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Star Daughter

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  2,112 ratings  ·  734 reviews
"Shveta Thakrar's prose is as beautiful as starlight."--New York Times bestselling author Holly Black

This gorgeously imagined YA debut blends shades of Neil Gaiman's Stardust and a breathtaking landscape of Hindu mythology into a radiant contemporary fantasy.

The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. Pretending to be "normal." But when an acci
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Shveta Thakrar
Nov 29, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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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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Reviews you should check out: Fanna's, Anandi's, Sara's

"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
alana ♡
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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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
Mary S. R.
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
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
August 09, 2020: Star Daughter shines with the half-star half-mortal identity of a young woman, a gorgeous setting among the clouds, music that plays on one's heartstrings, emotionally complex familial relationships, inspiration from the nakshatras of Hindu mythology, and lush narration through a lyrical writing.

Representation: Indian (Gujarati)-American MC, Hindu mythology, desi culture.
Ownvoices reader for: Desi & Indian.
Trigger warnings: Critically-ill father, parent abandonment,
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 😍
Aug 14, 2020 marked it as willsacrifice-maryams-soul-for-this  ·  review of another edition
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
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
☆ 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
sarah xoxo
Dec 29, 2019 marked it as consideration  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
If this book is even a fraction as beautiful as this cover- I'm not ready.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-aug
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. 🤷🏼‍♀️
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
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
Natasha Ngan
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Umairah | Sereadipity
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
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
Lea | That_Bookdragon
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
Rameela (Star)
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Engaging mythological worldbuilding, terrible romantic arc. The latter made the overall experience disappointing. I’d still rec it to folks interested in the premise.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anandi Puritipati
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.

I had quite a bit of fun seeing stories from Hindu mythology and so many of the names that are very familiar to me represented in this way in a YA fantasy debut. But it also made me feel old when compared to the protagonist, so I think younger readers will appreciate this one more than me. Still a fun read and I can only hope for more amazing things in the future from this author.
Chiara | _ckarys
I had very high expectations for Star Daughter thanks to its magnificent Charlie Bowater cover, which in retrospect was probably not the wisest idea on my part. Contemporary fantasy is not my go-to, and definitely not my preferred subgenre of fantasy, given my general dislike of contemporaries. However, the contemporary aspect was not what I didn’t enjoy about this read.

Let me tell you this: finishing this book was hard. If I hadn’t been reading it for #booktalkwithwifey, the readalong I host wi
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Star Daughter is such an important entrant into the YA market, and offers something unique as an own voices Hindu mythology based on stars and their muse-like powers.

While I'm certainly glad I picked it up, I found the reading experience to be kind of jarring with the plot (not to mention my interest) waxing and waning.

Despite this experience, I definitely think a younger audience would enjoy it more (recommended to ages 14+), particularly for those who identify with the Indian main character.
Cindy ✩☽♔
This year's cover models are clearly looking to destroy my aversion to them. So far, many of them have been so on point. I can't even really say I dislike them anymore.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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