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Stars In Her Eyes

(Sparkstone Saga #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Burn hot and cold.

Read minds.

Disappear at will.

Dream your own death.

Welcome to Sparkstone University, where some students are more gifted than others.

When Ingrid learns she’s been accepted at the hyper-secretive Sparkstone University, she is sceptical. It’s an honour to attend, apparently, and yet barely anyone has ever heard of the place.

And everyone seems a little too
Kindle Edition, 167 pages
Published May 13th 2013 by Faery Ink Press (first published May 12th 2013)
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
If you're looking for a quick, fun and sassy read, Stars in Her Eyes will be exactly what you're looking for. It reminded me of R.L. Stein's Goosebumps due to its ease of reading and a young woman discovering the other-worldly horrors that await her new school.

Ingrid is a smart, talented student accepted into the mysterious Sparkstone Academy full of other A class students. Everything seems peachy when she meets a vivacious girl called Sunni and is given a tour by a lovely woman. However,
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ingrid has received an acceptance to a high end University that only the best are accepted into. Thing is she never applied to this University, yet she was not accepted anywhere else, even with her high scores and hard work. Ingrid has had a feeling about Sparkstone since she's received her acceptance letter however once she is there and meeting friends and a hot guy she doesn't think its that bad. That is until she finds out that its being run by the Collective and every student is hand picked ...more
Patricia Lynne
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. I found it very light and relaxing. Even during the on the edge of your seat moments (and boy did it have me on the edge of my seat at the end) this story was a great read. The writing flowed easily, although, 1st person isn't my favorite POV to read. It jars me and takes a few sentences to get into. The story was a nice blend of Sci-Fi and mystery with plenty left to discover in upcoming books. I will be picking up the rest of the series as it's released because I want to ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review

Firstly I would like to say thank you for the Doctor Who and other sci-fi references.

This book is about a girl, Ingrid who is accepted into a mysterious university where she discovers some interesting things.

This novel is very fast paced, maybe a little too fast paced yet the original concept kept you wanting to read more and more and suddenly the book was over. There were quite a few questions in the novel and while some were answered other
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I loved Stars in Her Eyes. It was a well written YA science fiction full of wonder, adventure, and strange concepts. Stars in Her Eyes had a hidden alien plot within a functioning university with beautiful descriptions and graceful, celestial writing.

"Sparkstone is determined to keep outsiders out. Or insiders in. I wonder what secrets it holds."

The cover of the book is gorgeous and it reflects the book
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

I really enjoyed Stars in Her Eyes. It was a quick, but action packed fun read. It was a sci/fi mix with paranormal too. I was caught up in it right from the start.

I connected with most the main characters pretty quick too. I thought one of the group, Misty was a bit harsh, and didn't really find out why exactly, but figure more will be revealed in the next book. Ingrid was pretty likable, she was curious for sure, where I would have been scared more than her, lol.

It was pretty short, but like i
Cristina ❤️
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Like I said, this is a good book, but is was a little confusing for me. The story is original and interesting, but is too tangled and there are a lot of secrets and nobody knows anything excerpt Sunni and she doesn't tell anyone anything. It's a little annoying.

Ingrid had been chosen at Sparkstone University and she was a little surprised because she didn't even try to get in that university. There are only smart kids and this is a very big challenge for her. She is a musician and she is very
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-review
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

This book was okay - it had a plot, some action, and characters to fill up the world. I just found that it didn't have enough...body. On top of that, even though Ingrid and I share a lot of the same characteristics, I found her unlikable. For someone so smart, she doesn't really use her head much. That frustrated me incredibly. Luckily this story isn't that long.

Narrated in a 1st person POV from 'heroine' Ingrid, things
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Truthfully the section of science fiction related to aliens was never my favorite. However, after reading the description of the book "Stars In Her Eyes", I found that it would be interesting and I give it a chance.

I read it in one day and at the end I have mixed feelings about it.

On the one hand, Stars In Her Eye is a very nice and pleasant to read. There was a lot of action which I think is always a plus. Also there was varied characters, which from the star were very likeable, with one
Alex Reads
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I notices about this book, is that it is set in Canada. I appreciate the fact that this author did so, because most stories I read are set in the US or Europe. No joke, this is the first book I have read that has Canada as a setting. I guess that the Clare being from Canada has something to do with it. Nonetheless, I love that. The book itself was well written, and the story was well thought out. There is a complex reason for the happenings at Sparkstone, and you really have to ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hardcopy, 2017
This book caught my eye at a comic and entertainment expo near my home town and the book takes place close to were I l9ve so I thought that was exciting and decided to buy it and check it out. This book is short and 200 pages and was a very quick read but it was almost too quick and things happened so suddenly and the were over so suddenly I never really understood what was happening. The overly fast pace also kept me from having any connections with the characters. There were some interesting ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ingrid has been recruited and accepted, even though she never applied, to Sparkstone University - a college who actually seeks only the best and brightest and they are thrilled Ingrid is attending.

Put on your self-belts and hang-on because thus story takes almost from the beginning and it's a roller coaster of action until the very end - which of course sets us up for the second in the series. This was definitely an introduction and you need to keep that in mind because a lot of the characters
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Going away to college is always an experience. Imagine going away to a college you have never heard of let alone applied to, where everyone there is extremely intelligent. That is Ingrid's reality. That and her life is about to turn into something out of science fiction/fantasy.

This novel is thrilling, fast paced and action packed. I did find the novel to be a little too fast paced. There wasn't enough about the sidekick characters, making them feel one dimensional. There was definitely a lot of
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july-2014
I received this book in exchange for a review. Ingrid is accepted into a secret university in the middle of nowhere in Canada. As soon as she arrives, strange things begin to happen. She can't get her new friends to explain to her what is happening.

This book is a very easy, fast read. The book leaves you hanging at the end though. It never really tells us what Ingrid is or why she is so important. I assume there will be another book. If so, I would like to read it to find out what happens.
Zed Whisper
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One word. Fantastic. I am surprised to give a sci-fi book a top rating considering I prefer paranormal romance but this book was definitely worth it. I have just realised there is so much more to sci-fi than I thought there was. I enjoyed the way the story was written, the characters were so realistic that at one point I was just wishing for a change to bring my favourite back (no spoilers :P) but alas, maybe in the next book??? wink wink!

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was ARC

I really liked this book, and it was really easy (and fast) read.
The writter described everything very well, and I've could see everything in my head. It just kept me interested.

One thing that I mind is the time table. Everything happened too fast. She was barely two days there, so I would prefered that there was a little bit more time with her introducing the University and her friends.

I'm looking forward to the next book.
Becky Johnson
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stars in Her Eyes is a creative and well-written YA novel. The story line is unique and the author does some great world building. Personally I am not a big fan of alien stories so it was not a series that I myself would read any more of or recommend to anyone else. However, for those who are fans of fantasy/sci-fi with an alien story line I am sure they would like this book.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-3-stars
I bought the series because, frankly, I was super impressed with the author. She had a hell of a business and I really enjoyed talking to her about how she ran it. I was happy to support an independent author. This has not changed.

But I had mixed feelings about this book. Most prominently, I had a hard time placing this book in terms of its intended audience. It is about college students, but reads more like a young-adult novel in style—except for a couple of references that would go over the
Kelsey Hlavaty (readingwithkelsey)
I commend authors who go the independent publishing route because I know publishing is wicked hard. Marshall’s book was not bad by any means - in fact I think the novel had an interesting concept and could have really worked. It is reminiscent of Xmen in space, which was an element that I actually enjoyed. I did think the novel was an easy read and extremely fast paced, but I think that might of been it’s downfall. The novel could have used another 200-300 pages and I think that would have fixed ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked up the trilogy at the Edmonton entertainment Expo. I knew very little about the series but a discussion with the author sold me on the set. Set in northern Alberta( in a fictional university- thankfully lol), my own home base with liberal references to science fiction, how could I resist? Well written characters, a Good book is one that you want to keep reading even though you know you need to go to sleep. A young woman accepted into a university that turns out not to be all it ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If X-Men and Harry Potter had a baby in book form this would be it. Now, I love HP and X-men, this however was a little too much like the two and offered little unqiue characteristics. In fact the main character even referenced the similarity to X-men.

I also really didn't find a connection with any of the characters, they didn't get any time to develop. I think the plot is good and had more development than characters, however, it is not original. The "chosen one" has to help save a school and
Amanda Evans
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was childish but it's for young adults. There is so much that is not explained and a lot of the explanations are sketchy like they were author trying to answer the question 'why don't they do the smart thing?' and then giving us a too quick reason for why they don't.

The story does have a lot of potential and I will pick up the others when I see them. Suspend your disbelief. that's really the key here.

The characters are starting to flesh out and hopefully they will get better-rounded in the
Aimée Hughes
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
It's okay. I'd probably give it closer to 2.5 stars. I have to admit I'm an adult, so I think a preteen would really enjoy this book (whom it is geared for). It is imaginative and interesting and there are great visualizations.
However, I think it could have been developed more- it all happens rather quickly. Some of it was predictable. I debated whether I wanted to read the 2nd one- there was some appeal to do so, but in the end, I decided I'd rather find something else to read.
Steph And Dani {A Walk on Words}
Stars In Her Eyes (Sparkstone Saga #1) by Clare C. Marshall
Steph's Rating: 4 stars
Overall Rating: 4 stars

Steph's Review:

I'm usually not a big sci-fi fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed Stars In Her Eyes. While this is not Clare Marshall's debut book, it is the introduction to her new series: Sparkstone Saga. I felt this was an adequate beginning to her new realm, and if you are looking for a quick and easy read, this is for you!

Ingrid has been accepted into the prestigious Sparkstone University in
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

When I first heard of this book I knew I had to read it the combination of a boarding school and sci-fi elements sounded really original and interesting. It took me some time to finally read this book. After reading it I can conclude the blurb sounds better then this book actually is.

One of the most prominent thughts I had when reading this book was that it would've been great as a movie. The book is fast paced and filled with action and there's
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

I reviewed Clare C. Marshall's Within early this year for its blog tour. When I found out that she's holding a blog tour for her then upcoming novella Stars In Her Eyes, I immediately signed up. Young adult science fiction. And have you read the blurb? A school for the smart and the gifted... and for those with superpowers. If you've realized, I love anything with superpowers, especially if these are teenagers with superpowers (i.e. Pivot Point and
Faith Simon
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Myra (Pieces of Whimsy)
Review first published on my blog, Pieces of Whimsy

Stars in Her Eyes is a really quick, delightful read. It took almost no time to read but the story stayed with me afterwards, leaving me to think up all sorts of theories and ideas. I really love how all Clare's books have this same unique feeling to them, which is something you don't come across so much anymore.

Ingrid is accepted to Sparkstone University, a secluded, secretive university that Ingrid didn't even apply for, yet it only accepts
Bayan Basri
I have been privileged to receive an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I first read the blurb, I was immediately drawn to the story. I have a thing for aliens, you see. I found the plot mysterious and interesting and when I saw that the author was hosting a blog tour, I immediately jumped at the chance to be a part of it.

The book was fairly short, only 132 pages. So when I say that the beginning was slow, I actually mean the first half of the book was slow.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this book very calming and just a chill-out book.
It wasn't as suspenseful as some of her other books, but it was very good.
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Clare C. Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial-up internet, and yet she turned out okay. Her YA sci-fi novel Dreams In Her Head was nominated for Canada's 2014 Creation of Stories award. She is a full-time freelance editor, book designer, ghostwriter, and web manager. If there’s time left in the day, she devotes it to Faery Ink Press, her publishing imprint. ...more

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