Okay, help, I’ve just read a damn good book on Kindle Unlimited and I think that might be a sign of the apocalypse?
Hear me out!
Essentially, Lost Stars takes place in a universe where a trio of gods fell apart after one went evil, another killed him for it, and the mother goddess prophesied three more children who were supposed to redeem and replace what they all broke.
…but then that never happened.
Until three total disaster teenagers ruin a national festival and save a town through the accident of – whoops! – those prophesied godly powers.
Which would be handy! Except that these weirdos are:
1) A hard-core atheist with big middle-child insecurities, who just wants to be useful to her family.
2) A lovesick mess with an accidental vampirism infection, who just wants to maybe stay alive for five more minutes.
3) A tender-hearted klutz with a sort-of-stolen, sort-of-magic pet cat, who just really wishes everybody would stop telling him he looks exactly like that evil god they once had to kill.
These three are the least qualified people in the universe to be all-powerful demigods. And somehow also the only people I’d ever trust with the position?
They’re charming! They mean well! They’re suitably suspicious of being shipped to magic military academy to learn some supernatural control!
And they’ve all got waaaay more character depth than I expected from a novel with a whopping three equal-caliber protagonists. Like, damn.
And sure: the illustrations are trite and unnecessary most of the time (everything but the chapter header character images should have just stayed, like, website bonus material). The criticisms that this should have just cut the sex scenes and been wholly YA are valid. The pacing in the first half is all over the place. I also presently want to throw two out of three of our love interests off a bridge.
And yet! And YET. Listen, I’m really compelled?
I picked this up because I was told “evil magic school” and “everyone is bisexual” – and both of those things are true!
All the good character work is, frankly, just a bonus.
Reading the next one ASAP. Will report back!
Cannonball Read 15 BINGO: On the Air
(because the scary magic military academy is suspended in the SKY, both for strategic advantage and also so nobody can leave. Which is maybe not quite the air that this category intended? But I’m counting it!)