Thursday, January 21, 2016

Review: "Bright Stars" by Sophie Duffy (New Adult, Fiction)

Bright Stars
by Sophie Duffy

Publisher: Legend Press
Genre: New Adult, Fiction, Scottish
Published: February 1, 2016

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Description from Publisher:
Cameron Spark’s life is falling apart. He is separated from his wife, and awaiting a disciplinary following an incident in the underground vaults of Edinburgh where he works as a Ghost Tour guide. On the day he moves back home to live with his widowed dad, he receives a letter from Canada. It is from Christie. Twenty-five years earlier, Cameron attends Lancaster University and despite his crippling shyness, makes three unlikely friends: Christie, the rich Canadian, Tommo, the wannabe rock star and Bex, the feminist activist who has his heart. In a whirlwind of alcohol, music, and late night protests, Cameron feels as though he’s finally living; until a horrific accident shatters their friendship and alters their futures forever. Christie’s letter offers them a reunion after all these years. But has enough time passed to recover from the lies, the guilt, and the mistakes made on that tragic night? Or is this one ghost too many for Cameron?

My Rating:
I received a digital ARC from the publisher through for an honest, unbiased review. My opinion is my own.

Around 25% or so, I was feeling like it was taking me a long time to get through this, but the first 15% of it had me intrigued and around 35% it really started to pick back up. By 60%, I was really interested to see how everything turned out. The characters are interesting and the slow unveiling of everything had me impatiently devouring the book. :) The only thing that I can say is a bit odd to me are all the footnotes. I would prefer a section in parenthesis, personally. (Though I appreciate the tongue-in-cheek at the back about the footnotes).

All-in-all, this book was a bit less dramatic than I expected, though that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. The secret was an interesting one, but I thought it would be something that would come back to haunt (ha) the characters more. This was a lighter read than expected, with a good amount of 'heavy' thrown in to balance it out.

Something to note: This is definitely not a book for those who have a problem with slang, as there is quite a lot of Scottish (and British) slang used. I'm American, but am very comfortable with colloquialisms, so I mostly enjoyed picking up a few more. I did use the Kindle's ability to look up words several times throughout, to be sure I understood.

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