And All The Stars by Andrea K Host
Released: 1st October 2012
Publisher: Andrea K Host
Format: Digital ARC
Find at: Goodreads | Amazon UK
Author Site: Andrea K Host
Many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for my review copy, this is in exchange for an honest review.
Come for the apocalypse. Stay for cupcakes. Die for love.
Madeleine Cost is working to become the youngest person ever to win the Archibald Prize for portraiture. Her elusive cousin Tyler is the perfect subject: androgynous, beautiful, and famous. All she needs to do is pin him down for the sittings. None of her plans factored in the Spires: featureless, impossible, spearing into the hearts of cities across the world - and spraying clouds of sparkling dust into the wind. Is it an alien invasion? Germ warfare? They are questions everyone on Earth would like answered, but Madeleine has a more immediate problem. At Ground Zero of the Sydney Spire, beneath the collapsed ruin of St James Station, she must make it to the surface before she can hope to find out if the world is ending.
I happen to love love love apocalypse books. Granted the bulk of those I've read have been post apocalyptic, so to read a book that is set during the happenings was a different spin for me. The blurb had me hooked I loved the line about the apocalypse and cupcakes.
Even though I managed to take in all the detail, and believe me there is plenty of detail to the story, I still felt that there was something missing for me. I did enjoy this book but I didn't love it. Hence the three stars. Would it be worth reading? I would say yes, if you want something a little different in the apocalypse genre then I would say it's worth picking up. The air of mystery does keep you turning the pages, it makes you wonder what the heck is happening. I wouldn't say the story is fast paced, I think I missed that with this book, I do like a story to keep me on the edge of my seat.
I enjoyed the attention to detail and the way it describes what is happening around Madeline. For someone going through an unknown situation she copes remarkably well. Would you be able to do the same? Make you wonder doesn't it....... I have to say it was nice to see the bonds forged by the characters as they had to navigate the difficult situation.
Made a nice change to have a different angle on the whole apocalypse theme
My Thoughts on the Cover
I do really like this cover, it captures the main element of the story. I would definitely pick this up in the book store.