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

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Pub Date May 24 2015 | Archive Date Aug 01 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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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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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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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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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, 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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“One wish on the stars.
A group of unusual suitors.
A quest to end a curse.”
That had me ensnared from the jump. There were so many twists and turns and it gave me very Snow White vibes. It was amazing.

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