At the Stars

At the Stars

by Elisabeth Staab


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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...

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ISBN-13: 9780991390359
Publisher: Elisabeth Staab
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

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At the Stars (Evergreen Grove, #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No need to read the book with all the spoilers here. Thanks for ruining the book. You people need to stop this. It is rude and selfish to other readers to tell every detail of the story. You shouldbe banned.
VivianaEnchantressofBooks More than 1 year ago
Gatta start with the cover! Usually I don't mention or discuss covers, but WOW! Not only is it a stunning photography by Michael Stokes but the cover model Adam Von Rothfelder truly embodies Jake.  This is a perfect example of an author reaching out to a photographer and commissioning work! Elisabeth's first NA novel and it was sweet and an enjoyable quick read. I literally read it in one sitting and didn't want to put it down because I was enjoying my quiet time reading! As I'm sitting here typing up the review, I'm trying to remember why exactly I enjoyed it so much and BANG! It didn't follow many of the New Adult tropes!! WOOHOO and THANK YOU Elisabeth!!!  There are those moments where Jake tries to push Cassie away with the "I'm not a good guy" speech or he tries to have that internal conversation with himself (for the reader's information) on why he's no good for Cassie, but not once does it come across as whiney or is it so overly done where you want to jump through your kindle and smack him. Also, Cassie isn't sitting down and saying "poor sad me" or "I'm so broken and unloveable because of my tragic past". On the contrary, she is one tough cookie who doesn't allow her past to make her a helpless victim.  AT THE STARS is a story about two individuals who's past is dictating their present and limiting their future. Cassie's past is full of hurt (physically and emotionally), abandonment and betrayal. Jake is haunted by the death of a man he believe he caused. Together, they both learn to trust and realize that while one must realize that while the past is part of you forever, you do not have to let your past forever rule you. Cassie helps Jake realize that while he may have been the one to through the punch he wasn't the cause of death, not really. Jake helps Cassie realize that she can trust people to be there for her.  Elisabeth also introduces secondary characters that you'll become intrigued with and will want to reach out to her to ask "So... when will they get their own story?". Both Dante (Jake's friend) and AJ (Cassie's friend) are two of those characters. The good news, Dante's story is next and I can't wait! Elisabeth will be tackling some taboos that are "about time" and I'm extremely happy she's doing this. Its about time the subject is approached and I know she will do it with the upmost respect and realism as she is a true professional.  Overall this was a great, easy and fast read that you won't want to put down. You'll fall for the characters and  will want to read more about them! 
crazy4peanutbutter More than 1 year ago
First off let me start by saying this is the first book of Ms. Staab's that I have read and I am blown away by her deep emotional, dramatic, writing style. The book is dark, but it will make you laugh at times and even break your heart but above all it will make you feel! It will touch the part of you that we all have inside us. The part that we lock away because to do otherwise will give it control over us rather then you controlling how, when you deal with it. Let's face it we all have things in out pasts that broke us at one point or other. A broken heart, an action we can't take back, something done to us, a loss that rocked you to your core. We all have baggage of some sort. This story is about Cassie and Jake. Two people who are broken but find each other and learn to heal and feel more then pain, rejection, loss and unworthy of better. More! I truly believe that you should buy this book and fell it for yourself. And yes I mean feel because I guarantee you can not read this book and not feel anything. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ms. Staab for the opportunity to ARC for you. L.
WHiggins More than 1 year ago
I was looking for something different and I found it! From the first few sentences I was hooked. I just HAD to know what was coming next. I loved how these characters have real lives and work through some difficult times. I was shocked during one part of the story but happy about how it turned out (no spoilers). I look forward to the next book and hope to find out more background from the characters we have met. This seems to be a great start in a wonderful series of change, hope and love.
heathercm2001 More than 1 year ago
It was phenomenal. It was dark, and heartbreaking, but getting to know these characters was a wonderful experience. They all have bad pasts that have left them broken, which you often see in books. However, in this book, it wasn't like they were trying to put the pieces back together so much as figuring out how to carry those pieces. This was a very emotional book. We all have our baggage, and that helps build a strong connection with the book. Cassie and Jake are very unique. Cassie is such a strong individual. You see her falling apart at the beginning, but following her through the book was interesting to say the least. I don't want to give anything away, but know that it is amazing. What a great character! The way Jake feels he needs to constantly punish himself is agonizing. Elisabeth Staab's writing really brings these characters to life. I don't usually get teary-eyed with books, but this one was special. A.J. and Dante were great for the book as well, and I would love to see them get their stories told. One of my absolute favorite things about this book was the different perspectives. I love going back and forth between Cassie's and Jake's views. It got me all kinds of twisted and involved in the story. I wish I could experience for the first time all over again. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very sweet, clean little YA novel, with a carefully designed & flawlessly executed plot and substantive characters you can't help but love. I was charmed! Looking forward to reading the next book.
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Sweet simple love story. aar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a cute book; decently written and enjoyable. It made for a good and quick fluff read after the heaviness of other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jake stepmother had problems she's very manipulate but I love the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute love story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could have done without the his and her views each chapter, but it was a refreshing story about survival and moving on, without white washing the healing processes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. The main characters were good together. There werent any hot and steamy parts. So if youre looking for a book like that, this one isnt it. Overall, a good read.
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I liked this little novel, and look forward to reading AJs story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Jake & Cassie. The story was amazing.
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## STELLAR. I loved this book. Unlike another reviewer, I'm always happy to read a more detailed review so I thank those who take the time to write them. I'm so glad that it was written from BOTH the hero and the heroine's POV. I don't think I would've liked Jake as much if I hadn't known what he was thinking. It really lets us get to know the characters better when we get both POVs. These two had amazing chemistry and were perfect for each other once they talked things through. The secondary characters were awesome as well. I adored AJ and I'm so happy he gets his own story. I wish the ending would've played out a little longer, but such is life. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. Oh and a huge kudos to Michael Stokes for this amazing cover. I'm OK with admitting it's the reason I noticed this book to begin with. Note to authors everywhere: Covers matter!
bkwrm29 More than 1 year ago
Right from the start of this book you are thrown into the mix of all this despair and almost drama. Cassie is a girl on the brink of a breakdown (or maybe in the middle of one?), and Jake is hiding from a past that is breaking him on the inside. Sounds like a great book right? For once, yes, this book actually lives up to expectations. The writing style fit perfectly with this book. The author was really able to put all the right amount of angst and drama into the book that it definitely didn't overwhelm me or take away from the characters and their story. I really loved the alternating perspectives on this because of the look into both character's reasoning. It was entertaining to see them slowly falling for each other but then talking themselves out of it. It just really gave good insight into their actions. Cassie was such a character. Throughout the book she really placed a lot of doubt on herself and just switched her tune so much! At some points she would blow Blake off, then she would be sweet and flirty toward him. And the reason for this was the fact that she was sometimes self-conscious, and then sometimes she was confident and sure of herself. She presented herself to others as sometimes weak or placid, but internally, she was so strong. She really went through a lot that was hinted at in parts of the book, and she dealt with those things throughout the book. She definitely didn't take crap from nobody.  "Honestly. I'm not out here in the middle of the road trying to die. I just... needed to remember what it was like. Staring that possibility in the face." Jake was a really strong character. In the beginning, he had certain expectations both for himself and Cassie. He kind of thought of her as just another girl infatuated with him, but he doesn't act on it(for a change). I thought it was interesting because as a reader I know he is falling for her, but Jake himself denies it as long as he can. It was really easy to get caught up in him and his interactions with Cassie. They really did compliment each other so much, and I liked how it wasn't easy for them to just be together. They put work into it and did their best to make it work. This book would have only moderately good without the support system around Cassie and Jake. Characters such as Delia(Cassie's boss) and AJ(Cassie's best friend) really helped make the book into what it was. I really enjoyed the characters as they supported and added some extra elements to the story.  Overall this book was really good. The characters were perfectly created to match the situation and make it mash well together.
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
With "At the Stars" as a reader you find yourself in a story including two main characters which both had a horrible past. You get details in little pieces, mostly shown throughout the interactions and thoughts of the characters. The point of view changes almost after ever chapter, sometimes even within a chapter, which I really like. It makes reading more interesting as we don't only get to know what Cassie bears in her mind, also we get to know about Jake who can't really deal with his past. In the beginning you find the female character dancing on the streets which made me think "Oh great, she definetly is going to be a very strange and different character!". Actually I ecpected her to be a little bit more "crazy" as she is described as the crazy girl who does things like that. Both protagonists have lots of interesting and special characteristics and ways of thinking. Sometimes I wished it would be more visible to the reader as it is a really good basis which could have changed my rating to a higher level of stars. I loved the interactions between them! The book begins pretty fast as you are confronted with a lot of different situations, information and feelings which gets a little bit lost in the middle of the book. During this time I hoped the whole time for a change of plot as I had the feeling that there is something, I can already imagine it, but it's not really there(it was like this big pink elefant standing in the room). So in the middle, the interaction between them kept this book alive (in my opinion). Still, I was happy to read the book until the end as I would have missed some really well written scenes which show a great writing style. I actually would like to read again a book written by Elisabeth Staab.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the moment I read the dedication of "To you. Because you're a survivor, and you're beautiful," I knew it was going to be a fascinating book that would be hard to put down. Cassie hasn't had an easy time in the last several years and lately it's become even tougher when she loses her mom. Tired of being in the same place & the looks of pity, she decides to travel the country and see where her journey takes her. A monkey wrench is thrown in her plans when her car breaks on the side of the road and is saved by Jake who at first wonders if the gal has any sense. Jake has his own haunted past and secrets so has often kept his distance though also can't help lending a hand to those in need. Cassie wasn't someone he expected and finds himself caught between wanting to keep his distance but also drawn to her. He helps Cassie to find a cheap place to rent, tows her car without charging & offers to see what he can do about trying to fix her car in a shop he happens to work at. Over the course of the next month, Cassie finds that she's not so eager to be on her way and gets a job to try to help pay for the cost of possible repairs as well as money to pay rent. Jake and Cassie try to fight their growing attraction to each other but are finding it harder to resist. Eventually they can no longer resist each other and find that life is so much sweeter together.  When someone from Jake's past appears, another monkey wrench is thrown into the mix and it leaves them both reeling.  I like the fact that though both Jake and Cas haven't had it easy, they've chosen how to react to things they had no control over and don't let it stop them from living their lives. Bad things happen to people all the time and it's how the people react that can often define them. I think they are a wonderful couple and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for them. I found myself eager to see how their story would pan out and often laughed out loud.  There were times that I wanted to put Jake and Cassie in a locked room until they realized how great they are for each other though their hesitations were perfectly understandable. Overall, I found this book to be interesting mix of humor, sadness, the bond of friendship and love that really made this story a great read.  Kudos to Staab!