Review: The Wayward Star by Jenn Stark (Wilde Justice #5)

The Wayward Star by Jenn Stark // VBC Review

The Wayward Star (Wilde Justice #5)
Jenn Stark
Published: Dec. 30, 2019 (Elewyn Publishing)
Purchase at: Amazon
Review Source: Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars

Note: This review will be spoiler free, however it will reference events from the previous Immortal Vegas series, if you haven’t started that one yet, check out VBC’s review of Getting Wilde.

Since the reveal of the Shadow Court’s long-running things behind the scenes from the Arcana Council, Sara Wilde, as Justice, along with the other councilmembers are trying to discern what the motives of the Shadow Court are and how much the Council will step in to help those caught in the crossfire.

The plus side, Sara and Armaeus, since recovering his memories, have been working on the threat side-by-side. On the other side, Sara also must contend with her high school reunion, and sometimes facing your past is more intense than facing a diabolical rival supernatural syndicate.

The Wayward Star was a great continuation from The Shadow Court. I loved the pacing and how it wasn’t super full of conflict instead focusing on unfolding more about what makes the Shadow Court tick, who is involved and why, and what their ultimate plans are.

There’s a turning point for the Council that is refreshing from how we’ve seen the Council operate up to this point. I really enjoyed the change up and I look forward to seeing where the new dynamic takes the upcoming stories in the series.

Sara and Armaeus continue to rediscover each other since the loss and subsequent retrieval of his memories, and I really loved the ease at which they interact. Even though there’s still a tentativeness in their interactions, it’s not really a reset on where they once were, but there is a lightness to their relationship. I think it’s the idea of Armaeus being more open instead of closed off and mysterious. He may still be mysterious about his motivations, but he’s also more open to sharing the reasoning behind his actions.

I felt like the high school reunion scenario was kind of just thrown into the story, but I also love delving back into Sara’s past and I feel like high school is always a fun one to revisit. Jenn Stark has done an awesome job of taking what we thought we already knew and continually adds another twist to the story without making it seem contrived. Instead making Sara’s past as though Sara herself sees things from new eyes which, technically, she does as Justice.

The Wayward Star was a nice transitional book in the series. I loved opening new avenues to explore in future books and the whole idea of the Shadow Court, and their history, is still so intriguing. This has been a great way to end one year and start a new one!

Sexual content: Kissing and references to sex

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