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Tarnished Are the Stars

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  125 reviews
A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher's chest: An illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog -- donning the moniker Technician -- to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner's tyrannical laws.

Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner's son, has never had to fear the law. Determined to earn his father's respect, Nathaniel sets out
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Scholastic Inc.
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
An incredible YA sci-fi book absolutely brimming with heart, understanding, and the power of coming together to defeat injustice. Not to mention it’s queer as hell and I absolutely loved that this book set in the future unapologetically embraces queer identity and the lasting influence of finding a word that helps to explain who you are. Nathaniel is asexual and aromantic, and whether or not he wants to continue using those words is up to him. What matters is the power he gains by having a word ...more
K. Wolf
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I read an early version of this book and it was GREAT, and basically, everyone should be adding this to their to-read lists because it's a great ride full of lesbians and aces in space with cool world-building. Why are you still reading this, go add this book to your lists!!!
Claudie Arseneault
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, aromantic, asexual, ya, sf
DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review. I'm also friends with the author.

cw: abuse, parental death (on and off screen), surgery

Finishing books past midnight always messes up with my ability to write proper reviews, but also... it tells you how incapable of going to bed I was!

TARNISHED ARE THE STARS is a beautiful and incredibly queer book at the heart of which lies the power of trust and friendship, especially in breaking out of abusive relationships. It's fast paced but
Candace Robinson
Lovely writing but I just couldn’t connect with the story. It could also be that I’m hard to please with any sci-fi book! However, there is good diversity and I think a lot of people will like it.
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sharply characterized and beautifully written, Tarished Are the Stars was a look at a too-close-for-comfort earth-like planet and the way the best of intentions in trying to create a better future can go awry. I loved the complexity of the interactions, motivations, and the machinations--nothing was black or white. The characters were my favorite part of all, and they especially shined in the form of Anna, Nathaniel, and Eliza and their entanglements with each other. I love how they came up ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: friend-books
So excellent on so many levels.
Tarnished Are The Stars is a story that revolves around characters who are bearing weights of expectations, who are discussing the good and bad of technology, who are exploring, discovering, or creating their identities, rebelling against the wrong, and building a strong friendship; and are doing all of this on a planet that is not Earth (since it was destroyed by the technology doom) but is filled with something that is toxic to the ones born on there, aka the Tarnished.

The Settlement and
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
Okay, hear me out. I was so excited for this release, and when I saw the audiobook came out a full two weeks before the physical book, I decided to listen right away. BIG MISTAKE. The narrator just didn't work for me. The voices she chose for the characters felt like caricatures, which made the dialogue feel inorganic (which is too bad because it seemed like there was some good sarcastic banter just didn't come across in the performance) and made a lot of the characters seem more ...more
Aug 03, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hello lovely readers! I don't spend much time over on goodreads anymore, so if you have any questions, please reach out over on twitter or on my website! Since advance copies are out in the world now, I wanted to share a list of content warnings for anyone who would like to review them before reading:

I hope you enjoy! Happy reading :)
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Just because someone is not who you expect doesn’t mean they are the opposite.”

A secret beats in Anna Thatcher’s chest: an illegal clockwork heart. Anna supplies black market medical tech to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner’s tyrannical laws. Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner’s son, determined to earn his father’s respect, sets out to capture the criminal Anna. Eliza, assassin and spy to the Queen, has a new mission: uncover the Commissioner’s secrets… but at what cost?

Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
"Forgetting was a privilege for boys without clockwork hearts."

A fun little sci-fi romp.

I feel the cover and title are false advertising because none of this takes place in space, it's more a mix of dystopian, steampunk (I think though I am not familiar enough with the genre to be sure), and fantasy. The writing style is easy to digest and the plot moves at a fast pace. The concept is really interesting with a futuristic planet that has banned technology because tech destroyed Earth, yet most
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a reader who analyzes the story more than the romance between characters. The story caught my imagination and the doctor in me loved it.

A science fiction, a futuristic kind of a novel where the people of former earth now stayed in terra formed new planet. The main city was the Settlement where technology was forbidden by the ruling Commissioner. Mechan was the secret hidden village where technology was used to help people in medical injuries.

Something was infecting the people of Mechan
Kal ★ Reader Voracious

Tarnished Are the Stars is one of the Reader Voracious Novel19 Books ! You can read my interview with Rosiee here!

This science fiction debut is so incredibly special, friends. I didn't expect to adore these characters, but here I am, utterly attached and wishing it wasn't a standalone novel!

Full review to come

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Rec-It Rachel
but like...can i have another one?
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There needs to be more standalone science fiction novels and I was really excited to read this one. It seemed like it was totally up my alley so I was glad to be a part of the blog tour for it. It was an engaging story with great characters and an interesting world.

My favorite thing about this book was the characters and character development. This is one of those books which alternates perspectives. Those can be incredibly tricky because often I like one character more than others, and feel
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

I was so delighted with this book! I am always totally on board for a YA Science Fiction novel. This one had the added bonuses of excellent queer representations. I adored the f/f romance and I loved the representation of an asexual character in the story. So much love for that.

The character development in this book was outstanding. It was so easy to fall into the lives of
DNF'ed at pahe 257
I loved how it began, the strenght the book showed at the beginning, but it got dilluted as the book progressed.
When the 3 players are brought together is like all the difficulties kinda got erased: the one who kept secrets suddenly spills them all, the one who cried for a death kinda forgets about ut, and the one who wanted to please his father just stops.
I mean, I would have believed it if there had been some progression, but it felt rushed and just because they had to be
I don't think I can describe how excited I was when I was given a chance to read Tarnished Are the Stars. I mean, it's LGBTQ+ steampunk sci-fi with a mechanic as the main character. I was in love the moment I saw the cover and read the blurb (found out the MC is a mechanic and hella gay. I'm a simple gal, people.) And when I read it's a romance between a spy and a mechanic and that it's kinda similar to my rarepair that's literally nicknamed "spy mechanic"? And that Eliza might resemble my ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tarnished Are the Stars is a lyrical book that discusses right and wrong, the ethics of technology, and loyalty. Told in a multiple POV style, it's electric when they finally come together. They represent a possibility at redemption, a potential escape, and a chance to become something more. As their lives and destinies interact, we are asked what is the price of community? Of family? Secrets are being kept and a dangerous game is being played in the clouds.

Featuring queer character (lesbian and
Sasha Nanua
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an early draft of this and I can say, truthfully, that it's such an engaging, quick page-turning read, and I loved the multiple POVs and they way they wove together so well! Rosiee is gifted in her talent for words (especially the sci-fi kind!) and I can't wait to read the finished version to see how much farther this book has been taken!

Releasing 2019, read late 2016/early 2017.
Rating: 5 stars
Mari Johnston
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

Content Warnings: physical descriptions of surgery and medical procedures, pregnancy, childbirth, child death, grief, physical violence, child abuse, physical abuse, ableism, classism

Tarnished Are the Stars is an absolute gem of a book. It’s in a genre I typically wouldn’t pick up, science fiction, but when Taylor from Stay on the Page tells me to read something I’m going to do it. And if a book has fantastic queer rep
Jessica | Booked J
Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Where do I begin with Tarnished Are the Stars? Hm. Let's start simple: AM I OBSESSED? Ah, yep! Completely. Rosiee Thor, you have my full attention and admiration. Tarnished Are the Stars is one of the best YA science-fiction releases of 2019. End review. Part of me has been
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable book overall. I became interested in it for the wlw romance, and it was enjoyable.

The plot was intriguing and well realized, and the pacing was good. There was some missed potential with some of the characters, especially Eliza could have done with some more fleshing out, and having her play her role a bit longer. As it stands, even though she justified it in her head earlier, she dropped her facade around the other two a bit too early. I would have loved if she had shown her
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the journey with this book. Sci-Fi is not a genre I usually read, but every once in awhile I get hooked by an interesting premise and expand my reading universe. (See what I did there?! Lol). When I read the synopsis for Tarnished, it gripped me and I wanted it.

This book didn't disappoint and I'm so glad it didn't! The pacing was incredible. I had a deadline for getting this review done, so I'd given in to the fact that I'd need to spend the majority of the day reading to
Oct 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq-plus
Ace/aro rep? I'm here.
There should be an asexual spectrum newsletter just to warn me of all the books
Ari Odinson
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from Scholastic in return for an honest review.

And look, I read a lot, but sometimes, I forget what fun is, but this was a wild ride reminding me of all those heart pang moments to why I love reading. Please make sure you check this book out when it's published in October. If you are unable to purchase a copy, make sure you let your library know they need to purchase a copy because this book is fun, it's fun while dealing with serious topics, and lovely STEM ladies. Also there
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars but I rounded up. I enjoyed this book however I would have wanted some more world building and character development. This story could have easily spanned two or three books and I would have read them all. I want to know so much more about Anna, Eliza and Nathaniel. The plot was fairly predictable but engaging. I’d would have loved to see some more of our villain as well. Overall I would recommend this book as it’s a quick and fun read. I’m looking forward to reading more books by ...more
Kalyn Josephson
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved every little bit of this book <3

The characters stole my heart. I love Anna's bravery, Nathaniel's heart, and Eliza's cunning mind. Thor does such a fantastic job making you care for them from the start, and I was so utterly invested in their stories. Plus, reading about an AroAce character meant a lot <3 Especially watching him discover himself.

I sped through the second half of this in one sitting! I originally had it on e-book which is hard for my eyes, so once I had a paper copy
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Rosiee Thor began her career as a storyteller by demanding that her mother listen as Rosiee told bedtime stories instead of the other way around. She lives in Oregon with a dog, two cats, and four complete sets of Harry Potter, which she loves so much, she once moved her mattress into the closet and slept there until she came out as queer.
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