Title : Star Daughter
Author : Shveta Thakrar
Publisher : Harper Teen
Pages : 435
Genre : Fantasy
If the night sky holds many secrets, it holds Sheetal Mistry’s secret the closest. A secret that explains why her hair is the silver of starlight, or why some nights the stars call Sheetal by name.
Stars like her mother, who returned to her place in the constellation Pushya years ago. Since that day, Sheetal has been forced to hide.
But as her seventeenth birthday draws near, the pull from the sky is growing stronger. So strong that Sheetal loses control, and a flare of starfire burns her human father—an injury only a full star’s blood can heal.
Sheetal has no choice but to answer the starsong and ascend to the sky. But her celestial family has summoned her for a reason: to act as their human champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of heavens.
Desperate to save her father, Sheetal agrees. But nothing could have prepared Sheetal to face the stars’ dark history—or the forces that are working to shut the gate between the realms for good.
Star Daughter begins with Sheetal narrating in first person how she’s half human and half star. That justifies the title of the book pretty well and things become inevitable. I loved how the author beautifully described in numerous anecdotes of living in a foreign Country where cultures clash with the old and the new. Desi parents will be desi no matter which part of the world they settle in!
The plot takes time to build, which was a turn off in the beginning. I was hoping for some action but it comes in a bit later part of the story. However, I enjoyed where the story was going. The concept is fresh and pretty new and I don’t think I’ve read a book about stars before.
Certain aspects of the story earned some brownie points. For instance, I enjoyed the complex family dynamics. It’s not everyday that you see Stars for in-laws. Imagine all the drama! And the next aspect is the portrayal of friendship. Minal is the friend that one can always depend upon and she low-key reminded me of Grover from Percy Jackson. So you get the idea.
The romance however, didn’t click with me. I loved Dev, but there just wasn’t enough spark between the two. They could be better as friends actually. I think there’s a potential for character development.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would. It’s a charming, desi debut fantasy that I had been waiting for and I enjoyed peeling off the layers of chapters to reach a conclusion that made me smile big.