Broken Juliet (Starcrossed #2)
Author: Leisa Rayven
Publication: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Format: Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Read: November 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Some loves never let you go…
Cassie swore she’d never forgive Ethan for breaking her heart when they were in acting school years ago. He was her one great love, and when he refused to love her back, a part of her died forever…or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he’s determined to win her back. Finally he’s able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago…but can she believe him? Has he really changed, and what makes this time different from all his other broken promises?
The answer lies somewhere in the past, and now the truth will come to light. Will Cassie rediscover what it’s like to be trusting and open again—the way she was before Ethan? Or is it too late for these star-crossed lovers?
Plot – 5 out of 5 stars
Like the first book in this series, this one packs a punch. We follow the same past and present back and forth with the plot. It’s not as angsty as the first one because now we are open this new possibility between the characters but there are some parts that are truly gut-wrenching. It’s dramatic and powerful and emotional and all about forgiveness. Everything I loved about the first installment but with the sweetness of a great ending.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
Same, same. It has a steady pace to counteract all the emotional imbalances in the characters. It’s raw and powerful but at the same time, there’s parts where it’s funny and sexy. This one doesn’t have as many of those painful, I’m crying type of moments but there are a lot of Awww that was so cute moments that helped you see we were reaching the end of the journey.
Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
God, I love these characters. I’m not a huge shipper, I usually take what I get and I’m happy with it, but I can say that I actively ship these two together specially in this book. Cassie has grown from the first book. She’s still scared and bit cautious about Ethan being in her life and what he represents for her but she’s willing and open and honest, not only with him and with herself. I love the growth that she’s had throughout the two books and it’s just so beautiful to see where her journey takes her and how amazing being courageous really is. On his part, Ethan is determined and sweet. He’s so apologetic, about the past and his mistakes and his issues but the great part is that he doesn’t hide them. They’re acknowledged in a way that never was before and in a way that lets them move forward. I mentioned this in my other review but I’m going to reiterate that the first book is all about their past and what happened, this one is focused on the present and what their future might look like.
The first book left off in a giant cliffhanger that it left me dying to continue on and read this book.
The plot is gut-wrenching. We start with Cassie opening up her apartment door to Ethan, as a kind of acceptance to him and to the possibility of them getting back together… sort of. Cassie still has a lot of pain and resentment towards Ethan and what their relationship was like during college so it’s not as easy as just opening up the door to her apartment. They work together and sometime push each other to learn to trust and to be honest and to share everything which is something that was incredibly lacking in their past chances. It’s such a real story. I could see this happening in life and I’m sure there are quite a few people who could read this and feel identified. One of the greatest things about this book is that it fights against the troupe in New Adult where relationships are fixed in a second, same thing the first book does. That’s not how real life works. If you want a relationship with someone, especially someone who has previously hurt you, it takes time. This book is real and honest because there’s no quick fix to a broken heart and third chances aren’t easy to give.
Cassie is just so strong. Strong enough to know her limits, strong enough to know when to ask for help, strong enough to receive that help and strong enough to know that it’s okay to be happy. Even if how you want to be happy is not how people think you should be. There’s a few people who greatly protested to Ethan, her best friend included but she accepts that she has to choose for herself what she needs in her life and what way.
While it is a story about their relationship, it’s also a story about Cassie and her growth as a person. How she overcomes the hurt of her past to have a brighter future. I can’t stress enough how beautiful I think this story and these two books are. PLEASE READ THEM! I beg you to give them a chance and I hope you’ll be as blown away as I was. Twice.
So that’s it for this review! Currently there is a third book planned for this series but it revolves around Ethan’s sister whom we meet in these books. Broken Juliet is the tale of Cassie and Ethan but I’m sure I’ll be seeing them in the next book which makes me so happy. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!