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The Watcher of the Night Sky (Aronia Series #1)

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I was really intrigued when I first read the synopsis of this book, however the main character is your typical plain girl that isn't beautiful but has a drop dead gorgeous best friend. When she makes a wish she finds herself to be desired by multiple guys and to be honest I can't really remember their names. That said the story had quite a few things I was excited for and I can't say I hate it, but it's not an absolute favourite either. In general a good story to occupy your time.
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Unfortunately, this book was not for me. After reading the first few chapters, I found myself losing interest and easily setting aside the book. To be honest, I forgot that I had even been in the process of reading it until I saw that I had not yet reviewed this book on Netgalley and quickly looked at my Kindle to start reading. That was when I realized that I had began reading the story ages ago but was unable to pick it back up. I tried once more to read it and still found that the characters didn't really pull me in and quickly set it aside to read a different book.
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*I received this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*'

When I first started reading this novel, I was hesitant as it seemed to be too much romance and not enough magic. However, as the story started rolling, I became as enthralled into Abigail’s tale as her bewitched suitors. Ordinary girl, turned lost princess, The Watcher of the Night Sky is almost like a more modern fairytale complete, with love, fairies, magic, perils and even damsels in distress. I definitely recommend if you need something light to read.
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DNF at 16%.

I know this book is a YA novel, but it just felt really juvenile. There were so many characters that felt flat that they all started merging into one, and I found myself really bored.
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First off, the lovely cover... Very appealing and I'll admit, part of the reason I requested it from NetGalley. 
The first chapter gripped me with its flowery fingers. I loved Pudsey’s voice and the world she created. Honestly, I was super excited. This book had a unique magical feel to it. Unfortunately, though, things took a little dip downwards. When all the men showed up as a result of Abigail’s wish... I was vividly reminded of the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I mean there was even a Gandalf-like character. Despite this, the characters were fun. I loved the rivalry between the princes and the dwarf and giant were endearing. Abigail was sweet and her reactions were mostly realistic. 
For the writing… Those sentences… Waaaaaaay too long with a host of commas accompanying them. While Pudsey’s voice was enjoyable, this grammar aspect was rather distracting. 
Lastly, this was a clean read and I recommend it to all ages of YA readers.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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I was given this book for an honest review.

I liked the premise of this book, but really couldn't stay interested in the story. The characters were interesting and relatable, but there were more and more of them. It was too much.

I really wanted to like this book, but it was so hard to keep reading. I was forcing myself to plod through it. And this is only the first part of the story! No HEA here. This info should be shared up front.
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The scenes are well written with vivid details that capture the imagination and 
bring the story to life while the well-orchestrated events draw the reader in and 
ensure that there is never a dull moment.
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Storyline was very interesting and definitely grabbed my attention. I wasn’t a fan of them just killing people they didn’t like. It was very like wtf. But otherwise it was definitely a greatly written story
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First off I need to say that I have already bought the second book of this series on eBook so I could just continue reading on.

The Watcher of the Night Sky what can I say other than it is really a good story. I sat with the funniest smile on my face through the whole book. I loved the writing style of Rachel Pudsey, in this book. And I have to say as mad as I was at the ending it was a good ending. But of course, the minute I was done with this book I went to Amazon and got the second on eBook so I can start reading it as soon as I am done writing this review. I've NEVER in my life had a need so bad that at the end of a book I HAD to get the next one right there and then. At the end of this book, I actually threw my phone down.

Anyway, have you ever wished upon a star? Did you get what you asked for? Well, Abigail wished for and received her wish. Wishing for attention and love such an innocent wish, right? Until it comes to you in abundance, then you may have a problem. So we go forth with Abigail on a journey through the lands to fix her predicament. You will smile, laugh and get understandably upset throughout this story. But, it is a great story!!!

Now on to book two, lol.

I received this eBook through Netgalley for review.
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This is an excellently written high fantasy with a lot of action and humor interspersed.   I enjoyed it very much until the 'cliffhanger' ending.  
It is also suitable for young adults.

Be prepared to invest in the next volume.
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First Of All How Gorgeous Is That Cover Guys?? This Is 1000000% Sure What Pulled Me In. No Shame I'm A Cover Lovaaaa Haha

Dark Magic √
Fantasy √
Drama √
Adventure √

It Did Start A Bit Slow. But It Hooked Me In At About 25% Of The Book. I Loved It. Can't Wait To Read The Second Book. Definitely Adding To My Shelves :)
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This book was very cute and well written! I loved it because it had the essence every fairy-tale should with its own unique spin on all the things we love. The characters were amazing! I would love to read more from this author! She reminds me of Mercedes Lackey!
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The Watcher of the Night Sky had an interesting plot, and the writing style was somewhere between fairytale and modern, however it just prevented me from getting into the story.

The awkward phrasing throughout kept jarring me out of the story, and while the cover is absolutely beautiful I just have no desire to continue this series.

I was given this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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Nothing like wishing on the stars and getting more than you bargained for.  That's what happened to Abigail.  She winds up with seen suitors.  The story line is very well written and the characters well developed.  Rachel's writing style pulls you into the story and keeps your interest to the last page.  However it does end in a cliffhanger.  I am eager to read the next book in the Aronia series.  Received a copy and this is my voluntary review.
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“The Watcher of the Night Sky” tells the story of Abigail, a young girl who finally gets her wish, though not in the way she intended (wishes, am I right?) 

A way to quickly describe this book is that it is basically Lord of the Rings.  Simply replace the ring with Abigail and Mordor with an elusive “watcher” of the night sky. The book is somehow ridiculous and entertaining at the same time. I made it through the story with a smile on my face and enjoyed some of the twists I didn’t see coming. 

Like many YA books there are moments where as the reader something is so obvious you start to wonder about the IQ of characters who haven’t figured it out yet in the book. 

I was also disappointed that the “watcher of the night sky” is only briefly discussed in this book. It feels like perhaps a different title should have been chosen to reflect this book instead of being a preview of things to come. 

The characters themselves were vibrant and I was impressed with the authors ability to distinguish all of the different suitors from each other. The setting was interesting but felt underdeveloped at times with even the characters confused at where they lived.
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This story has some issues, the biggest of which is no indication in the blurb that this is not a full story. It’s story length, but only part one with a cliffhanger ending rather than concluding one arc with another, larger one, still in play. I’m saying this up front, because many people have issues with that, though the second part is available, so you can just get both. However, I don’t review stories where I didn’t find some value, and The Watcher of the Night Sky certainly passed that standard. I was engaged by the story so the lack of an interim resolution bugged me, but not enough to spoil the whole.

The novel is a bit like a fairytale writ large. The tale is a traditional one of a person happy in their current existence and making plans to keep things that way. Then, she makes one foolish move (one Abigail didn’t even know to be foolish) in a weak moment, and adventure tumbles into her lap.

The large cast appears much like the dwarves showed up on Bilbo’s doorstep, each of them matching some caricature whether the fat Scotsman, the tuneless bard, or an actual, axe-carrying dwarf. While I found some of the behavior and characterization off-putting at times, the story doesn’t stop there. We learn much more about them, a lot of it good. Also, though they are originally described in a stereotypical manner, the characteristics they demonstrate do not continue those patterns.

The last is where the book won me over. Sure, the surface interactions were amusing and the mini adventures entertaining, but how the characters developed and showed their true natures, at least for those who did, captured my attention. The stakes are higher than you might expect, and the story takes a serious turn to the dark side. I think there’s a lot to enjoy, and while I’d have preferred a different breakpoint at the end, I’m happy to have spent time in this odd company.

P.S. I received this ARC through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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This was a pretty good book. Kinda started out slow at first but picked up at the end. I loved it! Great reminder of "be careful what you wish for". I definitely need to read book 2 to see if everything works out ok.
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These are just my comments on an unfinished copy of this book (thank you to NetGalley for providing me a copy of the story!!) so don't let them discourage you from buying the book, there may be a few things that weren't 100% for me but I still enjoyed the book quite a lot!! Definitely worth a read, even just for the creativity of the story. 
This book is an enigma for me because of the extremes that it contains. The story or the idea behind the creation of the book is quite entertaining and humorous, but the way the author goes about telling the story is confusing. The story begins with an exposition that is rather drab, with the first section of the story seeming to be in tones of grey and brown contrasting the colorful beginning of most stories. The story quickly picks up, though, with the bestowing of the curse, but then after that action packed scene they end up staying in Gracehill for almost half of the book! I would not complain about this except that this sort of stop and go mentality continues throughout the book, as if the author doesn't know where they're going half the time and then when they figure something out they write furiously for a time and then get lost again. This is not a huge problem, the author is skilled enough with words that the pace changes are hardly noticable and the story is quite entertaining and I enjoyed it a lot!! One beef I do have with it is that the characters lack individuality - sure the characters have traits that make them unique, - which is certainly important don't get me wrong - they just seem to almost meld together dialogue-wise. The personas of the characters are just not well developed and individualised. Abigail in particular seems to have a sort of plain personality with no humor or quirks to her name.
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The Watcher of the Night Sky
Wow! It was even better than I thought it would be! To the favorites list it goes!

A most excellent mixture of drama, love, fantasy, and adventure. Abigail, being a plain looking girl that no one wants to pay any attention to, gets suddenly upset when her best friend gets all the attention from boys all over. She makes a seemingly harmless wish upon the stars for someone to love her. Little did she know that the stars are cursed by the watcher of the night sky, Levana. Two rival princes, a dwarf warrior, an obese farmer, a hideous musician, a know-it-all genius, and a mysterious cloaked man show up claiming to have fallen madly in love with her. Abigail, desperate to get rid of the curse, journeys with the courters and her best friend in search of Levana. From poisonous berries to being attacked by the strange Faelti, the journey proves to be a nearly impossible task. And along with all the problems they're already facing, a new one comes to mind... Abigail's feelings towards one of the courters. Her best friend tells her to go for it, but Abigail wonders if it's just the curse that is affecting him, or if he truly loves her. I believe this is a must read for ages 15 and up. No cuss words. No sex. No major sexual references. A little bit of violence, but not scary. To me it's almost perfect. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
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3.5 Stars
great concept.

The beginning starts off kinda weird, and slow... took me a while to get into... A young girl makes a wish and finds herself being wooed by princes.
The Watcher of the Night Sky is definitely not your average YA/romance. I actually enjoyed it very much
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