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A Shifting of Stars

Her Stars have Shifted to a new uncharted universe, and so have mine

A Shifting of Stars – Kathy Kimbray

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to try to keep my cool because A Shifting of Stars got me messed.up. This is a book that everyone needs to read! Kathy Kimbray really killed me with this one and I know that in the future her books are definitely going to be on my shelves for years to come.

Let’s get into to the deets not shall we. whats this book about? well here’s the synopsis :

A squandering emperor. A handsome stranger. A reluctant heroine. And the ancient magic that will capsize a kingdom.

Seventeen-year-old Meadow Sircha watched her mother die from the wilting sickness. Tormented by the knowledge that the emperor failed to import the medicine that would have saved her, she speaks out at a gathering of villagers, inciting them to boycott his prized gladiator tournament.

But doing so comes at a steep cost.

Arrested as punishment for her impulsive tongue, Meadow finds herself caught up in the kind of danger she’s always tried to avoid. After a chance meeting with an enigmatic boy, she’s propelled on a perilous trek across the outer lands. But she soon unearths a staggering secret: one that will shift her world—and the kingdom—forever.

Let me point out the fact that ‘reluctant heroine’ is not an exaggeration in the slightest! Meadow just wants to chill and live her life in her stone brick home with her father, that should be tough right? Wrong. Meadow gets her self into trouble and to be completely honest, she makes me laugh! in an endearing way not in a ‘haha loser’ way its more of a lol Meadow shut up for a sec and listen! but she just does know how to! haha I love that she needs to asks questions about everything! I read the Ebook and i”m pretty sure I highlighted most of the interactions with her millions questions I just found them so funny lol

Now, world building. This story has a pretty solid put together world. It speaks of different provinces, previous emperors, a forest no one will enter, the palace and even the wilderness out side of the towns. The Map in this book is also really beautiful and pretty easy to follow along if you’re like me and you like to look back at the map. I would say over all the world building does it for me and I’m excited to see what else we’ll get from this world in the next book.

Characters! All the characters felt pretty concrete as well I gotta say. Even side characters had stories, lives, pasts and fears. I’ve say Kathy Kimbray thought this story out really thoroughly. One thing with the characters, just one tiny thing- the names. I really wasn’t a fan of most of the names except for Meadows. The ‘Handsome Stranger’ in the synopsis I loved I absolutely loved but his name was the one thing that I was not a huge fan of. It didn’t get in the way of my reading in thr slightest – the story is just THAT good- just its just something I wanted to comment on.

Also just a reminder this story is a fantasy but also counts as a mystery. The reason I say that is because once I realized it also counted as a mystery I kinda sat back like oooooh it all clicks now okay. That could also be my fault cause i’ve been on a high fantasy kick and I forget other genres exists when I get like this lol oops and I can’t forget to comment on the fact that Kathy Kimbray is a sweet heart you should absolutely go follow her on twitter and IG! being on the street team for this book was actually pretty unexpected and I don’t remember how I stumbled upon it but those are the best adventures I guess!

Over all give this story 4 stars out of 5! I almost gave it 5 out of 5 but the progression of the story was the only thing that helped me back from that last star cause even though at the end when I closed the book I had an absolute freak out because something happens in the book and I had no idea that was ever eveN AN OPTION!!!! (Kathy Kimbray is a genius) It just felt like SO much kept happening to poor Meadow that I was like ..please. PLEASE give her a second!! but other than that go read this book right now, as a matter of fact heres the link to go buy it

I loved a Shifting of Stars and I’m super excited for the next installment of this series. Btw here’s a graphic made by yours truly 😉

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