Under a million stars || book tour ARC review

the book 2

Title: Under a million stars

Author: Rita Branches

Genre: YA contemporary


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?

*It’s a Stand-alone*

my review

Note: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve reviewed one book by the same author before (read it here) but I don’t think I would have signed up for this after reading that book. Here are my views on this book:

  • First, the plot was mediocre and I did not like the male lead. It felt a bit too cliched considering the personalities of both lead characters. The female MC at least had some substance but soon, I got bored. I hate it when I get bored while reading a book.
  • Too many flashbacks. I would have liked to stay in the present for a while, thank you. The whole book was littered with flashbacks.
  • The writing was same as in Painting Sky, i.e., I didn’t like it. Most scenes were very short, quickly cutting and moving on and I felt disconnected in a lot of places.

And that’s pretty much it. I didn’t like the book and considering the fact that I’m writing this review a few days after finishing it and remember hardly anything, it isn’t memorable. If you ask me, give this one a pass.

I give this…



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