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Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah
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bookshelves: arc, author-to-watch, flux, mystery, suspense, young-adult, contemporary

Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah is such a surprise and an amazing book. I really don’t know how else to describe it. It’s incredibly mysterious, suspenseful and wow, did it throw me! I’m a bit thrown off – okay, I know I already said that but Wow! Holy Unexpected Endings!

Let me just start with this, Of Scars and Stardust is creepily atmospheric, beautifully descriptive and seriously suspenseful but not really in the 'OMG, I was turning pages like a maniac' way more of the it 'creeps up on you in an insidious sneaky way' and sort of 'grabs your heart and squeezes' way. Ms. Hannah’s writing is eloquent and thought-provoking, a true joy to read. The content itself is really unlike anything else I’ve ever read, sounds kind of trite, I know but I don’t know how else to explain it. I’ve never read a book before that left me feeling so uneasy or unsettled – but in a good way!

The main character, Claire, believes that wolves are responsible for attacking her sister, Ella. Claire has an exceptional amount of guilt over this since she sent Ella home from her birthday party and that's when the attack occurred. Claire has a very close relationship with Ella and the night that Ella is found bleeding in the snow, Claire just knows that the wolves are the reason but she’s sent away to New York to live with her aunt. She believes that the wolves continued to watch her while she was in New York, but of course, her psychiatrist tells her she is delusional, as many of the townsfolk also believe. It’s only when Ella goes missing two years later that Claire comes back to Amble to uncover the mystery.

There’s so much at play in this book, and there’s so much I don’t want to say for fear of spoiling it. Nobody believes her and most think she's delusional, including her family. Grant enters her life again and they fall for each other fairly quickly but I can overlook this, mostly because it’s such a sweet romance and also because they did know each other prior. Grant believes in Claire and he’s a fantastic character, probably my favorite. Claire makes for a fantastic heroine, she's incredibly realistic, traumatized, and certainly questions her sanity. It's difficult at times to figure out exactly what's really going on.

The ending is written so beautifully and so amazingly sad. I think what I'm feeling is a sense of sorrow but I'm having a hard time putting my finger on it. I am definitely putting Andrea Hannah on my read list, she’s amazing and I look forward to reading more from her.

I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

September 22, 2014 – Shelved
September 22, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
November 15, 2014 – Shelved as: arc
November 15, 2014 – Shelved as: author-to-watch
November 15, 2014 – Shelved as: flux
November 15, 2014 – Shelved as: mystery
November 15, 2014 – Shelved as: suspense
November 15, 2014 – Shelved as: young-adult
November 15, 2014 – Shelved as: contemporary
November 15, 2014 – Finished Reading

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