{Review} In Starlight by February Grace***

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{Review} In Starlight by February Grace***In Starlight by February Grace
Series: Of Stardust #2
Publisher: Booktrope on April 25, 2014
Genre(s): Romantic Fantasy (NA)
Pages: 186

Their wish was sealed…was their fate?

Young Fairy Godfather Gus Duncan is living his clan’s unfortunate family motto— Learn to Suffer — to a greater degree than he ever dreamed. The woman he loves is withering away beneath the burden of memory, of one perfect night with him she was supposed to forget.

Facing a reality he never imagined, he must make the decision of his life: shatter the most sacred rule in the fairy code, or lose his beloved Till forever.

Can true love save her when even magic fails?



TheVerdictOnce upon a time (like a year and a half ago or something), I read what was then and is still among the best fantasy books I’ve ever picked up.  Of Stardust was on tour with YA Bound Book Tours, and it wasn’t something I expected to fall head over heels in love with, but I sooooo did.  And then I wanted to cry when it was over.  But then the other day, when I was looking at God knows what book on Amazon, their little “you should buy more books” robot showed me another title by February Grace, and that title was just similar enough to Of Stardust that I paid attention.  And immediately hit the buy button without even looking at the price.

But before I tell you how awesome In Starlight is (and believe me, it’s all kinds of awesome), I have to say that this was complete marketing fail.  I flailed and fangirled over the first book, convinced I’d found something amazing, and I rushed to give it the five star review it deserved.  But despite reading hundreds of books each year and constantly trolling tour sites, retail sites, and review sites, I had no idea that this sequel even came into existence just a few weeks after my review of Of Stardust.  That’s just not right.  It took 17 months for word to reach me that a sequel was out, and even then, I’m sure it was just random Amazon algorithm luck.  The first book had 37 written reviews on Goodreads, whereas this one will only have 6 — after I’ve posted mine.  Seems to me this one was very quietly published and then left to languish, which is ridiculous when you consider how wonderful Grace’s writing really is.  Anyhow…

In Starlight picks up where Of Stardust left off, with Till and Gus feeling way more than they should for each other but knowing that to admit that would be a death sentence.  Since fairies aren’t allowed to “fraternize,” the closest they come to romance is Gus’s one wish being granted, a single night they shared together, after which Till would remember nothing.  But Gus is falling apart inside, having to treat Till as nothing but a friend, and Till’s acting more than a little strange as well.  While their roommate seems to be falling off his rocker, Till is forgetting things, losing entire moments and scenes, her mind going surprisingly and suddenly blank, and Gus can’t figure it out.

There’s a strong undercurrent of sadness throughout the story, and the more I read, the more I was praying for some kind of miracle that would allow Gus and Till to finally, truly be together.  Whereas Of Stardust had a whimsical feel to it, a sense of discovery and the excitement of believing in magic, that magical existence has become a sort of emotional prison in this book.  Gus and Till, no matter what they are feeling, cannot allow anyone to even suspect that they love each other, and it’s killing Gus that Till has no memory of their one night together.

But things aren’t quite what they seem, and Till’s memory lapses are more than just strange forgetfulness; they’re the worsening result of denying her heart and trying so desperately to keep things in the friend zone.  Add in one crazed Fairy, some magical fighting, and that miracle I was praying for, and we’ve got one amazing conclusion to Gus and Till’s romance.

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About February Grace

February Grace is a writer, artist and poet who lives somewhere that is much colder than she would like most of the time. She sings on key, plays by ear, and is more than mildly obsessed with colors, clocks, the Perseids, and science fiction.

She's done a few more or less interesting things in her life, not the least of which include working for Disney, getting kissed by a Klingon (it was unprovoked) and going blind, though she wouldn't personally recommend the latter. She would however highly recommend the doctors who helped partially restore her sight after a long series of surgeries between 2009 and 2011.

Her poetry, prose, and/or flash fiction have appeared in The Rusty Nail Literary Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Rose & Thorn Journal. Her work can also be found in the anthologies Poetry Pact Volume One, Anything Prose...And Poetry, Too! and Orange Karen: Tribute To A Warrior.

Her debut novel, GODSPEED, is a labor of love she refers to as "Literary romance with steampunk embellishments."

Her second novel, OF STARDUST, is a modern, romantic fantasy tale.

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