Wednesday, March 5, 2014

[Blog Tour] Review: Of Stardust by February Grace


Of Stardust
Release Date: 10/28/13
200 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
“Dreams are sacred…”

At the age of twenty-six single, geeky bookseller Till Nesbitt inherits the shock of a lifetime: a huge Victorian farmhouse filled with unique tenants, and the knowledge that there is a reason she’s always been different. She’s destined to become a Fairy Godmother, because the skills are written into her DNA.

Till embarks on her fairy education at Dreams Come True University with much trepidation, guided on her journey by a unique mentor: a Celtic hybrid with a secret by the name of Gus.

When Till falls head over heels for Gus, will she break the most serious law in the Fairy Code, or will the truth of what really happened to Gus’s parents keep them from repeating history?
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I'm a huge fan of fairy tale themes and I couldn't let this opportunity to passed.

I must warn you that there would be some spoilers ahead.

It's not your average fairy tale stories but it is mainly about the old lady who wears a cloak and wand in hand. You got that right. It's the fairy godmother. Although in this story, it tells about Till who finds out that she is a descendent of a fairy godmother and is the next generation fairy after her Great Aunt Matilda and only she can fulfill this role. Not only is she going to be a fairy godmother but she also has to attend Dream Come True University to get her certificate and to learn how to use her powers and especially the rules and responsibilities involved. Although there is one particular rule that all fairy godmothers must follow but Till may have just broken this big time rule when she falls in love with Gus.

I got hooked to reading this book immediately. It was fun to learn about the courses of becoming an official Fairy Godmother. Of course, when Tilly was first told about she thought everyone was crazy but there seem to be too many incidents which can't be explained until she finally believes them. Although Tilly has a long rocky road ahead of her with attending the classes and her feelings for Gus. I really like Tilly's character. She may be shown off as weak but she has an inner strength which made her more endear to me. Her relationship with Gus was at a right pacing and I feel for her in wanting to reveal her feelings for Gus plus I also felt her frustrations with Gus especially when they have their sweet moments but it needed to end.

Truth be told, I forgot about the blurb of this story so I first thought it was Lane but apparently it is Gus. Though I like them more together especially when Gus helps her out even if it hurts him to be with her because he too can't do anything about his feelings for her. I really felt for them especially when I learned why they had that "Fraternizing  Rule" and about Gus parents. I think his parents story was the saddest and I may have shed some tears when I read what happened to them.

Aunt Tilda was a sweet and fun old lady. Despite her having a shorter appearance on the book I really liked her. About Lane... There's a part there that I did not see coming. The explanation of that situation was short but I guessed it fitted the story. What I like most about Aunt Tilda is that even she passed away, she was able to guide Till and if not of her words of wisdom for Till, I doubt she would have gotten far and believed in herself.

I'm glad that they each can have one wish when they graduate and of course I had a feeling they would use their one wish for the other. This part was really bittersweet because although they might have their night together, their wish that involved the other would be forgotten. Tilly found this the hard way although there is more to it (just read the story because I don't want to give more spoilers) she decided there is only one thing do that would protect all of them especially Gus. I really felt for her. I was expecting a happy ending because it was a fairy tale and usually they do but the ending... Well, I just can't say anything more but it's the kind of ending that you wish there was more. And since this doesn't look like it'll be a series I was disappointed. I understand both of their decisions because it isn't only about them but also their wards.

In this book, Fairy Godmothers make dreams for others but they themselves could not dream for themselves. I actually find the price for being a fairy godmother in "Of Stardust" to be a bit harsh. Even if they love each other they can't do anything about it but move on.  

About the Author
February Grace is a writer, artist and poet who lives somewhere that is much colder than she would like most of the time.
She sings on key, plays by ear, and is more than mildly obsessed with music, clocks, colors, and meteor showers.
Her poetry, prose, and/or flash fiction have appeared in The Rusty Nail Literary Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Rose and Thorn Journal. Her work can also be found in the following anthologies: Poetry Pact Volume One, Anything Prose...And Poetry, Too! and Orange Karen, Tribute To A Warrior.
GODSPEED, her debut novel, is a labor of love she refers to as "Literary romance with steampunk embellishments." 
Her second novel, OF STARDUST, is a modern, romantic fantasy tale.

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2 print books of Of Stardust (US)
7 ebooks of Of Stardust (INT)

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  1. Thank you so much for reading, reviewing, and hosting a stop on the blog tour! I appreciate it. I'm glad that you enjoyed the book, and want you to know that though it is not meant to be a series, there is a sequel in the works :~)

    1. There is? Super excited for the sequel.Can't wait!