There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane ~ Tour Review and Giveaway by Jaime!

There Once Were Stars
Melanie McFarlane
Published by: Month9Books
Publication date: April 26th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?

My Thoughts and Feels...

Initially, what attracted me to this one was the cover. It is just beautiful! And the story sounded pretty good, if I do say so. Turns out, it is close to as good as it sounds!

I love the setting of the story, first off. I love the idea (in a book, not real life) of a world built inside of a dome. I can sit and think about all of the many details of said dome, and how it functions for a while. It is such an intriguing, if not completely new, idea.

Nat, the MC, is a scientist. I love that the author created a smart, brave female character. But I must admit that Nat kinda drove me crazy sometimes. I mean, I get it. I do. I can't imagine losing my parents, living with a grandmother like Nat's and living your life in a dome (COOL DOME). Thankfully as the story progressed, she became an awesome character.

There is a love triangle in this one, and it wasn't the best I have read, creatively speaking. The romance was never my main focus though, so this didn't bother me too badly.

There Once Were Stars was a really good dystopian. Not perfect, but I enjoyed it from beginning to end. That is saying something, because it has been a long time since dystopians and myself have gotten along. The ending of this one will have you on the edge of your seat, and leave you sitting wherever you are, feeling satisfied. Melanie McFarlane has a knack, and I can't wait to experience it again!

About the Author...

Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie focuses her powers on writing young adult stories to keep the rest of the world up reading all night.
She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.



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