Thursday, September 5, 2013

Review and Author Interview- The Inevitability of Stars by Kathryn R. Lyster

Title- The Inevitability of Stars
Author- Kathryn R. Lyster
Genre- Contemporary Romance
Release Date- 1st of August 2013
Publisher- Harlequin MIRA

*Review copy provided by publisher*

Blurb- A modern-day Romeo and Juliet set amongst the beauty of Byron Bay and the grind of Sydney.

Rip and Sahara have always been together. Primary school friends to high school lovers, their ties to each other are as intertwined and inescapable as the roots of the Byron Strangler Fig. But like that same tree, the tendrils of their love are beginning to stifle and choke, and soon, Sahara finds she must leave, moving to Sydney to pursue her career as an artist.

In Sydney, Sahara draws the attention of Sean, a charismatic entrepreneur, and is quickly drawn into his expensive and glamorous world ??? so very different from the quiet, simple place of her youth. But even as she creates a new life, and a new version of herself, Sahara cannot seem to leave Rip behind.

Back in the Byron hinterland, Rip moves to a working farm to recover from the wounds Sahara left. It's here that he begins to understand his past and reimagine his future. But as Rip rebuilds, Sahara unravels, losing herself in Sean's shiny, but meaningless world and plagued by visions of her previous life and lover.

Heartbreaking and haunting, The Inevitability of Stars is a poignant novel about the burden of fate, the viscosity of reality and the resilience of love.

4 Sassy Books!

Review- Spiritual, heart wrenching, deep. The Inevitability of Stars takes us on a journey of love, loss, yearning and self discovery. Young love torn apart when Sahara decides she wants more from life than the comfort that she has known her whole life. She wants to find herself, a self without Rip.

Rip finds himself spiraling downward. Lost without hope. Without a reason to live. Until he finds himself forced to come to terms with a life without Sahara. Forced to dig up the most darkest memories and feelings imaginable or he will never be set free. All the while watching Sahara spiral out of control with no way to help her. He must let go.

Lyster has created a story so touching and so meaningful in The Inevitability of Stars. She goes deep into human emotion so raw that it would be hard not to have your heart-strings pulled and tugged on. She delves into the spiritual side of life which makes you re-evaluate what's important and dig into yourself to make you realise the things you should be grateful for.

Not only did Lyster create such a unique storyline, she also created such realistic characters that made you feel for them. Each with such depth, battling their own inner demons. A must read for anyone with a heart.

The Inevitability of Stars is available in any good book retailer around Australia or online at the following links:

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Author Interview

Q1- First of all thankyou for taking the time to answer these questions. So The Inevitability of Stars, I found, is quite spiritual, what influenced you to write this story? And is there a personal connection to the story?
Hi Renee, thank you so much for your interest in my book. It definitely is quite spiritual and mystical, inspired by my own interest in life and the experience of being human – living, loving, the ups and downs of it all. It’s such a rollercoaster, and I am very connected to the story. I have loved and lost and loved again, as we all do, so this story is very close to my heart. It’s an emotional story, hopefully people relate to that.

Q2- Would you say you believe in the concept of the "in-between"? The place between life and death?

Mmmm...  great question! I believe there’s more to life than we know, and more that happens after life too. There’s so many stories you here of people having near-death experiences, being in comas and coming back with something from the other side. The “in-between” is a concept I believe in, although I’m not sure how it all works or what happens there. But yes, I definitely feel that death is not the end.

Q3- You took us on a journey of what I would describe as a journey of self discovery. Do you think it's an important thing for everyone to have that time to find themselves and discover what's is truly important?

Life is about self-discovery, that’s why we’re here. It’s vital to know who you are and what your purpose is –  whatever that may be. We are unique and special, and here for a reason. You can cruise through life or actively search for answers, but either way, I feel you end up at some stage asking some pretty big questions.

Q4- Your writing style is so well descriptive and beautiful and the way you wrote the conversations is quite different to the conventional style. Why did you choose to write that way?

I’ve always liked to push boundaries and create something different – that’s the kind of creativity that excites me. Once I started writing the conversation like that, I couldn’t change it! My publishers trusted me enough to run with it, and I’m so grateful they did. I think it looks much smoother on the page, and aesthetics are important to the reading experience. It’s fun to try new things.

Q5- Is there an author that inspired you to start writing or that you look up to?

Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, is amazing because he writes simple stories that capture the human heart. There’s so much wisdom in his writing, accessible to everyone. I can only hope to touch people the way he has.

Q6- What's next for you?

I’m working on a few ideas, but I keep getting asked if this book will be a movie. So if anyone knows any movie directors, let me know!

Q7- And just for fun, some random questions. Favourite colour?

Magenta  - clothes, flowers, nail polish, cushions.

Q8- Tea or coffee?

Q9- How many books on your bookshelf?

Too many! My front room is over-crowded with books, literally hundreds, and I can’t help collecting more. One day I plan to have a library and read every single one.

Q10- Dream destination?

Bora Bora. Sun and the ocean... 

Thankyou so much for answering my questions. I look forward to your future projects.
Thanks so much and congratulations on Sassy Book Lovers. It’s a really fun and eye-catching blog and thank you for supporting so many authors.

So head out and get this book. You won't regret it!

Happy Reading! 

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