I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. And yet, for the first time ever, I feel myself needing to hold back on the review. I did not enjoy this book.
In this prequel to a series about a guy named Hamilton, Raiya is a middle schooler doing what most middle schoolers starting doing…attempting to make sense of their purpose on Earth. Only, unlike most typical middle schools, Raiya is a fallen star and destined to one day save Earth as we know it.
I grabbed this title from the “Read Now” section of Netgalley not because I am familiar with the series it precedes, but because it sounded interesting. (I had never heard of the Starlight Chronicles before reading this.) Reading this book, unfortunately, ended up being one of the slowest, draggiest experiences of my entire reading life. Why didn’t I like this one?
It starts with a huge incident, but takes forever before it actually explains what happened.
Raiya is sympton to the Chosen One Syndrome. She is special, and really has no other traits.
Her powers don’t make sense. Even once we find out what she did to put her friend in a coma, I still didn’t understand what had happened.
If nothing else, at least I can say this as a point of positivity: for once the Chosen One wasn’t oblivious to her purpose, or supposed specialness. And I can see the appeal of this fantasy universe, truly. This book just clearly wasn’t the way for me to get started.