Catching Stars Review

Title: Catching Stars
Author: Cayla Keenan
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
Publication Date: 08 May 2018
Source: Oftomes Publishing
Format: eBook (ARC)
Pages: 269
Rating:  3.6 Stars
Reading Timeline: 10 May 2018 - 12 May 2018










Goodreads Synopsis:

Witch. Betrayal. Hunted.


Jayin Ijaad is in hiding. A witch with powerful abilities, she carves out a life for herself in the slums of Pavaal, a city rotting from the inside out. When an old acquaintance tracks her down, Jayin is dragged back into a world she tried to escape -- and is determined to escape again. 
Maddix Kell is on the run. After two years in prison for crimes he did not commit, Maddix escapes and seeks out a legendary order of witchhunters who are his only chance to find justice. 
But all is not as it seems and Maddix soon finds himself on the run from the people he sought as allies. When their paths collide, Jayin and Maddix must put aside their prejudices and forge an uneasy alliance that could crumble at any moment. But if they want to survive in Aestos -- a brutal kingdom where magic and corruption lie hand in hand and enemies lurk around every corner -- they must first survive each other.



Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I love Oftomes novel. They tend to fall perfectly within what I enjoy reading. They also end up being some of my guilty pleasures. They are the kinds of books that I squeeze in between all of the million and one books that I am currently reading. I have been excited about this book since it was first announced. It sounds really interesting and I am intrigued to see how this story unfolds.

Thank you so much to Oftomes Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinion. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

I enjoyed the writing. I thought that the writing worked well with the story that was being told. The dialogue was fun and witty, bringing out a couple of giggles and ooohs. I did find that I just wanted a little more detail. Sometimes I felt like the detail came a little too late in terms of the characters' appearance. I also felt like there was not a lot of showing. The author seemed to tell us the story in the beginning. The world building felt like it was not complete instead, it was missing something.

Plot Thoughts:

I really liked the plot I thought that it carried the right amount of everything. It had action, laughing moments and heart aching moments. It also had some really good filler scenes. The plot also seemed to just fly past but not much was happening overall. The plot seemed to be slow in that part. However, I think that the book does a food job of introducing not only the characters but the world as well.

Character Thoughts:

I think that the characters are interesting but I also think that they needed a little more development. They weren't quite well rounded. There were times where they seemed like they were but then in the next scene they fell a little flat.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I really liked the book. The ending felt like it was written by someone different. Everything seemed a lot cleaner towards the end. The writing was good but you could also see that this was a debut author. The plot was well done. It had all the technical aspects but it felt like not a lot happened. The characters were fun to read about but I felt like they needed a bit more development. With that being said, it was a perfect start to a new series. Thank you so much to Oftomes Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book.

Yours in Reading,

Melleny

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