The Astrologer’s Daughter by Rebecca Lim Review

tadTitle: The Astrologer’s Daughter

Author: Rebecca Lim
Publisher: Text Publishing Company

Format: eBook
Publication Date:  July 9, 2015

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss

My mother always called it the eventuality. Not the maybe, or the probably. ‘It’s going to happen,’ she would tell me calmly. ‘I even know when. It’s a twist in my stars. It’s written there, and we have to accept it.
My mother, Joanne Nielsen Crowe. She has a name, she’s not a was.

Avicenna Crowe’s mother, Joanne, is an astrologer with uncanny predictive powers and a history of being stalked. Now she is missing.
The police are called, but they’re not asking the right questions. Like why Joanne lied about her past, and what she saw in her stars that made her so afraid.

But Avicenna has inherited her mother’s gift. Finding an unlikely ally in the brooding Simon Thorn, she begins to piece together the mystery. And when she uncovers a link between Joanne’s disappearance and a cold-case murder, Avicenna is led deep into the city’s dark and seedy underbelly, unaware how far she is placing her own life in danger.

Pulse-racing and terrifyingly real, The Astrologer’s Daughter is a stunning, original novel. It will test your belief in destiny and the endurance of love.

Notable Book for Older Readers, 2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards
Finalist, 2014 Aurealis Award for YA
Longlisted, 2015 Gold Inky Award
Shortlisted, 2015 Davitt Award for YA
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
Top 10 Teen Reads for Summer 2015, Kirkus Reviews




The Astrologer’s Daughter was very different than I had been expecting. Avicenna was a lot deeper and darker than I had thought she would be. She was an interesting dichotomy because of her accident but she was so incredibly fierce. Having to walk around with scars on their face might have caused some people to retreat and be very internalized but not Avicenna. This served her well when it became clear that her mother’s disappearance was oddly connected to everything going on around her.

There’s not a lot of specifics I can give because I don’t want to spoil this book for everyone, but the twists and turns that I didn’t see coming really kept me hooked. Just when I thought I had figured it out, it turned out to be something completely different. Rebecca Lim did a fantastic job of intertwining characters and situations together in ways that I never would’ve expected.

Simon and Hugh were two characters that really seemed like jerks in the beginning, but by the end of the book there were depths to them that were definitely unrealized by Avicenna in the beginning. Part of what made this book so fantastic, was how it explored the characters deepest hidden secrets while making it apparent that this is something that is part of the human condition. Everyone has their secrets and things they hide, and you cannot expect otherwise. Which I think was a tough thing for Avicenna to learn, because she tended to be very direct and blunt. She might not go out of her way to invite you into her private life, but she didn’t lie either.

This book had me hooked from start to finish, and it was some kind of mystery/romance/thriller/paranormal type book. It was one of those books that surprised me from the opening page and didn’t stop surprising me until the end. The ending was a bit abrupt in my opinion although it was a satisfying ending. I would give the book 4 out of 5 stars.




4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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