Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Star of Deliverance by Mandy Madson Voisin

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Star of Deliverance, by Mandy Madson Voisin
2014, 320p, Clean YA Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Provided a copy by the publisher for an honest review

Born a slave and outcast, the young healer Emi discovers an ancient disease spreading among her people. Desperate, she races to the Capital for a cure and unwittingly finds herself in a competition to win over the Crown Prince’s heart. Staying in the game provides time to search for a cure, but it may cost Emi her life—or her heart.

This was an interesting read! It resembles the story of Esther but is unique. Emi is a healer and there is a disease that is making its way around her village. She goes to the Capital to find a cure and becomes part of the competition to marry Prince Corban. She must stay there for a year and is closely guarded. It's difficult for her to find the answers she's searching for, much less get them to the people that need them back at her village. She manages to catch the Prince's eye but suspicions start mounting about who she really is and whether or not she belongs there. 

Emi is easy to like. She's kind and big-hearted and willing to go to extreme lengths to save those she cares about. She bluffs her way through the competition, realizing how different she is from the other girls. She makes friends with one of them, Jessra, but her secrets eventually come between them. Before she came to the Capital, she overhead some soldiers discussing plans to wipe out her people but hoped it wasn't true. She learns more of the details and starts to feel overwhelmed. She's one girl up against someone evil and cunning so how can she possibly win? 

I enjoyed the friendships she made in her quest for a cure. She learned that there were some good, caring people in the Capital who were willing to help her. I liked her relationship with Prince Corban. She was a breath of fresh air to him and found she liked him more than she thought she would. We don't get to know him as well as I would have liked, but we learn enough that I was satisfied.

This was a page turner for me and I had a hard time putting it down. The parallels to the story of Esther are quite evident and parts of it reminded me of The Selection series by Kiera Cass. It's a great read and is squeaky clean, which is another plus for me! I'm looking forward to reading more from this author in the future!

About the author: 

Mandy Voisin is a wife, marketer, and author. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English. Her parents told her she’d never make a living with an English degree, so she’s dedicated the rest of her life to proving them wrong. She loves poetry and babies and her sisters. Mandy currently resides in Phoenix, Ariz., with her husband Kevin who is a sleep deprived medical student with a heart of gold and the world’s best smile. Together they chip away at their dreams.


Katie W said...

I thought the same thing about it being similar to The Selection! Great review!

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