Title: The Starlight Chronicles: Slumbering
Author: C.S. Johnson
Series: The Starlight Chronicles #1
Source: Received from author
Description from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Hamilton Dinger is an above-average teenager. He’s got the grades for the top of the class, the abilities of a star athlete and Tetris player, and the charisma to get away with anything. Everything seems to be going along perfectly as he enters into tenth grade at Apollo Central High School. Everything, that is, until a meteor crashes into the city, unleashing a whirlwind of evil and awakening a deep, hidden power as the long battle between good and evil continues. Bringing an abrupt halt to the easygoing pace of Hamilton’s life, he and his longtime dormant supernatural powers are caught up in the middle of things when his comfort zone is turned into a war zone. On top of everything else, there’s the homecoming game, the school play, and the history test to worry about. Can Hamilton overcome his ignorance and narrow-mindedness to see what is truly real? Can he give up his self-proclaimed entitlement to happiness in order to follow the call of a duty he doesn’t want? More importantly, will he willingly sacrifice all he has to find out the truth?
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I wanted to like this book; I really did. Even now, rereading the description, the premise sounds promising. I think that it could be a good book, but it needs a bit more work.
In the prologue, I was a little confused about what was going on. All of a sudden, we see Wingdinger fighting a shadow monster. I felt like things happened a little too quickly and without enough explanation, as all of a sudden, the fight is almost over, and Starry Knight shows up. Wingdinger and Starry Knight seem to have some animosity going on.
Then it rewinds to three months prior, and Hamilton Dinger is at school. Ugh, almost immediately, I did not like Dinger. He is an arrogant jerk, and I seriously considered putting the book down at this point. Luckily, he seems to get a little better as the story progresses, but he is still kind of a jerk.
While Dinger is at a party, he gets word that a meteor is heading right for his town. He then runs and saves his crush, and when he passes out, he has a strange vision of himself in space.
I felt like The Starlight Chronicles: Slumbering was okay. I felt some things were a bit rushed and needed a little more development. At the end of the story, I felt like I still had little to no clue what was going on or how anything within the story actually came to be. I understand that it’s going to be a series, but usually individual books will give a little more explanation than I felt I got. Also, I feel it needs a bit more editing. There were tense changes, sometimes within the same sentence that tended to confuse me, along with some spelling errors.
Overall, I felt like The Starlight Chronicles: Slumbering was a story with a lot of potential but that didn’t really deliver in execution. However, with a few revisions, I feel like it could be a really great story!