Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Starla by Terrilynn Moore and Quade B Smith


Book Details:

Book Title: Starla by Terrilynn Moore and Quade B. Smith
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 434 pages
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  Laurel Elite Books
Release date:   May 2023
Content Rating:  PG + M: Mild profanity and the lead character lives in a mental and verbally abusive household. The theme of living in an unhealthy household and getting help is a theme in the book. 
Book Description:

High school is stressful enough without having to save your town from evil incarnate.

But Starla never really had a choice in the matter.

Starla, an aspiring artist, lives an uneasy life with her mom after the sudden loss of her dad. She seeks refuge at the home of her grandmother, Ma Mère, where she feels safe. As a teenager, Starla begins to demonstrate magical abilities. Among them, she discovers her hands glow with purple light and she can understand the squeaks of her pets.

Her new abilities are no surprise to Ma Mère, who reveals a long-hidden family secret of power and magic. Starla's new abilities have been passed down for generations and were awakened by the shift in power when Hel, an ancient evil being, escaped containment.

Hel and those under its power are determined to gain possession and control over the citizens of East Pine and the magical dimensions concealed there. Starla and her friends refuse to let that happen.

​If she hopes to thwart Hel's insatiable quest for power and regain control over it before East Pine and all of the dimensions of existence are destroyed, Starla will have to trust her instincts and find the courage to harness the ancestral magic she was born to wield.

Meet the Author:

Terrilynn Moore is a retired police officer who now lives as an artist and storyteller. She expresses her passion through her words and art. The book, Starla, was largely written but not completed until after she reconnected with Quade B Smith after a high school reunion. Quade has prior experience as a co-author of a non-fiction book called, The Bark of the Cony.

connect with the author:  website 

Enter the Giveaway:
STARLA Book Tour Giveaway

My Review: 

Starla is written by the co authored team of Terrilynn Moore and Quade B Smith. They have created an interesting tale that many teen readers would find to be relatable. The listed theme of it involves toxic and abusive relationships and finding the help that is needed to escape. I liked Starla’s character and enjoyed seeing what she is capable of as she takes on a new magical world, power, and discovered talents. There are secrets to be revealed and there is the good vs evil aspect of it, as well. I found that many of the scenes were unpredictable and I never knew what could possibly happen next. I admired the courage, determination and bravery of Starla and seeing her grow as she finds herself from start to finish. Overall, it was a great book to read, while learning a good lesson in the end.

I will be giving Starla four and a half stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading young adult urban fantasy, particularly for those who are between the ages of twelve and seventeen. I would be interested in more stories like this from the writing duo Terrilynn Moore and Quade B Smith to see where else their imagination will take their readers to next. I believe Starla is one that is worth reading and not to be missed. 

I received a copy of Terrilynn Moore and Quade B Smith’s Starla from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to review our new book’Starla.’ It is humbling and exciting to learn how others are experiencing Starla’s world!

    Terrilynn Moore
    Quade B Smith