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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite
Taking place in both the past and the present, Searching: The Starlight Chronicles by C.S. Johnson is a stunning fantasy novel that follows a young girl named Raiya. Raiya is a fallen star who was sent to Earth to protect it from the seven sinisters, using her powers as a Starlight Warrior. But when Raiya accidentally sends her best friend into a coma, she realizes just how dangerous she could be to her friends, and decides she has to try to stop being friends with them. Meanwhile, her life as a Starlight Warrior isn't easy either, but it becomes worse when a demon takes her former friends hostage. Not only that, but the demon reminds her of someone she knew back when she was a star. Will she manage to defeat him?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Searching: The Starlight Chronicles by C.S. Johnson. The book is absolutely stunning from the first page, and I was hooked by the first line. The story shows that sometimes happiness can come from pain and sorrow. The story is very well written, as author C.S. Johnson expertly weaves Raiya's past life with her present, and is a real page turner. I enjoyed how the book provided closure, not just for the main character, but for every character, and I really liked the epilogue. I liked that even though Raiya has powers and has to fight evil, she still has many relatable problems, like friendship struggles and bullies. The story is very suspenseful and exciting through and through. I would definitely recommend this to everyone.