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A Dark and Hollow Star

(A Dark and Hollow Star #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  482 ratings  ·  301 reviews
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The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret.

For centuries, the Eight Courts of Folk have lived among us, concealed by magic and bou
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published February 23rd 2021 by Simon Pulse
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    Aurora Hi, this is copied from the authors review of the book:

    CW: anger, arson, blood/gore, body horror (minor), death of a child, depression, disownment, d…more
    Hi, this is copied from the authors review of the book:

    CW: anger, arson, blood/gore, body horror (minor), death of a child, depression, disownment, divorce, drug use/addiction, grief/grieving, human trafficking, poverty, psychopathy, stalking, suicide (past, off-page), suicide ideation, toxic relationship/manipulation, trauma/PTSD, racism, violence/gun violence(less)
    Melvyn I would not consider it LitRPG, even though there is a small element that reminds me of this genre.

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    Lia Carstairs
    Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Recommends it for: anyone looking for the queer rep in a Fae world

    Arlo, Nos, Vehan, Aurelian . . . I'm so ducking in love with them it's not even funny🥺😭

    Now the real question is: When's 2022? also plz kill a certain individual who starts with an 'R'

    Because I really, really, really need the next book right now. This is 100% definitely better than both The Cruel Prince and City of Bones in my opinion.

    I don't mean to hype this book too much because the hype can sometimes kill a book BUT SERIOUSLY I LOVE THIS SO MUCH
    Juliana (Midnight Book Blog)
    Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    If I haven’t convinced you to go out and buy 10 copies of this book by the end of my review, I haven’t done it justice.

    Plot: Ok, let’s be honest, there are TONS of book about the Faerie being written as of late, but I promise none can compare to this one. There is a perfect mix of Fae/modern world, tons of different mythology, and great LGBTQ+ representation.

    Characters: Arlo was just about the most relatable person ever. She was unsure of herself, her powers, and her standing in the world. Naus
    Ashley Shuttleworth
    Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    edit 06/20: I'm very excited for the world to meet Arlo, Nos, Vehan, and Aurelian, my chaotic children who've come to mean so much to me, just like this story, which is very long and very busy (thank you final Fantasy) and at times was very painful to write, but I’m fiercely proud of what it levelled up to become. I hope you’ll enjoy it. Also, I get asked fairly often what sort of queer rep is in this, so for your curiosity:

    Arlo—questioning (later to be confirmed pansexual)
    No one is more shocked than me at how disappointed I am with my most anticipated read of 2021.

    I’m heartbroken. But I am also allowing myself the space to be ambivalent about a book.

    I mean, I can’t even begin to describe my euphoria when I first heard the premise of A Dark and Hollow Star. (Though if you want some idea, please scroll to the bottom of my review and take a gander at my yelling and spluttering!)

    “Queer ownvoices urban fantasy set in Toronto with serial killers” felt like someone had
    feb 23, 2021 - happy book birthday to this book!!! now, for my late review.

    I don't particularly love fae. After the experiences I've had with reading about them in the past, I wasn't sure I wanted to pick up a book with fae again in the distant future. But then I heard about this one. Which sounded more dark, more angsty, and (way) more queer than two particular fae series.* AND IT WAS. it was also so much better, if i may add 😏

    *you know what I'm referring to.

    A Dark and Hollow Star follows four
    Lucie V.
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley (thank you Simon & Schuster Canada). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    3.5 stars

    A sidhe prince, a lesidhe guard, an ironborn girl, and a former Fury – they seemed less like a serious investigative team and more like the lead-in to some terrible joke.

    This story revolves around 4 main characters:

    “You mistake my meaning,” Alecto drawled. “I freely admit to all crimes you accuse me of. I did it, yes. I simply don’t feel guilty abo
    Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
    This book has quickly moved onto my To Read list and now looks to be the highlight of 2021 *thank god cuz we all need something to look forward to*


    But hear me out....
    Not only does the book offer an intriguing plot full of fantastical creatures, fey, and murder which is the ultimate book combo

    But it also *seems* to offer genuine representation and not tOkeNiZaTiOn which yall know vexes me to no end.

    The cover looks gorgeous. The plot is intriguing. Featuring LGBTQ+ main characters who fully d
    This book is the start of something special. I knew this from the very first page and the feeling never once faded across 500 pages of action, banter, magic and pining. Following four queer teens caught up in a series of brutal, ritualistic murders and forced to work together to solve them, A Dark and Hollow Star brings a startling humanity to the ancient faerie courts and breathes new life into the YA urban fantasy genre.

    Why is it always so difficult to review a book you loved? I wish I could l
    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Queer kids and fae, that’s all I need in life tbh

    edited june 2020: and now we have a cover and it is EVERYTHING?!?!?! Oh my gods

    Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review!
    anna (½ of readsrainbow)
    rep: lesbian mc with depression, pan mc, gay mc, bi mc, genderfluid side character
    tw: blood, gore, body horror, death, drugs, past suicide, suicide ideation, toxic relationship

    there are like 3 thoughts in my head:

    1) there is no plot, only nausicaä being super extremely gay for arlo

    2) this is like fullmetal alchemist: brotherhood but make it extra gay and also with less war crimes

    3) y'all have no clue how gay this title actually is
    ❀ Alex ❀ (The Scribe Owl)
    See this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl!

    Thank you to NetGalley and Simon Pulse for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

    This was a buddy read with the ultimate buddy reading partners, Katie @ Whispering Pages and (kind of) Lia @ Chain of Novels!

    4.5/5 stars!

    This was amazing. I mean, I expected it to be good but wow. I've read glowing reviews by some of my friends, and let me tell you--it's all true! Honestly, the only reason I didn't rate this book five stars is that I just about n
    Hmm my actual rating is between 3.5 - 3.75 stars. rtc

    Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
    nausicaä if you see this im free thursday night are you free thursday night so i can take you out on thursday night if you're free i'd like to hang out thursday night please message me back if you're free thursday night when i am free

    Rep: lesbian mc with depression, pan mc, gay mc, bi mc, genderfluid side character
    Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    February 23rd update : Happy publishing day to this beautiful book!

    “The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
    A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
    A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
    The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret."

    Oh my god, this book was absolutely amazing!

    First of all, Can I just say that we almost NEVER get (good) fantasy books that take place in Canada, let alone To
    Dec 29, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: arcs
    mish ♡
    Nov 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: arcs
    uHM just got an arc of this don't talk to me eEEEK

    i'm sorry i didn't even finish the synopsis i just took a look at the cover and read toronto like whaaatt 🤪🤪 fantasy set in my city ???
    Salma19 (High Lady of the Dawn Court)
    DNF'ed at 54%

    Regardless of my enjoyment of the book, I am incredibly grateful to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with an Advance Review Copy of Ashley Shuttleworth's ``A Dark and Hollow Star``. All opinions are my own. They have made me lucky by giving me access to one of my 2021 most anticipated releases. Again, thanks a lot!

    To begin with, A Dark and Hollow Star's promise of an Urban Fantasy based on modern-day Toronto full of faeries with LGBTQA+ characters gravitated my
    Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I love canada and this wholesome queer found family. full RTC.
    Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    not this being set in the 6ix 🥴 also arlo made me so irrationally annoyed for no reason. the weakest link in the group methinks

    actually i have one more thing to say—this book made me angry bc of the lack of racial diversity. ur telling me we got 4 main characters and they’re all cornstarch-white? idc that they’re all unapologetically gay. that doesn’t make it inclusive enough. where’s the flavour??? has the author ever even set foot into Toronto? bc the amount of whiteness that saturates the en
    Elle Rose
    My Illumicrate edition arrived this morning and it is STUNNING 💕 I’ll definitely be reading this again soon!

    Thank you NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for providing for me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    A Dark and Hollow Star is a thrilling and addictive blend of urban fantasy and mystery.

    The story revolves around a diverse quartet of characters; Arlo, Aurelian, Nausicaä and Vehan, drawn together to investigate a series of murders.

    “A sidhe prince, a lesidhe guard, an ironborn girl, and
    Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
    I really spent years thinking I didn't like fae books only to realize the existing ones were just painfully cishet.

    That said, if I had to sum up this book in one word, it would be "confusing". I started reading it and felt confused. It was halfway through; still confused. And having finished it, that hasn't changed.

    The one way I can see this being a good thing is if this book was a very long introduction to a series with multiple chunky installments. But even then, I feel like the author could
    Flora⁷ ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
    i'm a simple bisexual, i see a beautiful girl on the cover and i want it ...more
    Dorian Haviliard♕
    Fae *is mentioned*

    Me: *sighs and adds Shuttleworth to the list that already has Sarah J Maas and Holly Black*
    Feb 01, 2021 marked it as dnf
    DNF at 5%

    No one is more disappointed than me because the premise of this sounds amazing, but I just cannot deal with the writing. It's overwritten with clunky prose, info-dumps, excessive description, and giving me nothing to really care about the characters or anything that is happening. I hope others will get on with this better than I did because the concept is very cool! Fae creatures in Toronto, a queer cast of characters...sounds awesome. Unfortunately I just can't with the writing style a
    Jee Hewson
    Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I don’t even know where to begin in praising this masterpiece because it’s absolutely fantastic. Crime solving faes and the biggest UST f/f chemistry you’ll ever get to read, this is a tale that everyone should add to their list because the story will pull you right in and won’t let you go until the very end (and even then...). I’ve read several versions of it and it keeps getting better despite the fact that I’ve thought it was perfect from the start - how does she do it? Well. Ashley is a Godd ...more
    Jun 29, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Me: wow, this cover is gorgeous!
    Me: wow, this sounds amazing!
    Me: wow, let’s add this to the tbr!
    Me: wow, this...... comes out in 2021.

    Jun 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Book: “The Cruel Prince meets City of Bones.”

    Me: I don’t know.... fae stories have never worked for me.... I don’t really want to read another disappointment.... I’ll let it pass.... I have way too many books in my TBR anyway....

    Book: ”Four queer teens....”

    Me: *furiously adds book to TBR while questioning why am I so easy to break*

    I mean.... queer fairies? And a Fury? I’m too weak to say no....
    Dec 17, 2020 marked it as tbr-june
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    2nd read (4th March 2021): I enjoyed this book and everything it gave me the first time, but the second time I really started processing everything it was offering to me and it is giving me so so much. I relate to and love these 4 characters in ways I've never seen myself in a character, and I found myself with so much more appreciation of Aurelian and Arlo this time round because the two of them really have just been roped into this. Nausicaa's mental state is such a reflection of my own and it ...more
    Megan ❀
    A bomb cover? Check.
    All queer POVs written by a queer author? Check.
    A main sapphic romance? Check.

    This book is meeting literally all of my standards and I NEED IT.
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    Ashley Shuttleworth was born in Chilliwack, British Colombia and currently lives in Ontario. They have a BA (Hons) in English Literature, and spent some time after uni living and teaching in Seoul, South Korea. When they aren't reading or writing, their favourite pastimes are: playing video games (particularly Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Zelda), watching anime & k-dramas, and piecing togeth ...more

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