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Made of Stars

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  411 ratings  ·  139 reviews
When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into someth ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Entangled Teen
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I didn't love this as much as Hushed - which was more my genre being a horror and all - but it does have an overall dark theme with a constant flow of mystery regarding a certain character. It's a story told under a looming grey cloud where you know a disaster is forthcoming, giving it a suspenseful tone throughout. The narrative voices are where I wasn't fully sold and ultimately stopped me from giving it my all.

Made of Stars is told through a dual perspective of a brother and a sister who hav
I don’t think I can put into proper words my feelings about Kelley York’s writing. Thus far, she’s always written LGBT young adult fiction with broken boys. But really, that’s putting her prose far too simply. She always writes with an authentic voice that somehow manages to come across childlike, but adult. A voice that manages to sound innocent, but jaded. A story that shows humans can easily be both good and bad. She writes stories that make me think, make my heart break in tiny pieces, and m ...more
Oct 04, 2013 Cayce rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
So. I finished Made of Stars approximately two hours ago and now I'm sitting here at my desk looking up at my ceiling wishing there were stars on it. And I'm processing. No, I'm reeling. Reeling over what happened and feeling more than a little shell shocked. I'm... stunned. Rendered speechless. I've thought about waiting a day or two before attempting to write out my feelings, but that doesn't feel right either. And I think the longer I'd wait, the harder it'd be to make myself speak about my f ...more
Lydia Sharp
If this is anywhere near as good as HUSHED... just bury me now, because I'm dead of AWESOME.

Hunter and Ashlin are half siblings, who love each other no matter what. While Hunter is a quiet and thoughtful guy, Ashlin is more expressive. They decide to live with their dad after graduation to help help him out and to meet their childhood friend, Chance.

But something is wrong with Chance. He lies about his parents, never lets Hunter and Ash see his house and has mysterious injuries. When the secrets come to light, reality hits hard...

Made of Stars is a book that is part mystery, part comi
3.5 Stars.

What did I like most about Made of Stars? The writing; I found a certain warmth (despite the constant melancholy) in the writing all along. Careful, loving storytelling without pretense; it felt like there were no extravagant props (bells and whistles) needed to carry the story along.

Here’s an excerpt that I adored which will hopefully give you a taste of what I loved:

“We sprint through the mall, the thumping of my pulse and Chance’s breathless laughter a duet in my ears.... Suddenly,
Jolene Perry
This is one of those books that you finish and then sit in that bubble of amazing things and wish that it wasn't over.

Yes, It's that good.

These characters will stick with me for a long time.
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
For this review & more, visit Such a Novel Idea.

Well, that wrecked my heart, in all the ways that books should.

My Thoughts

“When I kiss him, Chance sets a hand in my shirt to hold me right where I am. His lips are dry, but his mouth is warm, and I think… this is how life should be. Chance and me. Kissing him whenever I want.”

The more Entangled Teen books I read, the more I fall in love with this publishing house. They just keep getting it right!

Made of Stars is no exception. It is haunting,
I really want to write an amazing review for this, it deserves one. It's such an astoundingly beautiful story that will stay with me for a long, long time. Forever, even (I took these characters to heart and, damnit, they're staying there!). Thing is, though, the words to describe the soul deep impact this had on me...I simply don't have em.

"It breaks my heart a little in the same way that it makes me smile. We're so close to a happy ending."


I got rather, um, expressive while rea
Nyrae Dawn
I am a huge fan of Kelley York's writing. She makes me fall in love with these broken, flawed characters who I don't expect to love. Made of Stars is an incredible book. It blew me away.
Oct 16, 2013 MLE rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, yad
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A really well written story of friendship and love. I really liked all the characters, and the depth of their bonds with each other. I loved how Ashlin, even though she didn’t get what she thought she wanted, was never made out to be the bitchy, jealous female, and how her love for both her brother and her friend never wavered. I really liked Hunter, and his need to appear to be strong, and protect those he cared
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
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If I needed to describe this book using only few words it'd be full of surprises. Mostly because I had no idea what's this book about, but I have heard great things about Kelly York's writing so I wanted to get a full experience. I did accomplish that.

For one reason or another I though that this was actually a paranormal read when I get to read the book I understood that this was actually a contemporary story in it's finest. It's not a typical boy meets girl
This review originally appeared on my blog,


MADE OF STARS is a book that chewed me up, spit me out, and left me reeling. In the BEST way possible. This is not a YA book where there are happy endings and star-filled, easy love affairs. If you like twisty, dark, heart-breaking stories, this is the book for you.

All I can really say is READ THIS BOOK. NOW. I was lucky enough to read it in one sitting, which I think is the best way to do it, and was consumed by the emotional experience
Chance is a constant in the lives of half-siblings Ashlin and Hunter. For as long as they can remember, their quirky friend has been by their sides. They're a perfect group of three. The siblings are ecstatic when they come to their Dad's house for the first time in years, knowing that things will pick up where they left off. But they're older now, and Chance's lies don't quite add up. Hunter and Ash start to question why Chance hides so much from them when they're so close..... And then his mot ...more
*Thank you Entangled Teen for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

It’s… wow.

Made of Stars impressed me beyond words. I never thought I would come to love this book so much, but God did it affect me. I am still lost in Kelley York’s words and in her intriguing characters.

Hunter and Ashlin are these great half siblings, who love each other no matter what. They have different personalities, but in the long run, they are good and supporting for each other. While
This is intense and absorbing. It starts out pretty much as a typical YA... teenage half-siblings hanging out for the summer break where they get to spend all their time with their elusive mate Chance. But of course things have to change. Their father is shot, which puts a halt to the extended visits and once he recovers, Hunter and Ash come back during winter.Once the three teenagers have been fairly well established, the novels turns into a suspenseful mystery.

Both Hunter and Ash have narrativ
Gordon Sawyer
"We're all made of stars." Und genau deshalb bekommt dieses Buch von mir auch ALLE Sterne, die es gibt. Ja, ich habe ein neues Lieblingsbuch. Und ich will nicht, dass es vorbei ist. Und jetzt werde ich weinen gehen.
It's out today!!! If you love haunting, captivating, amazing books, then this is for you!! Plus, it's LGBT.

Exciting news this week for MADE OF STARS. It just sold to Random House Germany AND it's a Junior Library Guild selection!!! I have so much love for this book and for Chance. <3

Chance why did you do that??!!


OMG! THAT'S where it ENDS?!?!?! I am FREAKING out! I NEED MORE! I will be reviewing this on my blog, and will update this once it's been posted.

UPDATE (from my blog)

When I finished this book, I literally had to pick my jaw up from the floor! These were the words I wrote immediately after finishing: OMG! THAT'S where it ENDS?!?!?! I am FREAKING out! I NEED MORE!

So let's just say...if you don't like unknowns or cliffhangers at the end of books, you might want to stay away from this one. :) This wa
Trisha Harrington
I love Kelley York. I've loved her since Suicide Watch and I also adored her book Hushed, so when I saw this one and read the blurb, I knew I'd have to read it. It sounded like it would be my thing and it was. It was an awesome YA.

The only issue I have is the ending. But at the same time, I actually sort of liked the ending. It's strange. I normally like happy endings or some sort of closure, but this left me screaming and wanting more. But there's no confirmed sequel... So you see my problem.
Maggie Simms
Oh this book...

If I were to rate this book on the journey I would rate it a 5++ stars. If I were to rate it on the destination, it would be a 1 star. I want to be fair and focus on 90 percent of the book for rating purposes.

This is a book that had two things that I was iffy about: One of the two narrators is a female. And it is told in first person present tense (my least favorite). I still went for it because Hushed is one of my favorite books. It was the right choice because this book was fa
Jamie Manning
York has done it again with a beautiful, true-to-life story that grips you by the heart and doesn't let go--even AFTER it's over. A must read!
Lisa (Lost in Literature)
I’ve heard such great things about Hushed, which I haven’t had the opportunity to read yet. So going into this one, I had very high hopes. I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would, but it was overall a good story. I do have to say how much it bothered me though that the synopsis gives so much away. I mean, Chance’s mother doesn’t die until around 60% into the book. To me, that’s a spoiler by every sense of the word. I would have loved to have come upon that scene without already knowing it ...more
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
"That's the sort of person Chance is.
He gets under your skin, and even when he's gone, you still feel him there like a dull ache.
A warm memory you can never quite reclaim."

Made of Stars is a book that is part mystery, part coming of age romance. The first half of the story read like any good coming of age tale where boy meets girl, girl falls helplessly for boy, boy could care less etc....and in that regard I loved the story. It was fluffy and romantic and I loved the playfulness of it all. Th
Jenni Arndt
Actual rating is 4.5

I remember reading Kelley York’s Hushed last year and really liking the ominous quality of the writing. When I started Made of Stars I was looking for more of that and I got it in droves. On the surface this is a dark story full of abuse, tension and even murder but underneath it really is a beautiful story with one of the most interesting romances I have read in a long time.

We get this story in the alternating POV’s of half siblings Hunter and Ashlin. Since they were little
I discovered Kelley York's HUSHED sometime around March last year, I think. I still haven't read it, but it's on my wishlist. The summary really stuck out and has hung in my mind. When York's new book, MADE OF STARS, popped up on Netgalley, I made with the grabby hands. Here was a chance to give her a try!

MADE OF STARS is the story of three teenagers. Hunter and Ashlin are half-siblings, and Chance is their childhood friend, who they hung out with during summers at their dad's. Now, Hunter and A
Lesley Marie
Ten-Second Review: A heartbreaking, dark story that is brilliantly told with Kelley York’s raw way of writing. I think I might have a new favorite writer.

More-Than-Ten-Second Review:

This might sound dramatic but if you had to compare Made of Stars to anything, anything in the universe, I would compare it to the stars in the sky. I really would. Made of Stars is a story that burns brightly and full of hopeful light, but then it flicker away into a story that will drop your heart onto the ground a
Received an ARC thanks to Entangled Publishing


This book is unlike anything else I have ever read - in a good way! On the outset the plot is simple: it is about two half siblings, Hunter and Ashlin, and their friendship with a larger than life boy Chance. In reality it is much more than that, exploring the complex relationship between the three main characters and the secrets they keep. Throw in a murder and what you've got is a novel that is impossible to
I am left shattered after reading this book because I know there isn't a book two for this and mostly because the ending was heart breaking, a not so merry ending as I would have imagined.

The abuse in this book brought shivers to my spine and a whole heap of sadness. The relationship between Chance, Hunter and Ashlin bought a warmth to my stomach and the plot entirely had me completely satisfied.

I loved every word, sentence and paragraph. I just wished there was more.
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Once upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it's there she she still resides with her wife, step-daughter, and way too many pets. Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person's charac ...more
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“Even the stars are lies. They sparkle so brightly, but their shine takes years to reach us.” 5 likes
“That's the sort of person Chance is.

He gets under your skin, and even when he's gone, you still feel him there like a dull ache.

A warm memory you can never quite reclaim.”
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