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The Stars May Rise and Fall

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Teru came to Tokyo with dreams of making it big in the glam-metal visual kei scene, but three years later, all he has to show for it is a head of hot pink hair and some skill with an eyeliner pencil. He may look the part, but he doesn’t sound it, and constant bickering among his bandmates has him worried about his future. When he finds a mysterious business card in his bag ...more
ebook, 1st edition, 309 pages
Published December 11th 2018
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Emily Carpenter
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book made me swoon, gave me goosebumps, and broke my heart. In short, it's spectacular. I was swept away to a place and time I've never been, knew nothing about, and was completely immersed in. The details of the visual kai music scene in Japan in 200o is so real you can taste it. And the characters - I found myself identifying with every single character to a level that is rare for me. If you want to read a heartbreaking and life affirming book, this is it. (And it would make the most SPEC ...more
Funzee Shu
They fit together, here as well as anywhere. Like pieces of a puzzle. Like a lock and a key.

I’m here…
Forever. With you….


A beautiful WOWmazing debut novel from Estella Mirai!

Good story with memorable characters that will stay linger in me long after I finished the book.

This book is like a gem in the sea of new release books at nearly end of this year and I’m so glad that I decided to give this book a try at first sight when I read the blurb back then.

The story brought back the memories fro
I don't think I was mentally prepared for this book. I don't know much about Phantom of the Opera other than the main gist. Whether this story is a true retelling or not, I could not tell you.
The story was well written, it definitely provoked some strong feelings to the point that I had a hard time moving on from the story and picking up another. It is a heavy read with heavy themes. I was in a constant state of unease throughout most of the story. I just didn't know where things were going and
Joyfully Jay
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

As promised in the blurb, this is a reimagining of Phantom of the Opera set in the indies visual kei music scene in early 2000s Japan (visual kei is something like glam rock, but the costuming ran towards the dramatic and gothic during this era). The Phantom elements launch Mirai’s story into darker, angst riddled territory. Teru is facing an identity crisis. Not only is he trying to reshape himself from a drummer into a front man, he’s confronting his sexuality.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very lovely take on the Phantom of the Opera, but with two men who eventually fall in love. One Teru wants to be a rock star and in the background, Rei is helping him. While not tragic as the original story, this one follows both men as they work through their issues and fall in love in modern day Japan. Both characters were very well written and memorable in their own ways, and the HEA put a smile on my face. This was my first book from Estella Mirai and I can't wait to read more. It ...more
Joscelyn Smith
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having never read or watched any version of the original Phantom of the Opera I came into this book with no preconceived expectations, that being said I enjoyed every minute of it. Teru and Rei were such well-written characters and it was very enjoyable watching them evolve as people and also watching their relationship evolve as they both work through their issues. Their journey to their HEA was well worth the read.

*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book*
Pat Nelson
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this fantastic, poignant, bittersweet, engaging, emotionally charged, grab-you-by-the-feels, beautiful, smoldering, gripping, raw, intense, and fascinating fresh and modern day twist on the classic Phantom of the Opera.
Jess Gabriel
This is one of those reviews that is tough for me to write. It was a beautiful story, but I didn't feel like it reached it's full potential. A big part of that may have been my expectations, which get me into trouble frequently. I expected a grand romance, and what I got was more subtle.

Most of the story takes place over the better part of a year, but we get a lot of jumping forward in time while things stay the status quo. I wanted more relationship development between Teru and Rei, and I want
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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R.J. Sorrento
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Phantom of the Opera, so I was intrigued by the premise. Such a beautiful and bittersweet interpretation of the original story and being set in Japan added a new level of intrigue for me.
Roberta Blablanski
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rock star romances are my jam, so there was no way I was going to let this book pass me by.

MC Teru is one of those quiet, introspective types. Having the story of his band told through his eyes gave this contemporary take on The Phantom of the Opera a refreshing overhaul. The reader and Teru both learn a lot about Teru through each chapter.

The setting, Tokyo at the turn of the millennium, is unique and was the perfect place for such a unique story. I enjoyed reading about the city--even the publ
Alex (HEABookNerd)
I am extremely conflicted over The Stars May Rise and Fall and I've never really felt this way about a book before so if this review rambles a bit that's why. I finished this several days ago but really needed time to process things and figure out why I struggled.

I’ll start with the good: I did like the writing and was fascinated by the culture of the visual kei scene. I knew a little tiny bit about it but this really made it come alive for me and that was really cool. I also enjoyed Teru as a c
Alice Rachel
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautifully written book!
I mean, who wouldn’t want to read an MM story located in Japan?
I loved everything about it!
Kathryn Manzella
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Stars May Rise and Fall by Estella Mirsi is a turn of the millennium M/M retelling of Phantom of the Opera set in Japan. It is a beautifully told story of two men trying to live their dreams even if it's in a form they envision ot being in. It explores the idea of learning to accept yourself and forgive your past, to heal your scars through your art and learn to let love back in. I had so many emotions while reading this... their journey is real and touching. Teru and Rei are amazing charact ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I must preface this review by saying I have never watched or listened to Phantom of the Opera, so while The Stars May Rise and Fall is a queer retelling of the opera, my review and opinions are based solely on the story as a standalone.

The Stars May Rise and Fall reads a lot like being on the cusp of... something. Everything. It's the year 2000, on the cusp of 2001. Teru and his band are, at first, on the cusp of mediocrity, then on the cusp of a major contract. Teru himself is on the cusp of ro
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I read this book in a day! A freaking day!!
This was free copy in exchange for an honest review... So honest it shall be!

Firstly I'm sorry but this cover caught my eye straight away because it's freaking stunning. I never knew if the way it was layed out meant anything but it does and it's even more amazing once you read the story.
The 'retelling' of Phantom of the Opera indication... Yer apart from the mask didn't really feel that vibes but this doesn't take away the story for the book itself
Shari Sakurai
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

The Stars May Rise and Fall is a Visual Kei/male-male romance retelling of the Phantom of the Opera set in Tokyo in the early 2000s. Vocalist Teru dreams of becoming a huge star but his band struggles with their direction and combined with their arguing means that they’re finding it difficult to get the break that they are looking for. This all changes when Teru finds a mysterious business card belonging to disabled composer Rei who
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Teru was in a funk, feeling like he had an expiration date approaching, even though he as still a young man. Playing drums in a band that was stagnating. When he is approached by a man that wants him to sing. Stepping out from behind his drums is scary, exhilarating, and definitely out of his comfort zone. Very unsettled because he thinks he may be gay. Trying to find his way.

Rei is covered in scars, inside and out. He allows Teru into his life unwilling. He eventually shares his story and his s
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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Isabelle D
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a m/m romance, but also the story of a musical band, and I love how music is an important part of it (you'd think it's just normal when the main characters are musicians but really, it's not always like that). It's a kind of music I had never heard of, in a country I've never visited, and I'm not even that familiar with The Phantom of the Opera either (just enough to catch obvious references such as the mask and the singing lessons) but it didn't really matter because everything is descr ...more
Amy Dufera
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Stars May Rise and Fall is an emotional, complex and accomplished novel by Estella Mirai.

There is so many layers to Rei and Teru, and their developing relationship is amazing.

Rei. Wow. How could one not love Rei. He's crippled and disfigured, but finds hope in Teru, wanting Teru to play and sing his music. And Teru. Dear lord, Teru. He wants so badly to love Rei, but unveiling Rei's wig and mask is not so easy.

Their story contains so much love, so much guilt, and so much pain.

I love The St
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very well written book, including very vivid descriptions. Unfortunately, I did find it a little heavy going at times, I was never really convinced of Rei's feelings for Teru. I was unsure that he'd moved on from his dead lover and that he was ready to let go. I didn't really feel that he was fully committed to Teru. I also felt that the ending was very ambiguous, I was left unsure as to whether or not the MCs received their HEA. As one who likes their endings neatly tied up with a bow, I kind ...more
Kathryn Packingham
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A new and different read. One wants fame and fortune, one has already had it. Both are looking for love and acceptance of who they are. The character development was magnificent as was the world building. Every emotion they had, every twist the book makes you feel it. The Stars May Ride and Fall was a beautifully written M/M romance that I can not wait to read more by Mirai!!
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Although the book was described as being a retelling of “The Phantom of the Opera”, I didn’t feel like it was and didn’t enjoy that aspect of it. I did enjoy this story with how Teru and Rei came to work through everything and how their relationship grew, although I found it to be maddeningly slow at times and to drag, it took me a while to finish it.

I give this book 3 stars.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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