Starry Nights

Starry Nights

by Daisy Whitney
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Starry Nights 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book enchanted me! This is a gorgeous, imaginative tale of art coming alive, and muses and curses and love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most inventive stories I have ever read!
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Julien Garnier is a skilled draftsman even if his own works always lack that creative spark found in great art. But that's usually okay. Working as a tour guide in the museum his mother runs means that Julien is never far away from the inspiration and beauty found in the works of Van Gogh, Monet and other old talents--especially other Impressionists. When a peach falls out of a painting and Olympia's cat wanders the museum, Julien thinks he must be dreaming. Then Degas' dancers jete across the museum floor and Julien realizes that, impossible as it seems, what he is seeing is very, very real. When a lost Renoir arrives at the museum, Julien can't help but fall in love with the girl it depicts. He falls even harder when she walks out of the painting and introduces herself. But Clio isn't like the other art. Instead of a mere depiction, Clio is a real girl trapped inside the painting by a strange and powerful curse. As Julien learns more about Clio and how he might be able to free her, other strange things begin affecting are throughout the museum. As the paintings twist and change, Julien and Clio must race to find a way to break the curse--even if it might tear them apart in Starry Nights (2013) by Daisy Whitney. With its beautiful cover and intriguing premise, who wouldn't be excited about Starry Nights? The book itself is physically beautiful with full color endpapers featuring some of the paintings mentioned in the story. The initial summary is also extremely appealing to any art enthusiast. Although this book is adorably romantic with a decidedly French feeling conveyed in the setting, it never quite realizes its potential. Instead of becoming a resonant or memorable story, Starry Nights falls short in key moments where the characters and the events themselves could have gone further. Part of the problem here is definitely too much happening in too short a book. Starry Nights is only 288 pages (hardcover) and Whitney packs a lot into those pages. The realms of believability (even in a story where art comes to life) are tested and stretched repeatedly as new dimensions are added to the story and the premise reshapes itself around this new information. While the settings and the initial premise were delightful the story became mired in less enjoyable details including, sadly, a romantic pairing that was never quite as convincing as it needed to be for such a patently romantic book. Starry Nights will be a joy for art fans and readers looking for a superficially satisfying romance with some offbeat twists. Readers looking for a richer story or characters with more depth may have to look elsewhere. Possible Pairings: Heist Society by Ally Carter, Graffitti Moon by Cath Crowley, The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece by Edward Dolnick, Bunheads by Sophie Flack, Temping Fate by Esther Friesner, Darker Still by Leanna Renne Hieber, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Confessions of a Not It Girl by Melissa Kantor, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld *This book was acquired for review from the publisher at BEA 2013*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand three times write this on three other books look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss you hand three times write this in three books and look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Childrens publishing in exchange for an honest review) Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney had such promise. Set in Paris, France it's a story of a romantic teenage boy who falls in love with a girl trapped in a painting. Pitched as “Night at the Museum meets The Da Vinci Code, with a feminist twist.” I should have loved it. It has everything that I like in a book, but it still fell a bit flat. I just couldn't connect with Julien or Clio at all. The premise for a romantic story is there but it lacked the emotional element to really bring it to life for me. There are some unanswered questions at the end. What happened to the father and daughter forgery team? Why does Julien's mother place so much stake in what he sees in the art and its condition? Does she know he's different? That part seemed a bit surreal to me. He's a tour guide, granted he loves the art more than anything before Clio comes along, but he's still just a teenager. Her easy acceptance in regards to his ability to heal the art by his presence alone just left me stumped.  It's definitely a cute read though and I'm sure many people will enjoy it. I just like to immerse myself in a story and its characters. I find it frustrating when I can't connect with them.  The most interesting parts of the book for me where the ones involving Bonheur and his sister Sophia. The humor and sense of adventure these two supporting characters brought to the story are the only reason I kept reading until the end.  I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a cute love story and young adult fiction. 
CJOmololu More than 1 year ago
It's nightime at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and the paintings are changing, but at first only seventeen-year-old student Julien can see it. As the most famous artworks around the world start to disintegrate, he discovers that his new love might be able to help him save them all. Romantic and passionate,even if you have no interest in art or the artists who painted the world's masterpieces, this book will capture your heart. If you love art, then you should already be reading it. Totally different from all of the other offerings out there, STARRY NIGHTS is that rare combination of fantasy and reality that will have readers hooked from the very first page.