both worlds, to be a star and still have her mortal life, which will be impossible if her mother’s family has their way. Sheetal’s struggle is typical of those who are born of 2 different races and cultures. There is often a struggle to find where they are wholly accepted and there is often conflict in loyalty.
I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. It was such a great infusion of mythology and the contemporary world. I loved the way it was performed on audio; the narrator’s pronunciations were so good from my limited point of view that it made my enjoyment of the story so much better. I was able to picture the main protagonist so much better. Sheetal was exaggerating everything the way teenagers are said to, although I don’t remember being that dramatic when I was a teenager. A great standalone, I loved it.
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