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Book Review: Perilous Star by Alyssa Markins

Title: Perilous Star

Author: Alyssa Markins

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: 4/27/21

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About The Book

The zodiacs are real.

But she never imagined the darkness dwelling among the stars.

When twenty-one-year-old Kaeli discovers she can control fire, it costs her everything. Abandoned, she meets the last person she ever would have expected– the zodiac, Leo. Intrigued by his offer to leave her painful world behind, Kaeli follows Leo to the Celestial Realm, where she and eleven other human recruits begin training to become the next zodiacs.

The Celestial Realm is both fascinating and daunting, with its dangerous terrains, fantastical creatures, and the enigmatic zodiacs themselves. As Kaeli navigates this newfound world, she stumbles upon a mysterious door hiding a dark secret– one the zodiacs won’t tell her about. Unable to resist the pull of the shadows, Kaeli finds herself desperately trying to stop an ancient power hell bent on destroying the zodiacs and dooming Earth.

My Thoughts

Perilous Star is a fantasy book that takes a different approach to the Zodiac signs. This is an action- packed book that follows Kaeli, a young woman who has learned to control her abilities of fire. Since she has lost her family her need to stay under the radar is important until she meets Leo. He convinces her to come to a new realm, a Celestial Realm, to learn more about her abilities and to help in saving the world. Kaeli doesn’t realize there is more than just the zodiacs and harnessing power to save everyone, there is another dark power that is trying to destroy everyone and everything.

This book seemed to have a race against time theme to it. It made me look at the zodiac signs and meanings in a different way. It had action, drama and a hint of attraction between Lukka and Kaeli. I really liked Lukka, but he could be a hot head at times. Kaeli’s fight against the dark power made the book more interesting. The supporting characters were interesting but there were none that I connected to and this could be because there were a lot of characters to keep up with. Some of the twists were easy to pick out but didn’t take away from the experience of the book. The worldbuilding was done well in the book. The descriptions of setting, creatures and action made it worth reading.

If you like fantasy with unique characters and action then this is the book for you. I am curious to see where the trilogy goes.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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