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DarkStar Paperback – April 1, 2011
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About the Author
Carol J. Hansen has always had a passion for reading and her intrigue with the mystical aspects of life, whether real or fantasy, are what motivated her to write DarkStar, her first novel. Setting and accomplishing goals are a big part of Carol’s life and DarkStar is the result of her latest goal. The strength in her story comes from her understanding of what the youth like and how they think. Raising three children, being active with and observing the youth for many years gives her an advantage as she has the ability to combine her knowledge with a vivid imagination and come up with a believable fantasy laced with mystery, gripping drama and an unforgettable love story. Carol has worked in the cosmetology industry as a stylist, educator and salon owner for over thirty years and enjoys it immensely. She loves traveling and anything that has to do with the outdoors, especially camping and riding four wheelers. The most important aspect of her life is her family and she resides in Utah with her husband and has three married children and six beautiful grandchildren. DarkStar is the first novel of a trilogy and the epic will continue in the much anticipated; Wizard.
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Which is what happened with DarkStar.. I saw musician Matt Lande tweet about this book,and how great it was (and he doesn't normally read books) so I thought to myself then it must be good... so I decided to buy it and check it out... I was so glad I did....I'm no professional reviewer but when I like something I want others to enjoy it as well.. share the love
I love a great love story, you know the kind where the odds are stacked against them and yet they are forced together by Danger, suspense, drama, magic & love. You can't fight fate..... I loved this book so much that I found myself not wanting to finish it because I didn't want it to end!! My favourite part is Amrie's reaction when she finds out the truth.. No I won't spoil it but you will have to read the book to find out ;-)
I have a few copies of it now, along with my very special signed one from Carol. This is a book for everyone to read, my 11 year old niece is currently reading it. I strongly recommend you read this book and I can't wait for Wizard to come out, the suspense is killing me.
;-) Miss Marnie
Update: I'm 60% of the way through this book. The grammar and punctuation errors are blatant and plentiful. It's painful to read. Too bad, too, as the story is pretty good.
The story is a somewhat confusing tale of a boy coming into his family's power who comes to America to escape the danger that his outcast older brother is creating. Once there he meets a girl (who's awesome male best friend is of course in love with her) and the two form an instant connection. And this is where it fell apart for me. One, I didn't feel that Alec's character was consistent. In the chapters where you read from his point of view he comes across like a shy, modest, boy who is not used to being around other people. After all, he's never been to public school or interacted with girls who aren't family before he comes to America. But in his interactions with Amerie when in her head, he comes across very pompous and cocky and totally sure of himself. I just didn't buy it. And two, Rand was just so adorably sweet and Amrie was so horrible to him that I couldn't like her. If your best friend reveals he loves you and you're not sure how you feel about him and are torn, don't get excited to meet a boy just because he has an accent (which is pretty shallow in the first place). And then don't lie to him about having feelings for Alec. And then don't be insensitive to how he feels about you. I just didn't like her. She came across really shallow and self-absorbed.
Also, I felt that the mythology of the story was jumbled and hard to follow. I'm still not sure after 238 pages what the mysticriss is or why the Wizardry is so important in the first place. It just didn't reveal enough in the beginning to keep me hooked. I've been told by the author that all the questions I have get answered in the end but I guess I just needed enough to keep me going.
I probably could have overlooked both of these things and kept reading if only the writing style wasn't so difficult for me. I like a conversational style and this was just very proper and stuffy to me. It almost read like something from a Victorian story. But that's personal opinion and it might appeal to others.
Overall, I'd say what I finished was okay, but I have over 200 unread books in my house and after giving this one a whole month I just can't give it anymore time.
Edit: I've recently received a personal message from this author thanking my for my input. I feel kind of bad because I didn't even finish the book and gave it such a harsh critique so I may be going back to finish it at some point.