Wednesday, July 13, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥: The Starlight Prince by Borislava Borissova

Release Date: June 8th, 2010
Publisher: Firefly (RoseHeart)
Page Count: 117
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author, via Romancing the Book, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)

A young boy lives alone on his tiny planet at the end of Sagittarius galaxy. On his trips, he has seen that there were no lonely stars in the universe, even the most powerful one, the Sun in the neighboring Milky Way galaxy, has a friend, Nemesis. In searching for his first friend, The Starlight Prince catches up to a passing comet and, deluged by a haze of star-dust, enters the solar system.

Landing on the planet Earth he found himself on an unbelievably beautiful island. There, at the Valley of the Temples, the ancient Olympic Gods had been spending their summer rests for millennia. Hidden behind clouds, the Prince notices The Little Olympic God, responsible for friendships according to Olympic allocation of duties.

In trying to face him and ask for his help in finding a friend, the starry boy remains on Earth. He follows a group of young teens to an ancient Castle, lured there with a nice invitation to spend their vacation. The building starts to function as a strange hotel with mysterious inhabitants, history, and secrets. During a long adventure on Planet Earth, the lonely celestial prince finds his first friend, the Little Olympic God.
What Stephanie Thinks: In the eyes of the curious Starlight Prince, the world is a marvel. Having lived alone during his short years, he isn't accustomed to the wonders of ancient Earth, especially not the magnificent Mount Olympus.

During his exciting journey, he learns the true meanings of love, acceptance, and friendship, which all young children eventually catch on to in their early lives. Though this book is targeted towards young adults, I think middle grade children (say, 8-to-12-year-olds) would enjoy it better. The topics covered are chaste, and wouldn't capture the attention of older teens. That's not to say The Starlight Prince lacks action, though. Fantasy lovers will appreciate the uproar and bedlam the little prince faces along his adventures.

The only reason I can't completely recommend this book to younger readers is because of the Borissova's writing conventions. Rather difficult vocabulary is put forth, as well as some awkward, often 
incomprehensible sentence structure. I feel a main part of this issue results from English not being the author's first language, but while a more advanced reader can trek through the errors, younger children may not be able to.

The Starlight Prince offers a universal message about true kindness and the importance of companions, which is why I enjoyed reading it. It definitely could have been edited and structured better, but I'd give it an A+ for effort.

Stephanie Loves: "'No one else but you should take my bow because you know friendships are necessary in life. I missed giving you a friendship somehow.'" Aww!

Radical Rating: 6 hearts: Satisfying for a first read, but I'm not going back. ♥♥♥♥♥♥