Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Review: Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven
Publisher: St.Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Series: Starcrossed #2
Source: ARC from publisher **I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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How do you fix a love that’s been broken beyond repair?
For years, Cassie Taylor tried to forget about Ethan Holt. He was the one great love of her life, and when he failed to return her love, 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. Claiming to be a changed man, he’s finally able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago, but can she believe him? What makes this time different from all his other broken promises?
Ethan knows he can’t change their tumultuous past, but if he’s going to have any chance of being with the woman he loves, he’ll need to convince Cassie that her future belongs with him.
Don’t miss this stunning conclusion to the unforgettable love story that captivated over two million fans online.
I know this review has taken my way to long to write. But it's pretty much near impossible to put into words how much I absolutely feel in love with the Starcrossed duology. Especially Broken Juliet. What an freakin' ending. It would be easier if you could see my face because my expressions would say so much more than my words will. I can't even. Just total adoration, satisfaction, happiness and love. I think my face can portray all those emotions. Even though I'm not anywhere close the to the actors Ethan and Cassie are. This is indeed an unforgettable love story which I am happy to say that I've pushed onto many of reader friends, and all of them have been in agreement. *pats self on back*
I was absolutely ecstatic when this landed in my hands. If you guys remember I devoured and loved Bad Romeo earlier this year. Broken Juliet is the continuation of Cassie and Ethan's story. It literally picks up after the emotional ending of Bad Romeo. So seeing as this is the sequel, I'm not going to spoil anything because that's mean. But also because you guys, EVERYONE, needs to read this duology. Don't kid yourself and think you can pick up just Bad Romeo. You will need both in your hands ready to go. They're two separate books but one story.
Broken Juliet continues with giving us both past and present time lines. The past is getting closer to present time. We knew that Ethan broke Cassie's heart twice. But we'd yet to see the second heart break. Or what happened.
Cassie and Ethan don't have a fluffy and straight forward relationship. In fact it is far from healthy for very good portions of it. But their romance is natural and intense. It is undeniably a once in a life time love. Just to get to the point where they can be together in a trusting and healthy way, well it takes a lot and a quite a few years apart. Man, Cassie and Ethan together is scorching hot. Cold shower hot.
I honestly think Ethan's character growth is phenomenal. Total character growth win. Past Ethan was a complete mess. A real dick. There were points that I loved him and could understand why Cassie was attracted to him. Because his real self, when it poked through, was just that, attractive. Ethan was a smart and witty guy. But present Ethan, good God do I love him. And the thing is if I didn't dislike past Ethan so much my love for present Ethan would have been tainted. His willingness to get the help he needed to be a better person for himself, but also so he felt like he actually deserved Cassie was so endearing. Ethan's adoration and patience was what I loved most about him transformation.
Cassie's character arc is the opposite of Ethan's. Unfortunately past Cassie is in a lot more healthy emotionally than present Cassie. And that downward spiral is mostly Ethan's doing. He broke her heart. That changed her self worth and the way she sees relationships with men. It's hard to watch. But like Rayven showed with Ethan, Cassie was capable of finding herself again. With the help of Ethan bearing his soul, past and present, to her Cassie was able to pick herself back up and allow Ethan back into her life. Sometimes those third or forth chances really are worth the risk when you love someone. Rayven shows how much change is possible.
Again, Rayven proves what a great writer she is. The emotional train ride I experienced through Broken Juliet was unforgettable. I'd go from laughing at the banter between Cassie and Ethan to wanting to punch Ethan to fanning myself from the angsty filled hotness of the sex scenes(well anytime Cassie and Ethan were having a moment). I was thoroughly invested in their relationship. But I was also just as invested in their relationships with their friends and family. The supporting cast was flushed out so well.
The Starcrossed duology is a raw and beautiful love story. Cassie and Ethan's relationship has solidified itself as one of my most favourites. I've already gone back and re-read all my favourite parts a few times. Obviously there is no doubt that years and years down the road I will be revisiting their story again and again.