Published by Text Publishing on June 9th, 2015
Genres: mystery-thriller, young adult
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Avicenna Crowe's mother, Joanne, is an astrologer with uncanny predictive powers and a history of being stalked. Now she is missing.
The police are called, but they're not asking the right questions. Like why Joanne lied about her past, and what she saw in her stars that made her so afraid.
But Avicenna has inherited her mother's gift. Finding an unlikely ally in the brooding Simon Thorn, she begins to piece together the mystery. And when she uncovers a link between Joanne's disappearance and a cold-case murder, Avicenna is led deep into the city's dark and seedy underbelly, unaware how far she is placing her own life in danger.
Pulse-racing and terrifyingly real, The Astrologer's Daughter is a stunning, original novel. It will test your belief in destiny and the endurance of love.
I’ve never been a believer in astrology. Sure, I’m a Leo and I have quite a few of the characteristics that a Leo should have, but if I look at the other signs, I have some of those too. That’s not really the kind of astrology this book is about though. It’s about the stars and charting, and certain planets in certain houses. And astrolabes. It’s also about a girl’s mother disappearing.
Most of the reviews on Goodreads for this book are incredibly positive. And that confuses me because I had a lot of problems with it. It just felt disjointed and all over the place. Was it a thriller? Was it a contemporary? Or was it a fantasy? I’m not sure what it wanted to be. And I know to some this might be a good thing, but for me, it was not.
It also had a really dreamy quality and it meandered a lot, taking a long time to get from point A to point B. This made my eyes glaze over something fierce. And that was very odd for me because I adored the writing, but I could not connect to it at ALL. The characters had unique voices and a lot of depth, and yet I felt no emotional connection to them. Why?
This is the thing I still cannot figure out. I should have loved this book. It has everything I like and more. All the elements were there and yet they did not come together.
I think ultimately what it ended up being was the genre confusion. It read like a thriller most of the time and there were a couple of really tense, creepy scenes, but then it would switch tone and become about the romance. Then it would switch tones again, and Avicenna would predict something that came true which would give it a fantasy element. And honestly, if it had stuck with the mystery/thriller thing, the book would have read with a stronger plot.
Then, I got to the end, and it just didn’t meet my expectations. Conclusions often disappoint me, but I just didn’t think it ended the way it should have, nor did I buy Avicenna’s placid reaction to the way it wrapped up. And the way her living situation just adapted seemed way too easy for me.
I really want to say I loved The Astrologer’s Daughter. And there were things I really did like. I liked the characters, I liked the writing and the tone the author chose to write it in. I loved the premise, but none of these really great elements came together to form a complete story. And that’s why it was just an average book for me.