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Star Daughter

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  5,271 ratings  ·  1,475 reviews
If the night sky holds many secrets, it holds Sheetal Mistry's secret the closest. A secret that explains why her hair is the silver of starlight, or why some nights the stars call Sheetal by name.

Stars like her mother, who returned to her place in the constellation Pushya years ago. Since that day, Sheetal has been forced to hide.

But as her seventeenth birthday draws near
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published August 11th 2020 by HarperTeen
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This was a really cool debut fantasy! I absolutely adored the world and how it was brimming with Hindu culture. It was super vibrant and whimsical and just came to life. There were a lot of elements I really enjoyed about the story overall. I found the stars to be fascinating, the star hunting aspect, and the competition and how it played out, and how the competition centred around art and the stars as muses. But, the pacing was a bit off for me. It was really slow as most of the book is buildin ...more
Shveta Thakrar
Nov 29, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
20 Dec. 2019: I just finished my final read-through, and while there's no book more perfectly designed for giving stars to (✨✨✨✨✨), I believe reviews are for readers, not authors. So I'll leave that up to all of you--but I will say I adore this book and am so, so, so proud of it. It is the magical fairy tale of my heart, my love letter to everyone who yearns for more and has always wished to go shopping at a magical Night Market and wants to find their place in the world(s). I hope if you read i ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
since it seems like most of the pre-reviews for this are basically a support group - hi, my name is jessica and i, too, picked this book up solely because of the gorgeous cover.

that being said, i really wish the story inside was just as stunning. dont get me wrong, i liked this. just not as much as i wanted to. and i think it stems from the fact that this story very much feels like a debut novel and there is so much room for growth and development.

the inspiration from hindu myth is fascinating,
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My mother is a star. I am half earth, half of heavens. Cut me, and I might bleed silver. My skin is a rich brown, the exact shade of my human father’s skin, but my hair is long and thick and fr

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"She was nothing but the words of a story, one tale weaving imperceptibly into the next. She was the loom that wove the tapestry. She was the tapestry that joined all things."

Star Daughter is a beautiful story about a girl who is half human and half star, and she must go to the celestial court to try to save her father after he
Miranda Reads

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She was nothing but the words of a story, one tale weaving imperceptibly into the next. She was the loom that wove the tapestry. She was the tapestry that joined all things. absolute disappointment.

Loved the way Sheetal's culture was portrayed in this book - absolutely amazing.

BUT the actual plot and Sheetal's overwhelming
alana ♡
Oct 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
Don't get me wrong the blurb of this sounds good, but I'd be 100% lying if I said I didn't add this to my TBR because of the cover.

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Maryam Rz.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This cover makes me want to activate my (tbh terrible) flirting skills.

Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars.
—Siberian proverb

Emotional book playlist filled with Hindi songs for this adventurous, cute, and gorgeous YA debut of stars and Hindu mythologySpotify LINK

Review to come but, in the meantime, read the author’s heartfelt note because it fully paints what to expect of Star Daughter:

Dear reader,

My whole life, I’ve yearned for magic. I grew up steeped
Aug 14, 2020 marked it as willsacrifice-maryams-soul-for-this
Sees the Indian girl on the cover...
Takes the cover pic & goes to look in the mirror...
Mrin: Nah..she doesn't look like me
Mrin's mom:
I just hope my Mom does not sees this😂
But the expression of the lady was ON POINT

Mrin after seeing the cover...

Jokes aside...I am sooooooo excited for this book!!!
This is based on the Indian Mythology
the MC is the daughter of a STAR AKA NAKSHATRA...
Don't know if it's present in all of India
BUT even now we have "NAKSATRA's " assigned to us during our
A young half-star half-mortal woman, a gorgeous setting among the clouds, music that plays on one's heartstrings, emotionally complex familial relationships, inspiration from the nakshatras of Hindu cosmology, and lush narration through a lyrical writing.

↣ consider reading this review over on my blog.

A young woman is struck to live the part of her she has kept hidden as a secret for so long.

Sheetal, the daughter of a a human dad and a star mother, has always pushed down the heavenly part of
Charlotte May
Apr 21, 2021 rated it liked it
“Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars.”

This was a cute YA fantasy. A bit too romancy for me - but I enjoyed the magical elements.

3.5 ⭐️

So our main character Sheetal is half star. Her mother left her and her father when she was young in order to return to her world.

When Sheetal’s father falls ill she decides to visit her starry family to see if they can help him.

I liked the magic, the fantasy parts were lovely and whimsical. I didn’t like the family pol
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This is honestly one of most beautiful covers I've ever seen in my entire life and, even if I wasn't so stoked by the entire premise of this story, you can bet your ass I'd still buy it just to frame this cover like a damn piece of art 😍 ...more
☆ 4 / 5 ☆

The content of this book is even more beautiful than its cover.

Star Daughter follows Sheetal, a half-star half-human teenager, as she has to drop her act of normalcy to save her father. All her life she’s had to hide her identity as a half-star but she now has to embrace that side of her. When she arrives at the Celestial Court, she is thrown into a competition as a representative for her family and she learns more than she ever has before about the stars, about their powers but also th
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book for review. This in no way influences my opinion of the book.

This is such a delight of a book!
Inspired by Hindu mythology, this is a fantasy centred around a wondrous celestial court full of lavish light and star fire. It's bright, colourful, and full of art, quite literally inspiring the world through its beauty. I loved seeing the appreciation for art in this, and not just your usual types either - puppeteering and embroidery were
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I have read this multiple times now and it gets more gorgeous each time. How is that possible? Each time I read it, I find new moments and lines to love. Honestly, it's a gorgeous story about what it means to be human, the brilliance and pain of it, with magic and music and heart, so much heart, and how destinies do not define you, you define your destiny. I JUST REALLY LOVE IT, OKAY? I can't wait to have my physical copy when it comes out next year.

I was lucky enough to read an early draft
Dec 29, 2019 marked it as consideration
Shelves: ya-contemporary
If this book is even a fraction as beautiful as this cover- I'm not ready. ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: releases-2020
Star Rating: —> 3.5-4 Stars

pure magic


Buddy Read with my Darceyyyyyy 🤍

You had me at Star and Hindu Mythology! Ah, & Neil Gaiman!

Give me some shiny things and a downpour of mythology, and I’m here for it- all the time, every time. A girl likes what she likes. 🤷🏼‍♀️
ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Meet Sheetal, a teenage girl who is a half-star. Being raised by her father, Sheetal has a normal teenage life with an incredible best friend named Minal and her sweet boyfriend Dev, but the call of the stars is getting stronger every day. Finally, something happens to her father that makes her decide to go to the Starry Court and meet her mother again. There she will have to forcefully take part in a competition in order to save her father's life.

First, that cover deserves a gazillion stars. T
h o l l i s
I couldn't describe to you the excitement I felt when I mashed up my love for that cover with the realization that this was a STARDUST-inspired fantasy set alongside Hindu mythology. Except that I was, y'know, excited. But maybe my expectations were just too high?

Right off the bat I struggled a bit with the hyper-focus on Sheetal's preoccupation with her sorta-boyfriend but as things transitioned out of the contemporary, leaving the boy problems behind, and into the fantasy? I was transfixed. Th
Yas (𝗈𝗇 𝗁𝗂𝖺𝗍𝗎𝗌 !!)
Hence the title, this story is about a girl that is half star, half human. A creative trope that I have yet to see. And I believe that is saying quite a bit, considering I have over 900 books on my tbr.

The synopsis spoils plenty of the book, and I will not carry on in doing so.

─── ・ 。゚☆: *.☽ .* :☆゚. ───

This book was good. A fair statement to make, however there is room for growth. I feel like if I wasn’t familiar with desi culture (not to say I am an expert, nor am I desi) it would come up sho
Umairah | Sereadipity
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Star Daughter was a lyrical read interwoven with Hindu mythology that will reel you in and hold you in a starry embrace until the very last page. 

Content Warnings: absent parent, critically ill parent, hospitalization, panic attack, person held captive and tortured

Plot: 3.5/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing: 4.5/5

Sheetal Mistry was a girl caught between two worlds- half human, half star. Her mother was a star who went back to the sky when Sheetal was young, leaving her with her father. All her life, Sheet
Natasha Ngan
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A magical debut full of wonder, wit, myths, and adventure. Reading Thakrar's words is like swimming through the most beautiful imagination - every page is a delight. ...more
CWs: parental abandonment, anxiety, panic attack, brief domestic abuse scene

Rep: ownvoices Indian-American MC + side characters, desi culture, Hindu mythology-inspired fantasy, sapphic prominent side character, mlm minor characters

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I'd like to forget this ever happened :) but I also want to purge it from my soul so here we are.

Okay, it's not so bad honestly. Even though this book was clearly very much not for me, there are still a couple of things I liked so let's start with that.

Jun 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
buddy read with dear Erica and Rushali from
bookmarked group!
2.5 star

So this book is very lush and inspiring in hindu myth and has a lyrical writing. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as it should for me.

~I neither hate nor liked Sheetal. It’s possible because she felt a little uncertain of herself, which is the point of this book.most of the side characters feel underdeveloped. Minal, Sheetal’s best friend, seems to be quickly forgotten once Sheetal makes it to the starry court. She has such a
Lea | That_Bookdragon
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-received
3.5/5 ⭐️

Thank you so much to HarperCollins for providing me with a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion!

First of all, I would like to take a second to appreciate the sheer beauty of this cover. I'm a major cover-buyer and I was already interested in this book without knowing what it was about in the first time just because of it. Then, I would also like to say that this is a very promising debut novel, lyrically written with Hindu mythology. It is sadly not a mythology I am
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
I absolutely loved the concept of this one, I think the execution was a little lacking though. The idea of following the daughter of a star as she discovers her true self and takes part in a competition where she represents her family’s house sounded so unique and interesting. Just the idea, however, was not enough to make me love it. This book felt like it was on the younger side of YA so I might have enjoyed this more if it was released a few years earlier and I could have read it in high scho ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
buddy read with my love, Ashley! sorry it took me so long to read this babe :(( i've failed you as your speed-read bestie!

3.5 (confused) stars

honestly, i was confused for a good 60% of this book. maybe i wasn't paying enough attention, maybe i should've known the basics of hindu mythology already, maybe i'm just a little dumb, but either way i was still confused for large sections of this. i didn't understand some of the star mythology or the magical powers etc, and honestly, i just couldn't get
Rameela (Star)
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Initial Thoughts: This was such a gorgeous novel inside and out! I had a lot of fun and loved the drama and the story!

Full review on my blog as part of the HEAROURVOICES blog tour!

This felt like a blend of my favorite parts of Star Touched Queen and Stardust. This was a beautiful blend of fantasy, contemporary, and Hindu mythology. If you enjoy lyrical writing, absolutely magical worlds, daughters that will do anything to save their father, relationship drama, and talent shows you'll definitely
Anandi Puritipati
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5, just for that sweet ending!


"She was nothing but the words of a story, one tale weaving imperceptibly into the next. She was the loom that wove the tapestry. She was the tapestry that joined all things."

When I think Indian fantasy, my mind often wanders to the sandstone palaces of the Rajputs, the clang of swords on the battlefield, the chime of ghunghuru and the flavour of all things medieval and royal. And don't get me wrong, these are the things that always make me h
This book can be described in two words: boring, and disappointing.

My entire experience of this book was me chanting to myself "Finish it, finish it, finish it, finish it". Which is really sad because I was really excited about this book and it sounded SO promising!

Me every time I opened the book:

A half-star, half-human named Sheetal accidentally burns her human dad and only pure star blood can save him so she answers the "call to the sky" to find help for her dad in her celestial family. BUT
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