09 February 2017

Look to the Stars by Catherine Wilson

Look to the Stars by Catherine Wilson.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance.
Publication: March 29th 2016.
Tucked away in the remote territory of Ashen, Penelope Brave lives an ordinary, sheltered life until the day her papa goes missing. No one seems intent on finding him but her, so she breaks the rules… and ends up changing her world. When strangers from the northern kingdom of Orien arrive with news of her papa, but at a price, Brave learns that even the quiet city of Ashen has its secrets—the darkest of which just might be her.

Forced to trust the help of Aras Renn, the arrogant and regrettably handsome guard from Orien, Brave soon finds that if she wants to see her papa again, she's going to have to face a past she never knew she left behind. Together, they're thrust into a world of magic, lies, and hidden truths as Brave discovers there's a deadly war brewing in the north. What she doesn’t know is the answer to each side's victory can be found in her heart…

Determined not to follow the destiny the stars have laid out for her, Brave sets out to make her own, embarking on a harrowing journey where she must decide what matters most. Love or blood?

Reviewed by Kelly.

I'm left with my heart literally breaking at the end of this book! I fell in love with the characters. It was a slow and steady love with the witty Aras and the stubborn Brave!

I paused at 97% of the book. I didn't want to see what happened next for two reasons. One - it would show the sad ending that I would have to wait for the next book to (hopefully) find the happiness again. I already was hooked now and it was a tender moment and I didn't want to see how the ending would ruin my happiness of where it showed how far Aras and Brave had come from the beginning only to be shattered! Two- I really didn't want it to end. I hate waiting for the next book.

Penelope Brave has always lived a simple life in a village where no one ever left and there was no trade with other places. You were forbidden to leave the village. There were The Lost people in the woods surrounding village. We aren't given much information about them. But like the rest of the book as we are only given bits and pieces of things that slowly are given the full light as to what things are really like for Brave and her world around her.

Brave finds out that her world is not at all what it seems but that it is filled with magic, adventure, heartbreak, love, sorrow and she must truly learn to be what her name means!

I am sitting here not wanting to write a review. I want to read the book again and I want my own heartbreak to end with the next book! This series is full of "promises"!



Catherine Wilson has always had a passion for books, until one day, she got the crazy idea to write her own. The youngest in her tightknit family, she grew up at the base of a mountain in rural North Georgia. There she learned to climb trees, swing her way across creeks, and fight invisible foes. All wonderful practice, she soon found, for creating an imaginary world of her own. Catherine currently lives in Georgia with her supportive husband and twin boys. As a full time teacher and mother of two three-year-olds, she writes during nap time. When she's not writing, you can usually find her chasing her family around on their newest adventure. Look to the Stars is her first novel. Catherine would love to hear from you! Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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