Saturday, October 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Review of Falling Stars by Charles Sheehan Miles

Crank Wilson and Julia Thompson love each other madly. But after Crank’s huge mistake during the summer, on the road with Crank’s rock band Morbid Obesity, they aren’t getting along. 

Sean Wilson and Carrie Thompson are the seventeen year old younger siblings of Julia and Crank. Carrie is on her way to New York to start college at Columbia University and Sean is on his way home to Boston. For the next five days, they’re stuck in a car. Along the way, they’ll contend with screaming matches, giant spiders and a 240-pound pissed off Marine.

And the whole way, Crank will be faced with one question. After he screwed up so badly, is there any way he can win Julia back?

Kathy says...

Falling Stars is a novella from the Thompson Sisters series by Charles Sheehan-Miles, and it was perfect! So often, I think authors try to fit a whole story into a novella and it falls short. A novella just doesn’t usually provide enough pages to fit the depth of a full-length story. Falling Stars showcases a snippet of time in Julia and Crank's (A Song for Julia) life.
Even if the cover wasn't gorgeous I would've been picking up this novella right away.... I love Charles Sheehan-Miles' books. I know I will always get a nice, intricate story filled with a lot of emotion, and this beautiful addition did not disappoint. This probably sounds like an oxymoron - didn't I just say that wasn't possible with a novella? That's the genius of Falling Stars! Because we are only reading about a snippet in time, we still get our in-depth characters, background, and a mini story - all without feeling like we got jipped!  
Falling Stars picks up a few months after A Song for Julia ends. We find Julia and Crank fresh off of the summer band tour and heading out on a road trip to take Sean (Crank's brother) back home to Boston, and Carrie (Julia's sister) off to college.  I love books that have cross-country travel... it's always exciting. Family trips always bring about lots of fun memories you can look back on and laugh about later. The hijinks that ensue on this ill-fated car ride had me laughing, just as the tension had me biting my nails. Julia and Crank are obviously having some relationship "troubles" following the tour, while Sean and Carrie have a somewhat unconventional attraction lingering. With so many different personalities locked in a car, tensions are sure to mount. Crank and Julia are giving each other the silent treatment while Sean is spouting obscure facts and Carrie is trying to keep the peace. Factor in poor travel planning and one giant spider, and you have the makings of a very enjoyable novella.
Reading Falling Stars just wet my appetite for more Thompson Sisters novels. I hope there are many more to come! 
5 stars for this delightful novella!

"You're fucking nuts, Crank. Nuts.  Completely, absolutely crazy."  I took one breath.  Then I said, "Then go crazy with me."

Charles has been a soldier, nonprofit executive, short order cook, IT manager and run a restaurant. He doesn't believe in specialization.

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