{Blog Tour} Review + Dream Movie Cast + Giveaway: Stars In Her Eyes by Clare C. Marshall

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Last May 13, Stars In Her Eyes by Clare C. Marshall was released. Yey! And today, I am reviewing it as part of the blog tour. And you know me guys, I love dream movie casts so I also asked Clare hers! Check it all out today and get a chance to win Stars In Her Eyes and some swag!

Stars In Her Eyes (Sparkstone Saga #1)
Title: Stars In Her Eyes (Sparkstone Saga #1)
Author: Clare C. Marshall
Publisher: Faery Ink Press
Date of Publication: May 13, 2013

Burn hot and cold.

Read minds.

Disappear at will.

Dream your own death.

Welcome to Sparkstone University, where some students are more gifted than others.

When Ingrid learns she’s been accepted at the hyper-secretive Sparkstone University, she is sceptical. It’s an honour to attend, apparently, and yet barely anyone has ever heard of the place.

And everyone seems a little too happy that she’s there: especially when she meets Sunni and her group of friends. They seem to already know Ingrid. As if she was expected. Expected to save Earth from an imminent alien invasion. Like she has superpowers or something.

As if magic and mutations exist. As if aliens are really planning to attack.

That just sounds ridiculous. There’s no such thing.



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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I reviewed Clare C. Marshall's Within early this year for its blog tour. When I found out that she's holding a blog tour for her then upcoming novella Stars In Her Eyes, I immediately signed up. Young adult science fiction. And have you read the blurb? A school for the smart and the gifted... and for those with superpowers. If you've realized, I love anything with superpowers, especially if these are teenagers with superpowers (i.e. Pivot Point and Transparent). So I was pretty pumped to be part of this tour and I am glad to report to you that Stars In Her Eyes did not disappoint!

SIHE is a novella so everything was pretty much straightforward. Ingrid comes to this really exclusive and secluded university, Sparkstone University, and all mayhem ensues. She meets guards that have slimy blobs with tentacles forms, aliens and other students with superpowers. She also meets cute British Ethan and develops a crush on him. Who wouldn't? Now, I don't want to divulge anything as the fun is in the not-knowing and when things get explained. But one of her new friends, Sunni, gets taken away and it's up to Wil, Jia, Misty and Ingrid to save her and save the whole university and town of Sparkstone.

There was no dilly-dallying as we're put smackdab into Sparkstone and its mysteries and secrets. Everything actually happened so fast and I pored through every page without stopping. Then, it's done. Why, oh why? By the way, Stars In Her Eyes is the first in the Sparkstone Saga and I can't wait to learn more. A lot of stuff were left unknown and the the world built by Clare has a lot of room to explore. Who are the members of The Collective? Who are their friends and who are their enemies? Are there more students in Sparkstone with powers? A lot of questions still need answers and I am sure I will read the next installment to satiate my curiosity.

Ingrid and Ethan's chemistry was palpable too and hey, who can resist a hipster British teenager artist? Yes, he paints, plays instruments and has a British accent. Sure, he isn't well-developed yet but I look forward to see where Ingrid and Ethan goes on from here. Well, it's not insta-love but it's instant attraction, which I don't mind. I mean, hello, who wouldn't have a crush on Ethan? And Ingrid's kind of cool too as she's a geek (think Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica and the likes), a pianist and a harpist. And she wears this awesome steel-toed leather boots. She speaks her mind yet is very inquisitive and sensitive to other people's plights. She's a wonderful person and her other friends compliment her personality. Wil, Sunni, Jia and Misty where lovely to read as well. My only qualm about the novel might be some errors in the portrayals of genes and its "harvest". I'm sure not all people will catch it but I guess it's my field. But aside from that, nada!

Superpowers? Alien abduction? Gene mutations? An evil group called The Collective? Going into space? Conspiracies? Check, check and check. If you're looking for a short sci-fi read about teenagers with powers in a university probably ran by aliens, you're in it for a treat! To all sci-fi lovers, come and check this out!

Dream Movie Cast

Choosing actors for my characters is probably one of the most difficult parts of being an indie author. I get this question quite a lot on blog tours and it’s challenging to come up with appropriate actors because I honestly suck at remembering actor names and faces. But, I will do my best! :) After all, this is only for fun.

Stars In Her Eyes is a YA science fiction/adventure novella, the first in the Sparkstone Saga. I actually originally wrote this to be a television series: the first three episodes I wrote will be the first three books in the series. Though, I admit, the story has morphed and changed quite a bit in the years I’ve been developing it!

Here are five characters in Stars In Her Eyes and their potential actor counterparts.

Ingrid Stanley

The protagonist of Stars In Her Eyes, Ingrid is accepted to Sparkstone University--a place she never even applied for.

This is the hardest character to choose an actor for. Why did I start with this one? Okay, let’s see. All right, here’s two actresses: Keira Knightley and Amy Adams. Keira Knightly for the looks--she’d have to have her hair long and red, and her tall, thin stature works out well for this role. Amy Adams, because of her voice, and her hair, and her presence.

Sunni Harris

Sunni is a complex character that we don’t really see a lot of, but in reality, she’s the heart of the entire series. She’s the one on the cover, by the way. She deserves a talented actress to play her.

I want to say I’d like to see Ellen Page in this part--yay Nova Scotians unite! But she’d have to dye her hair blond and make it a little poofier for the part.

Ethan Millar

Our love interest. He’s British, and a little talkative when he’s nervous. Actually, this is the easiest one. In the book, Ingrid describes him as a David Tennant lookalike, so if I were in charge of casting this series as a movie (or a TV show), I’d cast a young David Tennant, but he’d be about 10-15 pounds heavier.

Misty Ellen Carter

This is getting easier as I go along. HAZAAH! Or however you spell that word.

I’d cast a young Noomi Rapace as Misty, as her character in the original movie adaption of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is somewhat similar to Misty. Both have dark pasts and both carry a lot of anger with them in the present.

Professor Jadore

Jadore acts as a large antagonist for most of the series. But as you may discover near the end of Stars In Her Eyes, she has her own issues that need sorting out, particularly around her appearance and’ll have to read it to find out :)

I’d probably cast Charlize Theron in this role. She has the ability to be extremely beautiful in certain roles, and disturbing in others, and this role calls for a mixture of both.

Hurray, I survived! Now I can tell my boyfriend that yes, I do know my actors and actresses.

About Clare C. Marshall

Clare Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial up internet, and yet, she turned out okay. She has a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology from the University of King’s College, and is a graduate from Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. She founded Woulds & Shoulds Editing and Design in 2010 for self-published authors looking for quality editing and design services. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing the fiddle and making silly noises at cats. Within is her first published novel.


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  1. Thanks for participating in the tour! ^_^

    1. And thank you Clare for the opportunity! I'd love to review Dreams In Her Head too! :D


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