The Watcher of the Night Sky

The Aronia Series Book 1

Young Adult - Paranormal
315 Pages
Reviewed on 10/22/2015
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Author Biography

Rachel was born and raised in Scotland. A graduate of psychology, she now resides in South Korea. She has dabbled in teaching children, but after a few blessed years has succumbed to teaching business English to adults in Seoul.

Rachel has been writing stories since as long as she can remember. An obsession with Point Horror books led to her first novel being written at the age of ten. Truth be told, it wasn't very good.

The following years were spent reading thrillers, romantic comedies, fantasies, occasionally playing guitar, and dabbling in song writing, all the while continuing to write stories unworthy for print and developing her own style.

A mixture of inspiring authors had a huge influence upon her mind: S. E. Hinton, Mario Puzo, William Goldman, C.S Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, J. K. Rowling ... the list goes on.

For years, Rachel has cited The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton as her favourite book. These days, she considers The Princess Bride by William Goldman to be at the top of the list.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite

The Watcher of the Night Sky: Part One (The Aronia Series Book 1) by Rachel Pudsey is a young adult fantasy that tackles the adage 'be careful what you wish for.' Abigail is fifteen and doesn't want to deal with love. At least, that's what she tells her best friend who is obsessed with boys and talks about love every chance she gets. On her sixteenth birthday, Abigail uncharacteristically wishes on the stars for love and attention. But when her wish comes true, Abigail is overwhelmed by the attention! Princes, suitors, and mysterious creatures continually show up at Abigail's door, professing their undying love for her. In trying to cancel the wish, Abigail discovers a large secret her parents hid from her. Is it possible that she is cursed? And will she ever get away from this wish that is too much to handle?

This was a cute story that mixed humor, fantasy, and romance into a tale that readers will enjoy. It might appeal to romance readers more than fantasy readers, although the elements of each are nicely blended into this story. Abigail is an interesting character who has to learn from her mistake when she makes a wish in a moment of weakness. Spending the rest of the story cleaning up her mess so to speak is a good lesson for readers and one that the author portrayed very well. Nice job.