Review: Star Daughter
Title: Star Daughter
Author: Shveta Thakrar
Date Published: August 11th 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy
If the night sky holds many secrets, it holds Sheetal Mistry's secret the closest. A secret that explains why her hair is the silver of starlight, or why some nights the stars call Sheetal by name. Stars like her mother, who returned to her place in the constellation Pushya years ago. Since that day, Sheetal has been forced to hide. But as her seventeenth birthday draws near, the pull from the sky is growing stronger. So strong that Sheetal loses control, and a flare of starfire burns her human father—an injury only a full star's blood can heal. Sheetal has no choice but to answer the starsong and ascend to the sky. But her celestial family has summoned her for a reason: to act as their human champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of heavens. Desperate to save her father, Sheetal agrees. But nothing could have prepared Sheetal to face the stars' dark history—or the forces that are working to shut the gate between the realms for good.
This was one of those books I bought mostly for the stunning cover, and whilst the story was nice it certainly didn’t wow me as much as the cover did.
I loved the concept, and the ideas explored from Hindu myths and the idea of stars being people and our MC being half star and having to deal with the repercussions of that. However, the author assumes the reader already has knowledge of the desi culture and information surrounding that, which I definitely did not. So, I struggled to understand a lot of it to start with, and some explanations would have been nice.
Aside from that, the story just felt a little flat for me, it felt as though it could have been polished a lot more and felt very young (Yes, I know this is young adult, but it felt a lot younger than YA books). There was a lot of potential with the plot but it just didn’t go anywhere, and the characters had lots of room for development and whist there was some development I feel as though it could have gone a lot further, and ultimately they didn’t progress much from where they started other than learning some history.
It did have great representation, and a great premise, I just feel as though it could have gone further and didn’t follow through as much as I would have liked. It was still a good story which a good range of characters that all added a nice dynamic to it, but it feels more of a coming of age book but set in the world of stars. Overall, it was an enjoyable, light read with great representation.