Defy the Stars Review and Giveaway

Defy the Stars

by Stephanie Parent

Release Date: 07/30/12

e-book

325 pages

Julia Cape: A dedicated classical piano student just trying to get through her last semester of high school while waiting to hear from music conservatories.

Reed MacAllister: A slacker more likely to be found by the stoners’ tree than in class.

Julia and Reed might have graduated high school without ever speaking to each other…until, during a class discussion of Romeo and Juliet, Julia scoffs at the play’s theme of love at first sight, and Reed responds by arguing that feelings don’t always have to make sense. Julia tries to shake off Reed’s comment and forget about this boy who hangs with the stoner crowd—and who happens to have breathtaking blue eyes—but fate seems to bring the two together again and again. After they share an impulsive, passionate kiss, neither one can deny the chemistry between them. Yet as Julia gets closer to Reed, she also finds herself drawn into his dark world of drugs and violence. Then a horrific tragedy forces Julia’s and Reed’s families even farther apart…and Julia must decide whether she’s willing to give up everything for love.

Defy the Stars is written in an edgy free-verse style that will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins and Lisa Schroeder; however, the writing is accessible enough to speak to non-verse fans as well. The novel’s combination of steamy romance and raw emotion will appeal to fans of Gayle Forman, Simone Elkeles, Jennifer Echols, and Tammara Webber. With a story, language and form that both pay homage to and subvert Shakespeare’s play, Defy the Stars is much more than just another Romeo and Juliet story.

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What did I think?

A novel in free verse? YES PLEASE! This style adds to the heartbreak, so much so that it creates such a hauntingly beautiful story.

Defy the Stars is Romeo and Juliet with a twist. Though the drugs Stephanie writes about were unheard of when I was a teen, I do remember what it felt like to like a boy your parents disapproved of. I remember the thoughts of running away to be with him, even though I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do. As I read Defy the Stars, my heart broke again and again.

5 out of 5 kisses!

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Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15770390-defy-the-stars

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Defy-the-Stars-ebook/dp/B008RA3RIW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351808917&sr=8-1&keywords=defy+the+stars

 

About the Author

Stephanie Parent is a YA author repped by Brenda Bowen of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major.

http://www.stephanieparent.blogspot.com

 

Link to tour schedule:
http://yabound.blogspot.com/2012/09/blog-tour-schedule-defy-stars-by.html

Giveaway Info:
1st prize: $30 gift card from Amazon and a e-book copy of Defy the Stars.
2nd place: 4 e-book copies of Defy the Stars.
Additional Prize: A query letter critique by Stephanie Parent.
All giveaways are open internationally!

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