Blog Blitz – Thursday 31st October
Happy Halloween Blog-Followers! hope you are having a Spooktacular time! I bring you a review of a book which had me gripped from the very first page turn. A story that was both compelling and dramatic to read.
Big Thanks as always must go to the Blog Host, Rachel of Rachels Random Resources for inviting me along to this tour. (https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com)
And also, I would never have been able to introduce you to this story if the author hadn’t put pen to paper in the first place – Helen Buckley (https://buckleybooks.org)
Let me introduce you to Star in the Shadows!
I dived straight into this story, and read greedily as Kiara’s story was retold between the past and the present. The tale of a child living through poverty is difficult to digest and I felt myself warming to Kiara almost immediately. I don’t want to write too much, in case I inadvertently drop a spoiler, but this book was remarkable!
Before I give you more on my feelings, lets hear a bit about the author.
About the Author
Helen Buckley has spent over thirteen years working and volunteering for charities in the UK and abroad, including four years in Honduras. She currently works as a charity communications manager and lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and son.
About the Book
Star in the Shadows
The world thinks that pop superstar Kiara Anderson has it all, but she spends her nights drinking away memories of her childhood and life as a teen runaway.
The Jacobs family are desperate to see the girl next door again and discover why she ran away, especially their son Shane, who blames himself for her disappearance.
When Kiara’s manager forces her into a reveal-all TV interview she knows the family she loved more than her own will finally discover the truth.
Can she overcome her demons or will the shadows of the past rob her of fame, fortune, and a chance to finally fall in love?
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Shadows-Helen-Buckley/dp/1528932005
I read this book from start to finish in just one day. The pages sped by quickly as I strived to read more and more about Kiara and her life. We are introduced to her character in the beginning, she is a famous member of a girl group who are taking the charts by storm. And yet, like many celebrities of today, the public and press want to know more about her. As a result, she is kind of ‘forceably’ convinced to have a tell-all interview live on television.
What happens next, is a backwards-forwards retell, as we are shown glimpses of the past, coupled with the present, as Kiara is interviewed by Beth Winters.
I really want to tell you everything about this book, I want to talk about the highs and the lows, but I dont want to give anything away. This book had me enthralled from the start, I felt compelled to stay with this story until the end, and I fell in love with Kiara’s character.
There have been many books that I have read through the blogtours, some of which have really had me on tenderhooks as I read them, but this book triggered so many emotions! I would happily shout from the rooftops about how good this book is! People need to seriously add this to their TBR list, as it is a tremendous read.
This writer was new to me before reading this book, but I will be keen to read more of her work in the future. She has a wonderful writing style, and is a brilliant story-teller.
My top stars are reserved for those books that have blown me away. The books that have had me glued to them until I turn that final page… and this book is one of them! I would 100% recommend this to anyone who is looking for a new, exciting, dramatic read!
Rating – 5 out of 5!!
Does anyone fancy trying to #win themselves a copy of this book?
If so….please see details below. 😀
Giveaway to Win a signed copy of Star in the Shadows, a beautiful dreams and goal planning journal, a star print scarf, and three yummy chocolate bars from Creighton’s Chocolaterie. (UK Only)
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Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post! If you do nothing else, please go and check out this author and book! You will not be disappointed!