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Review: Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney

Starry NightsTitle: Starry Nights

Author: Daisy Whitney

Genre: YA Fantasy, Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 280 Pages

ISBN-10: 1619631334 (Bloomsbury)

ISBN-13: 978-1619631335 (Bloomsbury)

Reviewed by: Zed


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.

Quick & Dirty: For the love of Art.

Opening Sentence: A peach falls out of a Cezanne.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

My thought process throughout this entire book was: ‘How many pages are left?’ Without being unreasonably harsh, I’ll try to outline the few good parts of the story. I learned more about art, Paris, the nine muses and museum security!

Now, onto the not so great parts… My main issue with Starry Nights was that it was too unrealistic and way over the top. Paintings that come to life, I can deal with. Falling head over heels in love with a girl from a painting and then travelling into and through paintings felt too much like Harry Potter for my liking! I appreciate this is YA, but seriously? Weirder still was the ease with which Julien’s friends follow his lead without question. I’m sure if I told my friends that paintings were coming to life and that I could travel into a painting, they would have some serious concerns over my mental state!

“It is truly never a dull moment with you, Garnier.”
I stop walking. “You don’t believe me?”
“Does it matter if I believe you? I’m your friend and I’m going to do whatever you need me to do. I’m all in, whether I believe in ghosts or not.”

The love story between Julien and the girl from the painting might have been more believable if it wasn’t so rushed. It’s love at first sight, followed by a whirlwind romance. That’s hard enough to come to terms with when both people are real but when one is a girl trapped in a painting, it borders on weird / unbelievable.

Every part of me aches for her. For the bitterness, for the pain. For having everything you love, everything you believe, turned against you.
“I’m so sorry that happened to you, Clio,” I say, but how do you even begin to comfort someone who’s been caged for so long, even if the bars are beautiful?

There was also something about Clio that I did not like right from the start. First, I thought she was somehow manipulating Julien and hiding a deep secret, which is why she was trapped in the painting. Only towards the end did I realise that she wasn’t a hidden villain but I still struggled to like her! There’s a point where Clio accuses Julien for implying that she was desperate since he’s the first person able to interact with her for over a century. I must say, I quite agreed!

To conclude, I wasn’t a fan of this book, purely because the story was too unrealistic for my taste.

Notable Scene:

If I were seeing genies riding on magic carpets while huffing on hookahs I’d be less shocked. Instead, all my senses are ignited, and my brain is buzzing, and it feels like I’m dreaming, but I know I’m wide awake and seeing art come alive. This girl has danced her way right out of a Degas.


FTC Advisory: Bloomsbury USA Childrens provided me with a copy of Starry Nights. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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One Response to “Review: Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney

  1. RabiahNo Gravatar

    Oh no :( Sad you didn’t like this one! I have a copy of this one, but now I’m reluctant to get into it, because I really don’t like over-the-top books. Oh well, maybe I’ll check it out? I’ll have to see. Great review!! :D

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