A review by mariellerie
A Wilderness of Stars by Shea Ernshaw

adventurous emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


Loved the slow, winding, atmospheric mood and pacing, which made the final twist all the more satisfying. The prose was gorgeous. I’ve read Shea Ernshaw’s Winterwood before, and AWOS is another wonderful display of her writing style. Although this doesn’t book doesn’t have magical elements, it feels like there could be. 

My gripes are with characterization. Noah’s character felt a little thin; I think the book would’ve benefited from having some chapters in his POV instead of just Vega’s. Vega’s anxious thoughts and rumination were relatable, but repetitive. And the romance felt awkward and forced. 

Really want to rate this higher bc the last third of the book was really enjoyable, if not gut-wrenching. I’d pick up the sequel if she ever writes one.