{Book Review} Uncross the Stars By Janell Rhiannon

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{Book Review}  Uncross the Stars By Janell RhiannonUncross the Stars by Janell Rhiannon
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on December 15, 2014
Amazon three-stars
Fiona Lavender is the new girl at school. She has a chip on her shoulder and a pension 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 connection 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?

After another one of her mom’s failed relationships, Fiona Lavender becomes the new girl at school once again. Dario has a propensity for football as strong as his love of poetry. When they get partnered to perform a scene from Romeo and Juliet for senior English, the immediate connection is undeniable. Fiona has always dreamed of true love, but Dario has always feared what loving someone will do to him. Can they uncross the stars or is it beyond their control?

The idea of this book intrigued me from the beginning. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, and I was curious how it could be rewritten with a modern twist. While I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would, it had an interesting story.

Dario and Fiona had an extremely fast relationship. The relationship began in an instant and became perplexing just as quickly. I wish their romance had been more gradual instead of so speedy. Though, when thinking about how Romeo and Juliet only knew each other for three days and decided dying would be better than not being together, the time frame worked.

The book switched perspectives multiple times, focusing on the most influential characters. Knowing the deep thoughts of the characters made it easy to follow the rising actions and impending doom of Fiona and Dario. That’s not to say the author gave anything away too quickly. Trying to find out how the author would intertwine the pivotal points of the Shakespearian play, such as the death of the lovers (I really didn’t want them to die!), kept me intrigued.

Some of the parts were a tad cliché, but it made for a great light read. I found the ending interesting and a tad peculiar. I wish there had been more of what happened between Ryan and Dario at the end of the novel. On the plus side, it was obvious where their relationship stood.

Unlike the famous play, Uncross the Stars, had a happier ending—for most of the characters. It’s a light read about finding true love and learning to use fears in a positive way. If you’re looking for a quick escape, it would be a good pick.

Moriah (1)

About Janell Rhiannon

Janell has been writing since she was in grade school. In high school, her 9th grade English teacher suggested she consider a career in writing. After a decade in college and a Master’s degree in history, she settled into teaching.

Writing never stopped. Stories never stopped. READING fiction never stopped. Now, she writes and publishes on-line. Invisible Wings is her first YA novel, a compilation of short stories centered on teenage life triumphs and tragedies. She believes being a teenager is difficult and wrote Invisible Wings to let teens know they aren’t alone. That they matter. That even though life is rough, they can still find beauty and love.

Beside the YA stories close to her heart, she adores Mythology and Fairy tales. Anything magical and mystical. And dragons. And gargoyles.

She currently lives in CA.

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