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The countdown to Stella Day's eighteenth birthday has begun with only a year left to go.

When Stella turns eighteen she will take over as the Earth's protector. She will come into the fullness of her powers. And her counterpart will be released from his soul-losing contract.

Only three hundred and sixty five days to go. Only fifty-two weeks. Twelve months... But a lot can happen in that length of time.

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Overview

The countdown to Stella Day's eighteenth birthday has begun with only a year left to go.

When Stella turns eighteen she will take over as the Earth's protector. She will come into the fullness of her powers. And her counterpart will be released from his soul-losing contract.

Only three hundred and sixty five days to go. Only fifty-two weeks. Twelve months... But a lot can happen in that length of time.

As Stella trains for that day, the Darkness closes in around her. Seth sold his soul so that she would be safe until her eighteenth birthday but someone is still trying to kill her. And Seven, Seth's deranged and evil sister, won't leave her alone. There are more problems with the Council that's supposed to be protecting her. And when Jupiter suddenly disappears things go from bad to worse.

It might be easier to solve all her problems if Jude Michaels wasn't bothering her every second of every day. And if she didn't miss Seth with such a consuming, paralyzing ache.

When her friends are threatened and her Midwest life exposed, she has to fight through every distraction that plagues her and find the real threat in a sea of enemies that want her dead. Aliah has never been more evil. Seven never crazier. Tristan and Piper are constantly threatened and in danger.

But it's Seth she fights for the hardest. As he teeters on the precipice of Darkness and Light, can she salvage the soul of a boy who has given it up for her?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781500603267
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/21/2014
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

I was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent my college years traveling the world. I fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. But I came back home to marry my high school sweetheart and now I spend my days raising our growing family. In those few spare moments I have, I am either reading or writing Young Adult Fiction, because I am obsessed with it.

Five other things I'm obsessed with right now:
1. My Kuerig Coffee Machine. Genius.
2. 90's music. Oh man, the 90's speak right to my soul.
3. Chocolate smelling body wash. Who doesn't want to walk around smelling like a bakery?
4. Colored Chapstick. And if it's Dr. Pepper Flavored, that's kind of my nirvana.
And.
5. Spotify. It's like the mixed-tape of this generation and I have probably three hundred hours of music on there. Can't get enough.
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  • Posted August 4, 2014

    I received an advanced copy of this book from the author as part

    I received an advanced copy of this book from the author as part of her street team!! Course, then life got crazy and I didn't even read it until after it was already out.... (ps - this review attempts not to be spoilery, but I think it could give vague suggestions...just nothing concrete -- you have been warned).

    I don't really want to write this review much b/c I had a really bad day and so I'm having a hard time sorting out all my emotions. This series has its flaws here and there, but for imagination, originality, emotional impact, action adventure, conflict, gray areas of bad and good -- seriously, I think it's my favourite. It just has so much and is so different!! There were moments in this one where it felt a bit repetitive at times (just stuff that Stella has already thought about, like how she will get her real swords when she turns 18....I think that was brought up multiple times). But on the whole??? It was amazingly impactful. So I did give it a lower rating, but strangely I still consider this my favourite of Ms. Higginson's epic paranormal series. I think the problem is sorting out my own emotions over how things go in the story you know? B/C seriously, Rachel knows how to rip your heart to pieces.....

    Things I LOVED: The expansion on Jude's story. I knew it had to be coming, and I knew there was so much more there, but she still managed to surprise me from time to time. So while my whistle was definitely whet with a few answers, I was still left confused on what was real, what it all meant, what I (and Stella) could believe, and where it was all going. I know there's more there. I really loved the depth given to Seven's character too. I have ALWAYS felt that she would be key somehow, but I wasn't sure if she would remain an insanely evil character, or if there would be more depth....I wanted more depth, and holy cow did Ms. Higginson provide. Course, as with Jude, while I was given MORE to the Seven story/character....I was also left with a gagillion questions. Which can be frustrating, especially since I know I have to wait so long for a bigger taste!! At this single moment in time I am desperate for a Jude or Seven (or Jude AND Seven) prequel novella....you know, just throwing it out there.

    I LOVED the way things settled out with Tristan and Piper. I know there are many team Tristan's out there, but I wasn't one of them, so I like the stability that that is turning into more.

    I really enjoyed that the reader was given lots of hints to reveal the other bad guy, but it also made me really frustrated with Stella for not also figuring it out. I think it's hard to relate to how Stella's dealing with all this since, you know, I'm not an Angel/Star with the entire fate of Earth on my shoulders....so when she gets a visit and doesn't tell anyone, I want to frickin SMACK HER! Seriously girl. Give yourself a hand up at any point here....

    Things I was conflicted on (which means didn't love or hate): Seth. Seth tore my heart out in book 2 and pretty much made that the book of the century for me. I can't even express how much my heart hurt watching his struggles. So I was left not knowing what to think in this book. B/C he almost went too far.... There is this constant permeating question throughout the book of whether Seth will be able to return from this horrific ordeal with a) sanity; b) any semblance of good. And I almost felt like he passed the point of no return you know? I mean, I seriously wanted her to kill him. I kind of lost my hope in him. I think he needed a few more glimmers of goodness or at least conflict here and there. It was almost too late by the end. Heck, for a while there I was TEAM JUDE. I know right? I mean, I'm actually ok with how that all played out, but it's leaving me feeling very hopeless and not quite as attached to the Stella and Seth love. The ending gave me some of that back, but I am leery of how this is going to go from here. So....yeah....how's that for some rambling bit of nothingness?

    And one other little thing: I totally expected more from the Jupiter side of things based on the blurb (about Jupiter disappearing), but while he provided some interesting answers, he wasn't as involved in the plot as I expected.

    In the end, despite my occasional moments of conflict, I'm still totally invested in where this story is going. I LOVED the little tidbits we did get, but so many of those answers were left shrouded in some doubt that I wasn't as satisfied as I expected to be. But honestly, when I think back on it -- book 3 of the Star-crossed series was my least favourite on FIRST read through, but ended up being one of my favourites on re-reads. So maybe once I see where this all is going, I will LOVE this book for what it sets up, kwim? Oh, wait, is anyone even still reading this?? GO. BUY IT. GET SUCKED IN AND WAIT IMPATIENTLY WITH THE REST OF US.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Great read! Intense Action leaving you wondering if the main cha

    Great read! Intense Action leaving you wondering if the main characters will survive. Awesome love/hate love story giving you hope for a happy ending. Engaging cliffhanger leaving you with questions you want answered now! This author has a great imagination :)

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  • Posted July 30, 2014

    If I could rate this book 4 1/2 stars, I would. It started a lit

    If I could rate this book 4 1/2 stars, I would. It started a little slow for me but once I got into it the story was so fantastic that it made up for the slow start.

    First off, I have to say that there was so much depth to this story. The plot, the twists and turns, the characters, I loved everything about it. I am so in love with Stella and Seth. Clearly they both would do anything for each other and I am really hoping for a happily ever after for them.

    Stella's character has grown so much. She has started to let go of her human life a little and become what she was meant to become. She chooses to defend the right things instead of just blindly trusting in Seth. So many times we see heroines blinded by love and make stupid choices because of it. Not Stella. She will do what it takes to protect Earth, even if it means killing Seth

    I am intrigued with the mystery the ending left. So many questions need to be answered. I look forward to the next book in this series. February can't get here fast enough.

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  • Posted July 28, 2014

    This  series is really out of this world! Stella is fighting as

    This  series is really out of this world! Stella is fighting as the protector to earth she has yet to come into her full powers.
    Seth her warrior counterpart has given his soul up to protect Stella from the evil fallen until she is 18. But as more time goes 
    By Seth is turning more to the dark side. The council wants her to kill him, but he is her soul mate and just can't give
    Up on their love. They are destined to protect earth together. The war wages on and their are trators among the lower
    Realm. So not only are the fallen out to kill Stella but the ones who are supposed to be on her side to. Rachel's 
    Characters have so much magical energy you can't put her books down. I really can't wait for the next book!
     

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  • Posted July 28, 2014

    I'm not sure what I was expecting but this wasn't it!! I was al

    I'm not sure what I was expecting but this wasn't it!! I was always like ok just one more chapter! There was so much action and twist in this one book I was left looking for the next page!! Can not wait for book 4!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Great extension of the Starbright series. There was lots of act

    Great extension of the Starbright series. There was lots of action and fighting with a little romance in the mix. The story kept you involved all the way through. I'm not big on endings that leave you hanging, but most series are that way. This is definitely worth reading!

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  • Posted July 24, 2014

    Ah man, I read too quickly!!!  I kept trying to make the story g

    Ah man, I read too quickly!!!  I kept trying to make the story go on when it ended, I just knew that there just HAD to be more!  

    Each time I begin a Starbright series book I remember just how much I like and enjoy the overall story line.  Heir of Secrets is book 3 
    and with it Rachel expertly provided some much needed history/back-stories, she dove deeper into the major and minor characters,
    and the developed the relationships between friends/enemies/cohorts/etc with precision.  There is action (TONS of action actually),
    treachery, devotion, self-sacrifice, and suspense - and, just to keep you on your toes, there's Seven!  She's the little bit of crazy that's
    been thrown into the mix - is she or isn't she?  Bottom line, Heir of Secrets delivers in lots of ways while still leaving the reader wanting
    more!  I'm so glad there are three more books scheduled for release because it just means more time in Stella's world!  

    Is it February yet?  

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  • Posted July 24, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book. There is more action than ever befor

    I really enjoyed this book. There is more action than ever before, and more character development for our less major/minor characters. And by that, I am referring to Jude, Piper, and Seven. I feel like their presence in this book increased, and we learned new things about each of them (or at least got to know their character better because they had more "screen time").

    Stella's also better at fighting. And there's LOTS of fighting. She's made such a huge leap from Book 1. The tensions are thick between Stella and Seth after what Seth did in the last book, and the ending of this book...dude! It's gonna leave you wanting to know what going to happen next.

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    Posted September 28, 2014

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