Sunday, February 12, 2023

#BookReview: These Wicked Stars by (The Nightfall Bazaar #1) by Catelyn Wilson

Synopsis: If you know what you want, you will never find it.

Hazel Blackthorn is an outcast, the bastard daughter of a nameless sailor and a disgraced mother. She will do anything to marry her secret fiancĂ©, Linus, and escape her oppressive life. When Linus announces he must marry her cousin in order to save his family’s crumbling business, Hazel is heartbroken and her hope for the future crushed. But a kind old man offers her salvation: Travel to the mythical Bazaar that visits the island once every thirty years and return before the end of the festival with medicine he needs, and she will have all the riches in the world. Gripped by hope, Hazel accepts.

But in the Bazaar, a place where the gods themselves used to dwell, Hazel can trust nothing. In a world where you can buy time and purchase power, wicked merchants wield cruel magic. As she travels further into the Bazaar, searching for the medicine her benefactor desires, she becomes enmeshed in a game of cat and mouse with the all-powerful King of the Bazaar, a man with a silver-tongue and shadowy past. 

As time runs out and the Bazaar threatens to trap Hazel forever, she begins to unravel the mystery of the Bazaar and why the King wants her for himself. But Hazel must decide if her desire for her freedom is worth the cost the Bazaar demands--and if the love she thought she needed is the one she truly deserves.


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review: This book was not for me at all. I loved the cover but the story was just flat.  The pacing was really off and it felt like it was all over the place with its telling.  The main character was really naive at times when things were laid right at her feet.  So for me this one isn't one I could recommend.  

About the Author

Catelyn writes Young and New Adult fantasy with mythological twists. She grew up traveling the world and enjoys sprinkling the culture and history of her homes throughout her novels.Currently, she lives in Texas with her husband where she writes and obsesses over her dog. One day she dreams of owning highland cattle and miniature donkeys.Follow her to stay up to date on new releases, giveaways, and other announcements! She is most active on TikTok and Instagram and her handle for both is @Catelyn_Writes.  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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