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4.2 12
Young Adult Fiction 4724
Absolutely Lovely
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What I Loved:

This has to be one of my favorite books from 2012. From the first sentence, I was completely drawn into the story, and it never let me go. The prose is beautiful and direct. The world is solidly built, and I could envision everything as it happened.

And the characters? The characters are AMAZING. I fell in love with them. Nuanced, complicated, flawed ... that describes both the main characters and the secondary characters, a feat few authors accomplish. I was wholeheartedly committed to Kai and Elliot finding their happily-ever-after, and I applaud Ms. Peterfreund for taking most of the book to get to that moment. No insta-love. No sudden resolution of complex conflict. This entire journey, both the romance (which is just ... OMG YOU MUST READ IT) and the tension/conflict outside of their relationship, felt authentic and believable. I can't possibly overstate how much I love this book.

What Left Me Wanting More:

Honestly, not much. I finished this book and felt complete. The only thing I might have wanted was one more scene w/Kai and Elliot together. But really, I just felt satisfied. And also, I felt ruined for any other books for at least a week, which is high praise from someone who reads a book every other day.

Final Verdict:

Beautiful, accomplished prose, skillful world-building, and characters readers will love to root for make FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS a must-read.
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