*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way swayed my opinions.*
Summer of Supernovas is Darcy Woods’s debut contemporary YA novel. It follows a girl named Wil as she tries to live her life according to the stars. Her deceased mother was very interested in astrology which is why Wil feels such a strong connection to the zodiac and she becomes involved in a love triangle where she’s torn between her perfect astrological match and what could be her worst astrological downfall. I have to say that I seem to be the odd woman out when it comes to this book. There were aspects of it that I enjoyed but overall I took issue with the story and I never found myself excited to pick up and read from where I left off.
My first gripe is the sibling love triangle. I’m rarely a fan of love triangles but when the triangle involves siblings (brothers Seth and Grant in this case) it’s even harder for me to get behind. Wil is torn between the two after being “saved” from a tower by Grant and meeting Seth at a club the next night. Grant and Seth come from money but while Seth is flashy, Grant is more down to Earth and in tune with the world around him. Both guys seem sweet enough but it’s obvious that Wil has feelings for Grant. She soon learns that his brother Seth should be her perfect astrological match and that dating Grant is destined to be a disaster so she decides to follow her star chart instead of her heart. This is my second issue. It was really challenging to get behind Wil’s decisions (despite the deceased astrology buff mother) when she had to convince herself every single time she saw either brother that she should be with Seth. I’m not someone who puts much story in astrology so it was probably harder for me than it may be for other people. Now for the elements I enjoyed; I loved Wil’s relationship with her Gram and her best Irina, I love Wil’s retro 1940’s style and the fact that her Gram bakes gourmet cupcakes for work, and I especially enjoyed Darcy Woods’s writing. I wouldn’t be opposed to reading a future book of hers since I enjoyed her storytelling skills but unfortunately this book didn’t resonate with me.
Final Thoughts: Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods is a contemporary romance about a girl named Wil who trusts the stars over her own instincts. She finds herself in a love triangle with two brothers who compete for her attention and while she clearly has feelings for one, she sticks with the other because of her star chart. I’m not one for sibling love triangles or astrology so I struggled with this story as I read. I would read another book by Darcy Woods because her writing has so much potential but this story just wasn’t for me.
As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that the truth lies within the stars. So when she discovers a rare planetary alignment, she is forced to tackle her worst astrological fear – The Fifth House of Relationships and Love. But Wil must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her mother’s legacy, when she falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the chart.
Debut author Darcy Woods explores love in all its complexities and how to best honor the loved ones who have passed before us, in a novel packed with both humor and heart. (via Goodreads)