Title: Under a Million Stars
Author: Rita Branches
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 263 pages, Ebook
Published: August 8th 2016
Source: I received an eARC of this book from YA Bound Book Tours for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
This book was an emotional roller coaster. I loved the story from the beginning till the end and I loved every bits of it. You can also check out my review of Painting Sky, her debut novel, here.
Charlie and Jacob used to be best friends but one day Jacob walked away from her without any explanation. Now Charlie has lost her whole family in an accident and Jacob’s family has been appointed her guardian and she is forced to live with Jacob under the same roof. Jacob notices that Charlie is slowly spiraling out of control and if he doesn’t do anything he might end up loosing her. Despite the reason why he walked away from her, he decides to bring the old Charlie back but what will happen when the devastating truth comes out?
I definitely liked the plot and it had one of my favourite romantic tropes, best friends to lovers. This was a story of second chances and I loved how it was executed. Charlie and Jacob had been best friends forever but he ended their friendship one day without giving any reason or explanation. Now, when they are forced to live under the same roof, Jacob notices how much the accident of her family has affected her. He buries the secret that tore them apart and decides to help Charlie as much as possible. I liked the big reveal although I had guessed it when I was halfway through the book but it was definitely handled well.
Charlie was a great character but she held herself responsible for her family’s death. I could sympathize with her condition and I felt so, so bad for her. I liked her relationship with Jacob, even after he hurt her so much, she still trusted him. Jacob came as plain rude at first but then I could see how much staying away from Charlie was tearing him apart as well. It was definitely not right for their parents to take that decision on their behalf even after knowing how much it would hurt them, it was downright selfish. Nonetheless, I loved the chemistry between Charlie and Jacob and I definitely enjoyed the romance.
Overall, Under a Million Stars was a great read. I loved the plot and the characters and the story successfully kept me engaged from the very beginning. I loved the romance between Charlie and Jacob. The writing was beautiful and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to read more books by this author.
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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.
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So guys what did you think about this book? Do you want to give this a try or have you already? How has been your experience so far? Have you read Painting Sky by this author? Share your thoughts with me!