The Astrologer's Daughter by Rebecca LimThe Astrologer's Daughter by Rebecca Lim

The Astrologer's Daughter

byRebecca Lim

Paperback | June 19, 2015

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Finalist, 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year AwardKirkus Best Teen Books of 2015Kirkus Best International Teen Books of 2015Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2015 for an Adrenaline RushShortlisted, 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Best YAShortlisted, 2015 Aurealis Award for Best YAShortlisted, 2015 Davitt Award for Best YAA 2015 CBCA Notable Book for Older ReadersLonglisted, 2015 Gold Inky Award'This is a taut, expertly crafted thriller, but it is also a devastating examination of grief, both the initial, acute pain of loss and the well-worn paths of years of sorrow.'-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books'A fiercely realized teen uses astrological skills to solve a heartbreaking mystery... [Lim's] taut, assured thriller weaves together astrology and mythology, poetry and poverty, and several generations of mothers whose love can't protect their children from humanity's ugliest tendencies. Teen and adult readers who like their mysteries gritty and literary, with a touch of magic: seek this one out.'-Kirkus [starred review]'Elegantly written... Weaving the past and the present seamlessly, the book feels realistic, even as Lim straddles reality and superstition. . . . A grim, often terrifying story, this mystery will keep readers guessing until the end.' - School Library Journal'A complex and engrossing amalgam of suspense, relationships, and hope found and lost. Lim's (Mercy, 2011) narrative is seamless, and readers will eagerly and quickly sympathize with the characters, while the fascinating glimpse into the world of astrology and charting adds another layer of interest. This has great potential as an intergenerational reading club selection, and the story's ambiguous ending offers plenty of opportunities for discussion.' - Booklist OnlineSmart and original-a beautifully written mash-up of mystery, thriller, and love story."-Vikki Wakefield, author ofFriday Never Leaving"Compulsively readable. Avicenna is a captivating hero. . . . This gritty and mysterious love story will stay with me for a long time."-Cath Crowley, author ofGraffiti MoonPraise for Rebecca Lim's Mercy series:"A modern-dayQuantum Leap for the teen set (but with angels): well-rounded characters, including a particularly strong heroine; beautifully written prose; and a dark and twisting plot that kept me guessing until the very end."-Laurie Faria Stolarz, author of the Blue Is for Nightmares series"Subtly beautiful and utterly intriguing, Rebecca Lim's Mercy series brims with mystery and romance that pulls readers through the veil between worlds real and mythical."-Andrea Cremer, author ofNightshadeAvicenna Crowe's mother is missing.The police suspect foul play. Joanne is an astrologer, predicting strangers' futures from their star charts. Maybe one of her clients had a bad reading?But Avicenna has inherited the gift. Armed with Joanne's journal, she begins her own investigation that leads into the city's dark underworld. The clock is ticking, and as each clue unravels Avicenna finds her life ever more in danger.The Astrologer's Daughter is a gripping, powerful mystery.Rebecca Lim lives in Melbourne. She worked as an attorney before leaving to write full time. Rebecca is the author of ten other books for children and young adult readers. Her Mercy series is published in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, Germany, and Brazil. "
Rebecca Lim is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia, with a background in commercial law. Rebecca is the author of sixteen books for children and young adult readers, includingThe Astrologer's Daughter (aKirkus Best Book of 2015, and aForeword Reviews IndieFab 2015 Finalist) andAfterlight. Shortlisted for the Prime M...
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Title:The Astrologer's DaughterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.99 inPublished:June 19, 2015Publisher:Text Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1922182001

ISBN - 13:9781922182005

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from YA with heart and real emotion I was hooked from the first chapter. I loved Avicenna's voice and how she kept going trying to do right by others even while she grieved for her mom. My one gripe, I would have loved more Simon. There were many unexpected twists and turns to this book and I liked how things that didn't look connected came together.
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YA Mystery Thriller from Australia Purchased this for our school library on the strength of the Kirkus newsletter and I was not sorry. The protagonists were racially diverse and the mystery kept me guessing until the end with all the cold case threads. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I was disappointed by this book The Astrologer’s Daughter by Rebecca Lim is a young adult mystery novel. Avicenna Crowe is eighteen and still in high school. Her mother, Joanne Nielsen Crowe has been missing for over twenty-eight hours. She left no note for Avicenna. Joanne had predicted something would happen to her, but she was never specific with her daughter. Joanne is an astrologer (she does charts for people) and she is always right. Joanne has never told Avicenna much about her past. Avicenna sets out to find her mother with the help of Simon Thorn (from school). Avicenna finds a connection to between her mother’s disappearance and a murder that was never solved. Avicenna will find out secrets about her mother and their family. Avicenna will also find out if she has inherited her mother’s abilities. I, personally, did not enjoy reading this novel. It reminded me of (please excuse this imagery) verbal vomit from a teenager (book is written in the first person). She started talking and kept rambling (on and on and on). I could not wait for this book to end. I give The Astrologer’s Daughter 1 out of 5 stars. It was a confusing book (the missing mom, astrology, murder) with a lot of astrology terms regarding charts, rising moons, and planet alignments (and much, much more). The book also contained the normal teenage angst about school, looks, and romance. This book sounded so good, but I was very disappointed. I received a complimentary copy of The Astrologer’s Daughter from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
Date published: 2015-06-07

Editorial Reviews

'This is a taut, expertly crafted thriller, but it is also a devastating examination of grief, both the initial, acute pain of loss and the well-worn paths of years of sorrow.' - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books'A fiercely realized teen uses astrological skills to solve a heartbreaking mystery... [Lim's] taut, assured thriller weaves together astrology and mythology, poetry and poverty, and several generations of mothers whose love can't protect their children from humanity's ugliest tendencies. Teen and adult readers who like their mysteries gritty and literary, with a touch of magic: seek this one out.' - Kirkus [starred review]'Elegantly written... Weaving the past and the present seamlessly, the book feels realistic, even as Lim straddles reality and superstition. . . . A grim, often terrifying story, this mystery will keep readers guessing until the end.' - - School Library Journal'A complex and engrossing amalgam of suspense, relationships, and hope found and lost. Lim's (Mercy, 2011) narrative is seamless, and readers will eagerly and quickly sympathize with the characters, while the fascinating glimpse into the world of astrology and charting adds another layer of interest. This has great potential as an intergenerational reading club selection, and the story's ambiguous ending offers plenty of opportunities for discussion.' - Booklist Online 'This is a taut, expertly crafted thriller, but it is also a devastating examination of grief, both the initial, acute pain of loss and the well-worn paths of years of sorrow.'-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books'A fiercely realized teen uses astrological skills to solve a heartbreaking mystery... [Lim's] taut, assured thriller weaves together astrology and mythology, poetry and poverty, and several generations of mothers whose love can't protect their children from humanity's ugliest tendencies. Teen and adult readers who like their mysteries gritty and literary, with a touch of magic: seek this one out.'-Kirkus [starred review]'Elegantly written... Weaving the past and the present seamlessly, the book feels realistic, even as Lim straddles reality and superstition. . . . A grim, often terrifying story, this mystery will keep readers guessing until the end.' - School Library Journal'A complex and engrossing amalgam of suspense, relationships, and hope found and lost. Lim's (Mercy, 2011) narrative is seamless, and readers will eagerly and quickly sympathize with the characters, while the fascinating glimpse into the world of astrology and charting adds another layer of interest. This has great potential as an intergenerational reading club selection, and the story's ambiguous ending offers plenty of opportunities for discussion.'-Booklist Online