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Book: Remember the Stars
Author: Eris Marriott
Book Series: Tales of Selyento Book 1
Recommended For…: young adult readers, dark fantasy
Publication Date: August 31, 2021
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Age Relevance: 16+ (cult, religion, abuse (graphic), religious abuse (graphic), grief, death, violence, gore, mental abuse)
Explanation of Above: The main focal point of the book is this religious cult. There is religious abuse shown, mental abuse, and child abuse shown, both of which are graphic. There is grief and death mentioned in this book as well as violence and gore.
Publisher: Indie Published
Synopsis: In a world of forbidden magic, two wolves fight for a lost soul. All Clarisse wants is to be free. Her life has been governed by abuse, control, and the Church of Light. Tired of ritual exorcisms and condemnations, she’s at the brink of exploding. Her power is a curse—the reason she can’t be free. Clarisse never asked to be in the center of a centuries-long battle between Terrence, a Reaper-wolf gone rogue, and Death, himself. If she has to spend one more minute under the controlling thumb of her parents and the Church of Light, she’ll die. In order to escape, she must choose a side: Death is convinced that mortals wielding power is a recipe for disaster and damnation. Terrence believes magic is a mortal’s key to freedom, enlightenment… maybe immortality. Will she follow the light of the stars? Or will she let herself fall into the grasp of the shadows?
Review: For the most part I liked this book. I thought the book did well to show the harm of religious cults and to give hope to people who might read the book who are in the same predicament. The book was intriguing and kept me interest from start to finish. The book also did well with character development for the most part and world building.
However, some of the details of the book are a bit confusing, such as how Terrence finds Clarisse and how exactly her powers work. I think the book is just a bit too short and if it was expanded it could have been more impactful and gave the author more time to explore the little confusing bits. I also felt some of the pacing was off in a few places.
Verdict: It was good!