BOOK REPORT for Inherit the Stars (Inherit the Stars #1) by Tessa Elwood

Cover Story: Don’t Look at Me

BFF Charm: Eventually

Swoonworthy Scale: 3 to 6

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Talky Talk: Choppy

Bonus Factor: Space Princess

Relationship Status: Missed Connection

 Inherit Stars

Cover Story: Don’t Look at Me

What did this young woman do to be so ashamed? And how is that planet in the background not causing issues with her planet’s gravity?

The Deal:

A once-beautiful planet that teemed with life and crops is now a wasteland, devastated by the factories the House of Fane promised their people would lead them away from dependence upon a fuel that powers their ships—and is quickly running out. As tensions on the planet reach their breaking point, Asa, the youngest daughter of the House of Fane, is forced to make a life or death decision to save the life of her oldest sister.

When the two get back to their home planet, Asa realizes that the consequences of that decision have forced her family into another tenuous situation, an arranged marriage to another ruling house, one that promises to provide food in exchange for the bond. But this decision has repercussions for more than just her immediate family.

BFF Charm: Eventually

Asa’s a sweet girl, and she’s willing to basically sacrifice herself and her happiness for her family and (what she thinks is) the greater good. But her decisions are often rash, and based more on emotions than on common sense. I think she’ll grow up to be an intelligent, thoughtful woman, but she needs to learn from her mistakes, and actually listen to those around her who know better.

Swoonworthy Scale: 3 to 6

At the start of Inherit the Stars, even though you’re not expressly told what’s eventually going to happen between Asa and a certain someone, it’s pretty easy to guess. Surprisingly, and thankfully, the romance was much more believable than I’d have thought, going in.

Talky Talk: Choppy

Inherit the Stars is divided into many small sections with different themes. The story flows from one to the next without too much pause, but the divisions are somewhat unnecessary, and often pulled me out of a story that was, to be honest, already a little hard to follow. There wasn’t enough meat to the back story, the “science” behind the worldbuilding was spotty, and there were more than a few characters that probably should have been more fleshed out, but felt sadly thrown away. I really liked the idea of the story, but the execution left a lot to be desired.

Bonus Factor: Space Princess

I love the idea of monarchies in space, even though I find myself wondering about the technicalities of one person or one family ruling over billions of people spread across multiple planets and solar systems. (It’s like the idea of colonies times a thousand.) And, I love the idea of space princesses sacrificing their own safety/happiness for the benefit of all.

Casting Call:

Willa Holland as Asa

Relationship Status: Missed Connection

On paper*, Book, you seemed great. It seemed like we had a lot in common: we both like stories that take place in outer space; we both love a heavy helping of enemistry; we both appreciate ladies who are willing to go the extra mile to do what they believe is right. Unfortunately, we just didn’t click. And this sort of thing isn’t something I want to force.

*Pun intended.

Inherit the Stars is available now.

Mandy lives in Austin, TX, where she's a technical writer by day and a pop culture junkie by night. When she's not ensconced in a book for Forever Young Adult, Mandy can be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.