Review: Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh

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Author: Katherine Marsh
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: Nov 2012
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads
Who says fate is written in the stars? Set in seventeenth-century Europe, JEPP is the coming-of-age story of a teenage dwarf limited not only by his height but by his destiny. Seemingly bound for a life of misery as an astronomer’s court dwarf, Jepp must prove himself to be a capable and trustworthy student in order to escape his fate. Willing to defy the stars to win the life he wants and the woman he loves, Jepp must choose his own course and become the man he wants to be. Thrilling, romantic and in turns heart-warming and heartbreaking, JEPP is a highly original and unforgettable story about one young man’s struggle to escape his destiny. Based on a real seventeenth-century historical figure, Jepp’s story includes violence, love, astrology, astronomy, and even a beer-drinking moose.
REVIEW BY CERYS – YEAR 9

Jepp, Who Defied the Stars is a beautiful, heart-touching tale based upon the story of Tycho Brahe, a seventeenth century astronomer who loved tracking the stars.

At the start of the story, young dwarf Jepp is whisked away, far from the comforts of his mother’s bar, and into the hustle bustle of being a court dwarf, where luxuries are plenty. The only problem? He’s not great at managing his emotions. Will he follow his own path, or tie himself to his destiny? Find out in this historical fiction that’ll take you through a rollercoaster of emotions, and leave you starstruck long after the last page.

My favourite character is Magdalene, because she is very clever, as well as being kind and brave, but my favourite part is Jepp and Lia’s dancing lessons, as it just seems so beautiful, and I could see this really clearly in my mind. I enjoyed the 1st person point of view from Jepp, as it told the story well, but I think a 3rd  person narrative could’ve also worked. The plot kept you intrigued, giving enough time to the characters moments together, without boring the reader. However, the first part of the book was fairly confusing, flicking between past and present, but it told the story well.

Katherine Marsh has a wonderful pace to her writing, and the way she describes characters, (especially, in this book, Lia) is just gorgeous. I absolutely loved the ending, as it was perfect the story. A little predictable, but nevertheless, it was just right.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the My Story historical diaries, and The Knife of Never Letting Go 

I hope you enjoyed this just as much as I did, and I look forward to reading more like this book! ☺
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