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A Dark and Hollow Star – Book Review

Book Title: A Dark and Hollow Star (A Dark and Hollow Star #1)
Author: Ashley Shuttleworth
Genre: LGBTQIA | Sci Fi & Fantasy
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: 25th February 2021
Format: Kindle

What it’s about

The Cruel Prince meets City of Bones in this thrilling fantasy where four queer teens race to stop a serial killer before their crimes expose the hidden world of faeries to humans.

Choose your player.

The half-fae outcast, desperate for acceptance.

The tempestuous Fury, exiled and hellbent on revenge.

The dutiful prince, determined to earn his place.

The brooding guardian, burdened by a terrible secret.

Each holds a key to solving a series of ritualistic murders that threaten to expose faeries to the human world. But they cannot do it alone. To track down the killer, they will have to form a tenuous alliance, putting their differences – and conflicts – aside.

Failure risks the destruction of the faerie and human worlds alike. And time is running out.

Time to roll the dice.

Author Bio

Ashley Shuttleworth was born in Chilliwack, British Colombia and currently lives in Ontario. They have a BA (Hons) in English Literature, and spent some time after uni living and teaching in Seoul, South Korea. When they aren’t reading or writing, their favourite pastimes are: playing video games (particularly Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Zelda), watching anime & k-dramas, and piecing together cosplays for conventions. They also like long walks through quiet forests and know far too much about wine.

Their cat, Zack Fair, is roughly the size of a miniature panther and eats better than they do.

What I Thought

 Thank you NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start by saying that it’s not often I DNF a book but i had to with this. I got 34% in and other than some murders and knowing who the dark star is I felt it wasn’t going anywhere.

Other people I see have completely loved this but I felt that what I read could have been condensed down considerably as it was a lot of feeling and fairly repetitive.

The cast of characters seem well thought out but not enough to keep my interest piqued.

I am hoping to revisit this and see if there was something I missed.

Star Rating

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