Review: Under a Million Stars by Rita Branches

Under a Million Stars by Rita Branches
Self Published
Released 8th August 2016
320 Pages

Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest 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?


I read Painting Sky by Rita Branches earlier this year and absolutely loved it! So when she contacted me asking if I’d like to read her new book Under a Million Stars I jumped at the chance! I was really excited about reading Rita’s amazing writing once more and delving into this new world that she’d created.

After loosing her family in a tragic accident, seventeen year old Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Peterson is sent to live with her ex best friend Jacob and his family. Having been best friends for years Charlie thought her friendship with Jacob would last forever, however a few years previous to the accident he stopped their friendship with no reason. What Charlie didn’t know was that Jacob was hiding a secret that he wanted to protect her from knowing, hence ending the friendship. As Charlie spirals deeper into depression, Jacob knows he needs to protect her from self destruction even if that’s means revealing these secrets he tried so hard to protect her from.

This book really touched on some sensitive issues such as loss, depression, suicide, love and friendship. It was at times really heartbreaking to read. I lost it when reading about how much Charlie missed her family and how much she wanted her friendship with Jacob to be restored. Having been through a bit of depression myself I felt like I could really relate to how Charlie was feeling and this just made me loose it even more. Rita’s writing style is so vivid and raw that you can’t help but feel what the characters are feeling. At times it was almost like I was there within the action of the story.

As previously stated Charlie was a character that I felt like I could relate too. Some people could say she was weak, but in my opinion she was strong. She was trying so hard to fight her depression and her thoughts of suicide and that is stronger than any physical trait in my opinion. Even when the secrets were revealed she still tried her hardest to stay strong and not it push her over the edge. Jacob, with him I’ll admit I didn’t like him at the start. He seemed arrogant, rude and just plain nasty. However, further down the line I started to realise why he was the way that he was and why he had to try and keep Charlie at a distance. Despite this, their relationship was one that I was secretly hoping worked out. From the flashbacks within the book you could tell how much love they had and still had for each other. It was like they were made for each other and that they should be together no matter what. But that’s just my opinion.

Under a Million Stars was an emotional, heartwrenching read that also brought to light topics that aren’t mentioned enough or are looked over in today’s society. I feel that it’s really important to highlight topics like this and Rita did it in a way that wasn’t over the top or too in your face. I cannot wait to read what she puts out there next, as after this and Painting Sky I have a feeling that she is going to become one of my go to authors.


Author Bio

Rita Branches is the author of young adult and new adult contemporary romance. She published her debut novel in April 2016 and her second novel will be published in August.
Rita lives in Portugal and has a degree in Landscape Architecture, although from a very young age, her love has been in books. She has a healthy obsession with books, you can always find her with her eReader. She’s been writing for years, but just ventured into the publishing world in 2016.

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