Wednesday, March 27, 2019


Author: Ria Voros
Pub. Date: April 2, 2018
Publisher: KCP Loft
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 512
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, TBD

Grace Carter's mother --- the celebrity news anchor GG Carter --- is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace --- an aspiring astrophysicist --- is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits.

Then one day GG is just ... gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows speculate about what might have happened and Grace's family struggles to find a new rhythm as they wait for answers.

While the authorities unravel the mystery behind GG's disappearance, Grace grows closer to her high school's golden boy, Mylo, who has faced a black hole of his own. She also uncovers some secrets from her mother's long-lost past. The more Grace learns, the more she wonders. Did she ever really know her mother? Was GG abducted ... or did she leave? And if she left, why? 

Author Ria Voros (Nobody's Dog, The Opposite of Geek) reaches for the stars here, deftly combining mystery with a passion for science and themes of mother-daughter bonds, celebrity, first love and best friendship. 

Facts about astronomy and astrophysics are seamlessly woven into the story and are supplemented by an interview with real-life astrophysicist Elizabeth Tasker, making this the perfect book for readers who love STEM. And even readers who don't have stars in their eyes will love this smart, suspenseful, relatable and literary novel.

My thoughts...

This was a great read! I really enjoyed Ria's writing style, I wasn't expecting this to be such a psychological mystery! I just thought, it was going to be a YA kidnapped-parent story...Yeah, I have yet to actually read one of those! I found myself feeling Grace's pain throughout the entire book! I personally know what it's like to feel disconnected from your mom. It seems like you can't do anything right, and your always in trouble or I just felt like my mom didn't understand me or wasn't trying to. Unfortunately, Grace has to deal with her mother being a TV personality, and being in the spotlight. I cannot rant enough about this book, the character development, was well written, and thought out.  S/O to Ria, for not having insta-love! Lolz, Grace, and Mylo's relationship was able to grow from friends to more but on their terms or rather Ria's terms. I definitely wish we could have seen more from the dad, or just more about him, since Grace was closer to Dad. Grace doesn't necessarily start off as thee greatest character but she totally improves! By the end of the book you will totally love her, and want her to have a better relationship with her mother.... Loved loved the space references, definitely on of my fave parts of the book.  My rating 4.5/5

About Author:

Ria Voros is a YA and children’s author, teacher, presenter and obsessive reader. Her children’s and young adult novels have been finalists for the White Pine Award, the Rocky Mountain Book Award, and been a Best Books for Kids and Teens selection. 

She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. When she’s not writing, teaching or eating sweet things, Ria can be found hiking to the tops of mountains or buying too many books at any bookstore she enters. She lives in Victoria, BC, Canada with her husband, daughter and son.


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Tour Schedule:

Week One: 

3/26/2019- Lifestyle of Me
3/28/2019- Book-Keeping
3/29/2019- Do You Dog-ear?

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