BookView Review: North Star Rising by Darielle Mac

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Page Publishing, Inc.

Pub date August 10, 2022

ISBN 978-1662438288

Price $24.95 (USD) Paperback, $8.99 Kindle edition


Mac’s wonderfully inspiring debut sees a teen girl embark on a memorable journey to find the truth behind the buried secrets of her identity. The preparations for 14-year-old Amber Emrys’s Nest Naming Celebration are in full swing on the mystical isle of T’ir Na Nor in the North Sea where Amber lives with her father. When a close family friend reveals a shocking secret about her mother’s death, Amber realizes everything she has known about her life is a lie. She sets out on a dangerous journey to find the truth. Through Mac’s lyrical writing, readers delve into a story that seamlessly combines intriguing worldbuilding that is full of whimsey with a poignant human drama. The narrative that alternates between a third-person omniscient voice and Pavarotti’s and Amber’s first-person perspectives keeps the page turning. The pacing is smooth and the plotting tight. Amber’s bond with her father, Mary, and Uncle Luc is rooted in reality, and her journey to self-discovery as she struggles with the questions of her true identity and considers what she has always been told about her mother’s death lifts the story a notch above the others in the genre. An artfully crafted, multi-layered, heartwarming tale of family, friendship, and self-realization.


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