I am so happy to be part of the blog tour for THE LAST FALLEN STAR by GRACIE KIM and hosted by ROCK STAR BOOK TOURS! This book is published by Disney and available now!
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Graci Kim's thrilling debut about an adopted Korean-American girl who discovers her heritage and her magic on a perilous journey to save her witch clan family. Graci Kim does such an amazing job of blending Korean mythology into the modern world, I am now wondering how I ever lived without knowing all this cool information.--New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan Riley Oh can't wait to see her sister get initiated into the Gom clan, a powerful lineage of Korean healing witches their family has belonged to for generations. Her sister, Hattie, will earn her Gi bracelet and finally be able to cast spells without adult supervision. Although Riley is desperate to follow in her sister's footsteps when she herself turns thirteen, she's a saram--a person without magic. Riley was adopted, and despite having memorized every healing spell she's ever heard, she often feels like the odd one out in her family and the gifted community.
Then Hattie gets an idea: what if the two of them could cast a spell that would allow Riley to share Hattie's magic? Their sleuthing reveals a promising incantation in the family's old spell book, and the sisters decide to perform it at Hattie's initiation ceremony. If it works, no one will ever treat Riley as an outsider again. It's a perfect plan! Until it isn't. When the sisters attempt to violate the laws of the Godrealm, Hattie's life ends up hanging in the balance, and to save her Riley has to fulfill an impossible task: find the last fallen star. But what even is the star, and how can she find it? As Riley embarks on her search, she finds herself meeting fantastic creatures and collaborating with her worst enemies. And when she uncovers secrets that challenge everything she has been taught to believe, Riley must decide what it means to be a witch, what it means to be family, and what it really means to belong.
I am absolutely over the moon ready to tell you all about this book. Like a good read, I've stalked this book's arrival into the world with bated breath from the book deal to the cover reveal to the book tour sign-up where I begged the gods to let me be a part of. I mean, I will promote this book to the edge of the world; that's how good it is.
Riley is a go-getter, ready to do whatever it takes to gain magic, if only for a short period of time. Her sister and she concocted a plan to swipe a spell and cast it. But what will go wrong does go wrong and her sister Hattie is taken and held ransom. All Riley has to do is find the last fallen star, an ancient artifact. Sounds easy, right? Wrong.
Alongside her best friend, Emmet, Riley runs into strange creatures, ghosts, and enemies who aren't enemies...but could be? She doesn't have the best time, but she sure learns about the importance of family and may even fulfill a prophecy or two.
Things move super duper fast in this book so, there's very little time to really understand things without stopping or going back a page or two. I loved the Korean references, food, etc and it made me super hungry just reading it. I'm super hungry all the time anyway so this made it WORSE
That being said, I finished this book in record timing because I was so invested in the story. I got the old-school HP feels with all the secret entrances and weirdo creatures. The words and characters SHINE in this book. I adored the pop culture references, especially BTS!
This is written for the middle-graders in your life, but as an adult, I enjoyed the shirtballs out of it (that's a nod to the book, if you're tilting your head right now like what is she talking about leavemealoneimtired)
The last quarter of the book gave me serious whiplash and I'm still questioning a few things, but overall this was a solid read for me.
Graci Kim is a Korean-Kiwi diplomat turned author who writes about the magic she
wants to see in the world. The Last Fallen Star is her middle grade debut. In a previous
life she used to be a cooking show host, and she once ran a business that turned
children's drawings into plushies. When she's not lost in her imagination, you'll find Graci drinking flat whites, eating ramyeon, and most likely hugging a dog (or ideally,many). She lives in New Zealand with her husband and daughter.
Follow her on Twitter @gracikim and Instagram @gracikimwrites.
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