Bad Romeo/Broken Juliet Dual Review

Often while rating books on Goodreads I have to really think about how many stars I am going to give a book. Usually hovering between, “Is this a 3 or a 4? Well it’s sort of in between do I go higher or lower?” Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet are two books that I did not have to question how I was going to rate them.

I borrowed both of these books as audiobooks through the Overdrive app and my local library. I listened to Bad Romeo and then anxiously waited on a Hold List for the Broken Juliet. The books are a two volume series and follow characters Cassie Taylor and Ethan Holt through their tumultuous relationship from their first year in acting college through starring in a Broadway play. Readers are present for every up and down of the couple as they experience a love story as powerful as that of Romeo and Juliet.

I enjoyed listening to these novels…well I mean duh, they both got 5 stars from me! As a reader it’s always fun to get caught up in a story and taken to a different life/world. I love watching movies and seeing plays so it was interesting to see the relationship of two people in budding acting careers. I hate giving away spoilers in my reviews so in turn keep the details mostly under wraps. But I think if you enjoy stories that have couples that have real problems and their hard work in those relationships you’ll enjoy this book. Author Leisa Rayven hit a home run with this story as far as I’m concerned!

Bad Romeo_

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven. Book 1 in the Starcrossed Series

Broken Juliet_

Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven. Book 2 in the Starcrossed Series


All Souls Trilogy.. Part II

So I’ve already written about the first book in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The second novel, Shadow of Night, is the main focus of this post.

Shadow of Night

To be honest, although I love history, and historical fiction, this installment in the trilogy has not been my favorite. There were bits here and there when I would get swept up in the story, but the flow never really stuck for me. I think Harkness tried to cover too much material in Shadow of Night. Diana and Matthew timewalk back to Elizabethan England. They also need to travel, ultimately spending around 8 months in the past, while achieving very little. In 592 pages, the characters accomplish two things, while the rest of the novel is filler and background information.

I am not saying that this is a bad book, or not to read it. It does provide many details into Matthew’s past, and many of the details have come up again in the 3rd installment, the Book of Life (but that’s for the next post!). It’s important for the characters to develop and that is what the 2nd book allows the characters to do. However, I do think the story would have worked without the Shadow of Night. I’ll see if I change my mind as I get further into the Book of Life.


Next Book:

Book of Life