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

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Pub Date 24 May 2015 | Archive Date 01 Aug 2018

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Fifteen-year-old Abigail Crumble was never much for talking about love and marriage and other such nonsense - no matter how often her boy obsessed best friend pestered her to do so. Or so she so adamantly proclaimed. 

Yet on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Abigail makes the biggest, most contradictory mistake of her life. She wishes on the stars for love, or even the smallest amount of attention, without knowing the full impact of such a feat. 

Abigail soon finds her simple life in chaos as princes, men and mysterious creatures come to her door, each adamantly in love with her and refusing to leave her side. 

Mixing fantasy and romance, The Watcher of the Night Sky begins the tale of one girl's quest to rid herself of a curse that was definitely far more than she wished for.

Revised edition: This edition of The Watcher of the Night Sky includes editorial revisions.

Fifteen-year-old Abigail Crumble was never much for talking about love and marriage and other such nonsense - no matter how often her boy obsessed best friend pestered...

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Sounds interesting and I like the cover. The opening feels like you’re settling in for a fairytale. Poor Abigail top of her class and bullied by boys makes a wish upon a star, a wish that comes true in the form of a curse. Favourite of the seven is Clay. Abigail needs to toughen up a bit and learn what privacy is. I liked the comedy added by the variety of guys, especially the constant bickering between two enemies.

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Thank you for letting me read this book. I loved it! I will be posting this review on my blog, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.


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The Watcher of the Night Sky was a hidden gem that I found on Netgalley. Without Netgalley, I don’t think I’d have ever found it, which would have been unfortunate, because it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.

When I first found The Watcher of the Night Sky, I wasn’t looking for a serious book. The description sounded a tad fluffy - which was okay - because that’s what I was looking for at the time. This book took me by complete surprise. It wasn’t fluffy at all! It was clever, and had humor, heartbreak, magic, memorable characters, and a grand adventure. It was well-conceived, and compelling, and I had a hard time putting it down. I wasn’t looking for a book like this, but I’m glad I found it.

With the exception of one, all the guys “in love” with Abigail were one-of-a-kind. They had unique personalities, and talents, and I loved watching them all work together to help Abigail with her quest.

I loved the sweet and strong friendship Abigail and Olivia had. Abigail was constantly picked on by her classmates, because of her looks, and Olivia never let it slide. She always stood up to the bullies, because of her love and loyalty to Abigail. When Abigail decides to leave her home in order to get her wish reversed, Olivia insists on coming along. Abigail and Olivia reminded me a lot of Frodo and Sam, another incredibly strong friendship.

The Watcher of the Night Sky has all the ingredients needed for a great YA fantasy, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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I don't think I have enough words to describe just how much I enjoyed this book. I choose to read it because the cover was gorgeous and the plot sounded different. Indeed a girl who wishes upon the stars and ends up with a bunch of men madly in love with her.
The plot was well written and kept you guessing as to what was going to happen. As this is only part one it left off on a massive cliff hanger. One that insures if you read the first part you will jump right into getting the second.
For fans of fantasy, romance, and quests.

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I could not put this book down! I literally finished it within a day!

In this fairy-tale adventure, Abigail is a plain and very relatable teenager, who is picked on by her peers for being studious and "ugly". Her best friend, Olivia, however, is beautiful and receives the attention of many boys in their quaint village where marriage is on the mind after one reaches sixteen. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Abigail makes a wish upon a star that brings seven suitors to her door, all vastly different and all in love with her and none of them will leave without her. As she embarks out on a journey to correct the wish that enchanted these men, she finds herself accompanied by each of them and Olivia on an unexpected quest that is anything but simple.

The plot is genius, the characters engaging and the writing superb, which makes for an electrifying adventure. Pudsey's prose is entertaining and while this is the first book I have read by her, I am definitely a fan now and can't wait to start the next book.

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Sometimes you get more than you wished for. This is what happened to Abigail, tired of the boys mistreating her she wishes love upon the stars but she gets more than she was waiting for. What begins as a simple wish unveils family secrets, magical creatures, and dark curses.

Abigail is a sweet character, she sounds like an innocent teenager but with a strong personality. The rest of the characters are all great, some funnier than others. I like the mystery behind one of them, despite some of it was a bit predictable.

The whole book has an aura of innocence, it's simple and easy to read and the story is easy to understand. If you are looking for something light to read you should read this one.

I do have to say I was really angry at the end, I know it is supposed to be a series but please that was a huge cliffhanger, I was screaming at my e-reader! :(

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I could not put this book down! At first I didn't really like it because Abigail was kind of a wimp and all the men that just showed up and were fighting over her was a little weird. But this book got better and better. The two princes were complete morons and the other guys were weird. But I liked Clay from the very beginning and now I like him even more!! Abigail had great character development as well. But the only character I really, really didn't like was Olivia. She was so annoying and whiny.
I really enjoyed the adventure In the story as well. AND THE ENDING!!!! Now I need the next book. I really want read more by this author.

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I am giving this a 3.5 but that might change but as of right now, I think a 3.5 is the right score for this book.
I found the whole story really funny (and I've even started book two!) and the characters funny. I've laughed because of this book, but book two didn't seem to have the same humor as this book. I found the whole premise really funny, but the book is full of cliches. I don't think however the book is the best for experienced YA-readers. The writing is light and I found it at times beautiful but the descriptions can bore you to death.
Also. the start can be described as weird and it doesn't keep on doing this furthermore in the books.

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This book made me laugh out loud at times and cry at others. It’s characters were unique and each had a purpose in the story, wether they were the comic relief or the love interest. Abigail did end up falling in love with one of the seven people who showed up at her house on her sixteenth birthday. The ending was a total cliffhanger meant to send you running for the second book which was my only complaint about this story. That and the fate of Mallory, a herbalist. There were so many other ways Mallory could have been written out of the story. I didn’t particularly care for her but even so it seemed forced and unnecessary. The other characters were all good and I especially liked Clay and Etva. We learned lot about Clay and I wish we got to know the other six suitors that well too. Olivia was Abi’s best friend and didn’t seem to have much of a role in the story. She didn’t really grow much as a character either. Other than that it was good and at times very funny!

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This is definitely a book that I would read again. The characters are enjoyable and likeable. I think anyone will enjoy it.

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I quite enjoyed The Watcher of the Night Sky. Even though it was published three years ago,, it still grabbed my attention and I couldn't put it down. I found the next book and read it too. I'm hoping to find more and keep reading...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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