A Dark and Hollow Star || eARC Review

Title: A Dark and Hollow Star
Author: Ashley Shuttleworth
Series/Number: A Dark and Hollow Star #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Fae
Age: Young Adult
Page Count: 512
Publication Date: February 23, 2021
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Themes: Friendship, Magic, Mystery, Fae, Murder

Synopsis:

The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret.

For centuries, the Eight Courts of Folk have lived among us, concealed by magic and bound by law to do no harm to humans. This arrangement has long kept peace in the Courts—until a series of gruesome and ritualistic murders rocks the city of Toronto and threatens to expose faeries to the human world.

Four queer teens, each who hold a key piece of the truth behind these murders, must form a tenuous alliance in their effort to track down the mysterious killer behind these crimes. If they fail, they risk the destruction of the faerie and human worlds alike. If that’s not bad enough, there’s a war brewing between the Mortal and Immortal Realms, and one of these teens is destined to tip the scales. The only question is: which way?

Wish them luck. They’re going to need it.

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon Pulse for an eARC of this title.

I desperately wanted to love this book! It had so many good things. It had fae, magic, murder, banter, and LGBTQ+ representation. The culture of the fae was so thought out and the relation between the human world was thought out quite well. So many people would absolutely love this book! I loved that this book took place in Toronto. It’s not often that I see a city I know well in a fantasy book like this.

Unfortunately, this book just wasn’t for me. For one thing I really understood that urban fantasy isn’t for me. Urban fantasy, the mix between fantasy elements and the real world is something that I don’t mesh with very well. Another thing that I had trouble with was the dialogue. It was just a bit off for me. I can’t say that this book wasn’t good, I think it was just really not for me. I couldn’t really get into the characters and feel completely connected to them.

I can see so many people absolutely adoring this book. The fact that I didn’t adore this doesn’t say anything about this book, because I can see so many people absolutely loving it. I think a lot of teens will adore this book. The fact that I didn’t love it was simply because it just wasn’t for me.

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