Review: Destiney Risen (Starbright, #3) by Hilary Thompson

Destiny Risen (Starbright series Book 3)Destiny Risen by Hilary Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Hilary Thompson in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Destiny Risen’ is the third and FINAL instalment in the wild and magical ‘Starbright’ series by Hilary Thompson. When I first picked up this series, I just knew that it was going to leave me enchanted and reeling. I loved the exploration of a dystopian society where astrology became the central faith and religion as a way to overcome the dark times that had fallen upon humanity. The past two instalments had taken me on an a crazy and hectic journey that left me eager for the series finale.

‘Destiny Risen’ definitely shone in the “characters” department. There was such a vast array of personalities that there was never a moment were I would feel like the novel was lacking. I loved how in-depth and complex they were, mainly because their richness allowed for the plot to always remain interesting and their contributions towards it varies as much as their personalities.

For every antagonist, there was an equally powerful protagonist, and vice versa. So many novels written have extremely powerful protagonists that dominate the story. Their power is unmatched and they are risen to such power and…perfection…that any antagonist just doesn’t create enough resistance to make the story believable. This was not so in ‘Destiny Risen’ and I am so glad of that.

There was a GREAT plot. It was a solid roller-coaster of an adventure that took me from one place to another and then back again. I enjoyed the constant movement and the quick yet steady pace that the author created. Looking back, I can’t recall ever skipping a page or two. And that’s a big deal to me. The author managed to keep me reading even the slightly “boring” parts and the parts where action needed to be a tiny bit slower in order for a better progress of events later on.

However, the one thing I regretted most was that it had been such a long time since I had read books one and two. I felt like the significance of Astrea’s and Lexan’s journey to the Garden was lost to me, partially. I had a bit of a hard time recalling all the events and the intricacies of the previous instalments. I would highly recommend rereading those novels before venturing into ‘Destiny Risen’!

Hilary Thompson beautifully wove tension and anticipation into each chapter of her novel. There was always a constant on-edge feeling that permeated the novel. Any and all surprises had me shocked even though I should have expected them.

I also loved, loved, loved the little snippets of the world’s history at the beginning of each chapter. I felt that they gave the novel tangibility and really took the world-building to another level.

An epic conclusion to the novel. It had me crying and laughing and just generally loving every moment of it. I did not expect it and was very happy with it!
Congratulations to Hilary Thompson on publishing the epic finale to the ‘Starbright’ series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Aitan’s Revenge (Starbright, #2.5) by Hilary Thompson

Aitan's Revenge (Starbright #2.5)Aitan’s Revenge by Hilary Thompson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Hilary Thompson in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Aitan’s Revenge’ starts shortly after the escape of Astrea and Lexan from Asphodel. First Leader Keirna creates her own version of the prophecy to fulfil her agenda. Aitan must decide how much longer he will pretend to follow her, and what he will do to gain revenge for his family.
Of all the novellas in the ‘Starbright’ series, including ‘Stian’s Mistake’ and ‘Lexan’s Revenge’, ‘Aitan’s Revenge is my favourite. There is something intriguing about heroic villains and their complicated character. We learn so much about Aitain in this novella, such as: who he really is; his motives; why he does what he does; who he loves and his involvement with Isa in ‘Justice Buried’. We also learn of the events after Astrea’s and Lexan’s departure – something I was really curious about. We also get one massive spoiler, I believe. Something that will happen in book three of the series, ‘Destiny Risen’.
This novella is a story in itself. It has its own little introduction, complication and conclusion; yet another something I loved about it.
There were also no grammatical errors, typos or spelling mistakes.
As its novella predecessors, I finished it in under an hour and thirty minutes, making it an excellent quick read.
I would highly recommend reading this novella before reading ‘Destiny Risen’, the third book, and after ‘Balance Broken’, the second book.
Congratulations to Hilary Thompson on a lovely published novella!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Lexan’s Pledge (Starbright, #1.5) by Hilary Thompson

Lexan's Pledge (Starbright, #1.5)Lexan’s Pledge by Hilary Thompson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Hilary Thompson in exchange for an honest review.

Review

This novella takes place during the same time as the beginning of ‘Justice Buried’, the first book in the ‘Starbright’ series. It follows the same chronological order and is written in Lexan’s perspective.
I enjoyed this novella mostly due to the fact that it gave me a deeper understanding as to who Lexan is and why he does what he does for Astrea – why he loves her so unconditionally (even though he will probably not admit it). We learn about Lexan’s life during his time in Asphodel as well as his attempts to get closer to a hateful Astrea as well as his attempts to decipher the propchecy.
This is a really good novella to read due to the fact that the third book, ‘Destiny Risen’, will take place with both Astrea’s AND Lexan’s perpectives.
This novella was also quite short – I finished it in under an hour and thirty minutes.
Congratulations to Hilary Thompson on publishing!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Stian’s Mistake (Starbright, #0.5) by Hilary Thompson

Stian's Mistake (Starbright, #0.5)Stian’s Mistake by Hilary Thompson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Hilary Thompson in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Stian’s Mistake’ takes place before Stian ever found Asphodel and Astrea, when he was on the edge of Hebron – his tribe. As an orphan growing up in a strange Tribe, he constantly had to prove his worth to Abraham, the leader of Hebron. Becoming a warrior made him stronger, but it left black spots in his soul that not even Zarea could erase. This is a great prequel to read before starting the ‘Starbright’ series if you are unsure as to whether you want to pick up ‘Justice Buried’, the first book in the series.
This novel really gives you a deeper insight and knowledge into the ‘Starbright’ world; information that even the main characters, Astrea and Lexan, do not know. It gives you vital clues and hints that you REALLY want to know if you ever get up to ‘Balance Broken’, the second book. And you have to, really have to, because that is where the real story starts.
We also get the relationship history of Stian and Zarea, whom are supporting characters of Astrea and Lexan, which I know we are all curious about.
Also, GREAT information is revealed, as I have mentioned, and suspicions CONFIRMED.
The lovely thing is, the novella is really short yet its own story – not a scene or excerpt of the past from the series. I finished the novella in under an hour and thirty minutes.
As always, Hilary Thompson’s enchanting storytelling is evident with no grammar, typo or spelling errors.
Congratulations to Hilary Thompson on publishing!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Balance Broken (Starbright, #2) by Hilary Thompson

Balance Broken (Starbright, #2)Balance Broken by Hilary Thompson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Hilary Thompson in exchange for an honest review.

Review

You won’t regret picking up ‘Balance Broken’; neither will you regret picking up the first book, ‘Justice Buried’ – if you haven’t…DO SO!
I am officially absolutely, madly, enchantingly in love with this series. Not only has ‘Balance Broken’ made me thirst for more, it also made me connect with the Starbright world like never before. At first, when I picked up ‘Justice Buried’, I thought, “Oh well, here goes nothing. Yet another book about astrology, stars, prophecies and star-crossed lovers.” I can assuredly assure you, it is not. In fact, this series reminds me a lot of what the ‘Divergent’ series could have been and was not. When picking up ‘Balance Broken’, I was enthusiastic about the future of Lexan and Astrea, our main characters, yet uncertain as to where they were going ever since finishing the first book.
I seriously could not predict what lay in store for them – something I can do with almost every book – yet this made me even more excited to lay my hands on ‘Balance Broken’. We see a lot of change in the lives of Astrea and Lexan. They grow, mature, learn and strive; most importantly, they change. They are one of the most dynamic characters I have met in my whole reading life.
Not only are Astrea and Lexan unique, the minor and supporting characters are also breathtakingly realistic – something you will see even more once you reach half-way through ‘Balance Broken’. These characters made not only the plot more engaging and interesting, but their whole world, too.
As always, I also look to the grammatical side of the story and I must admit is was not lacking. I saw no errors, mistakes or typos – the sentences flowed like a breeze. The story is told only in Astrea’s point of view, but if I have seduced you into reading the ‘Starbright’ series, this is all about to change in the third book. There are fictional historical bits at the beginning of every chapter that are sort of like quote from the ‘Starbright’ world, too, which make reading the book more engaging as we are given little glimpses into the past of Astrea’s and Lexan’s world.
I honestly can’t wait to read ‘ Destiney Risen’, the third in the series. Congratulations to Hilary Thompson on publishing and writing yet another beautiful novel! Can’t wait for the rest!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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