Happy Release Day to Celestial by S.E. Anderson! If you love Science Fiction with humor and feels, you need to start this series now!
Book Title: Celestial
Book Author: S.E. Anderson
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Publishing Date: October 9th, 2018
Publisher: Bolide Publishing Limited
Date Read: October 7th, 2018
Synopsis: Sally, Zander, and Blayde, accompanied by their new friend Nim, have only one request: no more bizarre distractions on their hunt for Earth.
But before their cells can complete a single jump, the team is shoved off course and crash into a dreary old temple. Worse yet, there seems to be some confusion over Sally’s face, as it looks exactly like that the local deity, Selena, goddess of the moon and omniscient absentee. Sally’s ticking every box on the ancient prophecies checklist.
Fresh off of her meds and riding the withdrawal, and Sally must choose between embracing the role of Goddess so as to protect the planet from mysterious Sky People, or being thrown in a Volcano. Not the best way to start a tropical vacation. It’s not going to be easy uniting warring factions, dealing with excitable whispering forests, or fighting both literal and figurative demons. Not to mention keeping up the appearance of divinity when all Sally wants is a nap.
Armed only with some high school improv’ classes and a basic knowledge of foreign pop songs, Sally must save the planet – before everything goes up in flames.
“You’re reckless and resourceful and you care way too much. You could pluck the stars out of the sky if you put your mind to it. That’s why the universe wants you–because you want nothing more than the universe itself.”
Anderson has taken me on another bold adventure, and all I can say is wow! I think Celestial has become my favorite of the series. It was spellbinding! I loved the humor and intensity, and all the beauty and action! This one alone made the series worth reading, and I have loved every book so far!
What I have loved so far in the series, and what I loved the most about this book, is how Anderson touched on the subject of depression and anxiety and entwined it in to such a highly entertaining storyline with grace, appropriate humor, and sensitivity. Sally has been one of my favorite characters since book 1 because of how she was created. She has always been strong and vulnerable at the same time. She’s always hit with these insane adventures and situations and has always taken steps to inwardly reflect before acting while showcasing how someone with mental health handles less than normal situations in general.
“Sally Webber, you are a literal goddess right now. Believe in yourself, or no one else will.”
And, Sally truly became a goddess in this one. I loved her so much and enjoyed how she changed and grew and let a little more of herself out in to the universe. I loved really seeing how she has affected Zander and Blayde without even realizing it herself. And, of course, I loved getting another facet to both Zander and Blayde’s characters because of Sally and her choices and actions.
Celestial was truly out of this world. It had me laughing and feeling at every twist and turn. It gave me all the nostalgia for the first three books, but also gave me something brand new and exciting itself. It was action packed and full of humor and wild entertainment! If this book series were a tv show it would be at the top of my list, along with Doctor Who! Anderson has consistently continued to develop these amazing characters, and the universe they have been bouncing around in, since Starstruck, and I have not been able to get enough of it!
“And so, together, we danced, the cold waves crashing against our bare feet while we stared at the stars that would never be ours.”
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Book Title: Starstruck
Book Author: S.E. Anderson
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Publishing Date: May 4th, 2017
Date Read: March 5th, 2018
Synopsis: After an incident with a hot-air balloon causes college-dropout Sally Webber to lose her job, she sets off to find direction in her life. Crashing into a teleporting alien, however, is not on her to-do list.
Now she’s on the run from TV-drama-loving aliens, and things are just getting started. Zander won’t stop reeling her into life-or-death situations to save her planet, as he waits for his laser-wielding sister to search the universe for him. Though Sally isn’t quite sure if he wants to save Earth from annihilation, or just quell his curiosity of all things human.
On top of this, she’s got to find lost alien emissaries, as well as a job, and stop the planet from getting incinerated in the process. But with Zander as her roommate, what could possibly go wrong?
About the Author:
S.E. Anderson can’t ever tell you where she’s from. Not because she doesn’t want to, but because it inevitably leads to a confusing conversation where she goes over where she was born (England) where she grew up (France) and where her family is from (USA) and it tends to make things very complicated.
She’s lived pretty much her entire life in the South of France, except for a brief stint where she moved to Washington DC, or the eighty years she spent as a queen of Narnia before coming back home five minutes after she had left. Currently, she goes to university in Marseille, where she’s starting her masters of Astrophysics.
When she’s not writing, or trying to science, she’s either reading, designing, crafting, or attempting to speak with various woodland creatures in an attempt to get them to do household chores for her. She could also be gaming, or pretending she’s not watching anything on Netflix.
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