Monday, July 30, 2012

Cover Reveal: Defy the Stars by Stephanie Parent

Defy the Stars

Expected publication: August 1, 2012

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Julia Cape: A dedicated classical piano student just trying to get through her last semester of high school while waiting to hear from music conservatories. 
Reed MacAllister: A slacker more likely to be found by the stoners’ tree than in class.

Julia and Reed might have graduated high school without ever speaking to each other…until, during a class discussion of Romeo and Juliet, Julia scoffs at the play’s theme of love at first sight, and Reed responds by arguing that feelings don’t always have to make sense. Julia tries to shake off Reed’s comment and forget about this boy who hangs with the stoner crowd—and who happens to have breathtaking blue eyes—but fate seems to bring the two together again and again. After they share an impulsive, passionate kiss, neither one can deny the chemistry between them. Yet as Julia gets closer to Reed, she also finds herself drawn into his dark world of drugs and violence. Then a horrific tragedy forces Julia’s and Reed’s families even farther apart…and Julia must decide whether she’s willing to give up everything for love.

Defy the Stars is written in an edgy free-verse style that will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins and Lisa Schroeder; however, the writing is accessible enough to speak to non-verse fans as well. The novel’s combination of steamy romance and raw emotion will appeal to fans of Gayle Forman, Simone Elkeles, Jennifer Echols, and Tammara Webber. With a story, language and form that both pay homage to and subvert Shakespeare’s play, Defy the Stars is much more than just another Romeo and Juliet story.


  1. Wow, the synopsis is fantastic. I just took this book for review over the weekend, but just got the email
    w/synopsis & cover last night & was too busy to take a look. Now I'm super excited to read Defy the Stars.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I haven't heard of this before (at least, I don't think I have) but I really like the sound of it. Thanks for sharing, Shane! :)

  3. This sounds really good. I haven't heard of it before now. I love the cover. Blacks and reds are always appealing to me on book covers.

    1. That's what i think too...there's something about the cover that's intriguing.

  4. This sounds really awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I'm not a fan of the cover, but the book sounds amazing! :) Hope it's great! :) Thanks for sharing, Shane. :)

  6. This book sound amazing! Gonna have to check it out when it's released!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Magen Corrie


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