Review of Stone in the Sky by by Cecil Castellucci

StoneintheSkyCoverStone in the Sky (Tin Star #2)
By: Cecil Castellucci
Release Date: February 24th 2015
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
After escaping death a second time, Tula Bane is now even thirstier for revenge. She spends much of her time in the Tin Star Café on the Yertina Feray—the space station she calls home. But when it’s discovered that the desolate and abandoned planet near the station has high quantities of a precious resource, the once sleepy space station becomes a major player in intergalactic politics. In the spirit of the Gold Rush, aliens from all over the galaxy race to cash in—including Tula’s worst enemy.

The Story:
Stone in the Sky picked up with Tula on Yertina Feray- she is well acclimated to her environment though she is living with a good amount of guilt over the events in the last novel, Tin Star. The first book was slow paced and focused a great amount of how Tula’s life had developed on this lonely space station. In this novel the action picks up and there was less time on her interactions with others though that was still a main theme. We got to travel off of Yertina Feray and see other planets which I thought was done beautifully.

Castellucci knows how to create a vivid and realistic otherworldly environment. Her alien races were well thought out and easy to visualize as being a real entity in the universe. Because we are traveling around other planets and experiencing more action on Tula’s journey the pacing was faster in this novel than the first and it felt slightly more science fiction based. I thought all the details (like a space elevator) were wonderfully approached and seemingly based on research.

The writing style was still quiet yet powerful and loaded with emotion. I was impressed with how easily Castellucci was able to jump from Tula’s internal dialog to an action sequence. My only complaint with this novel (and I think ending to the series) was that the ending felt very rushed to me. I could have read another book dedicated to the last third of this book and been much happier. I wanted more depth and detail. The ending felt a bit too wrapped up nicely.

The Characters:
Tula was still the central theme of the novel and we get to experience her growth even more in this novel. I adored Tula in the first book and even more in this sequel. I felt her character arc was beautifully executed. I feel that my main draw to these two book was my appreciation for the author’s ability to create such a well rounded, relatable character in an otherworldly environment.

Tula was still close to her special alien, Tournour. I adored their relationship and how each character brought out strengths in the other. We get to learn more about Tournour’s past which I loved. My only issue was that I read the first book so long ago I had trouble recalling what he looked like so while reading I had a blank spot for him in my mind’s eye. I plan on doing a reread of the two novels back to back and figure I’ll have an even more intense emotional response.

Of course Brother Blue was prominent in this novel and once again I loathed him…though I was able to maybe, just maybe see the tiniest bit of why he was the way he was. As much as I can’t stand him I would love to read a novella focused on him in his earlier years. I think that could be very interesting.

Final Thoughts:
I am so impressed with both Tin Star and Stone in the Sky. I think that Castellucci is a very talented writer and that fans of character driven stories and science fiction will enjoy these books.

My February To Read Pile

January is behind us and now it’s the month of love- February. I ended up reading 12 books in January and I’d love to read that many again this month but I’m going to keep my reading pile smaller than that. I don’t want to cause unnecessary stress on myself.

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I had to start The Heart of Betrayal immediately upon receiving it because I’ve been waiting forever and I’m not patient. I’m about 50 pages from the end so it’s cheating a bit to have it on the list but whatever. It’s been amazing- maybe even better than the first book.

I am about half-way into Invaded and sadly I’m not loving it. I’ve been tempted to DNF but I’ll keep trying for a tiny bit more. Solitaire looks to be different than my norm and was unsolicited but I’m going to give it a shot. The Storyspinner doesn’t release all that soon but I know I’ll not be able to wait to read it much longer.

I’ve started Magonia, Illusionaruim and A Wicked Thing but haven’t made much progress on any of them. I hope to read them all this month too.

I’m really excited about the posts I’ve got planned this month. I have 3 interviews this month:

  • Interview with Melinda Salisbury author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter-first week of February
  • Interview with Becky Wallace author of The Storyspinner-second week of February
  • I’ll be participating in 12 Days of Fictional Swooning Hop- February 13th
  • Interview with Karen Bao author of Dove Arising– end of February

What do you plan to read this month?

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

Can you believe Halloween is next week? Ah! Where did October go? I’m not ready for it to be ending yet. If you visit my blog regularly you’ll have noticed I’ve not posted but once this week. There was some craziness in the community last weekend concerning an author and a blogger friend that I’m pretty confident you’ve heard of. Well, this entire mess zapped away my enthusiasm and left me highly unmotivated. I had so many emotions concerning everything that happened I felt that taking a little bit of time would be beneficial.

I’m starting to feel the tiniest hint of motivation again so I’ve been attempting to write some reviews. Look for Made for You, The Lost, Every Breath and Black Ice to be up soon. As for reading I’ve been working on Mortal Heart which is amazingly well done as expected. After I finish I’ll go back to The Fall and I’m hoping to get in the mood to read some great middle grade books I have.

Also, if you didn’t see, I’m FINALLY on Instagram. If you’re interested you can follow me here.

Now to my latest book additions…

For Review- thank you HarperTeen, Quirk, Macmillan and Bloomsbury:

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 Shutter

Gifts- I have the very best bloggy friends. So many hugs to Krys and Jon

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The only post I did this last week was a review for Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios. I do have a giveaway going for one of the below books. It’s a Twitter giveaway.

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How was your week in books?

Stacking the Shelves

Hello and happy weekend to you all. I’m happy that fall is almost (officially) here! I’ve already gotten the house decorated and now I’m just waiting for the weather to cool down.

On the book front this week was rather slow though the two books I did receive are wonderful and I’m very excited to read them. At the moment I’m reading In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis and The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Both books I’ve been insanely eager to read. I’ve started to reread The Bone Season in anticipation of the next book though I have no clue when and if I’ll get an advanced copy. Really, I just miss Warden. I’ve gotten my dad and now my sister to read it so I needed to relive it myself.

Last week I read Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay and I loved it. It was exactly the type of book I was in the mood for-fun, fast paced with characters I fell in love with.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review (unsolicited- Thank you Harper):

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Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann

Won (thank you to Cecil and Macmillan!):

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Stone in the Sky (Tin Star #2) by Cecil Castellucci

That’s it for the new additions for this last week.

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