Review: Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day by Dominique Valente


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Blurb: Willow Moss is a bit odd. But then the best people often are – and sometimes odd is what it takes to save the day…
Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, has a magical ability for finding lost things – like keys, or socks, or wooden teeth. Useful, but not exactly exciting… Then the most feared with in all of Starfell appears at Willow’s door, asking for her help. Last Tuesday has gone missing. Completely. And without it the whole world could unravel. Now Willow holds the fate of Starfell in her rather unremarkable hands… Can she find the day to save the day?

Title: Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day

Author: Dominique Valente

Illustrator: Sarah Warburton

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books, part of Harper Collins Publishers

Genre: Fiction, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure


Willow Moss is your average witch, her power of finding lost things seeming to be a bit useless. But when Moreg Vaine, the most feared witch in all of Starfell, turns up demanding her help, the adventure begins!

I’ll start this by saying that Starfell was one of my favourite books of 2019! It has everything – interesting characters, a wonderful message of courage and strength and a magical adventure that kept me guessing what was to come next. I was totally swept up in this story which, for me, is a must when reading middle grade fiction even though I know I’m not the target audience. The world building was wonderful and offered enough, coupled with the gorgeous illustrations, to draw you in to the story and to Starfell. There’s magic, there’s dragons, there’s trolls and a baddie who wants to end the world as they know it. What more could you want?!

One of my favourite things about this book was the message that it delivers to its reader – no one is as they seem. Willow might be the youngest and with a power that she feels is a bit rubbish but she comes out at the end as a confident character that has had the chance to showcase her bravery and selflessness. I don’t want to give away the ending but Willow is tasked with making a very important decision with an outcome that could bring heartbreak but she still finds the strength to do the right thing. This is also true of other characters in the story and, without giving too much away, we can learn a lot from the interactions between them. As we’re on the topic of characters, I simply couldn’t write a review of this book without mentioning my love for Oswin the kobald (most definitely not a cat!). As grouchy as he is loveable, you can never go wrong with a fuzzy sidekick!

As for what I disliked, I’m really struggling to come up with anything! The only thing I’d note is that the adventure part, while exciting and full of interesting characters, is fairly straightforward. The missing day is the main focus and there’s not much more conflict. In the next book (which I couldn’t be more excited for!) I’m hoping there’s a bit more to keep you on the edge of your seat. This didn’t necessarily detract from my reading experience and might be perfect for your little bookworms!

Overall, I would 100% recommend this book to anyone (young or old) who wants a bit of magic with their reading, who wants to fall in love with a brave and kind young witch or who just wants an adventure jam packed with dragons and trolls!

Rating: 4.5/5

Recommend?: Yes!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Or maybe you’ve read something similar that you’d recommend? I’d love to know!

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