March 6, 2014

Review: Of Stardust

Of Stardust by February Grace
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: October 28, 2013
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Book Description:

“Dreams are sacred…”

At the age of twenty-six single, geeky bookseller Till Nesbitt inherits the shock of a lifetime: a huge Victorian farmhouse filled with unique tenants, and the knowledge that there is a reason she’s always been different. She’s destined to become a Fairy Godmother, because the skills are written into her DNA.

Till embarks on her fairy education at Dreams Come True University with much trepidation, guided on her journey by a unique mentor: a Celtic hybrid with a secret by the name of Gus.

When Till falls head over heels for Gus, will she break the most serious law in the Fairy Code, or will the truth of what really happened to Gus’s parents keep them from repeating history?

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“Remember your One Wish. Use it wisely, to have something, some small part of him to hold on to as your own – a moment sealed in time, one perfect memory that you will have to live on for the rest of your life. For the love of all that’s good, young woman, make your One Wish count.” –Aunt Tilda, Of Stardust

Of Stardust follows geeky bookstore clerk Till Nesbitt as she tries to find her place in the world, thinking there’s nowhere she belongs, when in reality she belongs to a world where fairy godmothers exist. Oh yeah, and she is one!

February Grace did a really nice job of creating a unique plot and with a multitude of different levels. I really enjoyed how the fairy godding world was in our world, but not. How you simply had to shift your way of thinking to get to the special fairy university to train and get your certificate. I thought that was a really nice touch.
I also enjoyed how strict the whole fairy godmother thing was. No fraternizing! Crazy rule, but after hearing what happening with a pair of fairy godparents I can see why they many have the rule in place. One of my favorite things though was the one wish that they each got.

What I didn’t love was how slow paced the story was. The plot is good and it’s well written, but I felt like the beginning was really rushed and the rest of the book was super drawn out. I would have liked to know more about her great aunt and I would have liked the revelation of what she was to not be so sudden.

The bulk of the book took place while Tilly was going to the university and things like that and honestly I could have done without some of that. I really enjoyed Tilly’s character also, but I didn’t love Gus. I’m not sure why, I just couldn’t really connect to him.

Overall, the story told was good and there were parts that were sweet and funny and other parts, like with her great aunts book with the appearing text, that made me a bit teary eyed. And I would recommend it for the experience of the actual story, but I’m not sure I’d read it again.

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Author Bio:

February Grace is a writer, artist and poet who lives somewhere that is much colder than she would like most of the time. She sings on key, plays by ear, and is more than mildly obsessed with music, clocks, colors, and meteor showers.

Her poetry, prose, and/or flash fiction have appeared in The Rusty Nail Literary Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Rose and Thorn Journal.

Her work can also be found in the following anthologies: Poetry Pact Volume One, Anything Prose...And Poetry, Too! and Orange Karen, Tribute To A Warrior.

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  1. Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review OF STARDUST. I appreciate you hosting a stop on the tour as well. Thanks again!

    1. Any time! Thanks for writing such a unique story! :D


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