In Review: Made of Stars by Kelley York

Posted October 28, 2013 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Made of Stars by Kelley YorkMade of Stars by Kelley York
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ, Young Adult
Publication date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: eARC, 320 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.

The reason they've never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance's quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off. 

Then Chance's mom turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance and his dad. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent...they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?

“We’re all made of stars,” he agrees. “We burn bright, then we flicker away.”

Made of Stars is the type of book that will stick with you for a long, long time. I connected with half-siblings Hunter and Ashlin nearly immediately. The novel is told from their perspectives in alternating chapters. It was a little difficult to tell their voices apart in the first couple chapters, but it didn’t take long for them to separate and stand out.

“Chance was strangeness and whimsy in human form.”

As they came together and their childhood friend Chance was brought into the mix, I was hooked. They both had very strong – and sometimes confusing – feelings about Chance. It was apparent from the start that Chance and Hunter had a strong hold on each other. Their feelings were clearly of more than friendship. It was also obvious that neither of them are particularly comfortable with the feelings. Ashlin, too, felt for Chance, but slowly realized she never stood a chance. (No pun intended.) He belonged to Hunter and Hunter to him. Chance was an enigma. While both Hunter and Ashlin had strong feelings for him, neither really knew everything about him and his life. As Chance shows up with more bruises and his mother is found murdered, the mystery deepens. I couldn’t walk away from their story.

This was a beautifully-written novel that was part coming-of-age tale and part mystery. It left me filled with questions and the need for more. More answers. More Hunter, Chance and Ashlin. Just more in general. I truly hope this is the first book in a series. I would hate for this story to end here. I think there’s so much more to tell.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version. 

About Kelley York

Once upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it's there she she still resides with her wife, step-daughter, and way too many pets. Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person's character and the workings of their mind are limitless.

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