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The Stars Fell Sideways Paperback – September 11, 2012
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Alison Arroway is a stunt girl for Pomegranate Posey, the biggest teen star in the world - but nobody cares apart from her awesome stuntman dad. When Alison's dad suffers an accident on set and can't come with her, Alison must fly to Portugal all on her own to work on Pom's latest film. Pom can be a little...rhymes with witchy, but when her hunky co-star, Erik, invites Alison to spend the day with them on a yacht, Alison takes it in stride.
Things go horribly wrong: the boat hits a storm and breaks apart, leaving Pom and Alison stranded on a strange beach, with no signs of civilization in sight. Erik has vanished...probably drowned. But Alison pulls herself together, because her dad taught her how to survive. She and Pom set out to find help - and discover that this place isn't just a little strange, it's downright WEIRD. People are dressing in stupid old-fashioned clothes, there's blue lightning everywhere, and when they're found by the locals they're locked up in a cell rather than taken to a hospital.
The Captain, the leader of the town, doesn't seem to know ANYTHING: nothing about 9/11, nothing about bird flu, nothing about the internet or even cellphones, not even about WWII! He tells Alison and Pom that they haven't seen a "Lost Soul" (whatever that is) in two hundred years! He says they're on Atlantis. Atlantis?!?? That's just a fairy tale, right?Read more ›
The Stars Fell Sideways actually pulls this trick off twice, as we meet our hero, Alison Arroway, a teen stunt double from a family of stunt doubles, who fills in regularly for Pomegranate "Pom" Posy, one of America's hottest teen movie stars. This in itself is a fascinating world in which to be dropped, full of sycophants, fans, commercial shoots, limos, and even teen heartthrob, Erik (#3 on People's Hottest Stars under 25 no less.) But for Alison, whose face is never seen on camera and whose deeds are always credited to Pom, life in this world is just short of glamorous; on the fringes of a dream life, close enough to be near fame and fortune (and especially boys like Erik) but not quite as close as Alison would hope.
Whisked away to a film shoot in Portugal with Pom and Erik, Alison is thrilled to be invited on an evening Yacht trip with the two stars. But in an unexpected and violent storm that tears the yacht apart on the open seas, Alison is plunged into a world even more bizarre and dangerous than stunt work in Hollywood: the lost city of Atlantis.
It is here that Ms. Marshall adds a nice twist to the Atlantean myth.Read more ›
I enjoyed the book and stayed up late finishing it one night. I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It seemed almost abrupt and a little rushed. Yes, the characters wanted to go home, but it needed a little more resolution. The slight romance between Alison and Corben felt a little forced and sudden, but it didn't have a clear resolution since they never really said anything about it, except for the one time they made-out and tried to undress each other. I had a little trouble finding Alison likeable, but she is a strong character. There was a twist with Erik which didn't seem right for the way he was depicted, but oh well.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. I just felt it could have used a little something more. I do recommend the book to others looking for a different take on the lost city of Atlantis.
When teenager stunt gal extraordinaire Alison Arroway heads to Portugal to work on a movie as the stunt double for famous teen actress Pomegranate she's excited for the stunts, to maybe spend time with heart-throb Eric, and to see the sights. She's less thrilled about spending time with spoiled, nasty Pom. But when Eric invites Alison and Pom on a boat cruise and the boat wrecks during a storm and Eric goes missing, Alison and Pom end up stranded together on the infamous island of Atlantis. And once the girls are there, the Atlantean people won't let them leave. So the girls are stuck in an old-fashioned world, run by steam-driven machines, but a hostile takeover and rebellion army may be their ticket back home. If they can survive "the stars falling sideways" that is.
At a little over 200 pages, The Stars Fell Sideways is a quick, but super fun and cute read. Marshall has weaved an exciting steampunkish fantasy tale full of humor, action, and romance that will appeal to a wide audience.
The Atlantean world in The Stars Fell Sideways is an unexpected one, but in a totally good way. Marshall has crafted a refreshingly unique and captivating Atlantis that is more steampunk Victorian England than full on mythical fantasy, but completely charming. The world-building in The Stars Fell Sideways is excellent and the Atlantis Alison and Pom find themselves in has great historical, social, and cultural layers, combining together to create an endlessly fascinating and believable world, that is both delightful and dark.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found CA Marshall's debut novel to be a fun read, and believe other readers will enjoy the intriguing concept.Published on February 3, 2013 by Christi Corbett
THE STARS FELL SIDEWAYS by Cassandra Marshall is a quick, fun read at around 200 pages. The narrator, Alison, was likable and relatable, and I found myself genuinely worried about... Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Leigh Teale
I just finished The Stars Fell Sideways, It was awsome!, it was very addicivte and hard to put down, and it leaves you wanting to more and hoping she writes a 2nd book, Alison,is... Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Alice Laughlin
I enjoyed this adventure on a (light) steampunkish island of Atlantis. It was a light read, and a quick one-- the pace kept the story moving right along. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by Shallee C. McArthur
I'm ready to fly to Portugal and rent a rowboat!
This book couldn't be more original. A blend of Atlantis and Steampunk. Really? How much more clever could this writer get? Read more