by: Jessie Mihalik
Series: Starlight’s Shadow 3
Now I can post this, since the Harper Collins Union has a contract! I’m so excited, because I love this series and author.
I have anxiously been awaiting this book since I first read Hunt the Stars. It was obvious from the first time we met them that Lexi and Nilo have history – and enough chemistry to relight a star. I’ve been dying to read their story ever since.
The fact that the last book, Eclipse the Moon, also ratcheted up the tension in the world – an impending war on the horizon – only made me more anxious to get this book in my hands.
Once again, Jessie Mihalik doesn’t disappoint with the action and machinations. The tension as I read was palpable. I was worried about everyone. Except the Commodore. And the Sun Guardian, who was more than capable of taking care of herself.
We spent some time with Lexi and Nilo in the first book, but they were mostly off-page in book two. Getting to know them better here was refreshing. I especially loved how they actually had to work to communicate.
That being said, this book employed one of my least favorite mini-tropes – the miscommunication and misunderstanding. I appreciate, a lot actually, how it was dealt with in the end (and I don’t really want to spoil it, but it’s something I think more relationships should consider), but I got frustrated with it in the moments.
At least part of this is a matter of perspective for me. I can make some assumptions here that help explain some things – like how Lexi was so guarded and closed-off, even to those she trusted and loved – but they weren’t fleshed out in the book. But I always feel like something is missing when I have to make assumptions.
Most of the book I spent wondering when I would get a better understanding, and by the end I just realized I either missed it or it wasn’t coming. To be fair, I was flying through this book and may have missed something, in which case I’ll eat my words.
I finished the book satisfied and happy with where things are left – but if I could get a book between a couple of Seconds and a medic…and a mechanic and [redacted] I would be FOREVER GRATEFUL. PLEASE. I’m not too proud to beg.