A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, LGBTQIA+

“Heroes went through so much hardship. Heroes were the stuff of tragedies.”

Four queer teens hold a key piece of the truth behind murders happening in Toronto. They must form an alliance to track down the killer, if they fail, they risk the destruction of the world.

As a queer fae lover who lives in the city of Toronto, I was so excited about this book. It was so fun to see and hear streets and places I know but with a twist of magic. I did feel like there were too many legends, lore, and mythologies included that made it overwhelming. The world-building and explanations were intense and wordy and it felt like too much info was being dumped on me.

I enjoyed the main characters, you can’t really go wrong with an all queer crew. They’re well written, flawed, and all going through their own interesting individual struggles and journeys. The antagonist on the other hand wasn’t great, they had no real depth to them, but it doesn’t take away much from the story.

Something that did really disappoint me is that lack of POC… It feels inaccurate, especially since Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world. But regardless I am very happy with the mental health and queer representation shown.

I feel like I’ve only really said negative things but I don’t think this book was horrible. The overall story was interesting and I loved all the different creatives and themes thrown throughout the story. Overall I found this book okay, and think many people will be able to enjoy this book, I just don’t think it’s for me.

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