Sunday, October 30, 2016

Under a Million Stars by Rita Branches

Stand-Alone

Publication Date:  August 8, 2016 by Rita Branches

Summary:

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?

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My Thoughts

Charlie's world was rocked upside down on the day of her first piano recital, when her parents and little brother did not show up.  She later found out, after she was finished playing that they were all killed in a car accident on the way to her piano recital.  

She goes to live with her parents best friends, Robert and Laura and their son Jacob.  Charlie and Jacob have also been best friends all their lives.  But two years prior Jacob starting distancing himself away from Charlie and was very hurtful to her.  So living with Jacob was super hard because she not only lost her family but her best friend didn't talk to her anymore either.   

Jacob holds a huge secret as to why he was very distant towards Charlie.  But he loves Charlie and the secret would only tear them apart.  When Charlie finds out she is crushed.

This book was good, but the beginning and middle were slow and too many unnecessary flash backs.  There were some parts where you read Charlie's point of view and then Jacob's point of view back to back, which was super repetitive.  The last quarter of the book is where it really picked up and I really starting liking the book more.  

Jacob in the beginning was super annoying and he was sooo selfish!!  But after learning what his secret was, it kinda made sense as to why he was like that.  And Charlie, geez poor girl!!  She had a very difficult year after her parents and brother were killed.  

And the ending, I loved the ending!!!  It even made me cry!!  This book is definitely worth the slow beginning because of the ending!!

I received a copy from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 


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