Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade

Book Blurb:

Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey& Krystal Wade

Genre: Young Adult, ScienceFiction/Fairy Tale Retelling

Publication: March 6th, 2018

While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.

One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Hearts

Genre: Another-World, Fairytale, Mystery, Romance, Royal-Court, Space, Suspense, Teen--

Talia has spent her life as princess being groomed to take over the galaxy, but during her betrothal party, she is forced to do something that changes the course of her life forever. Will just wants to have his life back as Captain of his prestigious ship and crew, but instead he is scraping by doing scavenger jobs trying to win back his place in society. When Will risks his crews to retrieve a hunk of metal out in space, he knows it it worth something, regardless of his crew's doubt- he just had no idea that inside that that metal was the most sought after cargo in space, cargo that can change the human-android war for good.

After reading this book, I realized that space if my favorite genre. And yes, I realize that "space" is not really a genre per se, more like a type of story ever so nicely housed in science fiction, but for me, space is the best (enough said)and needs a category all it's own for me. It's so full of possibilities, questions, unknowns, danger, and you can really do so much with it and yet still seem like it could be a legit thing sometime in the future. Without fail, I have rated every book set in space, regardless of plot, age level and author, very highly- and not only that, but I get so excited to read them, counting down the time until I too can escape into space with them (keep in mind that I think for real space travel is terrifying and I probably would not ever sign up for that). That being said, this is another stellar (haha, see what I did there, oh yeah a space pun!) space adventure.

I was entertained by the blend of forbidden romance, moral dilemmas, action, adventure, danger, and let's not forget the snark and banter between the crew. It just blended so well to create a captivating world that sucked me in and I loved every minute. When I read that Our Dark Stars was described as Sleeping Beauty meets the show Firefly, I was sold regardless of anything else. And that description was so true! This had the basic concept of Sleeping Beauty of the princess asleep for years and being awakened by a guy (sort of, he facilitated it) and from there it exploded into the best kind of space-pirate-crew-to-family-misadventures-fight-for-honor thing that I absolutely loved and miss from Firefly! Firefly left a big hole in my heart that I try to fill with all the wonderful space adventures that I can get my hands on, and this story was exactly what I was looking for. I am always concerned that my expectations are too high when starting a book that plays up my favorite things, but Our Dark Stars did not fail me. Oh and let's take a minute to appreciate the gorgeousness that is the cover- everything about it appeals to me with the bold colors and dress and crown... yes, I have a serious case of cover love going on.

This book was able to create an entire world as well as a complete plot within the confines of the pages, making it perfect for someone who wants a standalone story. That being said, I would LOVE to have a follow-up book or spin-off with some of the other characters because I enjoyed the people so much, as well as the writing style of both authors, but I am happy with what they were able to deliver with this story. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes space, action, love and Firefly. This was my first book by Audrey and Krystal, but I can't wait to read more from both, be it together or on their own.

Author Bios:

Audrey Grey is an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including the Moonbeam Children’s Award bronze finalist, SHADOWFALL. She lives in the charming state of Oklahoma withher crew: one husband, two little people, four mischievous dogs, and one poor cat. You can usually find Audrey hiding out in her office from said crew, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.

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Krystal Wade is the USA Today bestselling author of six Young Adult Fantasy and creeptastically imagined fairytale books. She can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas-sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty-mile commute? Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.

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