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The Argent Star (Monarchy, #1)

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  14 reviews
What happens when your decisions affect an entire universe?

Ren Argent wanted to be an archeologist and spend her life exploring the lost cities of Earth. But when a new planet is discovered and her father is appointed King, she has to leave behind everything she knows to rule over a place she’s only heard of in legends.

Not long after her arrival she discovers there are ins
Published March 9th 2015
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Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Argent Star is the first in the Monarchy series. The daughter of the "King", Ren is uprooted from her plans to become an archaeologist, and left in charge of a formerly lost planet. This planet, discovered and lost many years ago, has now been rediscovered by her brother, Elian. Although Ren is whiny and insecure, she does grow (some) throughout the novel and fights to prevent an uprising of the insurgents and assassins th
Catherine Putsche
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Argent Star is a YA/SF story set in the year of 2453 and is the first book in the Monarchy Series.

Ren Argent is the main female protagonist whose world is literally turned upside down when her brother, Elian discovers a hidden planet that has been lost for centuries. Instead of continuing her education to become an archaeologist and exploring the lost cities of earth, she is suddenly bound to join forces to help her estranged father who has just been appointed king by the Monarchy to rule th
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"The Argent Star" is the first YA sci-fi novel by Canadian YA fantasy / mystery author D.L. Miles, published under the pen-name of Emerson Fray, and part of the "Monarchy" series.

Warning: this book does end ambiguously and fairly abruptly, as it is of course part of a series, hence the cliff-hanger to make you want more! However, I feel that it is still enjoyable as a stand-alone read as long as you are happy to draw your own conclusions on how the proposed resolution would actually have unfolde
Olivia Farr
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Argent Star" begins with Elian, Ren's brother, discovering a planet which had been settled by Earth and then disappeared. The Monarchy who rule over Earth are watching when they see that this has been found and quickly place their father, Maks, as king of this planet. Maks has long worked for the Monarchy which has prevented him from being much of a father to Ren and Elian. Their ancestors also bought the rights to name the star around which the planet revolves (funny use of the name a star ...more
I received a copy of this book in exchange for review.

I like the premise of the book--a girl trying to prevent a hostile takeover of a planet. However, I found the execution to be a bit... simple. As characters were introduced, they fell directly into a predetermined stereotype and never really left it. They weren't intriguing and mysterious, and they didn't really grow.

Similarly, the plot was overly simplified when it came to interactions and conflict. Also, Novae was basically Earth 2.0. It lo
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I did a book blast tour for The Argent Star because I liked the concept of owning a star because someone in the past named it. The tour did not come with a copy of the book so I purchased it on Amazon.

Despite the great concept the book was a disappointment. I almost put the it down several times. The world building, back-story and characters all needed a good editor to bring everything into focus. This is the start of a series so I hope that things jell more in the next book. Having said that i
Michael Mardel
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Argent Star by Fray centres around a teenager called Ren, who with her brother, Elian, and father travel to the Novae planet to be their rulers as part of the Monarchy. Ren is at odds with her position and wants to be friends with her minders. She soon identifies with the rebels which leads to more complications. We are led through various scenarios including a dinner with the women's group. Are they the real rulers of this planet? Being book one, there are no real conclusions.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I so wanted to like this book. I mean, the storyline is great:

Girl goes to another plant and save its inhabitants from an evil reign set on wiping them out.

Unfortunately, even a great storyline can’t help awful characters.

I could not stand Ren. She came across as whiney in some parts of the story and almost childish in other parts. Her relationship with her father was nonexistent because she was still carrying a grudge over something that happened over 7 years earlier. The only person that actua
Kristen Canady
My first thoughts on this book was that it was way too technical. I feel like there was so much jargon to sift through, and it wasn’t written in a way to make it interesting. The ideal situation with jargon is The Martian, but The Argent Star is a far cry from Andy Weir’s bestseller. This book also had a crazy and abrupt cliff hanger that feels like he was trying too hard.

The positives were that the scenery was nice and described well, and the writing style was easy to read. The conflict was bel
Derek White
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
*A Copy of this Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*

Within the first forty pages I had already decided on three stars for this book and nothing in the next two hundred (or thereabouts) changed my mind. If I was not reading this particularly for a review I would have given up. There were, however, many good things about it. The main character Ren is interesting and if the author had used the services of a good editor for a day or so the resulting work would, I’m su
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Argent Star has several events that require leaps of faith, something I see in YA more than in adult fiction, meaning that things just happen, gadgets just happen to be available and people just happen to be around when you need them.

Overall I think younger teens, say 12-15, would enjoy this, especially girls. Ren is far shrewder than her brother Elian and outwits the Monarchy a few times, making her someone that younger
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
As of this review, this book can be bought for free on Amazon Kindle.

I saw some of the issues that people mentioned. The world building doesn't suck you in, and it is very much a young adult novel. Ren does mention several times how bogus it was that her family was chosen and that it honestly doesn't make any sense. There was a few continuity issues within characters, but they were minor.

I am hoping things are a little more fleshed out in the next novel. I would like to finish the story, but do
Michelle (Firstbooklove)
I got this book free in an exchange for an honest review.

Notice: This review is entirely from my own point of view, and if you are really interested in reading the book, don't let this review stop you

I felt that the characters, story and locations lacked visual description. Various terms were not explained in a book, which would cause a lot of confusion in a sci-fi book. The plot twist was good as the character was masked quite well in the initial start of the book. Beginning and end of the stor
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hopefully as this is the first in a series things will get better. Did not realize this was a YA book when I requested. Totally my fault. :)
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☀ The Argent Star: A Monarchy Novel [1] - Emerson Fray 1 4 Jun 04, 2015 04:22AM  
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