**spoiler alert** This is probably more like 3.75 stars, but I'm going to round up and give it four because I loved the story and the characters. Main...more**spoiler alert** This is probably more like 3.75 stars, but I'm going to round up and give it four because I loved the story and the characters. Mainly the dark, tragically wounded, hot rock "god" named Romeo. Because, yes, I am shallow, and a sucker for exactly that type of character in a book. So much so, I am willing to overlook the name Romeo. I KNOW it was his last name, but still. Oh hell, whatever, even the name worked (Now, if Riley's name was Juliet and not Riley, then I'm not sure I would've made it very far into the book. But, the band name? Luminescent Juliet? Perfect. Band names are HARD to come up with.).
The only thing that bugged me--and this is because I'm a nitpicky, nerdy grammar nazi with too much time on her hands--were the grammar errors. Don't get me wrong, there weren't so many that it made the book unreadable. Trust me, I have read much, MUCH worse. Like I said, I'm nitpicky. It was mainly just some spelling, out-of-place words (i.e. a "the" that shouldn't be there), and lack of commas and the like. Again, it wasn't so much that I couldn't enjoy the book, I just...noticed. Also, and I think this is really just my preference, there was a little too much "eyes narrowing", "brows lowering" and "fingers 'spraying'" for me.
AND, isn't it a fist BUMP and not a fist PUMP? Like I said, I'm a nitpicky bitch, and I'm not in the author's head so I really don't know what she was going for. But it seemed to me, in the context that she was using the gesture, she meant to say fist bump instead of fist pump. Like, a fist pump is pumping your fist in the air in elation or dancing (Sadly, Jersey Shore taught me this), and a fist bump is the act of two people bumping fists in greeting, celebration, etc. I think once or twice she used fist pump correctly (like when Marcus was dancing at the first LJ concert he took Riley to), but most of the time I think she meant fist bump when using fist pump. Again, this might seem insignificant, but when I read the actions of the characters play out in my head like a movie and this messed me up. I kept picturing fist pumping Guidos where I think there should've been fist bumping going on. And trust me, fist pumping Guidos have no place in this story, thank God. Did anyone else notice this? Anyone? No, just me? Okay, moving on...
In conclusion, I really did enjoy this book, and those things I mentioned were very minor. They just bugged me enough that I needed to vent just a little. And if I am wrong on the whole fist pump vs. fist bump thing, someone please feel free to correct me. Admittedly, I don't do much fist pumping or bumping, so I'm really not an expert on such things.
I plan to read the author's next book in this universe, which follows Justin's story. I'm looking forward to it, no matter if there's a few grammar errors, brows lowering, or fist pumping going on. The author tells a good story, and I can't resist boys in a band.(less)