Happy book birthday to Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar! I’ve been excited about this book since the day I saw the gorgeous cover a few months ago. I was lucky enough to win the author’s giveaway for newsletter subscribers, so I received an ARC of the book last week. I can’t even describe how excited I was to hold this book in my hands; seeing a fellow Desi girl front and center on a cover just made my heart swell! So of course I had to dress up to match the glorious cover…
This book is the crossover between Neil Gaiman’s Stardust and Hindu mythology that I didn’t know I needed. It’s a lushly written fantasy about celestial courts and mythical creatures, but also captures the chaos of large Indian family gatherings and the helpless feeling of trying to handle pushy relatives who “know what’s best”. Sheetal is a pretty relatable Desi teenager, besides the fact that her hair glows white because she’s half-star!
I’m not actually finished with the book yet, but so far it has been really enjoyable. Look out for a full review later this week! In the meantime, here’s a description and some pre-order links:
Title: Star Daughter
Author: Shveta Thakrar
The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. Pretending to be “normal.” But when an accidental flare of her starfire puts her human father in the hospital, Sheetal needs a full star’s help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.
Sheetal’s quest to save her father will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must take the stage as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens–and win, or risk never returning to Earth at all.
This gorgeously imagined YA debut blends shades of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust and a breathtaking landscape of Hindu mythology into a radiant contemporary fantasy.
https://www.inkwoodnj.com/star-daughter-shveta-thakrar-preorder-signed-copies – SIGNED COPIES!
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