Series: The Sparkstone Saga #1
Author: Clare C. Marshall
Published: 13th May 2013 by Faery Ink Press
Source: Copy from the author for an honest review
Burn hot and cold.
Disappear at will.
Dream your own death.
Welcome to Sparkstone University, where some students are more gifted than others.
When Ingrid learns she’s been accepted at the hyper-secretive Sparkstone University, she is sceptical. It’s an honour to attend, apparently, and yet barely anyone has ever heard of the place.
And everyone seems a little too happy that she’s there: especially when she meets Sunni and her group of friends. They seem to already know Ingrid. As if she was expected. Expected to save Earth from an imminent alien invasion. Like she has superpowers or something.
As if magic and mutations exist. As if aliens are really planning to attack.
That just sounds ridiculous. There’s no such thing.
Stars in Her Eyes is a really quick, delightful read. It took almost no time to read but the story stayed with me afterwards, leaving me to think up all sorts of theories and ideas. I really love how all Clare's books have this same unique feeling to them, which is something you don't come across so much anymore.
Ingrid is accepted to Sparkstone University, a secluded, secretive university that Ingrid didn't even apply for, yet it only accepts the greatest of young minds. Ingrid knows next to nothing about the place that sits a seven-hour drive away from her parents smack-bang in the middle of nowhere. Upon arrival she is thrown straight into the crazy, with a girl who seems to know her, and a door that takes your blood. Ingrid wasn't sure what to expect at Sparkstone, but she gets a whole lot more than she ever would've imagined, even the big sci-fi nerd she is.
This book was full of secrets and mysteries, and though a few were revealed there are still many that you don't learn the truth of, so I'm really itching for the next book so I can get some answers!
The idea of this book was fantastic and I had a lot of fun reading it but I would've liked it to go at a slower pace. Some parts of the book just felt like they jumped from one part to the next leaving me feeling as if I'm in the middle of a whirlwind of information. There was a lot of action in this book and I know that for a novella things need to happen fast, but with this also being a part of a series I expected it to be a little less hectic. It was still a great read and I'm really glad I got the chance to review it. I'm really looking forward to the next book, continuing the story of Ingrid and her new friends. The story itself was very unique and intriguing and this series could definitely go amazing places.
Author Bio - Clare C. Marshall
Clare C. Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial up internet, and yet, she turned out okay. She has a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology from the University of King’s College, and is a graduate from Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. She is a full time freelance editor, book designer, web manager, and publishing consultant. She enjoys publishing books through her imprint, Faery Ink Press. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing the fiddle and making silly noises at cats.
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