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Curse of Stars

(Diamond Crier #1)

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.

Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace
Published February 19th 2017 by Donna Compositor
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Aneta Bak
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Her parents ran away. They took her to Earth in order to hide her. They knew he was going to come for her one day and take her away. There are only a few Diamond Criers left, and he wants to collect them all, and have all their tears for himself.

The Curse of Stars is full of action, has interesting characters, and a captivating world.

The storyline of this book starts off fairly fast. Only a few chapters in, Sabi is taken from her parents, and the action begins. As a captive, she is tortured and
Alice (MTB/Alice Tied The Bookish Knot)
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I gave this 4.5 out of 5 stars!

For me, this was a great YA Fantasy read. Sabi lives in modern day New York but has no idea her parents have kept this big secret away from her. When her father gets killed and Sabi finds herself kidnapped and imprisoned away in another world, she is determined to not only break free but f
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I'm trying to read more science fiction this year which is one of the reasons I requested this book. Sabi is living in New York and knows something isn't quite right with her family, but little does she know how right she is - Sabi and her family are from another planet. Sabi is the last born Diamond Crier - her tears become diamonds and are the way the current leaders of her planet maintain their wealth and power. Trying to save Sabi, her family fled to Earth with her sister. However, eventuall ...more
Cheryl Whitty
Wow what a great cover it certainly reflects the story very well. Poor Sabi you had to feel for her, coming home from school and finding a stranger waiting in your home that appears to know you. This goes from New York to a planet full of monsters, and a nightmare of epic proportions.
Suddenly being blamed for something your parents did, and having to adjust to her new reality was not easy for Sabi. An enjoyable first book with lots of world building. This is not an easy read, there is so much to
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Release Date: February 19th 2017

Page Count: 316

Star Rating: 4.5/5


Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.

Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier wh
Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
Date Reviewed:
21 January 2017
This Review was first posted on Keep Reading Forward. If you want to see more, check out our other locations as well as here.

Thank You Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley for giving an eARC for an honest review.

In "Curse of Stars," the main protagonist Sabi discovers she is a Diamond Crier when she is captured by an otherworldly ruler and is forced into knowing an entire new world.

I really hate giving this a rating of two stars, I really do. I thought it had so
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A young girl in NYC is abducted and flung into a wholly new world. She's subjected to pain and torture, until she's made aware of hidden magical powers. An interesting adventure as well as a relatively easy read. The characters reach out and grab you, making you vested in the outcome of this morbid tale. There are assuredly high points in this adventure, but make no mistake, this is a dark tale.
Anna (Adventures with a Book Nerd)
They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Well, I guess that this is me breaking out of the loop. Because, guys, I've been trying to read this book for months, I'm serious. I started this book June 11, 2017. And I didn't end up DNFing it because of the actual content of the book! In fact, from the 50% that I read, there was strong well developed characters; an intriguing plot; there was even enough action to keep me trying to read ...more
Arkham Reviews
This novel contains torture, gore, bad language and implied rape. You have been warned.

While I was curious about this novel based on the blurb, it ultimately just wasn't the story for me. The concept of the story is serviceable, but I found its application to be lacking on a number of different levels.

The novel is told in third person and was quick to find its feet, yet became increasingly inaccessible as the story progressed. Compositor clearly has some grand ideas, but her world-building is no
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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This novel is not a cheery story, it is dark and has very few happy moments. To quote Lemony Snickett, "If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle." Curse of Stars is a bleak, action filled book. It opens following the protagonist, Sabi Perez, on an average day in New York
Mark Gardner
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA fans, grim dark fans
Shelves: 2017
I saw Curse of Stars on Netgalley, and I was interested in Donna’s work. The story is a rather novel take on a tired trope: A young woman is something more than she had originally thought, and she’s thrust into a situation where her true hidden talents are revealed resulting in her impressing the first cold and now hot native who just wants her to reach her full potential and rid both worlds of a particular evil that scores of trained persons couldn’t defeat in all the years she was hidden in ex ...more
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.

Curse of Stars has quite the high-octane beginning, with a chase through New York, when a strange man turns up vowing to take Sabi. Once he achieves his goal the speed of the story slows but Sabi is on a different planet, the planet she was born on. Not that she has any clue any planets but earth even existed. She is a Diamond Crier, quite literally one who cries diamonds, and more than that she is the last of her kind.

Sabi is trapped in a cel
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
The was a good dark fantasy. The pace of the story was fast and entertaining. The characters were well written and interesting. There was a lot of action. I really enjoyed reading this. A great for anyone who likes fantasy. I received an ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Sabi Perez along with her parents and little sister find themselves on the run from a man from another world. Sabi has no idea why this man is chasing them or what he wants. Sabi soon learns that she is a diamond crier and that this man, Jeviar wants her tears.

Later Sabi finds herself in a cell with another girl Anya whose tears this guy Jeviar is taking as well. She finds out that they are not the only ones that Jeviar has taken. Sabi finds out later that Jeviar has more in store for her than
Samantha Bilodeau
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy
Now, I am a fan of science fiction and fantasy, so I was excited to read this. One of my favorite things about the sci-fi/fantasy genres is the world building and mythology, which this didn't really have a lot of.

We start off with Sabi, a teenage girl who lives in New York City, being followed by a strange man who calls her his property and threatens her sister. From there, Sabi discovers that she is not from Earth (or, at least, not the same Earth?) and that she has a special ability that was h
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a unique concept. The idea of Diamond Cryers that are a sub-set of humans whose tears are coveted and some even have magical effects is interesting. The way these characters are treated though broke my heart. As they are coveted and numbers are dwindling, the ruler of basically the galaxy imprisons these people and harvests their tears. Sabi’s parents run away with her to Earth when they discover she is a Diamond Cryer so that she does not have to face this fate. However, the ruler finds he ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
In fantasy novels, one of the key elements to a good story, in my opinion, is the strength of the world building and the translation of that from the author's imagination to the page. Here, the author does a good job of that and I think that one of the fundamental reasons for this is that she has kept an element of realism throughout. The world that Sabi is taken to is different, yes, but there is an element of familiarity for the reader to hook into.

As for the plot line, I did find this a littl
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
You can see my full review of this title (and learn more about the blog tour for this book, including a giveaway), on my book blog, So Few Books, at:!

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. The cover was gorgeous and the description sounded interesting. But I just didn’t feel like it reached its potential in the story. Right from the start, bad things happen to Sabi Perez... Things only go from bad to worse though, with very few pockets of hap
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 16%

I really tried to get into this book. The cover was beautiful, the synopsis was intriguing, and I was excited to read it. Unfortunately, it just couldn't hold my interest.

Curse of Stars reads sort of like a first draft. There's really no build-up to the story. It just sort of starts off with a weird guy coming after the main character, Sabi, and her trying to escape him with the help of her family. Her secret is revealed to her really early on, and once she's captured by the strange ma
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Full review on http://diaryofawannabewriter.blogspot....

I love the premise behind the story, it is just so unique. The magic, the world, everything is amazing. All this greatness gets lost in the writing for me. I just could not connect to it.
Amy Shannon
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dangerously devouring!

A crier. No, a crier whose tears are diamonds. This is a very interesting fantasy that is suited to the YA audience, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Sabi is a powerful heroine in the story, and her journey just begins as she is a prisoner. This is an exciting story that will keep the reader engrossed in its powerful words. A unique plot and no hokey storylines. Great read.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Curse of Stars –
I was graciously given this title to read through Netgalley for a full and honest review.

From the title to the cover to the description, I SO wanted to love this book.

I'm really sad that I didn't. I feel it could have offered so much more. It seemed a little tell-y to me at the start, and I felt as though we were rushing through the action with little character to truly draw me in.

I didn’t know enough about the characters to care who the man was at the top of the stairs so early
Emily (Infinite Lives, Infinite Stories)
NetGalley Review
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book was defiantly not what I was expecting at all. In fact, it was so much better.
Overall, the story is unique in a dark, cynical way. I absolutely loved the truth of Compositor’s voice. She doesn’t attempt to hide the ugly truth of reality within the story. She shows it how it is, which is fantastic. Her writing it great. She takes you on a journey that you never want to end.
Tasha Williams
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
:..Reviewed for Red's Midnight Readers..::

I was given an ARC copy via netgalley and have given it 4 stars.

First of all....I love the cover. A cover should catch your eye and make you want to pick the book up and this one certainly does that.

I went into this never having heard of the author and not knowing what to expect from the novel but found myself pleasantly surprised at it's content.

The plot itself is very intriguing and quite an interesting concept, having read nothing of it's kind before.
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I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review on Netgalley.

I went into this story without knowing what to expect. I was agreably surprised. It was a suspensful and magical story. The writing style was beautiful and I put me in a mind to keep reading.
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Donna has been writing since she was in the single digits when she first realized she needed to do something about all the thoughts in her head. After a stint with bad poetry she finally found her way to novels, mainly of the young adult fantasy variety. When she's not cranking out more stories she works a regular 9 to 5, reads anywhere from 2 to 3 books a week, drinks copious amounts of tea, eats ...more

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