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Starr lives a rural life in Ravenshoe in Far North Queensland, Australia. She is a wife and a mother to four amazing and sometimes boisterous boys.
The family has a small menagerie with one cat, four dogs, numerous Chickens, four pet rats, three Jersey cows, two calves, an old retired bay gelding and a very naughty orphan colt.
Writing has always been a passion but it wasn’t until she was asked, ‘If you died tomorrow, what is the one thing you’d regret?’
It’s a pretty confronting question but the answer was to write and publish a novel. That was enough motivation to get started and within 6 months, she had finished the first draft of Tomorrows Child, the first book in a series of Paranormal Fantasy Novels.
Starr is involved in a number of community projects and enjoys learning ‘lost skills’ such as baking bread, making soap and candles. Her boys can light a fire with two sticks and find their way out of the rainforest.
When she isn’t running after children or writing, she can be found in the garden growing vegetables or in the kitchen making things from scratch.
on April 29, 2012 :
Loved this book! Starr West draws you in right away and doesn't let you go. Very well written!
(reviewed 54 days after purchase)
on April 11, 2012 :
Tomorrow’s Child deals with an apocalypse idea by going deep and scrutinising people’s habits, actions and emotions in a way most authors would shy away from.
We meet Psyche Darnell and we know she is special. It takes a while for her to discover why and what she is expected to do with her gifts, her teenage hormones don’t make for an easy ride, but at least she is surrounded by friends. All she has to do is merely accept the truth, because Starr West is right – ‘you don’t have to believe in something for it to be true’.
It’s never easy admitting you are flawed, but here none of the characters are perfect. Despite this, or maybe because of it, you can’t help but feel close to them. There aren’t many without special attributes, so you can’t really mistake them for normal people, but they exude warmth and friendship, a strong sense of right and wrong and they would gladly sacrifice themselves for the greater good - the very essence of humanity.
The story is well written, in a strong and clear voice. There are points of darkness and suspense throughout the plot but it is not a dizzyingly fast carousel of action, and neither should it be. Scenarios such as this require careful consideration. You can’t just skip merrily to the next page without thinking about the problems posed to the last few surviving humans. You can’t not think of all the ramifications, all the what-ifs, all of the what-would-I-dos.
Starr is clearly a people watcher, a very keen observer, and it shows. The way different people deal with their own personal crises is portrayed brilliantly. The outcome is a ray of light, quite satisfying, and the epilogue gives a glimpse of future frictions and even confrontations. We’ll have to wait for book two to see how they unfold.
A good first entry, by a deep-thinking author and a very pleasant read. Just don’t expect to stop thinking about it when you’ve put it down.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on March 14, 2012 :
Really enjoyed this book, It is a future I hope never to witness. Love the use of Magick and the fact that it was set in Australia. Couldnt put it down and Cannot Wait til the next book. It was well written and had me drawn in from the begining LOVED IT
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on March 07, 2012 :
Tommorows child captured my imagination, set in a future not to hard to imagine at all , old world magick , a prophecy to believe in or not ! people I can relate to, this world comes alive and draws you in .
This book is well written and was an easy read.
hopefully we won't have to wait to long for the next one .
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
on Feb. 29, 2012 :
if you haven't read this book then you are missing out. Starr has done a fantastic job with this story. the people are easy to identify with and understand, a fast read and enjoyable. also read she had to cut 60,000 words from story to be able to publish so more story should be forth coming i can't wait.
thank you Starr.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Feb. 23, 2012 :
I absolutely loved this book..The only problem I had was finding somewhere to hide from the family so I could read! The balance between human life and magick was perfectly created, realistic yet leaving your imagination running wild with possible outcomes!
Psyche and Phoenix together create the perfect duo, forever in your hearts as you watch them discover secrets from the prophecy.
I am sad to have reached the end, but I look forward to reading more from the fabulous Starr West x
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on Feb. 08, 2012 :
PS. I forgot to add a star rating. From me it is 5 stars, all the way. Now for that sequel.....Author...ohh Author! Mush girl, mush!!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Feb. 07, 2012 :
A very human look at the apocalyptic vision of the future world. I enjoyed the character progression particularly and the absorption of the supernatural world by the primary characters. The antagonists are well drawn, scary and a hovering, ominous blight. I LOVE the interactions between the protagonists. 'The End' has left me craving more....I WANT a sequel!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Feb. 06, 2012 :
The Author, Starr West has a way with words. After reading the Hunger Games trilogy I wanted to read something in a similar vein - a damaged world fighting for survival...and I found it with "Tomorrows Child".
I started reading this story about Seventeen year old, Psyche and didn't want to stop. I like the paranormal too so that really works for me too.
This is a very well written book with a captivating storyline based in a dystopian world on the verge of total destruction. Only a few survive....
Give it a go, I think you will agree.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)