Review: Starswept by Mary Fan (Spoiler Free)


Title: Starswept

Author: Mary Fan

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Publication Date: August 29, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Some melodies reach across the stars.

In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.

I came for the music, I stayed for the conspiracies. What can I say?

Iris Lei is a teen violist attending a prestigious performing arts school where students train to be hired by a patron from an alien planet. Her days are filled with practicing her instrument and the crazy stress that comes from knowing her only real shot at a decent life hinges on her getting hired. It seems pretty straightforward, but is it really? Iris’ eyes start to open when she (literally) runs into an Adryil boy who definitely shouldn’t be on the campus of her school.

Y’all… This book is great. I’ll admit that the first half is a bit slow, but when things start going down.. It’s on. I read this book in two or three sittings over a few days. Every time I had to sit it down was because I HAD to get some sleep for work. Once you’re sucked into this world, you won’t want to leave. There is something for everyone in Starswept: romance, action, conspiracies, lies, music, you name it. I don’t want to give away anything because I want you guys to pick this book up when it releases, but once you start to figure out what’s actually going on, your jaw will hit the floor.

Trust me when I say that you want this book. I give it 4 out of 5 stars, and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.


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