Cross the Stars is a really emotionally powerful book. To be honest, it took me quite a while to really get into it but once I did, I was hooked. We get to meet Ella (an American Congressman’s daughter and Rajaa (a Jordanian Prince), this book tends to focus more on Ella as the vast majority of the book is focused on her.
We go from her being a student at Georgetown and refusing her parent’s financial support to making the hasty decision that will send her as a volunteer in Jordan. She is quite the character considering the family she is saddled with. Her only comfort is her little sister Jilly.
It really takes us quite a while for Rajaa’s presence to be made more… we first meet him across the room from a party though we do not know who he really is much at that point to him being in Jordan for the summer while waiting to complete his last semester back in the fall.
As I was reading, I thought it was really odd the choice the author made to take such a long long long time to make them officially meet. They crossed path but never actually met until Rajaa saves Elle’s life after a terrorist attack.
We know they are supposed to meet and be in love, but boy did it take forever to get there, at some point I actually thought we would have to wait for Book 2 to see this happening. Luckily, I was mistaken but still took too long IMHO.
The pace was steady but not super fast, it is still a lovely easy read but I saw it as being quite descriptive in some places as well as slow paced.
In these times we live in, using Jordan as a setting with some of the terrorist violence mentioned in the book was very bold and made it quite original actually.
This allowed the book to be very strongly emotional and there was no way to remain separate from the story and all of the characters primary of secondary. This is so true when the attack happens and it makes you feel like you are right there with them being shot at.
Another character I would like to point out is Zaid; Raj’s older brother and a complete … hmm I cannot even find the appropriate descriptive. I could say mess, but that is not strong enough; evil… a little maybe but not sure to what levels but I believe self serving and pretty an a**hole is a good start. I should leave you guys the opportunity to make your own decision on the matter when you read the book.
If you are anything like me, then you will loathe him too…
Cross the Stars was really a fantastic read and such a welcome change in terms of setting and the bringing together of our lovebirds. There is the sequel coming up in September and I don’t know if this will be a trilogy or not?
But as soon as I know I will keep you posted.
In the meantime, just keep reading!
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V Angelika is the pseudonym for best-selling Author Venessa Kimball. Having always been passionate about the written word, Venessa Kimball embarked on writing what would become her debut novel, Piercing the Fold: Book 1; a young adult paranormal/sci-fi series in 2010 with a release in 2012.
in 2016 Venessa will journey into the New Adult and Adult genre of fiction, writing under the pseudonym V. Angelika. The first of her adult geared books will be Cross
the Stars (Adult Contemporary Romance/Suspense).
When Venessa is not writing, she is keeping active with her husband and three children; chauffeuring said children to extracurricular activities, catching a movie with her hubby, and staying up way too late reading.