Today, presented by Around the Universe Tours, is the Blog Tour Stop of The Star by Clemy Warner-Thompson.
I am reviewing the book here.
Here is an excerpt from The Star:
Not really understanding the relevance of counting windows, Abbii turned to count them.
Startled by Nate’s outburst, she glared at him, more out of shock than malice.
“Without turning.” He watched as confusion took over her face. “Close your eyes and focus on the energy of the sunlight beaming through the glass.”
Abbii shuffled in her place, not really understanding, but when Nate smiled, she did as she was asked. She closed her eyes, immediately feeling self conscious that Nate’s gaze was focused onto her.
“Clear your mind of everything else. Think of somewhere you feel calm.”
Keeping her eyes closed, Abbii took in Nate’s statement. She felt her heartbeat increase and her breath seemed shallow, but as she relaxed her shoulders, the rest of her body seemed to follow. She listened to the faint breeze that circled through the large space, hearing leaves pitter-pattering against the wooden floor.
“Anywhere you feel calm.”
Although her mind was full of questions and worries and a fear that she would lose herself, Abbii found that an image began to form in her head. Bursts of blue and silver light soothed her, and once the image had focused, she realised why. She could see the lake at The Everglades, with the moon reflected clearly upon its surface. The stars were shining brightly, and the air was still. The feeling of calm which enveloped her felt uplifting.
“Now keep that feeling inside of you and focus onto the light of the sun.”
Not at all distracted by Nate’s words, Abbii kept hold of the calmness inside of her and expanded her mind in some way, feeling the energy of the sunlight. She could feel its warmth and the way it passed through the glass of the bay windows. The years of dirt and dust made no difference; the power of the sunlight beamed through it without faltering.
“How many are there, Abbii?”
Realising that she could sense several different areas of the sunlight’s energy, Abbii realised that each one represented one of the windows.
There are eight.
The Star is a story about destiny and true love. Furthermore, there is a fight between Good (Light) and Evil (Darkness). Both show that members of each side could’ve gone either way. Abbii finds out that she is a person known as The Star which has great power. Her life at The Everglades College in Florida was really quiet until the night of her eighteenth birthday. She and Jake, her best friend, celebrated late at night. But that’s when the Shadows arrived to try and take her. Jake, sacrificed himself to the darkness, but as he was sacrificing (surrendering) himself to the Darkness, Abbii reached out to him and unknowingly used her power to create another, Nate.
Nate and Abbii become close for a reason. He knows what powers she holds and what they can. But how? Who is he? Questions that Abbii has and, eventually, has answered by the first Star.
Clemy, has a way with words. She is really good at weaving a tale. I had trouble putting this book down. Furthermore, Ms. Warner-Thompson puts you in the middle of the action the entire time. It is one of the few YA novels that I have read recently that does not use the first person point of view motif. The author gives you a complete picture of what it is like to be both Abbii and Nate.
Hmmm. The trouble is Clemy Warner-Thompson has honed her craft to such a fine art that I could not find anything bad about the book. Smooth style. Vivid characterizations. Well described locales. Well flesh-out personalities of the characters.
All in all. Awesome book.
5 out of 5 Stars