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A Shifting of Stars

(A Shifting of Stars #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  92 reviews
A squandering emperor. A handsome stranger. A reluctant heroine. And the ancient magic that will capsize a kingdom.

Seventeen-year-old Meadow Sircha watched her mother die from the wilting sickness. Tormented by the knowledge that the emperor failed to import the medicine that would have saved her, she speaks out at a gathering of villagers, inciting them to boycott his pri
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Published May 28th 2019
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Umairah | Sereadipity
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
~4.5 stars~
I had no idea what to expect going into A Shifting of Stars but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did! Honestly, it's the best book I've read in quite a while.

Plot: 4.5/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing: 5/5

The protagonist was called Meadow. She was a poor, young woman still battling with grief after her mother died of a harrowing sickness. A sickness she believed could have been cured had the emperor imported the right medicine instead of squandering coin. One day, she is arrested for tr
Patty (IheartYA311)
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Shifting of Stars surprised me. I'm very picky and critical on books, but I'm impressed with this one.

Writing style can make or break a book for me; if I don't enjoy the writing, the book is unworthy. I enjoyed Kimbray's writing! It flowed eloquently with no simple sentence structure or purple prose. Editing, paragraph and chapter breaks were all on point, along with dialogue transition. The story is fast paced, atmospheric and unique. You jump right into the story from page one, as if you ar
ash | novelly rooted
Apr 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
You had me at wicked prince. I am sooo here for that!! I was fortunate to be part of the gorgeous map reveal for A Shifting of Stars over on my Instagram ...more
Anastasia シ
Full Review on my blog!

*a copy was provided by the author for review purposes*

I was really intrigued with the blurb, I mean a wicked prince, heck yeah!. But also, the cover!!!

A Shifting of Stars is fast paced, atmospheric and unique. It was a quick read and I really enjoyed it. It had an interesting story line and fun characters to read about as well as intriguing villains. It had a Shadow and Bone, feel to it but it really reminded me of Slave, Warrior, Queen by Morgan Rice (Review |Goodreads)
Chiara | _ckarys
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-books
The author kindly sent me an ebook copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Let me start off immediately by saying that this was an enjoyable read! It was unlike many YA books I’ve seen lately and there were some well placed plot twists that really left me at the edge of my seat, so well done!
Something I found very refreshing was that the focus of the narrative was more on family bonds and friendships than it was on romance. However, there is an element of roman
Toya (the reading chemist)
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Review coming soon!
Nargis  Kalani
These bodies—these people—were always alive. They’ve been kept breathing in this harrowing chamber, forced to endure these horrid wounds. Our presence has brought them back to awareness, and their breaths turn to cries, turn to shrieks, turn to wails, until surely nobody who tethered them down could expect to sleep soundly ever again.

First of all I thank Kathy Kimbray for reaching out to me and providing me an e-ARC of her Book.

This book was so unexpectedly amazing and gripping. Literally from
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 🌟

I want to thank the author, Kathy Kimbray, for sending me a ARC of A Shifting of Stars. In no way does this sway my opinion of the book!

My Review:

This is my first review of a ARC in a LONG time, so it felt good to be back reviewing.

Happy Release Day to Kathy Kimbray!! 🎉

Going into this book I was very excited to dive in. The synopsis sounded interesting & so I went full force into it. At the beginning it was hard for me to get into actually, which surprised me. I feel like the world building
Taylor (Frayed Books)
I was contacted by the author and received an ARC. This is an honest review.

I really believe in trying new books that aren’t hyped because they deserve recognition! This was marketed as having elements of Red Queen, Shadow and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes.

I would agree with the Red Queen part but not so much about the rest. I loved RQ so I appreciated how Meadow was similar. I’d venture to say there’s some The 100 vibes in this too in certain parts.

All in all, this book was good, not bad. I’m
Katherine Paschal
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Meadow is dealing with the grief of the death of her mother, causing her to go to a meeting where she is allowed to read a poem she wrote- a poem that was suppose to be about her grief but somehow evolved into her anger over the ruling family, causing others to step up and take a stand. Unfortunately, that is the same time the cruel prince enters the establishment and arrests Meadow for her treason. When Meadow finds herself
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019

⭐: 4,3/ 5

A Shifting of Stars was sent to me in exchange of a honest review.
Meadow is angry with the people leading her kingdom, with hatred inside her heart she goes to a gathering and decides to say some things she kept inside her chest. Unfortunately, guards and the prince himself hears her disappointment and throws her in prison marking her as a traitor. While getting herself out of prison and the prince’s claws, she also needs to find where her father wen
Amna  the_book_witch_of_hogwarts
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-arcs
this book got me!!!!
I loved every bit of it!!!

The magic was suuper good! I’m curious, what else does the author has in stock? Anyways, what’s a fantasy without a bit of magic! The storyline was excellent with all the twists! It reminded me of Red Queen, Game of Thrones and The Cruel Prince. The episodic plot had few rising action scenes where the write had explored different personalities of the characters involved. The setting was beautiful.

It’s a crime if I didn’t talk about the cover! It wa
Surbhi Das
Sometimes important people come into your life and you need to pay attention. For if you don't, they will leave without warning, a huge hole left in their place. And the hole cannot be filled with another. And since they're bot there, you will live a half-life, always wondering what could have been.

First of all, just look at that cover, I mean just look at it, it's so gorgeous and so wonderfully blue. I am in love honestly, with the cover itself, as for the book though, my feelings are som
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist

Ah Kathy! What have you done to my heart. I just finished the book an hour ago and I am still reeling with my emotions. I need the sequel now!!!!!!!!!!!

I have had my share of fantasy books considering it is my most read genre and I've probably come across all the tropes there are. So, when I started reading " A SHIFTING OF STARS",I wasn't expecting new to be honest! I wouldn't say I dislike a cliched trope but to be able to read something different is a totally overwhelming experience. And this
tasya ❀ the literary faerie
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm going to be honest, the first few chapters were a bit rushed? The first chapter was great but after that there were just a lot of things happened and so many characters were being introduced all at once. I don't even know who's who anymore!

When I get to the middle of the book, the story gets even more compelling and I just couldn't put it down! My favorite chapter is definitely chapter thirty-six! It was sooo good and I wish I could read this chapter for the first time all over again! And ye
Sara Zaninelli
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Sometimes important people come into your life and you need to pay attention!”

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The actual rate is 3.7 ⭐️
I found the first half of the book really really slow, a lot of things happen and I actually think some of them have been quite useless.. at least for this first book. I hope they’ll be meaningful in the next one. By the way the second part of the book is far far better! Just when you are starting to think that there’s no hope
Cassie Stearns
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. I love the world Kimbray brought me to. It was brutal, impoverished, and beautiful all at once. There was a consistent hum of fear underlying throughout the book. Meadow is a very human character who makes many decisions (some rash) based off that fear. Her character grows through the book and is supported by other great, and some deceiving people. There was a crazy plot twist towards the last half of the book that kept me up because I HAD to finish it. Now I am too wound ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2019, fantasy

Just finished reading this book after receiving an ARC for an honest review.

What I loved:
* the plot was interesting (it was my type of story!!!)
* the way the characters related to each other and kept me engaged throughout the story
* the imagery was excellent
* the ending!!! (not expecting that at all!!!)

What I didn't love:
* Can't think of anything right now.
♠ Tabi⁷ ♠
this is calling my name pretty loudly
Tonja Drecker
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Magic, intrigue, fights for power, repression, and so much more make this an exciting read, which is very hard to put down. In other words, I liked this read more than I even thought I would.

The main character Meadow has a wonderful balance between extremes. She's head-strong and takes amazing risks, and yet, she can be lost, unsure and in over her head. Her strength and will change as the circumstances change, which made her easy to relate to and like. While she is a strong character, she is no
Jan farnworth
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, how do I put into to words what an amazing, unique, twist-filled story this is? To set the scene for you we have a teenager who is desperate to make a greedy ruler pay for the death of her mother. Meadow believes they are a cure that the Emperor is refusing to import and as a result, everyone is dying from a wilting sickness. Meadow is a character that strives to avoid danger and at times is lost in panic-stricken episodes. Which is unique in itself seeing a character that has a condition m ...more
Patrice Gotting - #prdgreads
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had no idea what to expect going into this but I was intrigued by the synopsis.

Meadow is a young woman still dealing with the grief caused by losing her mother the year before, she goes to a gathering of story tellers to get it all off her chest in the hopes of easing her sadness a little, yet she had no idea that the people she meets and the actions she takes will change the course of her life forever.

The world building in this was amazing, the writing style was perfect and flowed really w
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. I loved this book; the characters and the beautiful cover. Highly recommend. 💕💕💕💕💕
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Meadow is stilling grieving her mother’s death. Her mother died a year ago from the wilting sickness. Meadow is mostly upset as her mother’s life could have been spared if the emperor would have had the medicine needed to save her mother imported. She blames the emperor for her mother’s death and wants revenge.

After speaking out against the emperor Meadow is arrested and sent to jail to be punished. She meets this nice young man who helps her escape. Meadow with this young man’s help spend thei
Justine Barr
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Shifting of Stars is not what you expect from a current fantasy YA novel.

Yes, Meadow Sircha is a reluctant heroine who may be “the one” to save her people, but Kathy Kimbray is able to maintain Meadow’s “normal girl” appeal throughout the story. Meadow makes lots of mistakes, constantly puts herself in danger, and often jeopardizes the well thought out plans of others.

Yes, there is magic in this story, but it is a part of the periphery instead of being front and center. It is barely explaine
gwendalyn _books_
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review Coming Soon ✨✨
Ivonski Rebel
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Shifting of Stars was captivating from the beginning. I loved being immersed in this fantasy world, being introduced to unique and loveable characters with some very engaging plot twists! One of the best YA books I've read in a long time, which was a delightful surprise, and I already can't wait for the next one. ...more
I feel like it’s been forever since I last rated a book a 5/5 but I think A Shifting of Stars really deserves it


In this story, it’s been a year since Meadow’s mother died of the wilting sickness and still her grief has a hold on her. It’s because of this that she’s finally found the courage to do something about it. And it starts by sneaking along the streets after hours, hoping that the King’s guards do
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pub-2019
*I received a finished copy of this book in exchange for participating in this blog tour and giving an honest review.*

This book starts a year after our main character Meadow has lost her mother to sickness. Her best friend Anai suggests that she attends a gathering, a place where people share stories and poems. Whilst there, Meadow loses her composure and begins speaking out against the emperor. Unfortunately, the emperor’s eldest son Malthe overhears what she says and has her arrested for treas
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A big thank you to Caffeine Blog Tours for allowing me to take part in the blog tour, and to Kathy Kimbray for sending me a free copy of the novel. This did not affect my opinion of this book and the content of my review in any way.

The story was a truly emotional one, with an heavy atmosphere and twists and turns I never saw coming. Each time I picked up the novel to read more chapters, I never knew what to expect, and I was proven wrong even when I thought I knew what could happen next, which m
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Kathy Kimbray is a YA author from Australia. She loves summer, dancing and dreaming up big ideas. A SHIFTING OF STARS is the first book in her thrilling new YA fantasy series.



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