Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Blog Tour: Unlit Star by Linda Zart: Review

Title: Unlit Star
Author: Lindy Zart   
Genre: New Adult

Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours
Rating 3/5 Stars


We are not guaranteed anything, not even this life.

Rivers Young is the popular guy untouchable by reality. He is like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and he is no different.

He falls far and he falls hard.

Delilah Bana is the outcast enshrouded in all of life's ironies. Alone, in the dark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers hits the ground, she is the night that catches him. In the darkness, they meld into something beautiful that shines like the sun.

Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.

Unlit Star is a heart wrenching love story that left me completely devastated.  This story was so beautiful and well written. But I hated how it ended.  We all know I loved HEAs and this did not end with one.  When I read a story, I get lost in the book. I was so lost in this book, that the ending tour me to pieces.  I ugly cried. Perfect story until the ending.  Linda's writing style was fantastic.  I was pulled into this story from start to finish.  I was able to feel everything that Delilah and Rivers felt.  What I loved about this story was how real and raw it felt.  I really felt like I knew the characters.

I adored Delilah as a character.  She knew what was going to happen to her and I loved how she decided to live each day.  She really wanted to help Rivers and Monica and that is what she did.  It was her presence, her way of being that drew them to her.  Rivers was the popular guy in school, and we all know how popular people are.  All that changed, after an accident that left him scarred.  He pretty much decided to give up on living until Delilah came into the picture.  I loved watching their love unfold.  They became each others everything.  Rivers finally started to see that his imperfections were beautiful.  I loved how Delilah rubbed off on him.

I love to reread books, and Unlit Star would have been one that I reread continuously until the ending.  The ending ruined the whole book for me.  At the beginning, I knew where the book was heading.  Linda kept putting in little hints what was going to happen, but since the love story was so epic, I hoped it wouldn't go that way. And it did so I was really upset.   I won't be able to ever read this book again, because of the ending.  Don't get me wrong, it was a fantastic story.  I just really hated the ending.  I would have given this story 5 stars if it didn't end the way it did.  I just don't like endings like that.  But overall, it is a great story.

Our eyes meet, his dark and searching. I don't have time to answer before he says, “When you look at me, you have to be repulsed.”
“By what?” I ask.
He gestures to the scars that line his face and then to his legs.
“I don't even see them,” I say with all honesty.
His eyebrows lower and his eyes follow. I caught the blatant yearning in his gaze just before he hid it. He wants to believe me, but can't allow himself to.
My fingers curl into the palms of my hands to keep from reaching out to him. I blow out a noisy breath and look at a caterpillar ever so slowly creeping along the grass. I put my finger out and it carefully feels my skin before crawling over it, tickling my flesh as it goes.
I smile. “He's so slow, but you know what? He never gives up. He knows, one day, he'll be free,” I say in a low voice. “He's ugly to most, but to those that matter, he's beautiful. They know his potential. They know where he started and where he'll end, and how long it will take for him to get there. It's something to be admired, not tossed aside.”
“You're saying one day I'll be a butterfly,” he says skeptically.
I look up. “I'm saying you've always been one.”
Rivers stares at me for a long time, his eyes tracing the angles and curves of my face. “You say a lot of strange stuff, you know that?”
Nodding, I hide a smile. “I guess so.”
His tone is thoughtful when he tells me, “I like it. I like being around you.”

Author Bio:
Lindy Zart has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two sons, and one cat. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work.

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