14/11/2014

Review: Of Scars and Stardust {Andrea Hannah}




Written by Andrea Hannah

After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she's been dying to leave behind.The memories of the night her sister was attacked still haunt her, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls 'delusions', Claire can't seem to escape the wolf's eyes or the blood-speckled snow of that night.Delusion or reality, Claire may hold the secret to her sister's disappearance. So she returns home, following a series of cryptic diary entries and deadly leads to find out, once and for all, if the wolves are real and if they took her sister.

There are some books that are just so gorgeously bizarre, that you become lost in a world of fantasy and madness. And then there are books like this: which try to achieve that and just leave you feeling confused and disappointed instead.

It's not often I ask 'what's this book about?' after I've read it, but I finished Of Scars and Stardust feeling like I wasn't sure what I'd read. Was it about mental illness, or was it actually a paranormal book with wolves? Was it both? I don't even know any more.

Ever since her sister's brutal attack, Claire has been living with her aunt in Manhattan, haunted by the memories of that night and fearing her home town's legendary wolves are stalking her. When she hears her sister has disappeared, she fears the wolves have taken her and decides to face the past and go home.

Claire returns to a town where nobody believes in wolves, but everyone believes how crazy she is. Most of this novel is Claire struggling to convince people wolves are real, while struggling to believe anything is real herself. And it's just confusing as hell.

Factor in Grant, her old crush who is now – conveniently – a police officer, who wants to help Claire find out the truth, and I was left following two mundane characters on an investigation that revolved around a lot of dead-ends and frustratingly frequent red herrings.

The ending could've won it back, if it made sense of everything that happened, but it didn't even attempt to. Instead, Ella's disappearance was waved away by having her her story briefly mentioned in an epilogue, and every other loose end was left to hang, untied.

There were some interesting parts, but this book tried to be so many things, and the problem was that it tried to be all of them at once. Which meant the end result was a story with no real identity, that flitted between confusing and bland.

"Sometimes, the unknown is far scarier than what's really there."


Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart
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26 comments:

  1. Ah bummer! I like the weird and bizarre but that just sounds kind of disjointed and unfinished.

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    1. Yeah, I think so much time was spent trying to draw out the mystery in the middle, that the end was almost an afterthought, which is never a good thing

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  2. Oh no! Sorry this was such a mess and not at all what you were hoping it would be.

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    1. There were some good parts! It's just overall, my socks were not rocked

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  3. RATS!
    I liked the cover for this one Allie...why did you have to spoil it by writing your review and having all these not so great feelings about this book? THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT.

    I'm joking. I actually feel kind of thrilled because now I know this one just isn't my type of book. A book that's a mess? NOPE! Not going near it.

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    1. See, I'm not a huge fan of the cover LOL. The two girls (who don't look like the characters) hugging in a forest is a little eh. It should be more of a crazy abstract mind f*ck cover. I WANT ZE MADNESS, MAN.

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  4. Oh, such a shame you didn't enjoy this one, Allie! I think the premise is quite promising, although I didn't realise there was a (possible) paranormal aspect to this book. Thanks for a fantastic review - I hope your next read is better. :)

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    1. Yeah, I think in the end it wasn't supposed to be paranormal (I'm almost sure? LOL NOPE. CAN'T SAY ACTUALLY), but it was all just written so obscurely that I could never be sure!

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  5. "Was it about mental illness, or was it actually a paranormal book with wolves?" o_O <--- Jeebus, that must be confusing.

    It's such a shame when books become a tad too ambitious and try too many things at once. Sometimes, on the rare occasion, it really pays off and these amazing stories are created but a lot of the time it fails and it's a shame that this one is so confusing. And with such a beautiful cover, it's even more of a shame. Gah. Thank you for the honest review, Allie! <33

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    1. Dude, it really was. I couldn't gauge what was going on with the story or the heroine, and so I couldn't really form any sort of connection. Plus . . . if it was supposed to be purely mental illness, I don't think it handled the topic well

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  6. Oh dear, it sounds terribly confusing with how the story went somewhere you didn't expect. I mean it does sound like a paranormal, but also a mystery and a bit psychological. A shame it didn't tie up eventually you know? Sounds like a waste. Great review Allie.

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    1. Yeah, my little reader brain was all frazzled and jumbled. I NEED A BEACH READ NOW. Or, you know, not. Since I'm reading Glass Arrow. But at least I'm understanding this book!

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  7. The premise of this at least sounded promising, but it does also sound strange. Thanks for the honest review! :)

    Eugenia @ Genie In A Book

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    1. I definitely thought it was beyond intriguing but theeeeeeen I read it and felt kind of let down. I just . . . I wanted more, you know?

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  8. I hate when I finish a book and feel like I have absolutely no clue what I just read. It annoys me. It makes me feel like the author didn't even know what they were going for when they wrote it. I haven't heard of this one before, but at least now I know to avoid it. Thanks for the great review, Allie.

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    1. Believe it or not, it's actually the first time this has ever happened to me! I think that's why it frustrated me more, because I'm just not used to leaving a book feeling so bewildered (in the worst way)

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  9. Oh NO. That is never good! I don't like when books try to hard, and then are overwhelming but still lackluster. Boo :( Add some extra disappointment because I own it. Well, I do hope your next book works out better!

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    1. Ohhh, if you do read it (and I haven't put you off too much LOL), I'd love to know if you struggle in the same ways I did / with the same things! Tweet me when you get around to it!

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  10. Aw sorry to hear that this one wasn't all you'd hope and it was trying to be too many things

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    1. My next read is going a lot better, so all is not lost1

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  11. I like the quote you shared. Sorry this one didn't work for you. It sounds like it leaves the reader TOO confused in the end.

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    1. Yeah, and it proves this book wasn't all bad! I was just let down because it wasn't what I hoped it would be

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  12. I absolutely LOVE books that are weird and bizarre (Kate Karyus Quinn!) but sometimes they just end up not working, you know? :( Which is unfortunate, because this sounds like it had quite a bit of potential but ended up being rushed over and blown over instead. Thanks for sharing Allie and, as always, fabulous review! Sorry this was such a disappointment!

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    1. KATE'S BOOKS <3333 Those are the ones that do bizarre perfectly. I loved Don't You to the moon!

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  13. Too bad! This is doubly disappointing (alliteration bonus points!) because I have a copy and was really hoping it would be a good read. Confusing books are frustrating books, and your review reminds me of things I've hated about a another book so I can already tell I wouldn't get along with this one. If the ending doesn't even solve anything, what's the point?

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  14. There are some books that are just so gorgeously bizarre, that you become lost in a world of fantasy and madness. ///cough Mara #1 and #2 cough/// I'm sorry this didn't leave a big impression on you love. I'm confused already so I don't blame you for being confused lol. So sory you felt so underwhelmed. I probably wouldn't love this one either. ""Sometimes, the unknown is far scarier than what's really there."" LOL this is me and darkness haha

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