Until the Last Star Fades

Until the Last Star Fades

Touching, heartfelt and passionate, UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES blurs the line between slow-burn romance and women's fiction, and is a must-read for hopeful romantics, devoted daughters, and the moms they cherish. COULD YOU BE THE ONE WHO CHANGES EVERYTHING?In her senior year at NYU, Riley Hope appears to be on top of the world. With a loving mother who makes Lorelai Gil

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Title:Until the Last Star Fades
Author:Jacquelyn Middleton
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Until the Last Star Fades Reviews

  • Ashley

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    All the heart eyes!

    I can't begin to explain my excitement over scoring an ARC of Until the Last Star Fades! This was my most anticipated read of the latter half of 2018 and did not disappoint in the least. I'm going to dub Jacquelyn Middleton the Queen of Book Hangovers! After every book of hers, I always feel like I've moved away from dear friends I'm used to seeing daily. When I turn the last page, I mourn my loss of the characters. In each book, the c

    😍😍😍

    All the heart eyes!

    I can't begin to explain my excitement over scoring an ARC of Until the Last Star Fades! This was my most anticipated read of the latter half of 2018 and did not disappoint in the least. I'm going to dub Jacquelyn Middleton the Queen of Book Hangovers! After every book of hers, I always feel like I've moved away from dear friends I'm used to seeing daily. When I turn the last page, I mourn my loss of the characters. In each book, the characters are so realistic, I feel like they must be out in the world somewhere living real-life. Jacquelyn Middleton also renewed my love of long books because I'm able to get to know the characters in multiple stages and situations of their lives. Impossibly, nearly five hundred pages could have doubled and I would have still enjoyed my time with Riley and Ben. They are that well-written! 

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    Not only are the main characters in this novel absolutely stellar and likeable, with just the right amount of quirks, the secondary characters, much like in her two previous novels, are ridiculously fun. As soon as readers meet Piper, they will wish she was their friend in real-life. She's hilariously inappropriate, easy going, and offers perfectly practical advice. Everyone should be as lucky as Riley in finding a friend who is as straightforward as Pip, one who will stick with them through good times and bad. 

    Most impressively, I'm blown away by the author's ability to take on tough subjects such as depression, mental illness, cancer, and even death while continuing to have a predominately positive and lighthearted novel. I simply felt good while reading Until the Last Star Fades, something I didn't know I was lacking so severely in my reading lately. While I was with the characters during their struggles, I did not feel a complete sense of doom or dread. I knew their difficult times would be short-lived, but not in an overly predictable way. I didn't know what was coming next most times and was simply along for the ride. 

    This book gave me all the feels, something I always hope the books I read will help me attain. I laughed and smiled through most of this book, but also had to hide my tears and sniffles toward the end, both because I was touched by the story and sad it was coming to an end. I truly have not been so lost after a book concluded in the longest time. I could have continued reading forever!

    I especially loved how relatable Riley was as the main character. She comes to feel like a sister through reading her story and getting to know her. She has moments of weakness, questions her own thoughts, and sometimes even overthinks. There were important moments of recognition that allowed me to realize I shouldn't be terribly hard on myself, as many people experience the same feelings of depression or anxiety I sometimes feel. I think Jacquelyn's characters are tremendously important for women to read, for a boost of confidence and a sense of unity with other women. 

    Until the Last Star Fades is chock full of great settings, delicious snacks that will leave your mouth watering, and the most wonderful British bloke who made my Anglophile-heart sing. I can't recommend this 5-star read enough! So, make sure to pop over to Amazon and pre-order the ebook now for $2.99. And, if you've yet to read Jacquelyn's previous works: London Belongs to Me and London, Can You Wait?, be sure to catch up on them now for some welcome tie-ins and updates on previous characters you will grow to love as well.

  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)

    I really liked this book! It covers so many topics - friendship, mother/daughter relationship, depression, and of course there’s a great romance. The writing was great and I fell in love with the characters. Riley and Ben are the stars of the book but the other characters also brought so much to the story. The book takes place in NYC which is one of my favourite places to read about. Overall this is a great slow burn love story but the book goes so much deeper than that and explores other topics

    I really liked this book! It covers so many topics - friendship, mother/daughter relationship, depression, and of course there’s a great romance. The writing was great and I fell in love with the characters. Riley and Ben are the stars of the book but the other characters also brought so much to the story. The book takes place in NYC which is one of my favourite places to read about. Overall this is a great slow burn love story but the book goes so much deeper than that and explores other topics and relationships. I was sorry to see this book end!

  • Mia Book Addict

    It is easy for me to say that 'Until the Last Star Fades' is one of my favorite books, I read in 2018. I started reading this book as soon as I received it, I know my review is little late but this happens to me when I read Jacquelyn Middleton books. Why? To tell you the truth I had to wait a bit so that my emotions will settle down and also find a way to write this review so that it would make justice to this amazing story. I still feel that whatever I say won’t be enough to convey my feelings

    It is easy for me to say that 'Until the Last Star Fades' is one of my favorite books, I read in 2018. I started reading this book as soon as I received it, I know my review is little late but this happens to me when I read Jacquelyn Middleton books. Why? To tell you the truth I had to wait a bit so that my emotions will settle down and also find a way to write this review so that it would make justice to this amazing story. I still feel that whatever I say won’t be enough to convey my feelings but I will try my best.

    Riley Hope is a senior at NYU and returning from visiting Josh, her hockey player boyfriend, she runs into a struggling British actor, Benjamin Fagan, who just had just wrapped up a pilot season in LA. However, things didn’t go well for him, so he decided to try his chances in Big Apple. After their run in, they lost contact but not for long. Thanks to fate and the jobs Ben takes just to get by, helps them to cross paths again. Since Riley is already taken, Ben decides to take the friendship road with her. Even though Ben seems shady at the beginning of the story, he is a really nice, upbeat and hard-working guy that you will fall in love with. As for Riley, she is really smart, beautiful and her relationship with her mom, Maggie, is something you will adore. Both Riley and Ben seems happy, however, their loneliness and secrets they hide from everyone including each other, helps them to develop a special friendship. With their friendship grows, they start leaning on each other for support. As you can imagine their friendship will take a new turn and they will become more than friends but believe me their story will have a lot of ups and downs. The story might be slow at the beginning but after a bit you won’t be able to put it down. Since I do read a lot of books, lately it got really hard for me to read something that I wasn’t guessing what will happen next. However, I failed on guessing what will happen next with this book, which was amazing. I was just going with the flow :) I really don’t like and enjoy 3rd person POV novels because mostly I feel like I cannot really connect with the story. However, even though the story is written from 3rd person POV, you can easily get in the story and relate/connect with the characters. The secondary characters, starting with Piper and Casey, are super fun but again, that seems like a Jacquelyn Middleton thing. Her first two books was the same way. Full of amazing secondary characters that you cannot wait to read their stories :) I also love how Jacquelyn Middleton always points out psychological illnesses that we or people around us face. In ‘London Belongs to Me’, it was Alex, who were facing anxiety and panic attacks. In 'Until the Last Star Fades' it is Riley who is facing smiling depression, which I just learned about.

    Through out the story I laughed, got pissed, cried, literally felt all the emotions at one point or another. I am happy to say, I am glad that I got a chance to review this book. I cannot wait to read Jacquelyn Middleton's next novel. I hope it will be Piper's story :) To wrap it all up, I can simply say I loved 'Until the Last Star Fades' and totally recommend it. 

    Would I recommend this book: Yes.

    Would I re-read this book: Already did.

    Would I read future books by this author: Yes.

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    e-ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Taylor Knight

    I loved the main characters so much and I thought Riley was so relatable. It was so refreshing to read about a character that deals with anxiety and depression, something I definitely relate to but rarely see represented in books.

    I was so invested in the story and couldn’t put this book down, which doesn’t happen that often for me. I went out of my way to make time to read this book and it was definitely worth it. Jacquelyn Middleton never fails to write a book that I fall in love with but Unti

    I loved the main characters so much and I thought Riley was so relatable. It was so refreshing to read about a character that deals with anxiety and depression, something I definitely relate to but rarely see represented in books.

    I was so invested in the story and couldn’t put this book down, which doesn’t happen that often for me. I went out of my way to make time to read this book and it was definitely worth it. Jacquelyn Middleton never fails to write a book that I fall in love with but Until the Last Star Fades is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.

  • Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦

    Sweet and full of heart! Something about this book really grabbed me and I very much enjoyed this funny, tender and sexy story. Riley Hope is a senior at NYU with a long-distance boyfriend and a lot on her plate. She takes care of her ailing mother who is struggling just to get by but never, ever complains and really has a beautiful, sunny outlook on life. Riley’s bond with her mother is one of the central relationships in this book.

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    Sweet and full of heart! Something about this book really grabbed me and I very much enjoyed this funny, tender and sexy story. Riley Hope is a senior at NYU with a long-distance boyfriend and a lot on her plate. She takes care of her ailing mother who is struggling just to get by but never, ever complains and really has a beautiful, sunny outlook on life. Riley’s bond with her mother is one of the central relationships in this book.

    A chance, cute meeting with a sexy Brit named Benjamin Fagan turns her life upside down. Riley begins to question her life choices as she and Ben become very close friends and she really begins to lean on him for support. Been is a wonderful, hard-working, adorable guy who will steal your heart! Anglophiles rejoice becuase you will LOVE Ben.

    This book isn’t just about romantic relationships but is also a very heartwarming, emotional and loving story about family relationships and the love between a parent and child. Although it is very funny and breezy in parts, other parts are very serious and the author is not afraid to tackle some very weighty subjects. The story is a long one but is very fast-paced and the supporting characters are all very charming. Riley makes some life-changing decisions all while keeping secrets from Ben and from her own mother. But Ben is keeping some secrets, as well.

    This is a slow-burn romance and there are a lot of pop culture references, which I loved. The writing is charming, sweet and very funny. The story for me really came together when Ben, always the optimist and very upbeat, revealed his past to Riley. I also loved the way these two met by chance but fate brought them together. In my opinion though, the romance in this book really took a back seat to the relationship between Riley and her mother Maggie.

    This book is not your typical friends-to-lovers romance but has that something extra that kept me invested in the story until the end. The other aspect of the book that I loved was that the author tackled a subject called “smiling depression” which was dealt with in a very compassionate and realistic way.

    I have not read the author’s other books. ‘London Belongs to Me’ and ‘London Can You Wait?’ but this book includes characters spun-off from that series. You do not need to have read those books to follow this story, but now I am intrigued so I can’t wait to read those books as well.

    ‘Until The Last Star Fades’ is perfect for fans of new adult contemporary romance as well as women’s fiction. The story was a little long in parts but overall I really enjoyed this heartwarming and unexpectedly charming romance.

  • Cristina | CristiinaReads

    ➳The last time I read a book by

    to my TBR so I was excited to dive into it earlier than what I was expecting. I am glad that I did because this

    ➳The last time I read a book by

    to my TBR so I was excited to dive into it earlier than what I was expecting. I am glad that I did because this

    that I had read in a while when it comes down to contemporary romances. Being filled with so many emotions that grasp around the idea of being

    and get to have a future filled with a passion that identifies her as a unique individual. This is something that I found touching of Jacquelyn to add, something so unexpected but also very realistic when it comes down to individuals in college. That's when Ben comes into the equation...

    ➳A British cutie that had my heart filled

    of the reader by expressing himself in such a fruitful and vibrant way filled with positivity and shine. Something about

    with her internal struggles in which I am glad Jacquelyn was able to so smoothly talk about, but also do it in such a serious tone of matter that makes you ache for the

    and true passions.

    ➳The inner beauty that is about this

    her. With the help of Ben, and slowly becoming an independent young lady with a ferocious inner self, she learns how to let people in and her express herself OUT to the world in a way she never did before.

    ➳This compassionate

    that I have encountered upon that talks about serious topics of mental illness in a way that is one soothing, and two very in depth of the emotions of the characters. Overall, there is

    from everyone. Thank you so much to Jacquelyn and her PR team for reaching out and letting me read her novel!

  • alexandra

    3.5/5 –

    this book was so cute! it brought out ALL the NY feels and it makes me want to travel there (and london) all over again. those are my two favorite cities and Until the Last Star Fades makes me wistful for my next visit.

    one of my favorite aspects of this novel (aside from the NY vibes) was the focus on mental health. our lead struggles with anxiety and depression, and while i personally don’t suffer from either of those, i felt Jacquelyn Middleton did a really great job at representing the

    3.5/5 –

    this book was so cute! it brought out ALL the NY feels and it makes me want to travel there (and london) all over again. those are my two favorite cities and Until the Last Star Fades makes me wistful for my next visit.

    one of my favorite aspects of this novel (aside from the NY vibes) was the focus on mental health. our lead struggles with anxiety and depression, and while i personally don’t suffer from either of those, i felt Jacquelyn Middleton did a really great job at representing the lead’s struggles. there’s also a lot going on in terms of other medical stuff that i felt interesting as well.

    something i want to point out/talk about is the pacing. personally, i felt it was paced a little awkwardly and often skipped days, months, or weeks then continue to skip again. i think the book writes almost like a script/tv show and it works if it were that – a tv show – but felt the filler time could’ve been improved. however, i know it’s kind of hard when there IS nothing going on during the passing time so *shrug*

    the romance, friendships, and family relationships were all wonderful. i loved them, but i also felt fairly lukewarm about it. they didn’t give me ALL THE FEELZ UGH as i expected, but i still thought it was great nonetheless.

    overall, Until the Last Star Fades is a super adorable and emotional read. i would definitely recommend it if you love meet-cutes, new york city, and strong family relationships.

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    disclaimer: i was sent this book via kirkwall books and compensated for the review. however, all thoughts are my own.

  • Meredith Mara

    ‘Until the Last Star Fades’ brings seriously sexy romance without being all about the romance. It’s a beautiful love story that unfolds slowly amid life’s hardships and obstacles.

    Middleton has a knack for writing complex and relatable characters and doesn’t shy away from putting them through the ringer. As in life, there are no easy solutions here for our main protagonists Riley and Ben. Riley experiences her fair share of pain, awkwardness, and despondency, as she navigates love, friendship, lo

    ‘Until the Last Star Fades’ brings seriously sexy romance without being all about the romance. It’s a beautiful love story that unfolds slowly amid life’s hardships and obstacles.

    Middleton has a knack for writing complex and relatable characters and doesn’t shy away from putting them through the ringer. As in life, there are no easy solutions here for our main protagonists Riley and Ben. Riley experiences her fair share of pain, awkwardness, and despondency, as she navigates love, friendship, loss, her mom’s cancer diagnosis, and her own debilitating depression. Scottish born Ben is an out-of-work and seriously out-of-money actor, who struggles with dyslexia and his past. Both Riley and Ben are well-rounded characters with personalities that shine through in dialogue and action.

    Three things that really stood out for me in ‘Until the Last Star Fades’: Riley’s healthy, thick-as-thieves relationship with her mom, Maggie — it’s so refreshing to see that not all parent-kid relationships are hostile mine fields. Secondly, the honest portrayal of Riley’s struggles with mental illness, namely, depression—pointing out that just because someone’s adept at putting on a smile doesn’t mean they’re not dying on the inside. And thirdly, Riley’s financial struggles. Riley is a poor student, lives in the tiniest of studio apartments, and is often unable to afford basics such as food. I found this so much more relatable and realistic and definitely something missing from many books featuring new-adult characters who rarely experience any kind of significant financial lack.

    Bookies, ‘Until the Last Star Fades’ has got it all, the bittersweet and heartbreaking, the swoon-worthy and laugh-out-loud moments. A must-read for all fans of new-adult romance!

    4.5/5 stars ⭐️

  • Gabby

    This is a new adult romance that follows Riley, a twenty two year old living in New York who suffers from anxiety. One day she meets Ben, a British actor who just had a rough pilot season in LA. Riley is recently engaged to her hockey playing boyfriend Josh, and realizes she isn’t as happy as she could be with him.

    This story is okay as far as romances go, I didn’t really love anything about the story - nothing was incredibly memorable or stood out to me. I liked that

    This is a new adult romance that follows Riley, a twenty two year old living in New York who suffers from anxiety. One day she meets Ben, a British actor who just had a rough pilot season in LA. Riley is recently engaged to her hockey playing boyfriend Josh, and realizes she isn’t as happy as she could be with him.

    This story is okay as far as romances go, I didn’t really love anything about the story - nothing was incredibly memorable or stood out to me. I liked that Riley had some anxiety problems, it made her a more relatable main character.

    As for some issues I had with this book,

    It’s nearly 500 pages and that’s just way too long for a story like this. So much of the story dragged. I also don’t really care for romances told in third person POV, I know that’s just me being nit picky, but I like to read from first person in a romance - 3rd person feels way to disconnected for me.

    Another issue I had with this book was the cheesy dialogue, some of their conversations just felt so cliche and cheesy. Also, I feel like this author desperately wanted to remind us that Ben is British. It seemed like every other word he said is a British word and he kept apologizing and explaining the way he spoke to Riley and I just found him kind of obnoxious at times because of it.

    Other than that, this book was just okay.

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