When Xio first told me about Falling Stars (which was called Starstruck back then), I was really excited about it. She initially serialized it on Tumblr and–though I discovered it rather late–I loved the story from the very beginning.
Xio spent many months revising and re-crafting Starstruck until it became Falling Stars, and I am so happy that it is now live so everyone else can discover this incredible love story.
Sometimes we meet the right person at the wrong time in our lives. That’s what happens in Xio Axelrod’s Falling Stars on the set of We the People–the fictional TV show set where Val and Sam, two actors on the opposite spectrums in their careers, meet and fall in love.
One of the things that I love most about Falling Stars is the spot-on character development. Both Val and Sam are fully-fleshed characters whose flaws make them all the more real. As we follow their relationship (and their attempts to remain platonic when it’s already written in the stars that they should be together), we get to know what makes them tick and we understand immediately why they resist and why they are tempted to give in.
I also loved the behind the scenes look at life on the set of a popular TV show. This aspect of the story adds context and complexity to the situation Val and Sam find themselves in–they are actors who play lovers, they are falling in love in reality but trying to hide it. The reader feels like she gets an insider’s look at Hollywood and how life in Tinseltown can be life in a fishbowl.
Xio does a great job of handling the struggle for Val–and especially for Sam–as they both try to do the right thing. They want to be together, but they can’t–not when Sam is still married–but the chemistry between them is off the charts and they are drawn to each other time and again.
I loved Falling Stars–this is definitely one of my favourite books of 2015. It’s a beautifully written love story that will challenge and intrigue you. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
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