Shooting Stars

Rated 4.00/5 based on 5 reviews
Shooting Stars is refreshing fantasy that will keep readers turning pages as they get caught in a whirlwind of events with teenage siblings Isaac and Stella who discover their gifts, the truths about the Universe and that they've been hidden from a vicious man who still seeks to destroy the future they were preserved for. They learn to travel as Shooting Stars and set about on their missions. More

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Words: 76,620
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465782687
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About Leslie Hodgson

Leslie Hodgson (pronounced with a silent “g”, Hod-son) currently resides in the Seattle, Washington area with her husband and three young daughters. Leslie has always had a fascination with the night sky and has lived with horses her entire life. Her nickname growing up was “barn girl” as she was never far from her horses. She started a business combining two of her three favorite things: kids and horses. Her other favorite thing is writing, and she hopes to share the magic of the night sky, animal companionship and endless possibilities with you!

Reviews

Review by: Aly on June 02, 2012 : (no rating)
Wow....just wow...It's been so long since I've read something so innocent that doesn't have a plot line revolving around romance but something bigger.

The Cover: Was my biggest problem. It comes off as a book middle-schoolers would read not the type of book that holds a story for any age group. If the cover gets redone, I'd suggest something more interesting, covers are eye candy after all.

The Characters: Stella and Issac were bold, noble, brave and courageous. At times I'd wished Stella had more confidence and faith in herself, since she would resort to crying under pressure but towards the end I figure she's fixed that fluke. Issac was like a superhero, daring to gamble his own life if it meant the safety of a few loyal prisoners. I think Stella got the short end of the stick when she got a Pegasus and Issac got a dragon
I did not trust Rikenzia one bit when Issac first met her, she was too good to be true. I still don't trust her but I'm clearly overruled Since she's getting a frickin phoenix!

The story was rich, detailed, exhilarating and true to its nature. The type of story that has you speaking to the book like the book can hear you. I yelled, laughed, hollered, swore and encouraged.

Can't wait to read the next one! Hopefully they'll kick Gershon's filthy behind :)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: RA Acibar on April 10, 2012 :
from the title, cover and synopsis, i gathered that this book would mainly target children readers, but i was pleasantly surprise to find myself enjoying every page..
stella and isaac lived in a normal, although secluded, life with their parents, isolde and eli.. but everything changed during an event that not only took their parents' lives but also changed theirs.. truths started to come into light and they have to decide which path to take: to be what they were born to be or to go back to what was..
stella's character has quite low self-confidence in the start but became braver and stronger near the end.. she's kind of a mother figure to isaac: very caring and protective.. i think if she has to choose between the zodians and her brother, she'd choose isaac.. but knowing that many are looking up to her, she slowly gained confidence and became the queen she ought to be.. isaac sort of reminds me of harry potter.. he found out his abilities even before he knew the truth.. he suffered from thinking that he might be a freak but later found pride in being able to use his powers to help others.. he was a natural leader with great qualities you'd rarely find in other 15 year old teenagers.. unlike his sister, he was able to use his powers very easily and quickly.. he also didn't hesitate in helping the prisoners escape even if it would cost his life.. but the one character that intrigued me very much was maximus.. he was the son of orel, brother of eli, and uncle to isaac and stella.. he was believed to be dead.. he became isaac's and stella's guardian and mentor.. i am quite excited to know his back story which i hope i'd find in the next book..
just some technical thingy: there are a few spelling errors i found in the ebook.. i assume it's either from autocorrect or the author's own excited fingers typing rapidly.. a few cleanup should be good.. but other than that, i find the whole story very good and exciting.. i was reading another book when i started this one, but i just got hooked with shooting stars that i kind of forgot the other one.. this one deserves these 4 stars.. and i am really looking forward to the next part of the story.. :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: notenoughbooks on March 25, 2012 :
Shooting Stars by Leslie Hodgson wasn't anything like I thought it would be. I was expecting some sci-fi type novel. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to find what I would consider a fantasy novel. When I began reading I was immediately drawn in by the action and the characters. Stella was a very realistic teenage girl who isn't so sure of herself and needed constant reassurance. Issac was the typical teenage boy, thinking he can do anything. I enjoyed the relationship between the siblings and the bond that they shared. Added into their lives were mythical creatures like winged horses and dragons! I loved the twists and turns that came at every corner. This novel was so full of action and the unexpected that I could not set it down! Overall this book is a great read! I was sad at the ending, I felt that it ended rather abruptly. I hope that means that there is another novel in the works to wrap up all of the loose ends. If so, I will be reading it!

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: notenoughbooks on March 25, 2012 :
Shooting Stars by Leslie Hodgson wasn't anything like I thought it would be. I was expecting some sci-fi type novel. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to find what I would consider a fantasy novel. When I began reading I was immediately drawn in by the action and the characters. Stella was a very realistic teenage girl who isn't so sure of herself and needed constant reassurance. Issac was the typical teenage boy, thinking he can do anything. I enjoyed the relationship between the siblings and the bond that they shared. Added into their lives were mythical creatures like winged horses and dragons! I loved the twists and turns that came at every corner. This novel was so full of action and the unexpected that I could not set it down! Overall this book is a great read! I was sad at the ending, I felt that it ended rather abruptly. I hope that means that there is another novel in the works to wrap up all of the loose ends. If so, I will be reading it!

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: E. Bard on March 20, 2012 :
Shooting Stars was a pleasant surprise. I found the creativity behind the story to be a wonderful change from the more common selection of supernatural beings and creatures in some of the YA/MG literature I've read. As the title suggests, this is an exciting adventure that takes place in the stars. It begins with Stella, a teenage girl, awakening at the scene of a car crash involving her parents and brother. She is confused an doesn't know what is going on. At first I thought that the story would be told from this girl's point of view, but as the story progresses, the reader is treated to different perspectives from several different characters. That too was a nice change from a lot of my recent reading material.

The idea that Stella and Isaac (the main characters) aren't your average teens raised in moderate seclusion on a mountaintop but are really descendants from humans with extraordinary abilities doesn't seem that original at first. That is until the reader discovers just what those abilities are and where in the universe they come from. One of those abilities was delightful to read about. After all, who wouldn't want want to be able to travel through space in a stream of atoms that looks just like a shooting star?

It really was an exciting tale and I can see it appealing to many middle graders and their parents. It has a good story, an evil tyrant with his minions, and constellation creatures. What more can the reader ask for? The main characters, Stella and Isaac, were quite innocent for teens but that makes sense within the framework of the story. In fact I thought it was refreshing. I strongly recommend it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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