About the book:
Title: Starry Nights
Author: Daisy Whitney
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, travel, paranormal, young adult
Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.
The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio and he can’t help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio must save the world’s greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love they’ve ever known.
Like a master painter herself, Daisy Whitney brings inordinate talent and ingenuity to this romantic, suspenseful, and sophisticated new novel. A beautifully decorated package makes it a must-own in print.
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: By browsing through books at the library😉
Picking through rows and rows of YA books at my local library, the pretty Eiffel Tower cover of this book screamed my name, and I was summoned to pick it up. I have to say, it was love at first sight- but even though I did like what was inside this cute little book, I didn’t necessarily love it.
For a summary, Starry Nights centres around Julien, a hopeless romantic. When a peach falls out of a Cezanne painting, he somehow sees ballerinas fall out from it as well and dance on the floor. This leads him to meet and fall head over heels in love with Clio, who is stuck in a painting and needs a way out. Will the two be able to save the art piece, despite the fact that Clio is stuck in a painting of her own? And if so, will they still be able to love each other without harm?
One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the originality, and how unique it was. I could tell that Daisy Whitney has a great imagination, and that really shined through in her writing. A guy falling in love with a girl stuck in a painting- in Paris?! That’s quite the awesome idea, and I applaud Whitney for making that concept work so well!👏👏
Unfortunately, though, the characters of this book were just not my favourite. I found that they were bland and didn’t have a lot of personality, which really bothered me at times. They seemed to have so much potential, but as I write this review, I only finished the book two days ago, and I can remember pretty close to zilch about them. Whitney has the creative plot down for sure, but I think she needs to apply more of that creativity to her characters, as well.
I absolutely LOVED all the descriptions of France, as I felt like I was there, not just reading about it. Whitney’s descriptive writing style gave me the ability to picture absolutely everything, from the dancing ballerinas from the painting, to the beautiful museums, and to the Eiffel Tower, which was amazing! It has always been a dream of mine to go to France, and with this book, I felt like I was able to happily travel there for about an hour and a half.
Overall, Starry Nights was a unique, cute story, but I just wish the characters were a bit more developed. If you’re looking for an awesome story taking place in Paris with fabulous writing, but are willing to sacrifice great characters in exchange for well-thought out descriptions of the city, definitely check this one out! But if you are one for the romance and less for the description, then I’d say to maybe take a pass on this story.
Rating: 3.75/5 Stars