Saturday, April 13, 2013

Review: And All The Stars by Andrea K. Host

And All The Stars
Title: And All The Stars
Publication Date: September 29, 2012
Rating: 5 Stars

Come for the apocalypse.
Stay for cupcakes.
Die for love.

Madeleine Cost is working to become the youngest person ever to win the Archibald Prize for portraiture. Her elusive cousin Tyler is the perfect subject: androgynous, beautiful, and famous. All she needs to do is pin him down for the sittings.

None of her plans factored in the Spires: featureless, impossible, spearing into the hearts of cities across the world – and spraying clouds of sparkling dust into the wind.

Is it an alien invasion? Germ warfare? They are questions everyone on Earth would like answered, but Madeleine has a more immediate problem. At Ground Zero of the Sydney Spire, beneath the collapsed ruin of St James Station, she must make it to the surface before she can hope to find out if the world is ending.



My Thoughts

Isn't that cover beautiful? I actually read this one on cover alone. I'm usually not a fan of aliens but what the hell I decided to give it a go and I was not disappointed!

I'll admit at the start I was kinda lost. I had no clue what was going but maybe that was kind of the point since the MC is just as disoriented. Once things get going I finally started understanding what was going on.

I loved the characters in this book, the setting, the descriptions. The way they all worked together. How the group of kids started taking charge. They didn't all just give up and despair. No, they took an initiative and even started helping anyone they could find. Then they went right into finding and understanding the facts of what they were and could do now.

I loved when they got together and started making their strategies, everyone had a job to do and was in charge of their own thing. Of course at times I would think that damn these kids are really smart and not only that but their plans always seemed to work pretty damn well. Things started really heating up after the beach incident and then once the games started. That's when the metaphorical crap started hitting the fan xD

Madeline was amazing. They all were. Even after everything that she goes through she keeps going because she knows that they are all counting on her. It isn't just about her anymore it's everyone else as well. 

I'm not saying this book was perfect, because it was at times a little too complicated to follow through, or maybe I was just too stupid to understand the whole problem about the aliens, cause even know I'm not 100% clear what was going on with them. There was also not enough background information on the rest of the world for my liking. There was some, just not enough. I didn't understand how no one else would help. I get that it was an airborne toxic substance but I don't know, I just would have liked a bit more explaining on that front.

This book was so addictive and entertaining and that ending! Almost actually cried. It was just so bittersweet. Everyone should give it a try.


  1. This book definitely sounds interesting, I had not heard of it before. The summary confuses me a bit and you mention it gets confusing at times, I wonder if I could get past it. Nice review!

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

    1. Thanks! :) Pretty sure you could get past it.


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