Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review of For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Welcome to a month of Lust and Love!!
I will be sharing a variety of books with you all surrounding the theme of lust, love and all that lies between. I will have some sweet romances, some childrens love books, and of course plenty of After Dark Steam for all different tastes! Hope you will all stop in and join me!

Synopsis: "It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen's persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it."

My Review: This one was recommended to me for my month of lust and love. I admit it took me a while to get into it and I started to doubt the choice but I pushed on anyway. I am glad I did continue reading it as it started to pick up steam about a third of the way through the story. I have to admit I was very intrigued by the characters. I particularly loved Elliot, such a loving soul who suffered so much to protect the ones she loved, but she was too loving and giving, almost to the point where there wasn't much fault to be found. Kai on the other hand was so real to me, I loved his flaws and how he seemed more human to me than Elliot (kind of ironic when you read the story). I am not sure about the story, granted if it is inspired by Jane Austen's work that is probably why, I am not a fan of hers. That said, it was a lovely combination of dystopia and romance and made some very interesting points. It may not be one of my favorites and ride the middle of the road for me but I know several others who would love this one.
My Rating: Like I said before this was a real middle of the road book for me, I liked parts while others just didn't capture me. I give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.



  1. I'm glad you did enjoy it, although not as much as I hoped. At least you loved Kai--he was amazing! :D

    1. I think I have just been spoiled lately with books that move quickly while drawing me in, and this one may have been slow due to the influence as well. I did love Kai (not as much as Four though)

  2. Hmmm, everyone else loved this one. It's refreshing to read that it was a little slow. Now I won't go into it with too high expectations.

    1. I think sometimes people forget how slow it starts because it does pick up pace towards the end and that is what influences you more. I guess it is also proof that everyone has their own tastes ;)