LOVE AND LOYALTY. As the youngest daughter of the House of Fane, Asa lives every day of her life in honor of both, for herself and her people. But as her kingdom's food and energy crisis peaks, Asa must find more to fuel Fane's survival.
Taking the place of her older sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the prosperous House of Westlet, seems like a straightforward solution. Forging an unforeseen bond, however, leads to an unavoidable division of loyalties. One simple truth lies at the heart of the matter, and only Asa can decide which one to tell.
Romance, politics, and space adventure intersect in this first book of Tessa Elwood's addictive debut duology.
|Publisher:||Running Press Book Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Tessa Elwood is a web designer obsessed with stories, coffee, and running shoes. Inherit the Stars is her debut novel. She lives in Kansas City, MO.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3.8 Stars - REVIEW: I enjoyed the concept behind this novel immensely. There was connection to some of the characters but not all and it was bumpy. A few things bothered me about the structure. The world building was minimal and I would have enjoyed greater descriptions and explanations. Second was the relationship between Asa and Eagle. Their interaction in a good front half of the book was so disjointed and odd I had a hard time following. The second half seemed forced. Third was the lack of meat to the story. There was a lot of monologuing from Asa and the secondary characters that were most intriguing we only got glimpses of. That said, it had a Dunes quality that Classic Sci-Fi readers would appreciate. Eagles's companions were the most captivating characters. They deserve more attention. Several philosophical and social themes are interwoven into the storyline but felt somewhat glossed over. It's an interesting idea and my interest is peaked for the sequel. I hope she puts a bit more development into book two. Overall a good read and debut from Tessa.
2.5 stars I am a huge science fiction lover, so naturally I wanted to try this series out. While I believe it had potential, there were too many other issues that just kept it from becoming a great read. I didn't hate this one, but I don't think it's going to be very memorable. World building is a key element in any science fiction book, and I really felt we were lacking it here. I never really had a clear picture of the universe, the planets on which they lived, and the way the Houses were set up. So much felt jumbled and I really struggled to follow the direction the author wanted to take us. I am all for a slower reveal and build up if you don't want info dump to happen, but we never got that here. Our main character is Asa, who is the youngest Daughter of Fane. After her older sister Wren fell into a coma, she is determined to help save her life. After seeing that her eldest sister Emmie, is going to be married off to the Westlet house, Asa decides to jump in and take her place, as long as she helps Wren. Of course, this causes quite the uproar because Asa is not the eldest, nor is she the Heir of Fane. Asa wasn't a bad character and I didn't hate her like some other readers did, but I didn't really connect with her either. The romance in this one isn't horrible, but I wish it had been developed a bit more. Eagle starts out cold and distant, not really paying her much mind, but then he starts to be a bit more human. Once he does, I really liked him. I think he recognizes the good in Asa- that she isn't this manipulative girl, but a desperate one to save her world and her family. She also stands up for him and she genuinely sees the beauty in him, even though he has been badly scarred by an accident. I ended up really liking them together though. I felt some of the writing was a bit choppy too. We would end a scene and then jump to another and there wasn't really a clear transition. That jarred me a bit and it made the story hard to follow at times. Again, I felt this really had potential. However, the world building really needed a lot of work and we needed a clearer understanding of everything that was going on. I felt Asa's mother's storyline was thrown in to create conflict and it ended up being too much. Had it been introduced toward the end and led into the second book, I think it could have really worked. But there was already too much going on here that should have received more explanation. I am not sure if I will pick up the next book in the series, even though I am curious to see how things with Asa's mother progresses, as well as her relationship with Eagle.
3.5/5 Stars Inherit the Stars was a great book that I don't regret reading, but I definitely had some major issues with it. First of all, I loved the family aspects of the book. Asa—the protagonist—put family above everything else in her life, and she really struck me as a person with a lot of resolve. She always tried her hardest to do what was best for her family. The dreaded insta-love trope (that is so common in YA books and so annoying) was avoided, and truly I loved how Asa and Eagle started off as reluctant partners and gradually became closer. Speaking of Eagle, he was a great and complex character with well-developed and realistic flaws. While he began as distant and moody, by the end of the book, he had undergone a tremendous amount of character growth, and it was just wonderfully executed. Full Review: http://www.bookrambles.com/2015/12/inherit-stars-by-tessa-elwood-arc-review_9.html
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood Book One of the Inherit the Stars series Publisher: Running Press Kids Publication Date: December 8, 2015 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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? Author Tessa Elwood's debut series is an epic romance at heart, set against a mine field of political machinations, space adventure, and deep-seeded family loyalties. What I Liked: This book wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, given all the really harsh and negative reviews on Goodreads. At the same time, I didn't love the book, and could see a lot of the issues people had with the book. Also, a fair number of those negative reviews were DNFs, so there's that. I finished the book (it was short!), and I didn't think it was too bad. Asa is the third Daughter of Fane, daughter of one of three powerful royal houses in the interplanetary system. Her oldest sister, Wren, is in a coma and doesn't show signs of waking up. The middle sister, Emmie, is set to be married to the Heir of another House - but only when Wren dies. Asa refuses to give up hope on Wren, and steps in, pretending to be Emmie, without anyone knowing. She gets married to Eagle, and then everyone finds out. Asa has no idea just how badly she has messed up things - the fragile alliance, blood binds, family ties... and when the ruler of the third house, Galton, shows up with secrets that will destroy everything Asa has tried to fix, Asa and Eagle will race to save their Houses. This book was short, but not in a choppy, underwritten way. I recently read and reviewed another book that was slightly shorter, and you could tell that that book need at least another fifty to one hundred pages. This book was short, but packed with action and surprises and secrets. I absolutely hated Asa at first. She hijacks her sister's wedding in order to save her oldest sister (their father would have pulled the plug on Wren, so that Emmie was the official Heir of House Fane). Asa made Emmie promise that she would look after Wren and keep her alive. Asa is so impulsive and selfish in the beginning of the book, but eventually, I got used to her, as well as I started to see her actions differently. Still, her personality and actions in the beginning of the book were the biggest reason why this book didn't get more than three stars. Eagle, on the other hand, is one of my recent favorite male protagonists. Like, I haven't read a male protagonist in YA recently that I adored. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)