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Of Fire and Stars

(Of Fire and Stars #1)

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Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna
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Hardcover, 389 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 by Balzer + Bray
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Emily May
Nov 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, 2016, young-adult, arc
Let's start with the positive: there's an LGBT romance. And also there's... er, nope, sorry, that's all I got for you.

Of Fire and Stars is a mind-numbingly generic YA fantasy novel, and the attempts to spice it up with a lesbian romance just don't work. Take that aspect out and you are left with nonexistent world-building, poorly-developed characters, immature writing and just extreme boredom. If you've read a few fantasy novels, this one adds absolutely nothing but paper to the pile.

In this boo
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Meg
Jul 27, 2015 marked it as to-read
"when she falls in love with his rogueish horse-training sister instead" sign me the fuck up
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
The book's blurb - a promise of a lesbian romance, sounded intriguing. Unfortunately, the romance was the only halfway decent thing about this nook.

The complaints about this book are pretty similar across the board, from the other reviews I've read, and I agree wholeheartedly.

- There was no world building. We are immediately plunged into kingdoms and political situations without knowing what the hell we're getting into. Why is she betrothed to marry someone? Is there magic in this world? Why is
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Emma Giordano
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO SO MUCH. I am 100% filming a video review because WOW more people need to read this story.

If you're looking for a fantasy novel with an LGBT+ relationship, I would highly recommend this one! I can't personally speak for the representation, but to my interpretation, this world's view of sexuality is extremely balanced. I feel the best way I can describe it is by this: The problem is NEVER that these two girls have fallen in love with each other and that's bad because they are
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Sana
DNF @ 31%

I. CAN'T. DO. IT. ANYMORE. I. FUCKING CAN'T.

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SLOWEST BOOKS WITH THE MOST BORING PLOT AND ABSOLUTELY SHITTY WORLD BUILDING. IT IS SO FUCKING SLOW, I LITERALLY AM WILLING TO READ FIFTY SHADES OVER THIS.

I'VE BEEN READING THIS FOR ABOUT A MONTH. A FUCKING MONTH. I NEVER TAKE A FUCKING MONTH TO FINISH A 400 PAGE BOOK. I HAVE NO ENTHUSIASM TO READ THE WORDS WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK. I CANNOT FORCE MYSELF TO TURN ANOTHER PAGE BECAUSE IT IS SO FUCKING BORING.

THE MAGIC ISN
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Whitney Atkinson
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really want to get more into f/f books, but nearly all of them are contemporary, which I'm really bored with atm. I picked this up with mahana (hi binch) and read it somewhat on audiobook and somewhat physically, and I really enjoyed it! As a horse owner I was really happy that this centered around a lot of discussion about riding horses and training horses, so it had my attention there. I also loved the character dynamics, the breaking of gender roles, and the general rebellion of the charact ...more
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
*4.5/5 stars

I will have many more thoughts on this book when I do my video review, but for now I just want to say that my heart feels like it is glowing. I put the book down 10 minutes ago and I haven't been able to stop feeling so happy about the way this story developed and the way that Mare and Denna's relationship evolved.

If you are a huge fan of the dislike-to-love relationship trope, I would highly recommend this book. If you love horses, you would love this book. If you love QUEER FANTASY
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Ben Alderson
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. I LOVED the romance between the two princesses! I literally DIED for the descriptions!

Also i loved the magic in this fantasy novel, so unique and easy to understand. WONDERFUL

WAY to much 'horse' talk for me personally, but thats my only issue with the story!

OH PLEASE I NEED A BOOK TWO
Laura
Nov 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Of Fire and Stars had the potential to be good as a YA fantasy with a lesbian romance, but it all fell pretty flat. Unfortunately, the execution didn’t hold up. There’s a huge lack of world-building and character development. And the biggest problem for me was how a lot of it just didn’t make sense. The plot doesn’t add up. Plus, the adult characters are all very stupid for some odd reason.

Dennaleia, known as Denna, has been promised to the prince of Mynaria where magic is forbidden. But Denna
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, 2019
I LOVED THIS SO MUCH AND IF YOU THINK I'M HECK'N EXCITED ABOUT THE SEQUEL COMING OUT IN AUGUST, THEN YOU'D BE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.
emma
1.5/5

Ah, it’s good to be back. I must like writing reviews nearly as much as I love to read. I’d never realized that.

https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...

Anyway, let’s get into this book. I’m disappointed, yes, but not slump-worthily-so. I received this book in an Owlcrate, and while it sounded liiiiiit and looks even prettier, it hadn’t really been on my radar beforehand. So, no, I didn’t like this. But who has the time to be surprised by me not liking books?



The premise of this guy is sick.
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Samantha
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I didn’t love or hate this book. This book is more of a fantasy romance, with little focus on the fantasy or the plot. The plot is mostly in service to the romance. I didn’t mind that until the end, when the plot, villain, and motivations all felt rushed and characters acted out of character for a few chapters before returning to normal. That was a bit messy for my taste. I don’t feel the need to continue with this series and this was a perfectly good standalone for me.

If you’re looki
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Trina (Between Chapters)
I mostly enjoyed this book. I thought the romance would be the only place where this book shone, but not only was the romance very swoony, we also had a pretty intriguing mystery, and the fantasy element surpassed my expectations.

I had no trouble understanding the world building, but I do think it could have been more developed. My biggest gripe with it is that it strongly felt like the first installment in a series instead of a standalone. Although this story wraps up, it felt like we were give
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Love this book so much!
Faith Simon
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From every review that I've read/watched for this book from many a booktuber, they made it sound like such a soft and magical story about two princesses. That is NOT what I got reading this. I got LOTS of death. No really, so much death.
Don't get me wrong, I sure did get two gay princesses and magic, however, I didn't expect this book to be filled to the brim with so much prejudice. Hearing reviewers say this universe is void of homophobia, naturally, I thought that everything would be hunky-do
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“But some things are stronger than years of lessons.
The draw of fire.
The longing for freedom.
Or a girl on a red horse.”


This was a YA fantasy story about a princess with a fire affinity, who fell in love with her fiancée’s sister.

Dennaleia was a strong character and it was easy to see why she was so scared of the truth about her abilities getting out when everyone
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Ashley Nuckles
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Even thought it took a while for the book to really get good for me, I still loved it!

I really enjoyed that there was definitely no instalove involved, Denna and Mare's relationship was slow moving and slow to start and I really loved that, especially because it was technically against the rules for Denna to be with anyone but her betrothed at this point.

The politics interspersed throughout the book really gave it a good overall balance between romance, action, and info-dumps, so I was never t
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Sonja ✧・゚。★*☾
❝Every time she looked at me, I felt like the only person in all the kingdoms. She lit me from within.❞
emma
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Love should feel like the first time you gallop a horse flat out. It should make your blood sing. It should terrify you. And some part of you should recognize it the first time you meet the other person’s eyes.”


3.5 stars.

I've been hearing mixed reviews of this book all year, so I thought it was finally time to check it out for myself.

This isn't a perfect book. But I did enjoy it. Essentially, it's a collection of YA fantasy tropes: arranged marriages, forbidden romance, shadowy conspiracy
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enqi ☁️✨
When I was seven winters of age, my mother caught me in the hearth stacking red-hot coals with my bare hands.


recently i've begun to read more f/f romance in hopes of finding myself represented in those books. when i saw the synopsis for this story, where two princesses defy all odds and fall in love against a backdrop of impending war, i knew i had to pick it up. while of fire and stars definitely managed to interest me, i didn't expect to like it as much as i did, having read some contro
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 ■©atherine■
Apr 10, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: cant-wait
About a future queen who falls in love with her fiancé's sister.

GAME ON! Just wow.
Danika at The Lesbrary
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was everything I wanted from it and more. A delight to read. I want to give it as gifts and peddle it to strangers. It warms my heart that this book is in the world for queer teen girls. Do you like Frozen but wish it was more gay? Of Fire and Stars. Perfect if you like fantasy or court politics or trying to find out who the betrayer is or magic or starcrossed lovers or grudging-friendship-turns-into-love or... Honestly, I just fell head over heels for this. All the best part of Tamora Pier ...more
Jodi Meadows
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book! I'm not sure if this is a standalone or part of a larger story, but I think it works either way. This novel definitely does stand on its own (though I wouldn't say no to a companion!).

The writing is quite nice, the characters complex, and the worldbuilding very interesting!
rachel ☾
ReRead #1 (2019): ★★★★★

Buddy reading with my fave Brooklyn

Original Read (2016): ★★★½☆

Of Fire and Stars has been getting a lot of negative reviews lately despite being one of the year’s most highly anticipated debuts. Every single one of my friends' reviews contains the word ‘disappointing’ and I can see why. This book promised to be a dark and enthralling fantasy but it is more of a light-hearted romantic fantasy… which was probably why I adored it so much more than everyone else. These sorts of
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Lauren
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
This book was everything I hoped it would be, and more.

I can't even put into words what this book means to me. I want to hug it and never let go. Put it in my pocket and take it everywhere with me. Tell everyone I know to read it.

I just.... my heart, guys. My heart is ready to burst.
Sana
Honestly, more like Of Fire and Horses because the stars thing was just bad (and there are a lot of horses in this book).

Despite seemingly the only sensible adult with a fully-functioning brain being killed way off in the beginning, I was invested in the book mainly because there was a subtlety to it all. However, as soon as the half mark hit, the book just escalated its pace and ended up falling flat.

The political intrigue is laughable at best, the secondary characters get sidelined in favor o
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Tova
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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Taneika
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
The romance was beautiful, everything else kinda fell flat
I WANTED TO LOVE THIS SO BADLY :(
Book Roast
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed it, was refreshingly easy to read, felt noncommittal and beautiful. It was a bit more horse related than I'd personally prefer but if you love horses or horse riding this is going to be awesome.
Keertana
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Rating: 2.5 Stars

I want nothing more than to have the future of fantasy fiction become well-worn stories with women marrying women or men marrying men. I love the fantasy genre and I especially adore that Coulthurst is among the first to write YA LGBTQIA fantasy. But, sadly, I am disappointed to report that Of Fire and Stars is a novel I would recommend skipping, despite the female romance at its core.

For me, one of the main issues with Of Fire and Stars is how completely it throws the reader in
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Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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