Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood – the YA read that I became obsessed with in 2015


I have been waiting ages to introduce Inherit the Stars to other people.  It is one of my favorite books from this past year, and I spent those months between receiving my ARC and blogging about it rereading it a number of times (ok, so I read it eleven times, and while that is probably strange, it shows how much I really did enjoy it).  I can’t guarantee that you will be as obsessed as I obviously am, but if you are looking for a love story that is subtle and believable, you will definitely want to give this book a shot.  I thought this was a five star read.

Inherit the Stars is publishing Tuesday, December 8, 2015.  If you can’t wait, there is a free kindle short story (12 pages) called “Inherit the Stars: Reprieve,” and you can download that today.


Goodreads Summary

Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.

Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren’s life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.

But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?

My Thoughts

I love this book.  Asa is sweet and unbelievably selfless and sincere. She doesn’t read others well because she thinks they are just as good as her on the inside, so part of the fun is interpreting other’s reactions through her unreliable perspective.  Eagle, the love interest,  is a bit of a mystery and a wounded, silent warrior.  I would have liked more clarity about his motives, but he had my number almost from the start.  New book boyfriend, anyone?  Yes, please.

The plot was well paced to develop a meaningful relationship that could believably blossom into love. It kicked off with good, solid action, and it drew me in and kept me reading.  This was a one sitting, straight through book for me.  Good thing I fed the kids before I started, or they might have had to graze until I finished!

The politics of the society are clearly explained and develop a nice tension as they grow more and more complex throughout the story.

Some of the narrative jumps are a little abrupt, but I think that is more of a formatting issue in my ARC than anything, and they didn’t disrupt my enjoyment.  The narrative is also a bit like a stream of consciousness, and that isn’t as easy to follow, but with a little practice, it isn’t hard to relax into the style.  There is some confusing action when things got really heated, especially in the first action sequence when I wasn’t really sure what was going on, but it was mid-battle, so some chaos is expected.

I won’t tell you this is a perfect book, but I enjoyed every second of it.  I think readers will enjoy the premise, the intrigue, and the romance, so this one is definitely going on my high school classroom library wish list.  Language and situations are appropriate for all ages, but high school students will enjoy this the most.

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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