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Blog Tour with Review – Under A Million Stars by Rita Branches

Blog Tour with Review – Under A Million Stars by Rita BranchesUnder A Million Stars by Rita Branches
on August 8th 2016
Genres: YA, Romance
Pages: 263

I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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*

Charlotte is having a devastating year. She has lost her whole family to an accident and she was left an orphan. Her guardians happen to be the parents of her ex-best friend. She’s not sure why the friendship ended but with losing her family she realizes he is what she needs. Jacob recognizes that Charlie is fading away from grief and though he has his secrets that keep him at arms length he will find a way around it to help his friend. Will the secrets he’s hiding destroy what he is rebuilding with Charlie?

In ” an Oyster Shell – This was a beautiful novel that was haunted with the reality of grief of loss. I recommend it.

The Pearls – The plot of this book was exceptional. There were a few sub-plots and themes that made this story full and fulfilling. The story was satisfyingly complicated and strong. The story starts out laced with melancholy which might seem like a downer but the subject matter is really heavy so it was appropriate. It was beautiful in its raw betrayal of loss.

The romance in this book was absolutely beautiful. It was a portrayal of young love and the complications of family secrets. The couple persevered through the most horrific of circumstances. It was ideal in one sense but believable on other levels.

The characters were very well done. I fell in love with Charlie and even came around to appreciating Jacob. He is easy to misunderstand in the beginning of the book because he is hurting Charlie who I came to love instantly. I liked that the author gave us both POVs to give us a more full understanding of the story. We get to see both sides which was really nice.

The Sand – There are a few redundant phrases, it was really noticeable to me.

4.5 Pearls!


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About 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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