Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan

Catching Stars

Witch. Betrayal. Hunted.Jayin Ijaad is in hiding. A witch with powerful abilities, she carves out a life for herself in the slums of Pavaal, a city rotting from the inside out. When an old acquaintance tracks her down, Jayin is dragged back into a world she tried to escape -- and is determined to escape again. Maddix Kell is on the run. After two years in prison for crimes he did not commit, Maddix escapes and seeks out a legendary order of witch...

Details Catching Stars

TitleCatching Stars
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherOftomes Publishing
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Catching Stars

  • Laura
    I had hopes for this book but, sadly, I did not like it at all. I often found myself skipping through the pages, looking for something that could grabbed my attention, but it never happened. And I liked the characters just fine, but they felt bland and your average fantasy book people. That’s something that really hurt the story: the lack of characterization. None of them -or the story itself- were really fleshed out. It’s sad because it ha...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Super addictive, action packed and magical. I also totally loved these characters!
  • Ben Alderson
    Magnetizing—an intricate, brutal world of sorcery, betrayal, and mystery that will captivate and entice until the very last page. Emily R. King, author of The Hundredth Queen Series.When I say this is one of the BEST fantasy's I've ever read. I mean it. I'm publishing it for a reason.As you know I have loved everything to do with witches. This will NOT LET YOU DOWN. A bustling world of magic, murder, and characters you will love love love.*I ha...
  • mith
    4.5 stars. Oh my god. I need book 2 asap.---hiii, hi hi hello, my full review is up, finally! you can read it on my blog (here's a handy link) if you'd prefer to!♫I loooooove this book. Like. A ridiculous amount. I love the characters and the magic and, oddly enough, even the cruel and dangerous world all of this is set in because it was just sooo good.Catching S 4.5 stars. Oh my god. I need book 2 asap.---hiii, hi hi hello, my full review is...
  • Constanze Zietz
    The book did not grab me as much as a lot of other readers and it took me a long time to finish it, mostly as for me it was too slow in a lot of parts. I liked both the main characters but I would have loved to hear more about their background stories and dive deeper into the characters. The writing was beautiful and the plot definitely something I have not read about but I wasn't intrigued by the world as much as I had hoped.
  • Cassie
    "you've tied yourself to the most dangerous sahir in aestos," she said. "and i am now bound to the most wanted criminal. we're going to die bloody." as one of my favorite booktubers once said, i will happily give a book five stars when it brings me out of a reading slump.before i picked up catching stars, i had no idea what i wanted to read. i swear i picked up seven books but put them all down because nothing was catching my attention. how...
  • Carol
    CATCHING STARS•• ⭐: 5/5••💬: Jayin Ijaad is in hiding. A witch with powerful abilities, she carves out a life for herself in the slums of Pavaal, a city rotting from the inside out. When an old acquaintance tracks her down, Jayin is dragged back into a world she tried to escape -- and is determined to escape again. Maddix Kell is on the run. After two years in prison for crimes he did not commit, Maddix escapes and seeks out a legenda...
  • Ana Garza
    I just couldn't get into this at all.
  • leonie
    the beginning wasn’t bad but damn ... the story was going in a circle going nowhere, the magic and world wasn’t explained at all and the characters were so flat and every 2 chapters someone fainted. i skim read the last 60 pages i am sad
  • Shauna
    *Disclaimer - I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*Despite having a thesis to write, I stayed up into the early hours of the morning to finish reading this book instead. That’s how good it was. I might end up posting a full review on here in the future, but for now I’m going to keep it short and sweet. If you like magic, beautifully crafted characters and a plot that doesn’t stop moving then this is the book for...
  • Kelly (Ink & Illusion)
    You can find this review and more like it on my blog, Ink & Illusion!I had to think about writing this review. How did I want to handle it, because this is – for the first time since I decided to approach my reviews differently – a book that I feel no love for. And so it meant I had to ask some questions of myself; mainly, did I want to carry through and write the review anyways? Or did I want to DNF the book and stow it away, never to think ...
  • Marwa
    Disclaimer: I have received this book in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank both Cayla Keenan and Ben Alderson for providing me with an eARC to review.First of all, I would like to apologize for being extremely late in reviewing this book due to some unanticipated personal issues.Second of all, I NEED THE SEQUEL!!This book is a beautifully written adventure that consists of two main characters' points of views: The first one is ...
  • Mae
    ** First of all, I want to clarify that the arc of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thanks Oftomes Publishing! :) At first it was somewhat difficult for me to advance in the story, it was a little slow and I couldn't get hooked, but then, I got to this point where I got caught and couldn't leave until I finished it, even though I should have been studying, ups!Cayla created a wonderful world, full of...
  • Hetal
    To see this review and more, considering taking a peek at my first in series YA book blog here2.5 -3 starsCatching stars has a fun, well tested premise. A convict and witch on the run from the king. Brought to hate each other due to misguided beginnings. As much as I wanted to love this story...I just couldn't get into it. Jayin was interesting but lacked a certain depth I crave in characters. And that's just it, she never became a person, she wa...
  • Casia Courtier
    This book was one of those "great blurbs not so great execution" books. The blurb is a good blurb. It grabs you and has enough that inspires you to read it. However, the bulk of the story was . . . repetitive.Catching Stars starts strong. It pulls you in right off the bat with a flashback and scene on how Maddix gets to prison. But, I feel that's pretty much where the book ends in awesome.The one thing I noticed about this book is that whenever ...
  • Tammy
    The first part of the book had some parts that were slow and a bit repetitive. I liked that Jayin was a strong, female character. Maddix developed into a better character than he was in the beginning. The second part of the book picked up speed and had more intense action. Overall it was a interesting read. I received an ebook at no charge for which I voluntarily provided an honest review.
  • Keri
    ***I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***Actual Rating: 2.5 starsThis book completely captured my attention, though I wouldn’t call it an amazing book. The storyline was both magical and action-packed, but sadly I felt that the writing style and tropes dampened the effect of this book. This story had great potential, but sadly it didn’t completely live up to it.Catching Stars follows the p...
  • Stephanie Marie
    Actual Rating: 4.25I didn’t go into this book with too many expectations since not many people have read it, but it was definitely an engaging read! I love the world within this novel. I think Keenan developed both the magic and setting very well throughout. She created such a rich culture with plenty of depth to it while still leaving more to be uncovered. I’m excited to read more within this world whenever the sequel is published.Jayin and ...
  • Sydney
    But actually 3.5 stars. I got this book in an OwlCrate, and was pleasantly surprised. Something about it was addicting. I have a thing for witches and magic, I think, so there was that. I also found myself falling in love with both Jayin and Maddix, and their relationship, as well as a couple side characters (although the majority of the book was focused on Jayin and Maddix alone). Did I mention how much I love the hate-to-love trope? Because tha...
  • Katlyn
    I liked this book, but also found it rather meh at times. It took me a while to get into, but about halfway through I was able to read at a steady pace because I was curious about what would happen next. The writing is good, although I did notice a couple typos, so the editing left a little bit to desired. The cover is gorgeous, especially considering that it’s an indie novel! I liked the plot, although it was a bit cliche. The characters left ...
  • Taniqua Cary
    Wow. So I had the opportunity to actually meet this author at the recent bookcon that just passed. As soon as she started explaining the book to me I was ready to buy it! I’m glad that I do not currently regret doing so either because I really loved this book! The world and the characters and the magic and just everything was amazing. It was dark and gritty and didn’t really spare anyone at all, which I was NOT expecting! Jayin and Maddox wer...
  • susie
    so, at first, i definitely had a lot of problems with this book. i didn't understand the world, the dialogue felt forced and the characters felt fake. but the more you read, maybe around the 150 page mark i got invested in the story. i would say that there was a definite lack of explaining. for example, i didn't really get what the hierarchy was like in this world, in some places witches were good but in others they were hated? this would've been...
  • Saraih Korber
    I loved this book! It's a good fantasy read if you're 1) into witches, 2) like fantasy but with a simple yet fleshed out world and 3) a clean yet interesting plot.When I got this book in my May Owlcrate box the summary seemed pretty generic, so I didn't rush to read it and boy was I sorry. This book does what people preach good books should be, the plot is nothing new but the characters are so interesting and the world is unique yet doesn't overw...
  • Shirley Cuypers
    Original review This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Oftomes Publishing!Catching Stars tells the story of Jayin and Maddix. Jayin is a powerful witch and is determined to escape from Pavaal and Maddix is a human who’s been imprisoned for two years for a crime he didn’t commit. One day, they cross paths and since then they become allies even though they don’t think highly of each other. Will the...
  • Cristine (cristinethebookqueen) Paquette
    your classic young adult story with all the typical unlikely allies and secret identities we've all come to expect. This one hit it right on though and I loved it! magic, a bad ass female protagonist, and some unlikely family, it hits all my must haves.that ending i expected to wait for a second book to come out???? i cant.
  • Sian
    It's been a really long and rubbish week, but one of the things that got me through was being able to escape to this world for a little while every night. The world was beautifully and delicately weaved and the characters were complex and engaging - the bickering definitely helped. I'm super excited to see where more of the story takes Maddix and Jaylin!
  • Catherine Kopf
    An epic magical read with great worldbuilding and intense characters! Cayla Keenan’s Catching Stars is astounding and unputdownable! If you’re a fan of magic, adventure, and interesting settings be sure to pick up this enchanting read!
  • Kristen Coffin
    (2018 Owlcrate May Fight Like a Girl)"Watch the skies. Catch the stars."I'm in the middle with this. First, I did not realize it was probably going to have a sequel until, like, page 320. Second, this book reminds me of something and I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT! It's driving me crazy. The land reminds me a little of Tamora Pierce's Winding Circ (2018 Owlcrate May Fight Like a Girl)"Watch the skies. Catch the stars."I'm in the middle with this. First,...
  • Marla
    I have mixed feelings about this book. I didn't really care about the characters. I think if there was more details about them would have helped. I don't know if I will read book two.
  • Becky Marie
    The magic involved in the world building was great and I loved the characters. I wanted a little more in the history behind the street gangs and the politics in the world hopefully book two will reveal more! So happy I read this!