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#Review & #Giveaway : Under a Million Stars by Rita Branches

Under a Million Stars Book Cover Under a Million Stars
Stand Alone
Rita Branches
Romance & Contemporary
August 8th, 2016

Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces?

Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.

Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.

Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. As he watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realizes that their relationship is more important than the truth he's hiding.

Now it's up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie's broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from.
Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?

My Thoughts

Let me start by saying that I was probably not the intended audience for this book. My thing is SciFi and this is a contemporary. I prefer my books to be futuristic and adventurous. I’d say this book is more dark and moody. Even with the themes being outside my preference, i still really enjoyed this book.

The characters in this book were all deeply flawed. Charlotte (Charlie) has just lost her parents and brother in a car accident that has almost completely destroyed her. Jacob her ex best friend and new adoptive family member/crush has some extreme mood swings as well as some pretty bad anger towards an unknown event (revealed later in the book), that causes him to act like a jerk at times and a caring friend at other times. All of the minor characters were interesting and important to the story. They all seemed to have a purpose not just filler people, like i’ve seen in other contemporaries.

Well in one word, this book was messy. The writing was great and the storyline, plot and pacing were great, but Charlotte’s life and personality was just plan messy. There were many instances when she did something that i (as an adult) just couldn’t believe but coming from a broken teen, i guess i can understand. Jacob on the other hand, seemed to have these crazy anger outbursts that usually only exacerbated the already high emotions of the other characters. That’s def how i would categorize this book, an highly emotion/messy ride with a few twists as you go.

By the ending of the book, i better understood the personalities of the characters and really thought that they grew a lot. I’m really glad i read this book and plan to reread it soon, now that i know the ending and twists. I’d like to better see how that influenced the characters overall.


This review is part of the Blog tour sponsored over at YA Bound Book Tours. As part of the tour, the Author has organized a giveaway of $25 via Amazon giftcard.

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    Rita Branches

    Hi! I’m Rita Branches. I was born and raised in in Portugal and I’m going to independently publish my debut novel in the Spring of 2016, Painting Sky.

    I am so happy that you decided to take a look at my work.
    Little bit about myself: along with being a writer, I am also a landscape architect. I started writing to bring ‘to life’ the stories that my mind created.

    I LOVE to read. It was and always will be my passion.

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