Stella Maris by Marita A. Hansen

The Book ✯✯✯

In a supernatural fantasy, Marita A. Hansen has produced a solid first book in a series.

It is designed for a young adult audience, and that must be emphasized. Though most modern fantasy novels are leaning towards new adult with more mature acting 19-year-olds in focus, Stella Maris stays firmly in the YA genre. There are a ton of lusty scenes and a ton of exhausting teenage outbursts.  While annoying, at least it is incredibly authentic to how a teenage girl would react to learning she is an angel, in love with an angel, and gearing up to fight a demon.

Stella is incredibly long, with a need for trimming. Too often I found myself skimming passages because they held no new information or value.

It was an interesting glance into the lore of angels and demons, but I can't say that I'll be looking out for the next book in the series.

Provided at the end of the ebook and on GoodReads, the author's son composed a soundtrack for the book. While slightly amateurish in sound due to the synthetic nature of the playback, it lends the missing piece to your reading.

Thank you to NetGalley and Marita A. Hansen for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.


  1. It's the first time I've heard about a soundtrack in an ebook. Great review.

  2. This sounds oddly like another book I read, I wish I could think of the title, but it is slipping my mind completely. I think the soundtrack is a new thing,I've seen a few other authors do it as well.

  3. That soundtrack thing sounds super cool!

  4. I agree I like the idea of a soundtrack and it's good that the author stayed true to the YA voice.

  5. I've heard of playlists but not a soundtrack - that is a new wrinkle ;)

  6. The soundtrack sounds interesting! Too bad the book wasn’t as good as you hoped.

  7. Why does this book reminds me of a book series that I have read before, it sounds oddly familiar somehow but I can't exactly recall the name of the book.

    The soundtrack sounds interesting, I would love to see how that would work out.


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