JUSTICE BURIED (STARBRIGHT BOOK ONE)
by Hilary Thompson
self-published Jan 2014
The people need Justice, but she’s not listening.
One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates.
Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior – but how could she save anyone when she doesn’t believe it herself?
Astrea fights against her false destiny until she learns her life is in danger, and she discovers a power she never knew she had.
As betrayal closes every door, Astrea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny.
Mama’s Thoughts on Justice Buried:
I am really digging this series, though this book brought up some things I feel I should point out for the sake of honesty in my opinion. Well to be honest with you, I had to really warm up to Astrea. She seems very selfish and confusing, but the more I thought about it (and the more I read) I realized she’s very much a sixteen year old girl- which is an age full of confusion and contradiction. Given this, and the antithetical facts which are divulged once a certain handsome stranger enters her realm, you’ve a recipe for one befuddled protagonist. I still think of Trea as a heroine because she goes through a lot of personal growth and even as young as she is, she wants to do the right thing.
This is what I admire about Hilary Thompson’s writing. It’s so painfully real, and elaborate in its scope that you can’t help but love it. Justice Buried winds a twisty passage of tangled myths and prophecies, conflicting stories, and potent beliefs. When you don’t know who to trust, you absolutely must trust yourself, even if you don’t quite believe in yourself. Once again I have to commend the descriptive quality of this tale, and I would absolutely recommend the series to those who enjoy YA with intelligence and heart. 4.5 stars!
LEXAN’S PLEDGE (STARBRIGHT NOVELLAS BOOK TWO)
by Hilary Thompson
Self-published Mar 2014
Author’s Note: this is not a full-length sequel to Justice Buried. It is a short novella telling Lexan’s side of the story!
There will come three… A child of peace, born in a place of war. A child of right, born in a place of many wrongs. A child of lawfulness, born in a place with no laws. The secrets of Asphodel continue to spill as Lexan tells his side of the story. Lexan has been pretending for so long that he barely remembers why. All he knows is that it’s getting harder to be the image of perfection that everyone expects. With Keirna plotting murder, Saloman having visions, and Trea throwing tantrums, Lexan just might be ready to risk his world for the chance at a better one.
Mama’s Thoughts on Lexan’s Pledge:
Rather than mucking about with alternate pov’s within the main story line, Hilary Thompson has given us wonderful little glimpses into the flip side of both Justice Buried and Balance Broken. Lexan is a rather fascinating character that simply begs to be explored, so I was tickled to find out that he did indeed have his own novella. As the one who is supposed to be chosen by Astrea, he holds on to just as many secrets as she does, and maybe knows more about her secrets than he lets on. I thought the inner workings of this young man would be hard to stomach, but through reading his novella, I learned to like him much more than before. And maybe even pity him more. I’m very interested to see exactly what does happen in Balance Broken, because as The Dude would say “new shit has come to light, man.” Overall I enjoyed having a few things squared away, and delving into Lexan’s psyche. 4 stars and a hearty anticipation for the next installment!
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