Release Date: October 8th 2014
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary, Family, Friendship, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she's been dying to leave behind.
But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her "delusions," Claire can't seem to escape the wolf's eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she's ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella's trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.
Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister's disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella's past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.
I think the most enjoyable part of OF SCARS AND STARDUST was that I knew absolutely nothing going into it. It had been sitting on my kindle for ages (whoops) and I started it on a whim.
It quickly hooked me, but the story itself fell flat when I discovered what the resolution was going to be, the reason for the mystery is pretty much revealed in the synopsis, which takes all the fun out of the story in my opinion-I’m glad I didn’t read it before I read the book. View Spoiler »I totally thought the wolves were real the entire time, or that it was at least going to be revealed the wolves were real human murderers. « Hide Spoiler
“Where do you begin looking for a girl
made of scars and stardust?”
It’s really hard to rate this book because on one hand, I really enjoyed the writing. There are some great quotes. Descriptions are vivid, and it’s easy to imagine the setting and what is going on. You’ll definitely never say ‘Wow, I wish the violent parts had been described better,” because they are quite detailed, as is the rest of the book.
On the other hand, once I finished the book and discovered the real reason for the disappearances I was very disappointed, and that changed my opinion on the entire book.View Spoiler »Mental illness, really? I did not like how that was treated at all. « Hide Spoiler Although it’s interesting to experience the story through the narrator’s eyes, I think the story could have gone a different way that would have been better.
“…when you love someone with everything you have, there’s still no way to guarantee that you can keep them with you.”
Family and friendship plays quite a role in OF SCARS AND STARDUST, and although some pretty bad decisions (terrible, really) were made I did like the overall way some relationships were depicted. It’s not your average happy family, but it’s a more realistic take on the depth of relationships.