Friday, 14 December 2012

Review: And All the Stars

 And All the Stars
Author: Andrea K. Höst
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Synopsis: Come for the apocalypse.
Stay for cupcakes.
Die for love.

Madeleine Cost is working to become the youngest person ever to win the Archibald Prize for portraiture. Her elusive cousin Tyler is the perfect subject: androgynous, beautiful, and famous. All she needs to do is pin him down for the sittings.

None of her plans factored in the Spires: featureless, impossible, spearing into the hearts of cities across the world – and spraying clouds of sparkling dust into the wind.

Is it an alien invasion? Germ warfare? They are questions everyone on Earth would like answered, but Madeleine has a more immediate problem. At Ground Zero of the Sydney Spire, beneath the collapsed ruin of St James Station, she must make it to the surface before she can hope to find out if the world is ending.

"All for one!'

I started reading this book confused and going back to the same line twice before getting the gist of it. I seriously felt bad thinking about not liking this, but thank you Höst for proving me wrong.

I admit, I still had that difficulty of picturing out some scenes but I was sucked into the story, I can't think about any disappointments at that time. It has one helluvah plot which was completely foreign to me but was blown away by it.

Madeleine, an artist who skipped school was caught in this whirlwind of alien invasion and became the strongest threat to the invaders. I can't imagine the doubts and confusion she must have felt. Not really good with PR, she was suddenly given the biggest load to carry being the strongest from the group. I wish it was explained why she was different than the others though. But I liked how she was written. The undeniable doubt and fear despite being determined to save the world was a kick.

Other characters were definitely lovable, especially Pan and Noi! It felt like they were the icing on the cake with the sense of humor and strong determination.

The plot twist was a twist in my gut. I am passionate when it comes to shipping and it was a blow. I blurted out "ohmygod" while I was in our school's cafeteria after reading that line with full emotions. But I was glad everything turned out okay with the two of them. I was also glad it didn't happen during the battle which would make it unbelievable.

"There were some people that you were just meant to be friends with."

The very highlight in this story was the friendship between The Blue Musketeers. It was tough as a cookie, no invader can break and I admire it a lot. Those survival moments they spend altogether, saving each others ass despite being strangers was touching. Especially how Noi and Madeleine became friends and checked the apartment.

All in all, this is a very good read. If you're confused at the first few chapters, do not give up! It'll be worthwhile. And don't you think having stars on your skin rock? I loved imagining having nebulae all over me.


This copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.