Hello all! Okay, it’s been a VERY long time since I wrote. And I’m so sorry about that. I am working on getting better at managing my time so I can get back on a routine with this. Not like I’ve ever been on a routine, but still. lol. This week, I’m dedicating to YA Fantasy, and specifically the newest series created by Diana Peterfreund. Known as the Stars Series, this collection of novels, and novellas, were wonderful to read! Great retellings of classics with wonderful twists. But hey, let me just share my thoughts.
For Darkness Shows the Stars is a fascinating retelling of Jane Austen’s beloved Persuasion. It’s a futuristic post-apocalyptic story, but not your average one. Rather than the traditional society losing its identity and the survivors struggling to discover their identity, these novels are set so long after the fact that the survivors have created and cemented their society. The setting is lush in detail, and the unique fantastical ideas heighten this tale. Elliot is a beautifully written character; she is brilliant with a strong heart. She single-handedly keeps her family’s land running, even while quietly staying within her father’s demanding rules. She is trapped by her own love for those around her, and her place in the world, but she doesn’t let that define her, and continues to find her own way, even in the dark. And Kai is a self-made man, once a slave on her land, now a respected sea captain with some of the most fantastical creations and creatures her world had ever seen. Though once in love, their reunion is difficult, and while they force civility, there is cold tension between them. Both have secrets they’d rather not let anyone know, especially the secrets of their hearts. But will they let the hurt, and the world’s expectations, determine their lives, or are they willing to take a risk and follow their heart? Surrounded by interesting characters and a past that is slowly releasing its grasp, this retelling is certainly unique and a wonderful read.
Across a Star Swept Sea is one of the few retellings of The Scarlet Pimpernel, and is a very good one. Diana Peterfreund takes the story’s core and weaves it into a futuristic, and fantastical setting, while keeping the characters true to their initial counterparts. Persis is an absolute delight to read! She is a great female ‘Percival Blakeney’, showing both the frivolous societal courtier as well as the deeply intelligent, strong, and wounded leader. It’s enjoyable watching her fight herself, knowing why she’s made the decisions while also being annoyed at them. And then there’s Justen, a brilliant scientist with a good heart and a haunted past. While his intentions are pure, he unwittingly was forced to create the very thing he hated. While they are forced to play the part of love-sick teens, they soon realized that while they seem enemies, each is slowly falling for the other. The banter between them is witty and fun, even while they fight their growing feelings. Set in the same world as For Darkness Shows the Stars, it is also a much different setting as the first story, showing an interesting look at how different people and societies can change their future. A great story with wonderful characters, it’s a definite must read for any fan of the classic novel.
So, have I peaked your interest? I hope so. These really were so much fun to read! You can find her entire collection for Kindle or Nook, and the novels are also available in paperback. Also, feel free to follow this wonderful author on Facebook, Twitter, and her own website. I hope you enjoyed these as much as I have!