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Sing Down the Stars

(The Celestine Series #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  401 ratings  ·  76 reviews
When they arrived, they spread across the sky like a sea of jellyfish—silent, unknown, alien. When they left, a year later, it seemed as if nothing had changed. But soon, certain girls were born with peculiar abilities—inhuman abilities. An international commission was formed to investigate…and fear began to spread. Families were swept from their homes and, one by one, any ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Skyscape
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Well, this was a pleasant surprise!
Action packed, interesting, well-written, and fairly original to boot!
And to say I wasn't expecting much out of this one would be an understatement. I read the blurb on NetGalley and requested it pretty quickly. But once I got a good look at that cover, my insides froze up & my fingers refused to slide it open on my Kindle. I should know (better than most!) not to judge a book by its cover, but...


Yes, that sounds snobby and awful, but I wanna cry every time a
Holy Shit, this book is FUCKING AWESOME!!

I have to admit. This might be the first NetGalley ARC that I was totally blown away by. The writing is beautiful and the characters are real like. I totally tuned out the world when I opened this gem up on my tablet. I could not put it down. I have already added it to my list of books I must purchase. If you like sci-fi and young adult, you should give this one a try.
Josin McQuein
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my book, so of course I love it. It's also the first one published under my legal name rather than my pen name. It's also the little book that could because it just kept going and going, refusing to give up on publication.

It's gone through genre shifts, time frame and setting shifts. Everyone changed nationality at least once and most of the characters have played musical chairs with their lines. I'm so excited for this one to hit your hands!

Dichotomy Girl
This book was provided to me on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I tried really hard to get into this one, because the premise was really fascinating, but I got tired of forcing myself to keep going with the hope that it would eventually pick up steam. I try really hard to finish the books that I am so kindly given on netgalley, but I finally had to put this one aside.
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I received this ARC from Skyscape via NG in return for an honest review

"When they came, it wasn't with flying saucers or rockets. They weren't hulking monsters or Roswell Greys. They were more like Jellyfish - bioluminescent blobs of goo that spread out across the sky. The brought the rain...

umm, ugh....errr. okay.

Let's go straight to the plot:

"Since the Great Illusion, anything different was in danger of being called alien. To be touched was to be more than human, but somehow less than
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Skyscape

Publishing Date: October 2015

ISBN: 9781503946569

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.4/5

Publisher Description: When they arrived, they spread across the sky like a sea of jellyfish—silent, unknown, alien. When they left, a year later, it seemed as if nothing had changed. But soon, certain girls were born with peculiar abilities—inhuman abilities. An international commission was formed to investigate…and fear began to spread. Families were swept from
Luck brought me to this book. I had just registered for Netgalley, and I wanted to request a book (because the people with ARCs always seem so cool) - this happened to be the first book I saw with the book granted on request.

I’ll be honest. If not for the novelty of ARCs, I would not have read it. The cover isn’t all that pretty, and the description practically promises a Speshul Girl with a Speshul Destiny who will probably have anger management issues. What can I say? The YA market isn’t exac
**I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Wow. I wasn't sure about this book at first because the premise was a bit strange. There are these alien jellyfish-looking things that come to Earth and apparently cause abilities in girl children born during their appearance. Wind, water, fire, earth...all elements that these "touched" children can control. Penn (aka Penelope) is a fifth born daughter, a Celestine. She can call down the stars in a blaze o
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's The Darkest Minds but with a circus train. I don't know which series came out first. I didn't like The Darkest Minds, either.

Don't read if you know anything about physics. Like....anything, at all. There's too much suspension of disbelief required, with some slow blinking and deep sighing involved. I'm still puzzling out some parts, trying to make it work.

Just a little silly point I spent too much time thinking about: at one point the narrator mentions the "kinetic weight of the air" increa
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book from the author. This does not affect my opinion of the book. I also purchased a copy of the audiobook.

This book was such a hodgepodge of things that I'm not really sure where to start. I liked it, but if I'm being honest, I'm still more than a little confused about it. But based on the way it read -- or the way I listened, rather :) -- it sounds like it's the first book in a series, so I guess it's okay to be a little confused.

With Sing Down the Stars, ther
Ashley (Bound to Love YA)
3.5 Stars
This book left me with mixed feelings. On one hand, I loved the intricate world that the author built - I mean, there are even worlds within worlds. There's a dystopian-post-alien-invasion Earth, a faux-Victorian atmosphere, and an eerie circus all rolled into one. There's a little something for everyone: Magic, sci-fi, elementals straight out of Avatar the Last Airbender... I'm not even really sure if there's anything out there to confidently compare it to.

What got under my skin, thou
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from the Publisher, Skyscape and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Visited by aliens that spread across the sky and a year later they left as suddenly as they appeared. Then girls were born with peculiar and inhuman abilities. In fear, a commission was created to investigate. Families would disappear and any girl that was found to be different would never be seen again.

Penn and her four sisters were all born with special powers. Their father created a circus that kept
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great new young teen series that has fantasy, science fiction and magic combined to charm the most reluctant reader. When the earth was circled by alien ship the newborn children were born with some hidden powers. Society becomes afraid of the children and sends wardens to collect them and hold them in prisons. Penn and her sisters live in THE SHOW, a magical circus that travels. When the wardens raid the train and takes prisoners the fight becomes personal to Penn and she unleashes he ...more
Tanya Roberts-boeske
This book had me from the beginning. Fast paced, well developed characters that you become attached to from the get-go. Interesting beyond compare, and a thrilling new world that I haven't seen before. Love Love Love it! I am anxious for the next book, so L.J. put your wonderful powers of writing in action and get us more more MORE! ...more
Lolly's Library
3.5 stars

I've seen some people label this book "derivative" and I'm not sure how they're coming to this, unless they haven't read the book and are simply copying the reviews of others. Are there certain plot-points that are similar to other YA novels, especially in the broad-in-scope dystopia genre? Well, yes, of course. Show me any book, in any genre, that doesn't share similar plot-points to another book in the same genre: it's bound to happen. That said, while there are similarities to other
Jun 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is a hot mess of confusion... Singing down the stars? how? Just please... I don't have a clear understanding of this world and the events that took place in the book, the writing was messy and all over the place. There was no clarity. Penn's power is that she can pull stars from the sky and send them crashing down to earth in the blink of an eye, which really makes no sense to me, especially since there aren't catastrophic results when doing so. At one point I think she moves the moon, ...more
Leigh Collazo

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I'm starting this review with the disclaimer that steampunk isn't really my cup of tea. It is a unique genre that has its following, but for me, it's just too weird. That said, I did not know this was steampunk when I requested it for SLJ review. So I am going to try to be as fair as possible considering I had to slog through a genre I'm not a huge fan of.

WHAT I LIKED: It's unique. Penelope's father, Magnus Roma, invents these crazy animals and co
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sing Down the Stars is one of those books that had an amazing premise. I loved the idea of aliens as jellyfish-like Medusae that hung threateningly in the sky and yet never attacked. They left after a year, seemingly leaving the Earth untouched, or so everyone thought. In fact, their presence wasn’t felt until girls started being born, girls with the power over elements. Families with girls disappear and whether it is by choice or Co
Shannon L. Gonzalez
Book Review: An Imaginative Dystopian Y/A phantasmagoric tale!
Sing Down the Stars

by Laura Hatton

Its Airbender abilities meets Steampunk tech, meets Hunger Games Government, meets Divergent females, meets Alien influence and its all wrapped up in one novel. Author Laura Hatton writes a fantastic tale about Penn who was born a Celestine. Aliens came to Earth hovering above in the atmosphere but never landing on terra firma. Then they left and it began to rain. No one knew there was something in th
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the upsurge of young adult books currently being made into movies, I decided to see what the level of offering is at the moment-and was not disappointed.
The 5th daughter shouldn't be. After the jellyfish-like aliens hung in the sky for a year causing human hysteria, they left; seemingly without effect. Certain children were then born with abilities. Abilities to manipulate elements. Certainly something the wardens want checked and under their control. Magnus and Iva Roma have four special d
I received a digital copy of the book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sing Down the Stars was an amazing and well-written book. I really liked the plot and how it had enough twists and turns to keep me interested for its entire duration.

It centres around Penn, the daughter of the ringmaster (and creator) of a famous Circus, the Show, and a girl with the ability to sing down the stars, literally. That is the aftermath of an alien invasion that caused a lot of chi
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My first impression of this book...

Oh my...I loved the description...I hated the cover! I have such a fondness for dystopian fantasies and the moment I really began reading and focusing on the clever and sometimes scary creatures in this book...I loved it.

What was going through my head as I read this book...

This family of daughters is in hiding but they are hiding in plain sight! These jelly fish like alien creatures sort of came down from the sky...actually hovered in the sky...and while they
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jellyfish aliens that send rain down from the sky, unique powers that give their bearers abilities to control the elements, metal creature that come to life, and a dangerous group trying to study and dissect them all... interested yet?!

Sing Down the Stars is an epic story filled with intrigue, a fresh storyline, and unbelievable fun characters. Pen is the fifth daughter of Magus, the metal man. She is also compatible of calling down fire from the sky, though it's not perfected yet. Forced to be
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone! Okay, those who like original, fantastical, sci-fi fiction
I have no words. I absolutely loved this book. It had a sympathetic protagonist who grew throughout the book, a unique world, fully-fledged characters, and great pacing. It's part fantasy, sci-fi, Techpunk (my term for a modern-type of Steampunk), thrown into a modern or slightly futuristic world. I'm sorry, but I cannot be objective about Sing Down the Stars. It's probably not perfect but I don't care, the only thing I can even remember is the action at the beginning felt muddled to me. That's ...more
roxi Net
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So cool!!! Carnie life, aliens, the supernatural and kinda steampunk mixed together made a very cool read and I know I'll re-read the book since I devoured it most-likely missing a few things (you know how it is).

Penn (Penelope) Roma -yes, Roma's a hint- is hidden as the only 'boy' among four other sisters in a post-alien visited world. Each girl born after the aliens' visit has a remarkable trait over an element. It's extremely rare for a third girl to be born, much less a fifth girl, which is
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

Sometimes a book resonates with you long before you read it. Hutton's Sing Down the Stars is a DYSTOPIAN scify like no other. I've read a ton of books where the main character has to hide their true identity, gender, for various reasons, none touched me the way Penn's story did. The more you learn about her world, the more your heart will break. If there was one thing I didn't like about it, it would be the way things seemed to go
Henry Lazarus
Penn Roma (really Pennelope) is really in hiding in the magical circus her father built. After the jelly fish like aliens grazed Earth’s atmosphere, some families had daughters with magical powers, and Penn’s sisters each control one of the four elements. But Penn, as the fifth daughter can Sing Down the Stars (paper from Skyscape) and the authorities are rounding up people with power to control the situation. Penn’s father has kept them safe with his inventions and his negotiations with those a ...more
Sep 18, 2015 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition

*e-Arc provided by Netgalley*
P. Kirby
This novel's editor should be taken out and beaten with something heavy, like War and Peace, or several copies of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Why? Because buried in the often bewildering, messy description is a pretty neat tale. We've got a circus run on mad science! Aliens! Fascinating villains and out-of-the-fire and into-the-frying-pan scenarios. Mechanical monsters and android boys. All with a minimum of the usual "Girl gets a crush on the boy and loses most of her IQ points" bullshit.

Once upon a t
Diana Gagliardi
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting world that is unfolding before us as our heroine begins to explore it. 24 years ago aliens hovered overhead, the result of which is that- in certain families- girls are born with power over various elements; fire, water, earth, air. As an unheard of FIFTH daughter Penelope Magnus (of the famous Magnus Circus family) disguises herself as the youngest SON Penn so that her power- Celestine- is hidden from those who want to control it.

Until the Commission comes for all of them...

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L.J. Hatton is a Texan, born and raised. She sometimes refers to the towns she’s lived in by the movies filmed in them, and if she wasn’t working as a professional pretender, she’d likely be holed up in a lab somewhere doing genetics research.

She is also the author of Sing Down the Stars, the first volume in her Celestine series.

Also see Josin L. McQuein.

Other books in the series

The Celestine Series (3 books)
  • Call Forth the Waves
  • Rise Through the Storm (The Celestine Series #3)

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