Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review: Star Bright

Alright, so book six down the list is also complete. Damn, I am going to be busy the next two days! But I am almost done, I am kind of proud though, finishing six in less than a week is not so bad. Three more to go!

Title: Star Bright
ISBN: 098533452

Goodreads Synopsis:

Star Bright….

A haunting mistake that brought them all together…

Maria’s fear and hate for men is solidified by Ricky’s abuse and his obsession to kill her. In an effort to save her son, she runs away and crosses paths with Dave, a man going through his own tribulations with his wife. He is determined to protect her, show her that not all men are evil and that true love exists. And he in turn, finds a woman worthy to be a mother to his daughter.

Maria finally finds peace in her new roles as a mother, a wife and a home maker but that dream is short lived when a ghost from her past threatens to take it all away from her in the most brutal and torturous way.

But Maria isn’t alone anymore, her father finally shows up to do what he was supposed to five years ago. Protect his daughter.


The cover, was absolutely stunning! I think for this book my choice was definitely based on it. The title was alright, though I guess it didn't hold some sort of visible connection within the book. But the synopsis was good though and very intriguing. So, it's two out of three in this one.

The book talks about Maria, who escapes an abusive boyfriend who was thought to be dead, going to New York with her son and changing her name as well as trying to blend in. Things change when she encounters an argument between Dave and his soon to be ex-wife Amy. The argument  catches her attention due to her assuming every guy with anger issues is like her boyfriend Rickey, that and, the argument was taking place in front of their infant child. When said argument escalates and the couple forget the child in the diner, Maria cares for her until her father remembers long enough that he'd forgotten her and come begging forgiveness for his folly. Dave is very intrigued by the woman refusing to give him his daughter, he also liked the protective way she was holding her, nothing like the child's own mother would treat her. Before long Dave spent most of his time at the diner, and then Maria became his live-in nanny. The children were attached to one another and the unconventional family they seemed to have. Problem is, just like Dave's past seems to keep coming back to bite him in the behind in the form of his ex-wife, so is Maria's past. Not only does a father she's only heard of appear in the picture, but the boyfriend has found her, and he's out for revenge.

As you would see in the review I wrote recently on 'Spring Cleaning', this would be the second book I read on women suffering from an abusive boyfriend or spouse. Spring Cleaning had been an enjoyable read, but it was way less emotional than this book, it was mostly tame in comparison. I honestly cried a few times, and was so strung alone the obvious pain that not only did Maria go through, but also her son! Speaking of which, I think this is what made the stakes higher in this book, it's always more terrifying when a child is involved. I was so worried and on edge that anything would happen to Michael, then Elizabeth, very nerve-wracking!

The characters were all great and very enjoyable, though I would have loved to know more about Miguel's history. Why couldn't he come help out his daughter? What had him away? How come he could finally appear in her life now? Too bad none of those questions were answered. I'd also wanted to know if there was going to be an obvious reconciliation between them, I feel like the book left parts hanging, or maybe my idea of important things hanging?

The writing was quite good, the story was flowing, the pace was well set and the storyline was great. Aside from a few glitches I don't find plausible with Rickey, the story was great! It was also a quick read.



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