Review: Double Star

This book is the first book I will be reviewing in the coming weeks for Clean Teen Publishing. If you follow my blog, you know that my preference is to read clean (no language or sexual content) books, so I'm really happy to promote this publisher and their authors. It also helps that, so far, their books have also been good.

Double Star
YA Fantasy/Mythology
June 7th 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing
(first published October 25th 2012)

Goodreads summary:
When Cepheus, a dark god, forces seventeen-year-old Ally Ashworth off an isolated overlook, she has no idea she's falling into his world, or that the necklace she’s wearing is actually a key - one with the power to ignite the next world war. But she’s carried beyond his reach and into the one place where he’s powerless ... the forest of Gilgamesh.

Ally’s never been Miss Popularity, but her outsider status takes on new meaning when she’s rescued by Liam Cheveyo and his peculiar friends. After seeing them shape-shift into their freaky humanimal counterparts, Ally smacks hard into a few truths: magic really does exist and, although getting here took no effort, finding her way back might be impossible. Feelings between her and Liam begin to grow along with the realization that, in this world, she’s stronger, better ... until she’s caught in a trap set by the creepy spider-boy Cepheus sends to retrieve her. But Ally’s not going down without a fight, not after learning the horrible truth about the passageways.

The survival of both worlds depends on it.


What I thought:
I was basically hooked from the first chapter. We're in the middle of Ally's nightmare and things aren't necessarily going according to plan. When she wakes up, reality sets in. She's basically a normal teenager getting ready to start college. I guess you could say that this is more of a NA book then YA because of that. The story continues on as Ally is thrown (literally) into a parallel world where we meet the tall, dark, and handsome Liam.

Just as in the beginning of Ally's story, I was completely pulled into Liam's as his begins. Just from these first few chapters I knew that this story was going to be good. The writing is fairly smooth and I liked my first impressions of the characters and the storybook world the author had created. I also really liked the play off of Greek mythology.

Liam's and Ally's first impressions of each other aren't as favorable as mine. They are both strange to each other and are also both outspoken in some ways, so they end up annoying each other a little. That changes, though, as they get to know each other better. They end up sharing their thoughts with each other and filling each other in on the world they live in or, in Ally's case, came from. There is also an almost immediate chemistry between the two. They share some sweet moments and Liam finds out what it should feel like when you kiss someone.

I really enjoyed the story as the plot progressed and Ally and Liam are banded together with other friends as they take off on a journey. There is enough suspense to keep the story moving and some intense moments. I wasn't exactly sure how things were going to end, or maybe more accurately, how they all were going to arrive at the end. Not that this is. This is only the first book in the series.

Here is one quote from Ally that I really liked:
"She had never dreamed she could feel this happy again.
Because dreams can be dangerous. What if you imagined your life traveling a different path, only to find that place was out of reach?
But what if you never try?"
Overall, this was a great read! If you like mythology, fantasy, and sweet love then I would definitely recommend picking this up!

Content: Clean
Source: Purchased from Amazon during a free promotional period.

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