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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
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Published August 8th 2016
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Karina
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
*Thank you very much YA Bound Book Tours and Miss Rita Branches for the review copy opportunity.

Under a Million Stars follows the story of a girl who was left broken and devastated by a tragic accident and a story of love, which was broken by so many lies.

Meet Charlotte Peterson, a pianist, a daughter, a loving sister. Meet Jacob Parker, an athlete, a son, and the one who knows the biggest secret that can break not just his and Charlotte’s hearts but also torn their families apart.

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1-Click Addict Support Group
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read a lot of teen or YA books anymore, but when I do they need to be exactly like Under a Million Stars. This story sucked me in from the very first page and wouldn’t let me go until I was finished.

“I knew I’d never stop feeling for him—this overwhelming need for him. It didn’t matter how badly he treated me. He would never be part be part of my recent promise about not loving anyone else—of not letting anyone else in my heart. Jacob wasn’t anyone; he had created such deep roots around
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♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡


I read “Painting Sky” a while ago, which I think was the debut novel of Rita Branches. If I remember correctly it was during a Blog Tour and I really liked it, a LOT.

So when the Author approached me with her new book “Under A Million Stars” and asked if I would like to read it – it was basically a no-brainer after I had taken a short look at the blurb and deemed it definitely up my alley.

Oh my and HOW up my Alley it was.

And I do not say stuff like that just because I got a book for free. Believe
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Abby Wilder
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Under a Million Stars is a sad story. The overarching theme of the book lends to a beautiful, but solemn read, filled with heartbreak and sadness. After performing at a piano concert, Charlotte Peterson is greeted with the news of a tragic accident that took away her family. Charlie is sent to live with family friends the Parkers. There is only one problem with this. Jacob Parker is the love of her life and her best friend, only he hasn’t spoken to her in two years. What follows is their story o ...more
Aneesa
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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 HUG
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Lynda Dickson
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Shelves: young-adult
Charlotte is a seventeen-year-old girl with a promising future as a concert pianist. But her whole world is turned upside down when her parents and baby brother are killed in a car accident on their way to her first public performance. Charlotte is forced to move in with her godparents, Laura and Robert Parker, and their son Jacob, who broke her heart when he stopped being her best friend two years ago for an undisclosed reason. What secrets are these two families hiding? Will Charlotte ever sto ...more
Poulami
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received an eARC of this book from YA Bound Book Tours for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was an emotional roller coaster. I loved the story from the beginning till the end and I loved every bits of it. You can also check out my review of Painting Sky, her debut novel, here.

Charlie and Jacob used to be best friends but one day Jacob walked away from her without any explanation. Now Charlie has lost her whole family in an accide
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Pauline Ang
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-ebook
Based from the synopsis of Under a Million Stars, I really had the impression that I’m in for a roller coaster ride, and I was not disappointed. It was really a roller coaster ride for me, and I couldn’t help but keep on reading because I wanted to unravel all the secrets and about the events that happened in the past.

For throughout the story, there were just too much feels. I found myself crying a lot, and later on smiling, and then crying again. I think that I looked so weird to others while I
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Roina Reyes
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked by the story without even realizing it and I didn’t know why or how!

The story revolves around Charlotte Peterson, a very talented pianist who lost her family in a tragic accident, and how she deals with depression caused by her loss. She is forced to live her former childhood best friend, Jacob, who ended their friendship years ago for no apparent reason. Even given Charlotte’s situation, Jacob still refuses to make up. But why? How big is that reason for him not to be swayed by Cha
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Chelsea
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What I Loved

Besides everything? This is the second time this author has completely blown me away! I find that she’s extremely great at making you feel all kinds of emotions. There were some parts that physically hurt and others made me so happy! You’re definitely on an emotional roller coaster during the whole book. I’m just really glad that everything turned out ok for mostly everyone. Also the epilogue was really cute! I love seeing a little glimpse into the future of my book characters!

I don’
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Amy Shelton
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

* I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. *

Heartbreaking. Soul shattering. Tearful. Betrayal. Hopeful. Love. Best friends. Those words pretty much describe this book from the start to the finish. It was absolutely incredible. I started it before bed and read nearly half of it before my body passed out from exhaustion and partly because I was up half the night reading because I just couldn’t put the
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Tiffany
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed on Behalf of Give Me Books

I don’t read a lot of teen or YA books anymore, but when I do they need to be exactly like Under a Million Stars. This story sucked me in from the very first page and wouldn’t let me go until I was finished.

“I knew I’d never stop feeling for him—this overwhelming need for him. It didn’t matter how badly he treated me. He would never be part be part of my recent promise about not loving anyone else—of not letting anyone else in my heart. Jacob wasn’t anyone; he
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AK Mama Reads
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This atmospheric read chews you up and swallows you whole. It touches on a myriad of issues facing teens, some more so than others. While I appreciated the fact that the main character experiences depression and codependence, there were aspects of Charlie and Jacob's relationship that were rather unhealthy. As someone who has struggled with depression for over two decades, I can assure you this is not the type of love that helps someone with mental illness, but I'm not given the impression that ...more
Marissa
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
I loved this book. I stayed up way too late to read it more than once. I'll put a more detailed review up soon... But seriously my favorite romance of the year! ...more
Elizabeth Mathis
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 fro
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Michelle
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**

Under a Million Stars is a young adult contemporary standalone novel by author Rita Branches. Last year, I read and absolutely loved Painting Sky by this author, so I knew that I had to grab Under a Million Stars as well. While, I didn't love this book quite as much as I loved Painting Sky (it was a very different tone), I did really, really enjoy this story. It will make you an emotional wreck, so be prepared for th
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Books In Bloom
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
http://www.bemusedbookworm.com/review...

Let me start by saying that I was probably not the intended audience for this book. My thing is SciFi and this is a contemporary. I prefer my books to be futuristic and adventurous. I’d say this book is more dark and moody. Even with the themes being outside my preference, i still really enjoyed this book.

The characters in this book were all deeply flawed. Charlotte (Charlie) has just lost her parents and brother in a car accident that has almost completel
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Candy Hernandez
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the story of Charlotte and Jacob. How they withstand several devastating events in their lives. How their love lives despite of what happened.

It started on the day she was orphaned when her parents and baby brother died in a car accident. As her godparents, Jacob's parents took her in to live with them. She was supposed to be happy that she will live with her bestfriend but unfortunately, Jacob is not her bestfriend anymore after that fateful day. The day when they kissed and s
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Elizabeth
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review for Under A Million Stars By Rita Branches


This book is the following things: cry worthy, heartbreaking, optimistic, and expectant. This book was everything I wanted and more.


Charlotte, the main character of the book, goes through a lot in this novel. Charlie loses everything including her family, best friend, her passion and she is in an extremely fragile state. She is so broken that she cannot find it within her to eat. She is forced to live with Jake’s family. The book is told from bo
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Haniya Qamar
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Original Post: http://booknauthors.blogspot.com/2016...

Under A Million Stars revolves around Charlie and Jake. Both are ex best friends parted by a tragedy in Charlie's life. After Charlie's family dies in an accident, Charlie is all alone at 17. Plot twist, she finds herself in Parker family and has to face Jake on daily basis. Does their heart still beats fast when they look at each other? Will everything be ever normal for Charlie or she'll always remain in the black hole of depression?

This w
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Anelise
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Review copy provided by YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

This story is about how despite the the tragedy of loosing her family and her best friend, Jacob, Charlotte learns to continue living her life courtesy of her ex-best friend when she's forced to move in with him.

I really liked how the author had the story written in both Charlotte's and Jacob's point of view. It added more to the story knowing what Jacob was thinking and why. Of course, I kinda didn't like Jacob (I mean
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zoë ❅ (fallxnrobin)
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-on-kindle
I loved how this book wasted no time in sucking readers into the tragedy that was Charlie's life. And it just continued to get better from there. This book is so beautifully written and never failed to make me cry every time Charlie's pain was described. I really empathised with Charlie, especially when she felt guilt over not being nicer to her younger brother. However, Jacob was a character I didn't really understand. The reason for why he kept the secret was shown to us but... (view spoiler) ...more
Esther Haddie's Haven
DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC of this book (from the author first, before learning of my position in this blog tour) in exchange for honest review.

My review will bu up soon.
Kendra - Kendra Loves Books
Full Review at http://kendralovesbooks.blogspot.com/...

Charlie's world was rocked upside down on the day of her first piano recital, when her parents and little brother did not show up. She later found out, after she was finished playing that they were all killed in a car accident on the way to her piano recital.

She goes to live with her parents best friends, Robert and Laura and their son Jacob. Charlie and Jacob have also been best friends all their lives. But two years prior Jacob starting d
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Pria
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
I loved it. I hated it. Jacob, ughhh, why couldn't you make your my mind up? And all that screeching and yelping didn't help either. I desperately wanted to love it but... ...more
Jessica
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Can we please all just take a minute to gush over the stunning cover that envelops Under A Million Stars? I can't deny that I had a massive case of cover lust when I first set eyes upon it. What really caught my eye though was that this was a story about friends who had grown apart. About a secret, something so massive, that it tore what was supposed to be a forever friendship into two halves. I'm definitely addicted to these kinds of stories. I always find myself eagerly awaiting the fix, and t ...more
Paula  Phillips
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
With author's works, sometimes their books are amazing and you find yourself so engrossed in them and then they write a new one and you try to read it but it's not as exciting or engrossing to you as the first read and you struggle a bit with it. For me, that's how I found Under a Million Stars as I loved her debut novel Painting Sky and was looking forward to this book and then as I started reading - it began good and then fell flat for me and I found it really hard to connect to the characters ...more
Taylor Freeman
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
All in all the plot of this story is a decent one. Charlotte's parents and little brother die in a car accident, on the way to an event for Charlotte. The emotion of the story was very well written.

There were a few things that bothered me about this story.

I love alternate viewpoints, when they are labeled correctly,which this one was. However, I'm not a fan of how when it would jump to the other characters point of view, it's like we are restarting an entire chapter, then being brought back to
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