Light Of A Thousand Stars (True Calling #2.5)
by Siobhan Davis
Ariana Skyee has been the center of Zane Anders’ world for years. They got together as a couple eight months ago; so, Zane finally has the girl of his dreams. Life should be peachy.
But it isn’t.
Haunted by a shared secret that threatens to destroy their relationship and claim their sanity, Zane is on a one-man mission to prevent Ari from falling apart.
Then Commander Skyee drops the biggest bombshell of all and everything Zane has taken for granted about the future is shattered overnight.
Always and Forever: That’s what Zane has promised Ari.
Keeping that promise is about to become the hardest thing he will ever do.
Special Note from the author:
This Novella is narrated solely from Zane Anders’ point of view, and it depicts the events leading up to Ari’s move to Planet Novo. This is NOT a follow on from where Beyond Reach, Book 2 in the series, left off. This relays events prior to True Calling, Book 1. In order to ensure consistency and maximise reading enjoyment, I recommend that the stories within this series are read in the following sequence:
True Calling – Book 1
Lovestruck – Short Story
Beyond Reach – Book 2
Light of a Thousand Stars – Novella
Destiny Rising – Book 3.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
This novella is exactly what I hoped for and more. I always felt like we missed the part of the story about Zane and Ari their past together and with this novella we finally have that piece of the story as well. It’s a very emotional read and bittersweet, as if you have read True Calling you know what happens next. And it was so heartbreaking to see them so happy and know they where going to be separated.
This novella focusses more on the romantic aspect, although there is also some foreboding for what’s going to happen next. There aren’t many sci-fi elements beside knowing what’s going to happen next, but I think that fit the tone of this novella as it’s more about Zane and Ari their relationship. It’s great to see Zane and Ari together in this novella and knowing that part of their past, it makes it feel more real and detailed to actually have read about their relationship. And it was a fun novella to read, I almost read it entirely in one sitting as I wanted to know more and at the same time didn’t want it to end as I knew the ending wouldn’t be happy.
This novella also makes me doubt again which team I am in the love triangle. Seeing Zane and Ari together like this makes me realize how great they are together and good for each other. I am hoping there’s still hope for Zane as I think I like him a bit more than Call after reading this novella. It also makes me understand him more and realize the depth of their feelings.
I didn’t like that Zane kept something from Ari although I understood why he did so. There’s also the issue of the ‘secret’, something that happened in the past and what Ari remembers at the end of Beyond Reach, although we don’t learn what it is. This novella doesn’t tell us what happens either, but there are some hints and I have my guess of what happened. I am assuming we will find out what happened in the next book and I am really curious. It’s frustrating sometimes to know the characters are keeping something from the reader, but it does keep the mystery going for a bit longer.
This novella really ads something to the series and makes me better appreciate and understand what Zane and Ari went through and I feel so sorry for them for what happened. It adds a piece to the story that I felt was missing before. While it chronologically takes place before True Calling, I think it’s best to read it between Beyond Reach and Destiny Rising.
To conclude: I really enjoyed this novella, it was emotional and bittersweet and exactly what I hoped for. I do feel conflicted about the love triangle as I like this glimpse we got of Zane and Ari together. This novella perfectly bridges Beyond Reach and Destiny Rising and I would recommend to read it between even though chronologically it fits before True Calling. All in all a great novella and I am even more excited about Destiny Rising now!
You can add Light of a Thousand Stars to your to-read list on Goodreads
You can buy Light of a Thousand Stars here:
– Amazon USA
Other books I read and reviewed by this author:
– Siobhan Davis – True Calling (True Calling #1) – 4 stars
– Siobhan Davis – Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) – 4 stars
Ah, yes the bittersweet stories can really be good. I love when they give a different perspective and this one sounds even better since it keeps you guessing with a mystery.
As to love triangles, most of the time, I don’t like them. I feel that it is for maybe two reasons that are inter-connected: my choosing poorly written ones and the author not writing their love triangle well. I have read a couple that worked and I liked them because everyone involved communicated, acted mature and other factors were involved, but I really don’t like it when its just a case of an indecisive weak person bouncing back and forth.
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I really liked the bittersweet feel of this story. This novella gives some clues to the mystery, but only in book 3 will we hear what truly happened. We also get zane hsi point of view in the books, about 1/3 of the chapters are from his pov, but I think this novella really adds a part of the series that was needed.
I agree with love triangles it really depend son how they are written. I have encountered a lot of annoying love triangles, but this one is really well written. Both boys are likable and it really makes it hard to pick a side. She also doesn’t go back and forth, but the temptation is there.
Apparently, the beginning of book #1 is available on GR if we want to take a look ^^ You made me excited about reading this series, now 😉
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Oh I didn’t realize part was up on goodreads. I had some trouble with the first few chapters of the first book, but after that it get’s really good. It’s a great series and I am happy I made you excited about it. I hope you’ll pick it up :).
Like Sophia said, I really don’t care for love triangles in books because then I pick a team and don’t want to be disappointed if my side doesn’t win. but I would really love to read this series. Is it coming to an end? Because I really don’t want to have to wait for the next book to come out.:)
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The last book will be released end August I think. Which is another thing I like, while the book end in cliffhangers, the wait for the next book isn’t too long. I can’t wait to see how this series ends. Although I am afarid I might pick the wrong team and then other wins, but if it’s wel written I am usually okay with it. And both boys are good for Ari.
I’m glad to see that this novella was able to capture the story somehow despite the lack of length and that it delivered to a certain extent! I really get bothered when characters keep vital information from each other, too… especially if what was used as a lame-ass reason. And I feel you re: love triangles… sometimes I’d love one guy, but then when the other guy gets featured or explored, I tend to switch boats! It drives me mad sometimes because I become so wishy-washy!
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While it isn’t that long, it is the right lenght for the story it needs to tell. I don’t like it when characters keep vital information from each other, although I could kinda understand why they did in this book. I prefer when characters are open and honest. I tend to switch boats a lot with this series, as I think both guys are good for her. One moment I am team zane, but then I think call is good for her as wel and they changed so much I am not sure if this Ari and Zane will still work. I am really curious how the series will end and how the love triangle will resolve.
I don;t like love triangles but I don’t think it’s that big of an issue here?
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It plays a part in the series, this novella focusses more on Zane and Ari their past instead of the lvoe triangle, but this novella does make me think of the love triangle as seeing this side of their relationship makes me Team Zane again. I think the love triangle is well done in this book.
I both like and dislike love triangles because they can get silly at times but at other times they really spice things up. 🙂
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I am the same, in some books I dislike it, but they can also be well done and spice up a book.
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Hmm, I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles but I can handle them if they’re executed well 🙂 I really like the cover of this novel as well, I haven’t read this novella before but I think I might now. Lovely review Lola!
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This one is well executed. But I know what you mean many love triangles seem to be there more for the sake of creating drama or the second boy doesn’t really stand a chance. I hope you give this series a try!