Friday, October 25, 2013

Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney

Publication: September 03, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens


Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.

The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio and he can't help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio must save the world's greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love they've ever known.

Like a master painter herself, Daisy Whitney brings inordinate talent and ingenuity to this romantic, suspenseful, and sophisticated new novel. A beautifully decorated package makes it a must-own in print.

When I first heard about Starry Nights, it sort of reminded me of the book Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber. Only this one seemed more whimsical.

Normally the books I read have a female lead character, but it was nice to switch things up a bit with Julien, the male lead in this story.

Julien is an art lover. Apparently it runs in the family because is mom runs an art gallery in Paris, where Julien gives tours to visitors.  When he wanders the halls of the museum at nighttime, he watches the art magically come to life. (This is the part that made me think of the movie, Night at the Museum.)

It is at the museum where Julien spots Clio, a girl inside a Renoir painting. And as it turns out, she is not just a piece of art. She is a real girl who was cursed and that is why she is trapped inside of the painting.

Enjoying a work of art is one thing, but as soon as Julien sets his eyes on Clio inside the painting, he feels a connection. He falls in love with her, and she him….a little fast, but they are in Paris, surrounded by art and a little magic, so I can accept that.  Together, Clio and Julien attempt to figure out why the paintings are starting to change and why they are seemingly being harmed.

Did I like the book? Yes I did. It was a fun, entertaining, and light read. I enjoyed how the author described everything. It made me feel as if I were right there in Paris as everything was unfolding. All of the characters added a unique and memorable part to the story. It was super easy to get into and read.


** I received this book of behalf of the publisher, in exchange for nothing except my honest opinion. Thank you. **







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