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The Sun and Moon beneath the Stars

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  20 reviews
After being orphaned and forced to work as a palace slave, fifteen-year-old Rasha decides to end her life, but when she plunges a knife into her chest, she doesn’t die. Instead, a strange, icy power possesses her. The last time it took over, someone got hurt, and Rasha can’t let that happen again.

But she’s got bigger problems. Her twin brother is alive, yet held captive b
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Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published March 4th 2019 by NineStar Press
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Lex Kent
3.75 Stars. This was a good YA fantasy novel. As I have mentioned 100 times YA fantasy is one of the few YA books I do like to read. Although, I have to admit this felt like a young YA novel. Many YA novels seem geared to adults, where this was one for most ages. I have to agree with Joc’s review, I think I would have loved this if I was a teenager. Instead being in my 30’s the characters felt a little young for me to completely connect to them. However, this is a book that I hope librarians tak ...more
Joc
This is the just kind of book I would have loved as a teen/young adult and hopefully it will end up in school libraries. Rasha became a palace slave when she washed up on shore as a 7-year-old shipwreck survivor. At 15 escapes the palace in order to take her own life. The timing is fortuitous in a way because while she is away the palace comes under attack and one of the few people to survive is Princess Adriana who escapes through some secret tunnels. Rasha’s suicide attempt is thwarted when sh ...more
Farah
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cry-me-a-river
I was in my twenties when I read Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone, it belonged to one of my students and after reading up to when he started receiving letters from Hogwarts, I went to the bookstore and bought a copy of my own, Chamber Of Secrets and Prisoner Of Azkaban. One great reviewer wrote a convincing review on The Sun and Moon Beneath The Stars, I pre ordered it immediately after. Then another review made me second guessed my decision, but remembering the amazing time I had with t ...more
mahana
★★★

full review now on my blog!


ARC kindly provided by Nine Star Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Rasha is an orphan who was sold to the palace and forced to work as a servant for the royals. As she's plunging a knife into her own chest, her mysterious, icy power stops the suicide attempt. Later, she discovers that her twin brother is still alive and being held captive by Solaris.

Solaris is a powerful sorcerer who has just taken over th
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Jamie Coudeville
I was surprised by this book, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I really loved Rasha and Adriana. I needed some time before I started to like the boys, they popped up rather soon. But I really love how it ended. I recommend this book to people looking for a standalone high fantasy book with a f/f relationship.
Colleen Corgel
This was a good YA book that I would recommend be bought by my library. It's not a darker fantasy that has been trending thanks to works by Sara J. Maas, which is fine. There's nothing like a good adventure fantasy with LGBT leads and a decent world to go with it. It doesn't bother with all the details of the world, but gave me enough information to understand what's going on and helped form character reactions and such. If anything I'd say that it moves a little slow for a novel that is about a ...more
Amber Lefevre
Mar 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Sun and Moon Beneath the Stars by K. Parr is a YA fantasy novel featuring a diverse cast and LGBTA+ themes. Rasha, a slave with magical abilities, must find her brother and take down the sorcerer who is keeping him captive. Adrianna, a 15 year old princess, joins with Rasha after the same sorcerer has destroyed her home and taken her parents. Joined by a diverse cast of misfits, this book promised to be filled with magic, romance, and adventure.

I'm really sorry to say that the book did not
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Leslie
Shoutout to Netgalley and Ninestar Press for the early review copy. I am getting this review up just in time for its publication on Monday, so keep your eyes peeled for this release.

First off, can we take a moment to appreciate that beautiful cover? Those colors are stunning!

Rasha knows she is sometimes possessed by the moon goodess, but she doesn’t know why. All she wants to do is to save her brother, who is possessed by the sun god. She’ll have to team up with a princess with whom she has a pa
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Michelle
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog

Thank you to NineStar Press for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a real breath of fresh air to the fantasy genre. It took that typical fantasy world building, added adventure tale, and really found a way to spice it up with a feisty group of heroes who don't immediately see eye to eye. These people all come from totally different walks of life and have to learn to overcome their built in discriminations to
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Seema Rao
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bewitching ~ Sweet ~ Enchanting

tl;dr: Revolutions often start small

An orphan finds herself unexpectedly at the midst of a quest. This fantasy novel has the common theme of many recent releases: love and friendship can come from unlikely places. This book was not quite as epic as other recent fantasy novels, and I say that as a good thing. In some ways, this is an intimate story. The main character Rasha is a strong woman, though her character could have been better drawn. A sweet romance is at t
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Tara
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow start to this but once you get into it a great read with strong female MC that you can empathise with and really relate to. I loved Rasha so much, this is a lovely book, I admit the cover drew me in a lot and the world building is wonderful you really get a sense of the culture she describes. Fantastic

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Best Lesfic Reviews
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-teen-mcs
3.5 stars

Magic, possession by fallen Gods, Gods battling to get back their glory, strange creatures and two teenaged girls trying to save their families. This is an action-packed teen/YA fantasy.

Read the full review @https://www.bestlesficreviews.com/201...
Emma Kiely
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to thank Netgalley for providing me an Arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I really loved this book.
When I started it I didn’t really know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised.
I loved both Rasha and Adrianna.
I found the characters really interesting and engaging.
The plot was also amazing so complex and unique.
Overall I gave it 4 stars.
Amy TheOriginalBookishDragon
This is probably one of my new favourite books! While it is admittedly slow in parts I didn't mind as I loved the characters and it was their ragtag team that made this book so amazing. The cover had led me to believe it would be a romance with some fantasy elements but it is so much more than that, legend and magic combine to make a gripping read that I would highly recommend.

I received this title on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Evie Drae
If you’re hunting a sweet, G-rate Young Adult lesfic with some beautiful and action-packed fantasy/adventure elements, then look no further. The Sun and Moon beneath the Stars, by K. Parr and released by NineStar Press, is a wonderful and easy read.

I’m going to beat the dead horse by reminding y’all that I’ve never been a YA reader, and fantasy isn’t at the top of my go-to list either. However, Ms. Parr does such a genuine job of depicting her characters and immersing the reader into the story w
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chloe
This ARC was kindly provided by Netgalley.

3.5 stars


This story follows Rasha, a 15 year old girl, who was sold to the palace at a young age and forced to work as a servant. She attempts suicide, however, her powers prevent her from succeeding. She discovers her brother is alive, and on an attempt to free him, she meets Adriana and three other companions along the way.

After hearing that this book featured a sapphic couple, I just had to request it. The fact that this was a fantasy was just a bonus
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Carol Hutchinson
This was a brilliant adventure fantasy for Young Adult readers, and older readers too.

Rasha and Adriana find themselves in a very unique situation, involving magic, and they set out to put right the wrongs that have occurred in the past when this event occurred before. They have be trusting but wary of those they meet on their journey, to determine if they will be of aide to them or not, and fight for Rasha’s freedom. Many questions are asked on them, morally leaving them with choices to make as
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Vivian
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really wholesome and action- packed fantasy story featuring an lgbt romance! I loved the suspense the author built up in the storyline as well as adding in the growth of a powerful relationship. Rasha and Adriana are total opposites, Rasha coming from servitude and Adriana being royalty. But the unlikely pair form such a close and captivating bond that really adds a lovely element to the story. The journey they endure together with friends they make along the way, in order to save thei ...more
Eshana Ranasinghe
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't for me but I see how others can love it. I didn't really connect with the writing or the characters. The world was interesting but the magic was soft and vague at times. This is a chosen one/destiny story which is 100% my issues with the book, because I personally don't like this set up.

A more detailed review on my blog
https://teatimebookreview.wordpress.c...

Received an ARC via netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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May 20, 2019 marked it as dnf
Ughhhh, the enemies to lovers sounds so good but it reads very childishly. I don't think this is a problem with the age demographic because I've read YA books aimed at younger readers that are nevertheless beautifully written and engaging even for an adult audience. I only got a few chapters in before realising it's better to put it down and not waste more time on it.
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K is a writer of multiple genres, including young adult, romance, fantasy, paranormal, and humor, all of which star LGBT characters.

She received her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2017.

In her spare time, K reads and writes fanfiction, keeps up with way too many TV shows, and dances wildly in her apartment.

She currently works as a teen librarian in Rhode Island.
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