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At The Stars Review

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 by in review |

At The Stars Book Cover At The Stars
Elisabeth Staab
New Adult. Contemporary Romance.
Elisabeth Staab
5th May 2015

I was a normal teenager who loved music and dancing, until the day I was attacked in my favorite record store. A few years later when my mom succumbed to depression and took her own life, I couldn’t stay in my hometown with all the memories and the curious stares. I decided to get in my car and just go – except my car decided it was done going outside a tiny place called Evergreen Grove. That’s where I found Jake. Or I guess Jake found me.

For the last eight years, all I can think about is the day I ended another man’s life. Then I manage to save Cassie’s, and I feel like maybe I’ve got some kind of second chance. To do what I couldn’t before, or maybe even for something bigger. Something like love. If only I could feel like I deserve her...

What I Thought


Jake and Cassie both have emotional pasts that are dictating how they move on with ther lives and preventing them from having happy futures. Cassie has been hurt both physically and emotionally. Jake believes he has death on his hands and that he doesn’t deserve to be happy.

Cassie needs to get away from her small home town. From the pitying looks everywhere she goes. To go somewhere, where everyone doesn’t know what happened to her. To start afresh. So she packs up the belongings she has left into her car and starts forward on her road trip. To where, she has no clue.

Jake has already left his hometown. Moved away from his past. He’s already trying to achieve his fresh start, where no-one knows what he has done.

Jake and Cassie’s first time of meeting isn’t so conventional. Jake comes across a car with it’s bonnet up, so stops to see if the car owner needs help. He doesn’t expect to come across what appears to be Cassie in the middle of an emotional breakdown, standing in the middle of the road, staring down an oncoming lorry.

Cassie is brought back down to earth with a thud as strong arms wrap around her and then she is flying to the side of the road. Cassie realises Jake thought she was trying to end her life and struggles to get Jake to believe otherwise. 

It turns out Cassie’s car is going to cost a lot to repair, according to the garage where Jake works as a mechanic. Cassie realises she is going to have to stick around in another small town until she can sort the repairs to her car or can find a replacement. Soon Cassie has a job, a new friend, AJ, and is quickly realising she is becoming attracted to Jake.

The rest of the story is propelled by the ebb and flow of Jake and Cassie’s relationship. Their insecurities and overcoming their secrets of their pasts, so I’m not going to divulge any more of the story for you beacuse I’m just a tease like that 🙂 .

At the stars is a super emotional read. This book proves a storyline can be simple, that it doesn’t need to much going on, that the emotional depth can make the book a great read, like with At The Stars. It’s a story about two lost souls coming together and helping each other heal. This story doesn’t need anything else like new dramas or villians etc. 

Jake and Cassie’s relationship isn’t just wham bam thank you mam. The story is as the characters in the story say ” two steps forward and one step back”. Slow building. 

Being dual point of view highlights the emotions in the book and hearing both characters thoughts, helps as a reader to feel more involved in the story. 

Throughout the story I was full of hope for Jake and Cassie. It made my stomach flip flop with the backwards and forwards, or maybe I was too emotionally involved in the story ha ha. The only thing missing for me was a little epilogue to see how they both adapted to such big changes in their lives.

A great story from Elisabeth Staab and I will definitely be reading the next book in this series 🙂


Sweet Score


4 sweets


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