Fresh Face Friday: The Fallen Stars by Stephanie Keyes

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone is getting a jump on their long weekend.  I am ringing in Memorial Day weekend with a review of a fantastic author, Stephanie Keyes and her newest book, The Fallen Stars.  I have quickly become quite a fan of hers.  This is the second book in her Star Child series.  Her first book is called The Star Child and you can find my review of that book here.  I would highly recommend this series.  Stephanie sucks you in with her amazing storytelling ability and wonderfully inventive characters.  The Fallen Stars picks up from where The Star Child leaves off and you are swept away into a whirlwind of love, adventure and suspense.  To see the rest of my review be sure to check it out after the book blurb.

17293205Book Blurb: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to the Celtic Goddess, Calienta. But then everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside-down when he and Cali end up on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why they’re being hunted.

Suddenly, Kellen is stuck in the middle of another prophecy that foresees him turning away from Calienta and embracing the dark. He’ll be forced to take sides in a struggle to claim his birthright, while discovering secrets about his father’s past. Meanwhile, his passion for Cali grows stronger, even as the prophecy threatens to tear them apart.

In the end, will Kellen and Cali survive the fates? When the ultimate power is within reach, which side will he choose?

Review:

I am going to preface this review with the suggestion that you read The Star Child first.  You could read The Fallen Stars without but you may be lost on some of the characters and the references that are made throughout the book.  Like I said earlier The Fallen Stars picks up right where we left off.  Kellen and Calienta are supposed to get married, but unfortunately before the ceremony can finish The C.O.D or Children of Danu show up and threaten Kellen, Calienta, Lugh and Bridget.  With the wedding interrupted Cali is forced to take Kellen, herself, Gabe (Kellen’s best friend) and Alistair (Kellen’s Grandfather) into hiding.  It doesn’t take long for the C.O.D to find them and they soon come to a conclusion that Cali will give up her Goddess status and Gabe will be in charge of the hideout’s location.  While Cali is now adjusting to being a mortal they are all still in danger even when they feel they are safe.  They must question everyone who befriends them or tries to speak with them.  In the end it’s not the C.O.D who are the real danger it is a foe they have thought was already vanquished.  Kellen is forced to choose between good and evil.  He must decide where his loyalties lie even after losing everything.  But, like all fairy tales things are not what they seem.  In the end we are left wondering will Kellen and Cali get their happy ending or will evil forces prevail!

I can’t say enough about this book.  I loved this addition to the Star Child series.  Stephanie’s ability to pick up Kellen and Calienta’s story from the first book and take us on yet another journey is phenomenal.  Even more characters and questions are put before us in this book and I for once can’t wait for the next installment.  I have high hopes for Kellen and Cali.  Now I also want to know what is going on with Gabe and who is this new big bad.  Overall, this is a wonderfully written Young Adult Fantasy book.  If you are looking for a good story, awesome characters and a world you could fall into and get lost in then The Star Child and The Fallen Stars are books you want to read ASAP. 

Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

5360651Stephanie Keyes has been addicted to Fantasy since she discovered T.H. White as a child and started drumming up incredible journeys in her head. Today, she’s still doing the same thing, except now she gets to share those ideas with readers!

When she’s not writing, Stephanie is also a graphic designer, international speaker, teacher, musician, avid reader, and Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she’s best friend to her incredible husband of eleven years.

Mrs. Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Business and Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University and a M.Ed. from Duquesne University. She is a member of the Society For Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as a featured author in the global group of writers, Love a Happy Ending.com.

Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child (September 2012) and The Fallen Stars (April 2013), both released by Inkspell Publishing. She is currently hard at work on the third book in the trilogy, The Star Catcher.

Contact Stephanie
Website: www.stephaniekeyes.com
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/page…
Twitter: www.twitter.com/StephanieKeyes

Guest Post: The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes

I’d like to welcome Stephanie Keyes back today.  She is taking over to talk about writing her new book, The Star Child.  Be sure to check out my review of The Star Child here.  So without further adieu I am handing over the reigns to Stephanie Keyes.

Writing The Star Child

Hi everyone! A special thanks to my host for having me as a guest today!

For my post today, I thought I’d pull together some common questions that I’ve been asked about the book. At the end of the post, please feel free to add some of yours to the list.

What was your favorite part to write in The Star Child?

The chapter in which Kellen dreams about where his mother had been held prisoner… It’s such a depature from the sort of thing that I would read myself, so I still can’t believe that I wrote that piece. There’s just a mood to that part of the story; I really enjoyed working with that piece.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Not often. I experience writer laziness more. I’m also a mother of two, so my writing time is at five o’clock in the morning. I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve lain in bed and just thought “Can’t I skip writing today?”. Usually, if I don’t want to work on one section I move on to another and come back to it.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

It’s almost all imagination. I think the only exception is the descriptions about Ireland and the various places there. My husband and I were in Ireland in 2006 and really took to the country. All of the sites described from the UK and Ireland were places that I personally visited. The exception is the place in Scotland, which I used Google Earth for. Oh, and sadly, I have no been to Faerie.

How did you come up with the title?

It was the first idea that I had for the book. I looked out the window and thought “Star Child”. I knew immediately that it couldn’t have any other name.

What project are you working on now?

Book two in The Star Child trilogy,The Fallen Stars.

Thanks very much for having me as a guest blogger today! Check out The Star Child below for some information on my debut novel!

About the Book

The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. 
Only one can stop the night.

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning
tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

About the Author

Stephanie Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems as well as a Master’s in Education. A seasoned, facilitator, Mrs. Keyes worked in Training and Development for an international telecommunications corporation for twelve years; spending the first eight years of her career as a Software Trainer and Technical Writer and the last four working in Human Resources and Employee Development.

In May of 2012, Mrs. Keyes left the corporate world to focus on her family and her writing full-time. She also operates a freelance graphic and instructional design business, Sycamore Road Design.

Inkspell Publishing will release her first novel, The Star Child, on September 21, 2012. She is now currently at work on the second book in The Star Child Trilogy, The Fallen Stars.

Keyes lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and Riley the dog.

Contact Stephanie
Website: www.stephaniekeyes.com
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephanie-Keyes/150860604966160
Twitter: www.twitter.com/StephanieKeyes

 

Review: The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes

I want to welcome Stephanie Keyes today.  She is here promoting her new book, Star Child.  She is also offering a giveaway.  Be sure to enter after checking out my review.

About the Book:

The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. Only one can stop the night.

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

To be available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Allromanceebooks, Kobo and Inkspell Publishing Website

Book Trailer: http://www.stephaniekeyes.com/the-star-child-book-trailer-is-out/

Review:

This was a wonderfully written Young Adult Paranormal Romance.  The world and characters are phenomenally crafted.  This is definitely one book that the cover wholly illustrates the wondrous story inside the two covers.  Kellen is a  great character.  The most treasured trait in him is his intelligence.  He is a prodigy that just graduated from college at an age where he should be graduating from High School.  He is lonely and pretty much abandoned by the remaining family he has.  His self-absorbed father and equally self-absorbed brother like to act like he doesn’t exist.  The only loving family he has left is his Grandfather and his very loving and influential Grandmother just died and knowing he would be alone after she passed left him very financially stable.

After 11 years of separation he is reunited with Calienta.  Kellen always thought Calienta didn’t exist but was a dream of sorts.  When she steps back into this his life the really hits him hard with a prophecy for Kellen to save the world and that they will be married.  Kellen who feels the irrevocable pull to Calienta can see loving her, but also realizes he is only 17 and being a bit of a bookworm/geek can’t really see himself saving the world.  It is from here that the non-stop ride starts.  This story moved so quickly and made me wish the book hadn’t stopped.  It seemed like Stephanie Keyes will be writing a follow-up to this story.  I can’t wait to see the leg of Calienta and Kellen’s story.  I would recommend this story whole-heartedly.  Stephanie Keyes is a fantastic writer and this is a great Young Adult novel.  You should definitely go out and pick it up.

I would like to thank Stephanie Keyes for stopping by today and Inkspell publishing for letting me host this stop.  If you’d like to find out more about Stephanie Keyes and Star Child check out Stephanie’s links.  You can also check out Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer regarding Star Child.

Giveaway:

http://www.inkspellpublishing.com/1/post/2012/09/the-star-child-blog-tour.html

About the Author:

Stephanie Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems as well as a Master’s in Education. A seasoned, facilitator, Mrs. Keyes worked in Training and Development for an international telecommunications corporation for twelve years; spending the first eight years of her career as a Software Trainer and Technical Writer and the last four working in Human Resources and Employee Development.

In May of 2012, Mrs. Keyes left the corporate world to focus on her family and her writing full-time. She also operates a freelance graphic and instructional design business, Sycamore Road Design.

Inkspell Publishing will release her first novel, The Star Child, on September 21, 2012. She is now currently at work on the second book in The Star Child Trilogy, The Fallen Stars.

Keyes lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and Riley the dog.

Contact Stephanie

Website: www.stephaniekeyes.com

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephanie-Keyes/150860604966160

Twitter: www.twitter.com/StephanieKeyes

 

 

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