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ARC Review: The Stars Between Us

Genre: YA Romance/YA SciFi Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2

Vika Hale is willing to do anything so she can live a life of wealth and abundance. Her and her family have lived a life of poverty on Philomenus for far too long, and Vika wants more for her life. However, when she is offered the chance to live a wealthy life after a famous billionaire essentially requires his son to marry Vika in order to inherit his fortune in his father’s will, Vika is not so sure that a wealthy life is worth a loveless marriage and her dignity. Little does she know that events will unfold and make her life much more complicated than she could ever have imagined.

As a whole, I really enjoyed The Stars Between Us by Cristin Terrill. The plot was predictable, but fun to read and I enjoyed the premise of the story. I will say that I found myself a little bored at many points throughout the novel. For the first 30% of the novel, I wasn’t sure who I should ship Vika with, so it lagged a bit. Once Terrill introduced a few romantic scenes between Vika and her love interest, I was more attentive, but I felt like there wasn’t enough romantic tension.

Additionally, I enjoyed the characters for the most part. I appreciated that Vika is a little selfish and not your typical protagonist. Other than that, I liked the other characters, but didn’t feel as though they necessarily stood out.

The mystery element in the novel was good, but again, highly predictable. This book is great if you want a quick and easy read. I wouldn’t recommend it if you are looking for surprising plot twists or a riveting romance, but as a whole, it was pretty good. Overall, The Stars Between Us was one of those books that was good while I was reading it, but nothing particularly stands out that would make it great.


Published by thebiasedbibliophile

I am a freelance editor and book-reviewer with a love for YA fantasy and science fiction. I have a passion for books that highlight underrepresented groups. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, I received a BA in philosophy in 2020 and enjoy reading philosophical texts in my free time.

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