First Thought: I got to spend a little more time in Europe - the setting reigns in this book!
In STARRY NIGHTS Daisy Whitney has written an ode to arti...moreFirst Thought: I got to spend a little more time in Europe - the setting reigns in this book!
In STARRY NIGHTS Daisy Whitney has written an ode to artists and their famous artwork, to those who are well-loved and to those who just love to create. It instantly transports the readers to the streets of Paris, the museums housing the masters, and the heart of the pieces they lovingly created. It's a touch of whimsy, a touch of romance, a touch of friendships, a touch of secret underground societies, a touch of travel guide, a touch of art history, a touch of unrequited love, a touch of kisses, a touch of mystery, a touch of art heists, a touch of a tour of the greatest art museums around the world. The twisty bits as we uncover what is really going on as Garnier races to figure out how to fix these most famous art pieces before they are destroyed adds an element to the plot that kept me turning the pages. Some of my most favorite parts of the story were the after-hours in the museum with the artwork coming to life elements along with how real the setting became for me. I love Paris and Daisy Whitney transported me right back there with this novel. STARRY NIGHTS is a fun read with a sweet romance and a mystery to figure out that will keep readers intrigued and looking up artwork from the Masters. It's a bit Night at the Museum + Heist Society + some kind of romance story.
Final Thoughts: Daisy Whitney is one of my favorite authors, and STARRY NIGHTS doesn't disappoint. Although very different from her previous books, it's a whimsical read that I thoroughly enjoyed. (less)
This book was not what I was expecting, but ohmysweetgoodness I really enjoyed it. This might actually be the first mermaid story I’ve read. I picked it up because I thought it might fit into the mythology books I was pulling together, and it has slight references, but was more about the world of the Syrena (mermaids/men). It pretty much pulled me in from the beginning with one of those “girl meets someone who she’s drawn to but doesn’t know why” kind of starts. But it doesn’t end up continuing in quite that way because by chapter two, we’re switched to the boy’s perspective and get a whole new view on who he is. We also get a romance that builds on it’s own and it’s insta-attraction, but not insta-love. I appreciated the alternating perspectives with each chapter, although it did take me a little while to get used to Emma’s chapters being in first person and Galen’s chapters being in third person. Because it switched points-of-view so often, I did feel like each time I started a new chapter it took me a few sentences to readjust my mindset; however, I did like the way in which it was written.
The humorous moments in this book are plenty, and really add to the reader being engaged with the story. Emma is innocent and has no idea what’s going on with the world of Syrena in the beginning (and I do love a feisty and snarky main character) who doesn’t take crap from anyone, and Galen is flustered and confused and trying to figure it all out - both the human world and the situation that’s going on. Galen is just such a good, sweet guy too - the surprise date is one of the sweetest I’ve read. There is also a little sense of political intrigue with the backstory of the division between the Triton Syrena and the Poseidon Syrena and how Emma fits into it all. But it’s the characters that really make this book as fun and engaging as it is. They are written in a way that makes me want to go hang out and laugh with them, but also in a way that makes me totally feel for them as they try to work things out with each other.
I did have a couple of things that pulled me out of the story a little bit, and I’m not sure if it’s because I was reading an advanced reader’s edition (knowing changes can still be made in copyedits) or just some terminology that this author uses, but there were a few wordings of things that threw me off. When I come across something that takes me out of the story for a minute to try to figure out what it means, it interrupts the flow for me. My big complaint, though, is the ending. It happened really fast and made the story feel incomplete to me. I understand the use of cliffhangers at times, but the way this one was done it just felt to me like the story stopped at a chapter ending instead of a story ending. There is too much more to know and find out and be said, so I’m sure there must be a sequel, but it will feel like a really long wait for it because of how this one seems to end too quickly and right in the middle of something.
Overall, it was a keep-wanting-to-turn-pages to see what happens next kind of book with engaging and endearing characters (Galen’s sister and best friend are so entertaining), a touch of humor, a bit of fantasy/supernatural world, and a sweet romance. These poor characters are put through a lot in this story, but I enjoyed going through it with them. I will definitely be reading the next book to find out what happens next (thank goodness she's writing a second book)!(less)