Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Fantasy, 435 pages, published in 2020

After half-human half-star Sheetal burns her father with her powers, she must go visit her mother’s world in the sky to find a cure. Along the way, she gets embroiled in family drama and a competition.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Content Warnings: parental abandonment, parent in the hospital

This book had such an interesting premise that I was immediately drawn in by, but unfortunately, the execution didn’t do it for me.

I was immediately surprised to find out that this book starts off in our own world. It wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the synopsis, so I was fully ready for a different world. This kind of made me annoyed at all of Sheetal’s regular teen problems, because I really wasn’t expecting to read about her dealing with SAT prep and boyfriend problems.

I just felt like there were transitions that were missing in this book. One minute, Sheetal is only thinking about her dad, but the next, it is completely out of her mind that he is gravely injured. When she has to go to the kingdom in the sky, it feels like she’s just suddenly there. I also felt like I couldn’t really picture the setting at all.

The “magical competition” in this turned out to also not be what I was expecting and it actually didn’t feel like it played a huge role. The dynamics between Sheetal’s family was actually the main part of the plot, in my opinion.

I don’t think this was a bad book, but I legitimately felt nothing when I finished it. I didn’t connect to any of the characters or their relationships, and not much happened in terms of plot. I feel like part of the problem was that the synopsis kind of misrepresents this book. I appreciate the mythology element to it, but overall, I just wasn’t drawn in by it.

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