#BookReview: Starswept

“Romance will come your way soon.”

Starswept by Mary Fan


4.5 stars


  • An invented language!
  • Unique world-building
  • Focus on the arts


  • Too much mystery in the beginning

Starswept is a wonderful book. I love the premise of the situation, where the arts are adored by an alien race. There are also interesting underlying themes of prejudice, xenophobia, and the value of human lives in the novel.

I’m able to really identify with the main character, Iris. I love how she’s not always the damsel in distress, waiting for the guys around her to rescue her. However, she’s still real and has emotions of wanting to belong and to have a fairytale life that make her a complex and conflicted individual. I also respect Iris for being a proper violist and not a supergirl when it comes to breaking out of her comfort zone and trying to do physical feats.

The love story is beautiful, but I did take off a .5 star because I felt like I couldn’t really understand the strong attraction to the Adryil boy since he was always so mysterious about who he was and about relaying particular facts. It does all work out in the end, in a very interesting way, but I remember feeling like I should have known more about him to really understand and fall in love with his character earlier .

Overall, though, I really enjoyed this futuristic world with its deep and timely themes. It’s a very intriguing start to a new series.  And I adore learning the invented alien language!

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  1. Jennifer,
    Is this book YA? Sci-fi or Magical Realism? Sounds interesting, especially the invented language.

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