Tour Stop Giveaway & Review: Stars in Her Eyes by Clare C. Marshall

May 18, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Blog Tours, Books, Indie, Reviews


Stars in Her Eyes Blog Tour

by Clare C. Marshall

Release Date: 13 May 2013



Burn hot and cold.

Read minds.

Disappear at will.

Dream your own death.

Welcome to Sparkstone University, where some students are more gifted than others.

When Ingrid learns she’s been accepted at the hyper-secretive Sparkstone University, she is sceptical. It’s an honour to attend, apparently, and yet barely anyone has ever heard of the place.

And everyone seems a little too happy that she’s there: especially when she meets Sunni and her group of friends. They seem to already know Ingrid. As if she was expected. Expected to save Earth from an imminent alien invasion. Like she has superpowers or something.

As if magic and mutations exist. As if aliens are really planning to attack.

That just sounds ridiculous. There’s no such thing.



My review: X-men meets aliens at Sparkstone

If you’re looking for a quick, fun and sassy read, Stars in Her Eyes will be exactly what you’re looking for. It reminded me of R.L. Stein’s Goosebumps due to its ease of reading and a young woman discovering the other-worldly horrors that await her new school.

Ingrid is a smart, talented student accepted into the mysterious Sparkstone Academy full of other A class students. Everything seems peachy when she meets a vivacious girl called Sunni and is given a tour by a lovely woman. However, warning bells ring when the school takes a fingerprick sample of her blood, Sunni warns her not to eat the canteen food and she discovers hidden cameras all over the school. It turns out Sparkstone is run by The Collective, a group of aliens and Ingrid and her friends with special abilities are the only ones that can stop them.

The story is kind of like Xmen with aliens, where a group of students with special powers discover what is happening in their school and band together to fight the aliens. You’ve got Sunni who has premonitions in her dreams, Misty who can shoot fire from her hands, Will who can enter people’s minds and see what they’re thinking, and Jia who can make herself invisible. While we’ve seen these powers before, pitting them against aliens was a fun way to use them.

Ingrid was a very likable character, she doesn’t preoccupy herself too much on why these things are happening and whether this is actually real and just goes along with it. She’s not afraid to take risks and challenge the norm, and she picks up the strange occurrences at Sparkstone straight away.

Stars in Her Eyes is full of excitement, action and adventure as the plot moves at a progressively fast pace. It doesn’t focus too much on complex world building or character development, which makes it a light read. Sometimes that’s exactly what I’m looking for and I’m glad I picked it up.

I received a review copy from the author on this blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

Rating: 4 out of 5


About the Author

smallclareClare Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial up internet, and yet, she turned out okay. She has a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology from the University of King’s College, and is a graduate from Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. She founded Woulds & Shoulds Editing and Design in 2010 for self-published authors and businesses looking for quality editing and design services. She enjoys publishing books through her publishing imprint, Faery Ink Press, and released her first novella,Within in 2011. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing the fiddle and making silly noises at cats.

Giveaway – open internationally

It wouldn’t be a blog tour without a giveaway!

Clare is giving away the following to celebrate the release of her new book:

A print copy of Stars in Her Eyes

Faery Ink Press Swag

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7 responses to “Tour Stop Giveaway & Review: Stars in Her Eyes by Clare C. Marshall

  1. I was about to say 'this sounds fun!' But Michelle already said it… 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it! Personal reviews really are the best form of scouting a good read.

  2. This sounds really fun! I haven't read many 'gifted' school plots yet so I might have to try this one out. Also the cover is lovely! It does remind me a bit of Kingdom Hearts for some reason though.

  3. This book sounds totally up my alley. I love fantasy and books that feature gifted students with magical/supernatural powers. 🙂 Thanks, Jeann!