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Twelve-year-old Veronica Swan's idyllic life in a close-knit Mormon community is shattered when her two younger sisters are brutally murdered. Although her parents find the strength to forgive the deranged killer, Veronica is unable to do the same. Years later, she sets out alone to avenge her sisters' deaths, dropping her identity and severing ties in the process. As she ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 29th 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (first published May 1st 2006)
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Dixie Diamond
Mar 21, 2008 Dixie Diamond rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2000s, 1980s
Unrealistic, repetitive, and very uneven. The build-up takes forever and then the climax and dénoumént pass in a flash, and none of it leaves much of an impact. The plot, characters, and details are not at all believable. I guess it might make for a nice, frothy, feel-good read if you like that kind of thing, but it's a literary lightweight.

I did feel a little browbeaten by the repeated references to Mormonism, although maybe not as much as some people. I'm a Quaker; people have all sorts of wei
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Ryan
Mar 29, 2008 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mormons & non
Recommended to Ryan by: HCPL
So I only read this book b/c it was available at our public library on Audio CD. And it was about Mormons. Well, the protagonist is Mormon, and it's fairly obvious that, unlike Jack Weyland books, this one is not intended for an LDS audience, b/c Jacquelyn Mitchard goes to great lengths to explain the Mormon church.

And she does an okay job, though there are some funny things that she gets wrong:
(1) There is a temple in Cedar City.
(2) The home teachers are a married couple.
(3) When the temple-mar
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Carol Brill
Aug 29, 2014 Carol Brill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written story of grief and healing with finely wrought, sympathetic characters. I could not stop turning pages.
Alexandra
Aug 11, 2008 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone whose not afraid to cry while reading a book
I bought this book completely unaware it had anything to do with my faith and fell pray to judging a book by its cover (we've all done it) but it looks like I picked a good one. When I read the first page I almost shut it and took it back to the bookstore but I'm happy I gave it a chance and kept reading. This is not an Anti-mormon book and the author surprised me by actually writing a moving story about an lds girl that is actually almost realistic. She took time to understand the lds faith and ...more
Liz Pollinger
Aug 23, 2016 Liz Pollinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While playing hide and seek with her two younger sisters,Veronica Swan, who is twelve years old, finds their bodies just after they have been brutally murdered. The killer, Scott Early, is sitting nearby, covered in blood and crying, not believing what he has done. The family are Mormans and forgiveness is a huge part of their religion. Over the course of several years, Veronica's parents, come to terms with the horrific event, but Veronica carries the tragedy with her. We watch as Veronica seek ...more
Rebecca
Feb 23, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I think the author did a fantastic job with the story line. She handles a horrifying subject without gratuitous gore or sensationalism. She does a magnificent job showing emotional aftermath of a horrible crime. You really believe you are in the mind of the main character. That said there was one big problem that seriously detracted from my enjoyment of and wholesale immersion in the book.

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints (Mormons). I hardly recognized my religio
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Marie
Feb 16, 2009 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been sitting on my shelf for some time. I received this book as a gift, and I didn't read it right away because the story summary didn't grab my attention.


However, once I started reading, I was taken with the story. A twelve year old girl witnesses the murders of her two younger sisters while she is babysitting them. In my opinion, I felt the book moved at exactly the right pace. I thought the descriptions and images of the grief were pretty accurate. There were many times through
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Barbara
Sep 10, 2015 Barbara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although I have seen many glowing reviews of this book, I decided not to finish reading it. It clearly was not for me. There was too much emphasis on religion, especially the Latter Day Saints, which seemed to dominate much of the narration. I am certainly not an expert on this religion, but I think there were several inaccuracies. I also determined that this book was written with Young Adults (or younger) in mind because the tone of the narrator seemed to assume that the reader was fairly uninf ...more
Donna
Feb 21, 2008 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. The main characters in it are Mormon, it's set in a small southern Utah town, and it's written by a non-Mormon author, so that was interesting. She got a lot of things about LDS beliefs right, though not everything. The story itself starts out being kind of tough to read with a terribly sad crime committed, and the ensuing tale is about the main character's quest for either revenge or forgiveness (she really wants revenge). So even though it was hard to read at first, it got ...more
Esthy
Apr 05, 2015 Esthy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this at a used bookstore for 25 cents, desperate for some reading entertainment and remembering years ago that Mitchard's Deep End of the Ocean held me entranced cover to cover. Cage of Stars was different. Contrary to some reviews here, I found the plot quite compelling- a young Mormon girl tries to come to terms with the brutal murder of her two little sisters by a madman who later gets off nearly scot-free (the killers name is in fact Scott). She is conflicted about the Christian doctri ...more
Joanna
Sep 08, 2010 Joanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The overall story of this book was pretty good, but I couldn't get over the mistakes the author made in portraying "Mormon" lives. I think that it wouldn't have been too much to ask to have an actual LDS person read the book (before it was published)and correct any mistakes. However, perhaps "Utah mormons" do act like that. There were not any huge mistakes that I saw, just tons of little ones that made the story not ring true to me.
Anita
Dec 09, 2008 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've gone back and forth between 4 and 5 stars on this book. It really was a good read. I enjoyed it immensely. It delves into the repercussions of faith, repentance and redemption of individuals and families after a tragedy. A twelve year old witnesses the murders of her two younger sisters and lives with the fallout with a plan of revenge. An interesting point is that this family is Mormon. Mitchard does a great job of portraying a normal Mormon family and does a good job of describing the fai ...more
Trent Mikesell
Dec 16, 2008 Trent Mikesell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read all the time (and don't even put a portion of the books I read on here), but mostly it's silly YA books that are fast paced and short. That's often my preferred kind of book because I can read it quickly and just enjoy it. However, every so often I like to read something more serious and thought-provoking. My wife brought this book home from a book fair at her school. What attracted me to it was that it is about an LDS family, but it is not written by an LDS author. It is about a girl who ...more
Jeana
Oct 01, 2008 Jeana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-fiction
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Jayci
Mar 02, 2009 Jayci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to determine how I really felt about this book. I wanted to keep reading, but when I was finished felt unsatisfied. Cage of Stars is the story of a young Mormon girl, Veronica, who lives in a small town outside of Cedar City. After finding her little sisters brutally murdered, Veronicas world is turned upside down. Haunted by images of her sisters and their murderer leaves Veronica stuggling to resume her old life. Even more distressing, the girls parents choose to forgive the attacke ...more
Jeannie
Sep 10, 2010 Jeannie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book to review. The story line is based on a young Mormon girl, Ronnie, living in Southern Utah. She is a witness to the murders of her two younger sisters and struggles with her feelings as her parents find it in their hearts to forgive. It is a mystery to many reviewers as to why the writer didn't have a Mormon from Southern Utah actually do some editing. Through the first two-thirds of the book the many pesky little errors become distracting. Although in another way, it ...more
Robyn
Nov 03, 2011 Robyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I 'checked out' from the library on my Kindle. So much better than the first but that is another story. I would have given this one 3 stars for the humor factor but I am so stingy about stars and feel the only reason I would recommend this book would be because it is so hillariously inaccurate.
The author, not LDS, writes about an LDS family who goes through a terrible tradgedy where two of their children are killed. The parents eventually decide they need to forgive the
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Alex
May 25, 2012 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard was an average book. I chose to read this book because my English Comp. instructor assigned it to me and it seemed like a good book. The book takes place in a small close-knit community in Utah. Veronica, the main character, lives with her family in the country. Veronica is a dynamic character.She is very caring and she always helps her family. However, Veronica is faced with the hardship of her two sisters being murdered.

Her incandescent attitude has a posi
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Rosina Lippi
Jan 15, 2010 Rosina Lippi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a fiction subgenre that doesn't really have a name. The kind of novel I'm talking about isn't about romance or romantic love in the first line, though that may be one of the subplots. These are novels that examine the way families work, or fail to work, in the face of crisis. And I mean crisis in the bigger sense of the word. Divorce would be the least of the problems in this kind of book. We're talking accidental deaths, fatal illness, rape, murder, permanent disability, kidnapping, fel ...more
Jessica
I've only read 25 pages of the book, but I don't think I can stomach any more. I picked this one up because my book club is reading it, so maybe I'll decide to finish it. But the writing is bad and while the non-Mormon author is respectful of Mormon beliefs, she gets so much of it wrong. The way she explains LDS culture and doctrine just sounds ridiculous and hokey much of the time. I felt like I was getting an insight into a different religion, not my own.

UPDATE:

Okay, so maybe I was a bit hasty
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Elizabeth
Jul 30, 2015 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely despised this book. I wouldn't give it any stars if I could. There wasn't really a plot line, it was all just a byline for an aggressive Mormon agenda. Instead of creating a story, all the author did was ramble on about the Mormon faith. When she was discussing the murderer, she'd even add (this is what the Mormons do) in paratheses, just like that, after a sentence about A MURDERER.
I felt like I Was wading through a muddy, disgusting river with lots of bugs, and it was all uphill.
H
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Robyn
Nov 14, 2009 Robyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a 'bargain bin' book buy. And I can see why I found it there.

I never actually read Mitchard's "Deep End of the Ocean"--only because I saw the movie first and I don't like reading books once I've seen the movie (I can handle it the other way around). I've heard it's her best book.

But Cage of Stars I found slow. Especially at the beginning. It picked up finally around page 200, but by then, you also wanted to get the point of the vague references to what would happen next to actually happ
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Ellisa Barr
Although this book has some definite flaws, I thought it was a pretty enjoyable read.

I was born and raised LDS, so I am rather an expert on Mormons, and Mormon traditions and beliefs. The book was right in many ways, and totally off base in others. Many Mormon reviewers were outraged by the inaccuracies in the book. My thoughts on that were although the author was wrong about many of the doctrines and customs, she portrayed Mormons as overall good, faithful people. I think that's really what ma
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Vannessa Anderson
Twelve-year-old Ronnie Swan’s life, as she knew it, came to an end when her two younger sisters were brutally murdered by deranged killer Scott Early. Instead of the judge sentencing him to life in prison, he sentences Early to three years letting psychiatrists and psychologists learn from Early’s schizophrenia. Though Ronnie’s parents come to forgive Early, Ronnie doesn’t. She remains in her own prison plotting revenge. Cage of Stars is an excellent read on learning to let go and how to forgive ...more
April
Jul 12, 2010 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting story. A little traumatic at the beginning.

The author seems to have wanted to give an accurate account of Mormon culture, but missed the mark a dozen times in small yet significant ways. Women do not baptize children, you do not take new babies to the temple to seal them to already endowed parents(they are automatically sealed when born) plus if you were being sealed as a family the whole family would need to be there not just the Dad. Anyway those errors and a strange fa
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Frances
Jun 18, 2012 Frances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up...where else...Goodwill...99cents. I had read The Deep End of the Ocean. It was good, but I could never reconcile in my mind the fact that the child was kidnapped in the first place. How do you not watch a 4 year old in a crowd like that. I'm over it now. (sort of) I wasn't sure what to think of this book after reading the dust jacket, but thought I would give it a try. Although it's not listed as a Young Adult novel, it felt like one. It's told from the perspective of a gi ...more
Lara
Apr 18, 2011 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Meh. I bought this book off the bargain shelf at Borders quite some time ago (you know, back when Borders was open...). My mom read it and really enjoyed it, so she suggested I pick it up again. I did, and maybe I was distracted or something when I gave it a try, but I just wasn't feeling the Cage of Stars love.

I will say, the characters in the book are Mormons, and y'all know I love me some Mormon lit from time to time (although usually of the polygamist variety). This book made me realize I t
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Marianne
Feb 20, 2009 Marianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I still think the jury's out on this one...I'm just not sure how I feel about it. There were parts I liked and felt like I could relate too, but then there were other things that I just couldn't imagine feeling. I especially found the level of hatred hard to relate to. I can't even imagine how I would feel if I had gone through the same situation, but I really would like to think that that level of hatred was beyond me, but maybe that's wishful thinking.

I was also bothered that although the othe
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Sara Smith
Such a sad, heart-ripping book about two girls who were murdered and the aftermath for their family. You see something in the news and think about it for a moment, but these families have to live with it forever.
Beth
Nov 15, 2009 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the lessons learned in this book and how the main character struggles to find forgiveness but it really frustrated me that the author didn't research the LDS religion well enough. She had many things wrong that were never intentionally disrespectful but why wouldn't the editor have had a member look over the book first?

For instance when a new baby is born into the family, the father and daughter go to the temple with the baby to have it sealed to them. Another is that the dad wants hi
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