Inherit the Stars by Tessa ElwoodInherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood

Inherit the Stars

byTessa Elwood

Paperback | December 8, 2015

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LOVE AND LOYALTY. As the youngest daughter of the House of Fane, Asa lives every day of her life in honor of both, for herself and her people. But as her kingdom's food and energy crisis peaks, Asa must find more to fuel Fane's survival.
Taking the place of her older sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the prosperous House of Westlet, seems like a straightforward solution. Forging an unforeseen bond, however, leads to an unavoidable division of loyalties. One simple truth lies at the heart of the matter, and only Asa can decide which one to tell.
Romance, politics, and space adventure intersect in this first book of Tessa Elwood's addictive debut duology.

Tessa Elwoodis a web designer obsessed with stories, coffee, and running shoes.Inherit the Starsis her debut novel. She lives in Kansas City, MO.
Title:Inherit the StarsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:December 8, 2015Publisher:Running PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0762458402

ISBN - 13:9780762458400

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Odd but Enjoyable Sci-Fi I haven't heard great things about Inherit the Stars so I was nervous to open this one up. While it wasn't horrible, it definitely left me with mixed feelings. For most of the story I was confused. Oddly enough it was still addicting. The biggest struggle with this book is its writing style. I found it very choppy and jumpy. Like I said, I was so confused. During parts of the story I had no clue how we went from one sentence to the next. The shift in story was very abrupt and irrelevant. I half overlooked this though because the story itself was interesting. I wanted to know. Inherit the Stars literally jumps right into action from the first page. Asa's racing to save her sister's life only to realize it might be too late. A series of events happen that lands her in the House of Westlet. I really liked the concept of the royal houses, their technologies and the scientific advancements. It was a lot to take in but amazing to read about. I even enjoyed the political tug-of-war for power. Because if not for it, how would Asa and Eagle have had the chance to meet. Although not a big part of the story, the romance was the perfect blend of intensity and slow-burn. The characters ranged from amiable to outright loathsome. Starting with Asa, she was stupid and impulsive. Knowing there would be consequences to her every action, I don't know how she can act first and think later. The only commendable thing about this girl is her loyalty to her family and her people. Same with Eagle. He was quiet and stony but always dutiful. I hated Asa's parents. The father who's hard on her for no apparent reason (at least at first). The mother who waltzes back into her life after abandoning her for so long. The bombshell she dropped came out of nowhere. I really don't think any words they utter excuses them from their poor treatment of Asa. Just when I thought the story was going to go one way, a 360 degree twist happens and changes everything. I'm hesitant to pick up the second book but I do want to know what happens next. So while I won't be anticipating it, I would give the next book a shot when it comes out.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This one will knock your socks off This one was on par for me with A History of Glitter and Blood for being equal parts exciting and beautifully written. It is in stream of consciousness and takes some getting used to, but it was magnificent. I highly recommend this one because it is my new favourite, I loved Asa and her determination to save her sister. I loved how she didn't even realize she was falling for Eagle. I did think that the romance was rushed but I did enjoy the romance. It wasn't insta-love it just wasn't fleshed out, but I think that is because we were so deeply engrossed in Asa's mind. I'll post a full review at the end of October/beginning of November (probably over at Queen of the Bookshelves) but until then, here is my favourite quote from the book: "The sunshine glows when the world ends and there's nothing left to do but whatever you can." Overall: 4/5 stars. And I would highly suggest reading this in one sitting if you can to get yourself acquainted with the writing and be able to fully immerse yourself in the story.
Date published: 2015-08-16

Editorial Reviews

“Elwood's solid debut ably presents a complex society in shambles due to political corruption, environmental destruction, and widespread poverty.”

“The characters live and breathe, floating off the pages to haunt readers' dreams This book will find a wide range of fans, even those who usually spurn science fiction.”