Alice Valdez is a normal seventeen year old girl living a mundane post high school life that consists of work, sleep, hanging out, and more work – but it all changes when a chance encounter on the beach one night leads to a series of haunting dreams that bring her face to face with the most ancient evil the Universe has ever known. What do you do when the man you care for is none other than the Devil himself? Wandering Stars follows one girl’s journey into the arms of darkness and into Hell itself – all in the name of love.
Review: Wandering Stars is Young Adult Paranormal at its very best!
Filled with characters that are excellently brought to life in a way that makes the reader truly care for them, Marlon Pierre-Antoinne tells an age old tale of forbidden love, with a deep dark twist.
I am a huge lover of the young adult genre, as well as the paranormal genre. Put these two together and my interest and curiosity is instantly piqued. When I read the synopsis of Wandering Stars I was anxious to get my hands on a copy and see if it was as good as it sounded. Well, I can honestly say that, no, it was not as good as it sounded; however it was amazingly better than it sounded. We have all heard tales of forbidden love and most recently falling in love with creatures of the night – particularly vampires. Well, take that a bit further and imagine falling in love with Lucifer, himself; a man who has been known through all of time as evil and the one that God tossed asunder for his rebellion. Imagine knowing that the man, for which you have given your heart to, will cause eternal damnation to your soul. This is exactly what Alice Valdez faces when she meets Lucas. Alice knows from the beginning that something is out of the ordinary; the dreams where she sees Lucas, his sudden appearances and disappearances, nothing makes complete sense. Then one day, that all changes and she learns truths beyond her wildest imagination and learns just how far she will go for love.
Wandering Stars in told in different character perspectives. Chapters are told from Alice’s point of few, as well as Lucas’s and Leo’s (a strong secondary character whose development will surprise readers). Within the main story, another age old story is also told, giving readers excellent background information and plays out a bit like a story within a story. I loved reading these past sequences as well as the main story itself. This method of storytelling truly gave an added depth to the story.
Could you ever imagine yourself having empathy for the Prince of Darkness? Feeling tugs of emotion and cheering on a woman who is leading herself to true damnation; instead of wanting her to turn away and save her soul? Would you go through each individual and terror filled circles of Hell to save the person you loved, nearly losing yourself in the process? Hmmm, I am not sure there are many that would, but this is a story of just that kind of deep love and connection.
When I first began reading Wandering Stars, I was not quite sure what to expect and if I would like it as much as I had thought I would. However, after reading the first few pages, I was quickly and instantly absorbed. I quickly found myself caring about the characters and the story, itself, it written in such a way that there is something continuously going on, making it incredibly difficult to put down. When I finished reading the final page, I felt a heavy sadness because the story had come to an end. I am going to assume that there will be a sequel, because, quite frankly, if there is not, I may just have to go into mourning for bit of time. The way the story ends, leaves the perfect opening for a continuation.
Do I recommend Wandering Stars? Absolutely YES! It is a delicious and addictive story that will hook you from the beginning and leave you suffering withdrawals when you finish. Marlon Pierre-Antoinne has a definite and amazing talent that is sure to take him far. I can’t wait for the next installment of his work!
Favorite Quote: “My eyes slowly surveyed my surroundings, watching as the pale blue canvass mixed with shades of orange that swept upwards from above. The two merging midway through the sky and blending seamlessly into bands of flush pink. The wind had swept away most of the clouds from sight, making the scene all the more glowing, and all the more lonely. Without even a flock of birds to grace across the horizon, the sunset itself seemed to be a stunning portrait of radiant solitude, as if painted in broad strokes by a lonely artist up above.
I looked down, blinking rapidly to fight away the coming tears. It was unlike me to cry, especially because of something so beautiful, but it was hard not to feel alone after what happened at work last weekend, especially when it seemed like nature itself was conspiring to remind you of how lonely you are.”