Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
Publication Date: August 11th, 2020 from HarperTeen
The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. Pretending to be “normal.” But when an accidental flare of her starfire puts her human father in the hospital, Sheetal needs a full star’s help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.
Sheetal’s quest to save her father will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must take the stage as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens–and win, or risk never returning to Earth at all.
I received this book from the publisher but this does not affect my review which is unbiased and honest.
So what attracted me to this book was that this is totally something I would just pick up because the title is literally my brand (duh) and the cover alone should inspire you to pick this up because it’s absolutely STUNNING.
As soon as I started the book I was already intrigued because Sheetal’s voice was just so relatable to read! The first page and I was already laughing at the way she talked about the desi Bragging Brigade! The descriptions of the music and dresses and oh my goodness the FOOD just made my heart happy!
Basically, Sheetal is a half-star who accidentally burns her father and takes a journey to the skies so she can heal her father before it’s too late! But there’s more at stake when Sheetal makes a deal. To save her father, she must serve as her family court’s champion before her birthday and win the competition.
I also just really enjoyed the desi family drama. Honestly too relatable! Plus, a family of stars?! Iconic. Not only did this have perfect amount of drama, but this really spoke to my soul as Sheetal found herself. I’m a sucker for beautiful character arcs and this had a wonderful one!
I absolutely LOVED the backstory and the storytelling involved with the history of Stars and Sheetal’s family. That was definitely one of my favorite parts of the book!
This felt like a blend of my favorite parts of Star Touched Queen and Stardust. This was a beautiful blend of fantasy, contemporary, and Hindu mythology. If you enjoy lyrical writing, absolutely magical worlds, daughters that will do anything to save their father, relationship drama, and talent shows you’ll definitely enjoy this!
You’ll love this book if you love music, traveling to new realms, a hall of mirrors, amazing best friends, really delicious food, and sneaky plans, revelations, and sabotage! If you enjoy competitions, hindu mythology and desi culture, and beautiful imagery, definitely make sure to check out this book!
Shveta Thakrar is a part-time nagini and full-time believer in magic. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies including Enchanted Living, Uncanny Magazine, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, and Toil & Trouble. Her debut young adult fantasy novel, Star Daughter, is forthcoming from HarperTeen on August 11, 2020. When not spinning stories about spider silk and shadows, magic and marauders, and courageous girls illuminated by dancing rainbow flames, Shveta crafts, devours books, daydreams, travels, bakes, and occasionally even plays her harp.
Check out the rest of the Tour:
Hear Our Voices – Intro Interview
The Fine Art of Reading – Journal Spread + Book Aesthetic
The Enthusiast – #OwnVoices Reflection + 15 Thoughts While Reading
The Word Glutton – Review in 5 Gifs + #OwnVoices Reflection
Little Fly Leaf Reads – #OwnVoices Reflection
The Anatomy of a Bookworm – Review
Sleepydoe Reads – Book Recs + Cosplay + #OwnVoices Reflection
Bookstagram Represent – Playlist
Read With Ansu – Review
Endless Pages – Dream Cast + Review in 5 Gifs + 15 Thoughts While Reading
Miss Maddy Chats – #OwnVoices Reflection + Book Recs
A Book Trotter – Mood Board + #OwnVoices Reflection
Bookshelf Life – Review
Vee Reading – #OwnVoices Reflection
Bee Reads – Dream Cast + Movie Recs + Reading Vlog
Paperback Bex – Blog Interview + #OwnVoices Reflection + Book Aesthetic
Wilted Pages – Reading Journal Spread
The Baroness of Books – #OwnVoices Reflection + Cover Recreation
Personal Opinions of a Fangirl – 15 Thoughts While Reading
Jupiter’s Solo Bibliophile – Video Review + 15 Thoughts While Reading
Diary of a Bookgirl – Favorite Quotes + Look Book + #OwnVoices Reflection
PJwale Baabu – Book Recs
Tasting Pages – Dream Cast + Favorite Quotes
Fanna for Readers & Writers – Blog Interview
Wilder Girl Reads – Dream Cast + #OwnVoices Reflection + Look Book
Flipping Through The Pages – Desi Fantasy Recs
Tea.Books.Magic – Review
Avni Reads – 15 Thoughts While Reading
Cracked Spines – #OwnVoices Reflection + 15 Thoughts While Reading
Mis Hashmi – Video Interview + #OwnVoices Relection + Playlist
Star is All Booked Up – Mood Board + Look Book
Celebrity Read Shush – Reading Vlog
Ma Book Yard – Mood Board + Review in 5 Gifs + #OwnVoices Reflection
Words With Wings – #OwnVoices Reflection + Favorite Quotes
BookRiot_Anjedah – Mood Board + Review in 5 Gifs
Book Rambler – Review
Paperbacks and Pen – Favorite Quotes + Mood Board
Thindbooks Blog – Review
Waiting In Stars – #OwnVoices Reflection
Books.Bags.Burgers – Mood Board + Playlist + #OwnVoices Reflection