Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Uncross the Stars (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Uncross the Stars
Author:  Janell Rhiannon
Publisher:  Self-published
Published Date: 18th December 2014
Rating: 4 stars
 
*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: Fiona Lavender is the new girl at school. She has a chip on her shoulder and a penchant for poetry. Dario Martinez is the star quarterback, and the most unattainable guy on campus. Their stars cross when they are paired to study Romeo and Juliet for a senior English project. Their attraction is fragile and undeniable. But, Dario is afraid of what love will do; and Fiona is waiting for love to claim her. Will they uncross the stars and find the love they both need to heal their pasts?

Review: I was so excited to read this novel! I loved the cover the first time I saw it, and won an ecopy. I read that and then was sent a paperback copy from the author as well. Which makes me very happy to have it on my shelf! I liked this so much it was easy to read in one sitting.



First of all, isn’t the authors name so beautiful? Janell Rhiannon… I love that name ^.^

The first 100 pages of this book was fairly slow moving and kind of typical. It mostly revolved around the slow growing romance and at a certain point I wondered what more could happen in the story. But at exactly halfway things picked up and took a turn in a completely different direction! It quickly became much more than a romance, and I feel more and more in love the story.

At the beginning of the novel Fiona bothered me a bit. She acted a bit immature for a teenager and seemed to be unnecessarily mean to her mother. But that quickly turned around when we found out the reason for this which didn’t quite excuse it but meant that we could understand.

I felt that the romance was so cute as it grew. They were such a sweet couple, Dario and Fiona. There was also the Romeo and Juliet theme in the story which was a huge plus for me as well, because I have discussed that on this blog as well. The mention of poetry too? Definitely earning this book some bonus points.

There was a theme of family, football and university issues. I felt like they were all pretty clear and well brought across in the story.

Now for some fangirling speak. I really hated the character Ryan. HATED him, but that was allowed because we were supposed to! Some of the things he did and caused me to feel so frustrated! But then again, in a good way because that was exactly how I was supposed to feel. I have never felt such frustrated feels about things going wrong involving a book until now…

One thing that I didn’t like was Meagan’s character. What bugged me about her was how naïve she was. I couldn’t avoid feeling frustrated because she was being used in the most blatantly obvious way and she couldn’t see beyond the blind love she had for Ryan. I wanted to shake her or let her open her eyes – when someone says not ask questions you should easily know something fishy is going on!

I can’t wait to read another book by this author!

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Olivia’s Question: Have you ever been used by someone else?

Olivia-Savannah x

56 comments:

  1. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  2. Great review! Sounds like alovely read :)

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway! And, although this doesn't sound like my sort of things, great review.

    Rachel @ Rachel's Reading Corner

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    1. Such a shame it isn't the book for you! But I can understand :c

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  4. Hi, Olivia - I was actually used by someone else once, but not in the terms of love. My supervisor years ago stole one of my ideas as her own. It made me learn to send all of my ideas by email so that I had proof. Not that I get all that many great ideas! :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. It's always horrible to be used, in whatever way it is. And it's especially cruel for people to steal ideas! I am glad you do that now.

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  5. I thank you for your kind words and your inspiration. I'm so glad you hated Ryan! He is despicable and the worst and most scary kind of friend to have...the one who turns on you...as for Meagan, her desperation made her do things and I imagined that in desperation humans degrade themselves in an effort to get what they think they need, in ways they think they feel they deserve...in other words, humans ignore their own feelings of unworthiness and cause more hurt to come...

    I am again so grateful that you took the time to give my book a read :) It's the highest honor, even when someone doesn't like it, I feel honored for their time. But when they like it? It's like a little piece of heaven in my day <3

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    1. I would agree with you on all of those points. You captured the truth in a lot of us when it comes to facing emotions and situations like that. And the book was definitely worthy of all the praise ^.^

      Thanks so much for all your comments on my channel and your shares <3

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  6. I know this is not a book I would pick up because you know I tend to stay away from contemporaries but I'm glad you enjoyed it! And answering your questions, yes, I've been used but not in a relationship which it's good. Even so, I was used by some friends and yeah, it's not a pleasant experience :/

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    1. Ah, if it is not the genre you usually read then I can understand! And no, it doesn't sound like a pleasant experience.

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  7. I'm in my Contemporary YA mood, as of late, and this seems like the perfect book to add to my list. Great review!

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    1. If you are in that mood than you should definitely pick this one up ;)

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  8. Sounds really good, thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  9. No I don't think I've ever been used by someone else, Thank you for the chance to enter.

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  10. Yes, I've been used many times, because I was stupid enough to put up with it at the time.

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    1. :( I do hope you are much wiser now.

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  11. It sounds like an awesome book.Thank you.

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  12. Hummm first things first: hello! Accent. I could listen to you all. DAY. Also, you're gorgeous! :)

    About the book: No matter how overdone Romeo and Juliet romances are, I'll read over and over again. I'm a sucker for those as well.

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    1. Thank you <3 Honestly <3
      The story does get told again and again and I am not the biggest fan of the original story either, but I will read books like this constantly ^^ I know how you feel!

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  13. SUCH AN INTERESTING BOOK OLIVIA :) :) adjfkl;

    So glad you liked it! The cover is gorgeous and I love how it has that Romeo and Juliet theme because I love Shakespeare. And poetry :) I really want to read this now soon, and hopefully enjoy it as much as you did! Lovely review, and thanks so much for sharing!!

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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    1. I hope you do get to read it because it is fabulous! The cover originally made me fall in love with it <3

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  14. Great review as always, Olivia! I have read books that are self-published and they are great! I hope Uncross The Stars would be one of them. But some do not really rely on self-published books. :/

    Yani @ Paper Boulevard

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    1. It can be hard to find the gems in the mass of self-published books, but this has to be one of them.

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  15. I love this cover too! It sounds like overall it was a very good book and I am definitely curious about it. I also like the video of you sharing some of your childhood favorites. How fun! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I am glad you liked the video. It was great to think back on some of the books I have :)

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  16. I'm so glad I stopped by your blog because I sooo want to read this! I haven't heard of this before but (1) the cover is so cute, and (2) the author's first name, is my middle name spelled exactly the same exact except mine is spelled Jane'll. I'm soooooo excited to read this girl :) & I just love your videos :)

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    1. Oh wow, I loved the authors name already and the way yours has its own unique twist to it as well. So beautiful <3

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  17. I have not been used by someone else. Not that I know of atleast. Brittney House

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  18. I haven't heard of this book. It does look interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I am glad you discovered it now, because it really is!

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  19. It looks like an interesting read. Very nice review. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  20. I adooore that cover!! Such a gorgeous image with the twinkle lights like stars!
    And great review Olivia! I'm not usually a big fan of contemporary romances but this sounds like something I'd add to the wish list because I'm quite curious about it!
    Great review!

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    1. It really is beautiful! If you do give it a try make sure you let me know what you think. :)

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  21. I loved the Babysitters Club books when I was a child! :)

    Looks like Uncross the Stars would be a fun, quick read.

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    1. Ah I do know those books! I never did read them when I was young or up to now, but my little sister loved them when she was young.

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  22. Aahh, atleast you enjoyed this one more than me, the cover is beautiful though! I liked the romance, although I'm not too sure I understood the ending. I'm glad you could enjoy it though. Wonderful review :) <3 Benish| Feminist Reflections

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    1. I remember reading your review of it, and yes, I do think I enjoyed it a bit more. The ending was okay, but I was more for the middle and beginning myself.

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  23. That cover is beautiful! But I'm not sure this one is for me, I'm not enjoying these kind of teenager's romance lately.

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    1. I can understand if this is not your kind of book, but the cover is lovely <3

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  24. Hmm...I kinda like the sound of this book. I'm not a fan of football, but I forget about that when I'm reading contemporaries with that sport in it. It adds a fun element. :) Great review!

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    1. When contemporaries write about sports it never seems to dominant for me, which is good because I am not into football either!

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  25. I don't think I've been used by someone else. My favorite kids book is A Wrinkle in Time.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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    1. I tried a Wrinkle in Time when I was younger but couldn't enjoy it. Maybe I should try it again though!

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  26. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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