A Shifting of Stars
Author Kathy Kimbray
Seventeen-year-old Meadow Sircha watched her mother die from the wilting sickness. Tormented by the knowledge that the emperor failed to import the medicine that would have saved her, she speaks out at a gathering of villagers, inciting them to boycott his prized gladiator tournament. But doing so comes at a steep cost.
Arrested as punishment for her impulsive tongue, Meadow finds herself caught up in the kind of danger she’s always tried to avoid. After a chance meeting with an enigmatic boy, she’s propelled on a perilous trek across the outer lands. But she soon unearths a staggering secret: one that will shift her world—and the kingdom—forever. (from Goodreads)
This review is spoiler-freeeee! 🙂
Given the fact that I was very, very misled by the synopsis, I still ended up liking this book! When I read the blurb, I was very interested. A wicked prince???? I got immediate Cruel Prince vibes and I was like ENEMIES TO LOVERS ENEMIES TO LOVERS!!! But alas, no it was definitely not enemies to lovers. While reading this, I felt a lot of similarities to Red Queen, which made me a bit nervous at first because I ended up hating the Red Queen series and I really did not want a repeat performance.
I honestly can’t really explain my feelings about this book. I was hooked near the beginning, but it definitely started to slow down towards the middle and it was a bit of a struggle to get motivation to keep reading, especially with three other library holds breathing down my neck. The last 20 percent was really entertaining though, and had a few twists I was shocked by. It’s weird that I’m rating this three stars when I actually… didn’t really care about any of the characters? Meadow was a fine narrator but I wasn’t invested in her motivation for revenge and I was disappointed when the reveal about the truth about her mother’s sickness happened. Since I was anticipating a royal enemies to lovers scenario, I was definitely let down by the actual romance. Plus, I’m not a fan of the “nice boy” romance anyway and Vogel annoyed me for most of the first half. I did end up really liking Kalliope and her relationship with Meadow, though! And the ending is great!
So I ended up being a bit disappointed with this, but I still think it’s a nice setup for a cool fantasy trilogy. I have absolutely no idea where the next book is gonna pick up from or what’s gonna happen, especially after that ending, but I am interested. If you’re a fan of Red Queen, I think you’d enjoy this!
ARC provided by the author. All opinions are my own.