Under A Million Stars - Let it go...

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Title: Under A Million Stars
Author: Rita Branches
Published: 8th August 2016
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes

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?

I received an arc in an exchange for an honest review, thanks to YA Bound Book Tours

SO much HEARTBREAK! This was a roller coaster ride full of emotions, but mostly pain and heartbreak. Why did Charlotte and Jacob break up? What secret is he holding that broke them apart so viciously?

This was a typical cliche heart break in relationships, a secret dividing two lovers, torn apart by fate. This " big secret" they kept emphasising throughout the whole book, I honestly was expecting it to be some HUGE news that would be so devastating. Okay so maybe in some sense, I could understand how it would be a problem, however, like in any relationship communication is key. A problem can be tackled if they just had open communication, I feel conflicted about this. I really liked the story, I loved the emotions seeping through the pages for both Jacob and Charlie. But then I kind of think this story was a bit prolonged too much. On a side note, both POV's for the characters was a delight to read! :)

I honestly can't say much about character development is shown in the book, it is more of both of them learning to overcome their difficulties (or what they assumed to be their difficulties) and stop fighting their feelings. But that doesn't mean there wasn't any, for Charlie she realises that life goes on. Good and bad are part of life. And for Jacob, he learns that love can overcome any hurdles and honesty and trust are the key foundations in any relationships. 

Although I felt the book was very long, I really did love the writing. I feel like the author got the emotions perfectly in the book, it had the right amount of feels. 

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