Review: Catch A Falling Star

Author: Rhonda Burnaugh.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Rating: 🍫🍫


Catch a Falling Star begins in Marysville, California with the return of the prodigal town hero, pop star Michael Dolanski, who is attempting to conceal a medical condition from amorous fans. Roman Catholic priest, Joseph di Blasio is a troubled man who has chosen his vocation for all the wrong reasons and meeting Michael does nothing but challenge his beliefs. Complications arise when the girl who stole Michael's heart many years ago returns, and decides to find a way to rekindle their romance. In the meantime, Joe finds himself in a new world that he never dared to imagine. As Joe and Michael's friendship evolves, they realize the profound effect they have on each other's life. But time is running out and they must face the moment of truth and find a way to make peace with whatever the future may hold. A love story for this generation, Catch a Falling Star is an emotional journey about surviving losses, trusting again and finding hope. Throughout times of joy and sorrow, they each find that compassion is the glue that holds everything in the universe together, that we are all connected, and that wishes can come true, when you wish upon a falling star.

Cover Review:

The cover isn't really beautiful. It literally depicts the title though, so I guess that's a plus point, right? 

Book Review:

I got a review copy of this book from Fiction Atlas.

I had really high expectations for this book. I loved the blurb and was looking forward to reading this book. 

The thing I hate most about reviewing a book is giving it a low rating because I didn't like it. So many questions haunt me. What if it I was the only one who didn't like it? What if I should've tried better to get into it? What if I shouldn't have given up?

And yet, here I am, giving this book a 2 chocolate rating.

The thing I hated the most was the formatting. I know it probably was just in the review copy, but I'm a reader too, right? I don't mean to say that the arc copy should be perfect, but it shouldn't be so bad that the author's name appears after every sentence, or that sentences cut off mid line and continue in the next. 

The storyline sounded pretty solid, but the writing style wasn't interactive at all. It felt kinda emotionless. I couldn't really connect to the characters.

All in all, Catch A Falling Star proved to be a not so pleasant experience for me.

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  1. If you get a chance, send a note to Fiction Atlas and let them know about the formatting. It is possible the author isn't even aware of how badly it is formatted.

  2. oh no, too hard to read - no one checking for basic quality if not a good sign...

  3. That is so sad! I have had books where the story could have been gold, if only it had been formatted well or edited (sometimes at all!) It's so sad when you have to give up on a book or give it a low rating because of carelessness. It's also one reason I have noticed that a lot of bloggers don't like Indie authors. I have had many tell me they've been snubbed and it's because of simple issues like this. But there are still those that are gold! I agree with Terri - I would say something to Fiction Atlas and let them know about your issues with the book :)

  4. The cover on this one looks like pure gold! Too bad it was too terrible to enjoy :(

  5. Don't ever feel bad rating a book based on your feelings, that's what ratings are for! As long as you justify why you didn't like it, I think it's perfectly valid, and you gave great reasoning!

  6. Bummer! I hate poorly formatted ARCs. There's really NO excuse for it. Although in this case it sounds like the book itself wasn't for you. I hope your next one is better. :)

  7. :( I'm sorry this one was bad. It sucks when you have a really high expectations of the book but then it fell flat


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