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Even the stars are lies.
When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.
The reason they’ve never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance’s quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.
Then someone turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance and his family. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent…they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?
"Gripping, mesmerizing, haunting, and perfect. You won’t be able to put it down.”– Brigid Kemmerer, author of The Elemental series
I don’t think I can put into proper words my feelings about Kelley York’s writing. Thus far, she’s always written LGBT young adult fiction with broken boys. But really, that’s putting her prose far too simply. She always writes with an authentic voice that somehow manages to come across childlike... ...more
So. I finished Made of Stars approximately two hours ago and now I'm sitting here at my desk looking up at my ceiling wishing there were stars on it. And I'm processing. No, I'm reeling. Reeling over what happened and feeling more than a little shell shocked. I'm... stunned. Rendered speechless.... ...more
Hunter and Ashlin are half siblings, who love each other no matter what. While Hunter is a quiet and thoughtful guy, Ashlin is more expressive. They decide to live with their dad after graduation to help help him out and to meet their childhood friend, Chance.
But something is wrong with Chance.... ...more
"We’re all made of stars,” he agrees. “We burn bright, then we flicker away".
It’s no secret I’m addicted to Kelley York’s writing and all her lovely broken boys. Last December I read both Hushed and Suicide Watch and I absolutely loved them. They were without a doubt two of my favorite books o... ...more
What did I like most about Made of Stars? The writing; I found a certain warmth (despite the constant melancholy) in the writing all along. Careful, loving storytelling without pretense; it felt like there were no extravagant props (bells and whistles) needed to carry the story along.
This is one of those books that you finish and then sit in that bubble of amazing things and wish that it wasn't over.
Yes, It's that good.
These characters will stick with me for a long time. ...more
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Well, that wrecked my heart, in all the ways that books should.
“When I kiss him, Chance sets a hand in my shirt to hold me right where I am. His lips are dry, but his mouth is warm, and I think… this is how life should be. Chance and... ...more
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A really well written story of friendship and love. I really liked all the characters, and the depth of their bonds with each other. I loved how Ashlin, even though she didn’t get what she thought she wanted, was n... ...more
I really want to write an amazing review for this, it deserves one. It's such an astoundingly beautiful story that will stay with me for a long, long time. Forever, even (I took these characters to heart and, damnit, they're staying there!). Thing is, though, the words to describe the soul deep i... ...more
"We're all made of stars." Und genau deshalb bekommt dieses Buch von mir auch ALLE Sterne, die es gibt. Ja, ich habe ein neues Lieblingsbuch. Und ich will nicht, dass es vorbei ist. Und jetzt werde ich weinen gehen. ...more
I am a huge fan of Kelley York's writing. She makes me fall in love with these broken, flawed characters who I don't expect to love. Made of Stars is an incredible book. It blew me away. ...more
This review originally appeared on my blog, Leeanna.me.
MADE OF STARS is a book that chewed me up, spit me out, and left me reeling. In the BEST way possible. This is not a YA book where there are happy endings and star-filled, easy love affairs. If you like twisty, dark, heart-breaking stories,... ...more
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If I needed to describe this book using only few words it'd be full of surprises. Mostly because I had no idea what's this book about, but I have heard great things about Kelly York's writing so I wanted to get a full experience. I did accomplish that.
For one... ...more
CANT REVIEW PROPERLY BECAUSE I AM UNABLE TO SEE THROUGH MY TEARZZZZ
Chance why did you do that??!!
OMG! THAT'S where it ENDS?!?!?! I am FREAKING out! I NEED MORE! I will be reviewing this on my blog, and will update this once it's been posted.
UPDATE (from my blog)
When I finished this book, I literally had to pick my jaw up from the floor! These were the words I wrote immediately after finishin... ...more
Chance is a constant in the lives of half-siblings Ashlin and Hunter. For as long as they can remember, their quirky friend has been by their sides. They're a perfect group of three. The siblings are ecstatic when they come to their Dad's house for the first time in years, knowing that things wil... ...more
*Thank you Entangled Teen for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Made of Stars impressed me beyond words. I never thought I would come to love this book so much, but God did it affect me. I am still lost in Kelley York’s words and in her intriguing... ...more
Oh this book...
If I were to rate this book on the journey I would rate it a 5++ stars. If I were to rate it on the destination, it would be a 1 star. I want to be fair and focus on 90 percent of the book for rating purposes.
This is a book that had two things that I was iffy about: One of the two... ...more
This is intense and absorbing. It starts out pretty much as a typical YA... teenage half-siblings hanging out for the summer break where they get to spend all their time with their elusive mate Chance. But of course things have to change. Their father is shot, which puts a halt to the extended vi... ...more
It's out today!!! If you love haunting, captivating, amazing books, then this is for you!! Plus, it's LGBT.
Exciting news this week for MADE OF STARS. It just sold to Random House Germany AND it's a Junior Library Guild selection!!! I have so much love for this book and for Chance. <3 ...more
I love Kelley York. I've loved her since Suicide Watch and I also adored her book Hushed, so when I saw this one and read the blurb, I knew I'd have to read it. It sounded like it would be my thing and it was. It was an awesome YA.
The only issue I have is the ending. But at the same time, I actu... ...more
York has done it again with a beautiful, true-to-life story that grips you by the heart and doesn't let go--even AFTER it's over. A must read! ...more
"That's the sort of person Chance is.
He gets under your skin, and even when he's gone, you still feel him there like a dull ache.
A warm memory you can never quite reclaim."
Made of Stars is a book that is part mystery, part coming of age romance. The first half of the story read like any good co... ...more
Actual rating is 4.5
I remember reading Kelley York’s Hushed last year and really liking the ominous quality of the writing. When I started Made of Stars I was looking for more of that and I got it in droves. On the surface this is a dark story full of abuse, tension and even murder but underneath... ...more