Hey guys! Hope you are doing well. I wanted to write this book review of Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan ages ago but I just never got round to it but I've seen a few people reading this book on my feeds so I thought I would write a full review! I read this book a while ago now, so I am hoping I can remember all of my feelings towards it.
Hold back the stars is a book about Max and Carys and when we meet them for the first time, they have just 90 minutes to survive. There is not much given away by the book and I had never heard of this book before I received it for Christmas so I was reading this book quite blind. There were things that I did actually like about this book. I really enjoyed the story unfurling of this book, how Katie started at the end and then filled in the gaps about how they got there as the book went on. This book is a predominantly romantic book which isn't my personal favourite "genre" of book really, but I enjoyed it for what it was. I really enjoyed the setting of this book too, it's set in a dystopian future in this new "world" called eurotopia and I really enjoyed reading about this new world. I was a very different dystopian book that what I'm used to! I was really unsure about how this book was going to end so I was really intrigued to keep reading and see how it ended.
However, I have to say that there were things in this book that I personally didn't really enjoy. I found the dialogue to be quite contrived and unrealistic if I am being honest. Unfortunately, I found this book a bit cringy? Like I get that it's a romantic book but there were places in the book where I just thought "oh god really?" and not in a good way! For me as well the characters were a little bit flat! I just didn't really get into them in a major way! I was a bit sad that I didn't find it as good as I would have liked, because on the cover this book is likened to "One day" and "The Versions Of Us" two books which I really love but this book just left me feeling a bit cold if I am being honest!
And then, we come to the ending. I hated the ending! I'm just going to put it out there. The whole end section of the book I really disliked. It didn't fit in with the rest of the book, the book suddenly went all The versions of Us (ie changing between different realities) and I was actually really confused as to why those chapters were set out like that when the rest of the book hadn't been. Then the actual ending I found ridiculous if I am being honest! I genuinely thought that the way it ended could have been avoided completely so it didn't affect me emotionally at all! I was expecting to cry at this book (thanks to all the comments on the cover) but I honestly thought it was a bit stupid! A little harsh but true.
Overall there were points in this book that I did really like and it wasn't the worst book I've ever read or anything it just wasn't a favourite of mine.
Have you read this book? What did you think?
Lots of love,