Review: Of Scars and Stardust – Andrea Hannah

January 9, 2015 Review 50 ★★½

Review: Of Scars and Stardust – Andrea Hannah
Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah
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Publisher: Flux
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 336
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 received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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 »

“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 » 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.

Rating Report
Overall: 2.5

50 Responses to “Review: Of Scars and Stardust – Andrea Hannah”

  1. Kelly

    Urgh. Why do publicists or authors continually post spoilery type synopsis on book pages! I’ve read a few lately and it takes the joy out of discovering the twists for yourself. The prose sounds incredibly lovely, but the storyline let this one down. I’m not sure the realistic family unit and relationships could save this one. Sorry you couldn’t have enjoyed it more, hopefully the next book knocks your socks off. Great review <3
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    • Alise

      I have no idea! I’m not sure if it’s becoming more common or if it’s a coincidence but I totally agree. Thank you so much!

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    I’m sorry this one didn’t really work for you. I’ve seen this title at the library, and I liked the cover/title, but I wasn’t entirely interested based on the summary. It doesn’t sound like this would be a good fit for me either.
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  3. JennRenee

    Bummer I had high hopes for this book. so sad you didn’t like it more. I really wanted to read this one. probably still will. Maybe I will like it more and the reasoning wont bother me. I have to say that makes me curious and I wanted to see the spoiler but I think I will read the book instead.

  4. Andreea

    Oh no, I am so sorry you didn’t like it. I read this book last year and I loved it because I loved the author’s writing style and I didn’t know anything about it before I started reading it, only that it was supposed to be a mystery.

    I loved the whole creepy atmosphere and the characters, but I didn’t give this book 5 stars because like you, I expected something else regarding the mystery. I also thought the same about the wolves and that’s why I was a little disappointed. But other than that, I still loved the whole concept of the book and gave it 4 stars I think.
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    • Alise

      No worries! I have to agree that the writing style is very nice, I did enjoy that aspect.

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that with the wolves! I’m glad you liked the book though.

    • Alise

      Sadly, this one is not a werewolf story (although that would have been awesome) It’s a contemporary that deals with the main character’s sanity. I haven’t read that series but I want to!

  5. Anna @ Cool Girls Read Too

    It seems like so many books these days give everything away in the synopsis! And it’s not just books too, its also movie trailers! I now avoid trailers of movies I’m really excited for, or I just watch the first half xD

    This seems like an interesting book, but totally not my thing – a bit too heavy for me! Sometimes I think I should push the boat out though and try different varieties, but I’m also a bit of an old grump that is set in her ways muehehe. 0:-)
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    • Alise

      It does! Oh, definitely agree. I’ve seen that a lot in movie trailers too, I really don’t get it. And it’s the good parts too. Aha, I should do that!

      I can see what you mean, if I had known exactly what the book was going to be about, I might not have read it. Nah, I can be the same way! :)

  6. Jess @My Reading Dress

    I’ve seen so much love for this one so it’s refreshing to see your POV!

    Aaah realism…sometimes I just don’t want realism (all the time, tbh). That’s why I tend to avoid contemporaries. This one sounds like it’s not for me at all. I may have to skip it! Fantastic review, Alise! Side note: I can never help myself when there are spoiler buttons. I always have to click LOL
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    • Alise

      Thanks! My Goodreads feed is the opposite, it’s mostly negative reviews xD

      I know what you mean, after all, life itself is realism ;) Thank you! Aha, I am exactly the same way. I don’t know what it is, maybe because it’s a button? I just have to press it.

  7. Wattle

    It’s a shame when the synopsis kind of ruins the whole book :/ gosh, who thought that was a good idea?! It sounds like it had potential, I’m sorry it fell flat for you :(
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  8. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Oh Alise,I am so happy you included spoilers to this one – I would have been SUPER bummed going into this one thinking it was about the supernatural (wolves) and have it end up being…well what it ended up being D: The quotes you included do sound truly beautiful so the writing definitely appeals to me, but at the same time, this is so not my type of book. Ugh!

    Thanks for the VERY helpful review though – and I hope you have much better success with your next/current read ♥
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    • Alise

      Right? That’s exactly what happened to me, especially since I didn’t read the synopsis. It makes me mad that that was portrayed in the way it was. Those quotes are killer, the writing really is nice. I’m with you though, if I had known, I wouldn’t have read it.

      Sure, no problem! I’m glad it helped you out! :)

    • Alise

      I know what you mean! This book has some great quotes too, but the plot lacks. I’ll have to check that book out!

    • Alise

      This one definitely has a lot of detail but lacks in the plot department. Thank you! If you do pick it up, let me know what you think!

  9. Faye M.

    Sounds like the book didn’t tackle the mental illness really well D: I hate it when books are misleading. I’m sure they wanted to surprise the reader, but it only ended up anti-climactic. I remember a book like this too, but that one was really well-done that I was so surprised. I guess it depends on how it was written? I’d love to tell you the title, but if I tell you, I’d be spoiling the story for that book :P
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    • Alise

      No, it really, really didn’t :c Yes, exactly! Aha, darn, now I’m curious. Maybe you should casually mention I should read it later on, I’ll probably have forgotten by then xD

  10. A Canadian Girl

    Did your blog layout change, Alise, or am I just very unobservant?

    Okay, I totally looked at the spoilers because that’s something I just can’t resist, and while I typically enjoy books dealing with psychological issues, I just don’t think this one is for me (even if you hadn’t given it a low rating). I do like that family plays a big role in this one though.
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    • Alise

      Hmm *tries to remember* I believe I changed it towards the beginning of December. The only thing new since then is the sidebar.

      My peeve was that the psychological issues really were portrayed in a way I didn’t like. I can’t resist those spoiler buttons either :P

  11. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    So is it just me or does the cover seem like a winter version of the Compulsion cover by Martina Boone? Yes, that was my first thought after reading your review…priorities right? Sorry to hear that this one had such a subpar ending. I couldn’t help but click on the spoilers because I couldn’t see myself reading the book anyway. Damn, it was not what I was expecting to read. Hope your next read is better! xx
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    • Alise

      I probably would have mentioned the same thing, no worries, haha. And yes, it does! Yeah, if I had known in advance :/ Thanks!

    • Alise

      Yeah, that part was good.
      I never read the synopsis before I read the book so I wasn’t expecting that at all. Plus it was portrayed in a negative way.
      No worries!

  12. Kirsty-Marie

    This ne reminds me of Feral, there were creepy weird and bloody scenes (this one was wild cats) that kept me reading but when I found out what it really was, I was disappointed too. When it comes to that (I read the spoiler) I’m really picky with how they’re handled, and didn’t like it, so probably wouldn’t like this for that. Shame though, since you were enjoying it until then. :(
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    • Alise

      I haven’t heard of that book but it sounds like I’ll be skipping that one too :P EXACTLY! This was not handled well. Yeah :c

  13. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I think this is one of those books that has gone off and on my TBR a few times. I just skim-read the synopsis and now I’m glad I didn’t pay too much attention! It completely annoys me when the synopsis pretty much tells you the ENTIRE NOVEL. I really don’t see the point. Isn’t it supposed to intrigue and tell the bare bones? Sigh.

    Anyway, I’m glad you still had a general overall liking of this book, Alise!
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  14. Alise

    Right? Why read the book if you know the resolution? Especially in a book like this where it would have benefit from the mystery. Thanks!

  15. Olivia

    Oh, this is shame :( It seems like you went into this book not knowing much and enjoying it a lot in the beginning and then the ending disappointed you and the resolution wasn’t as intriguing as it could’ve been. But it sounds like it was written well and I would really like to read this myself!
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