Wednesday, June 16, 2021

REVIEW: The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod


I inhaled this novel; I was reading it every second I could--on my planning periods, as my students were studying for exams (shhhhh), and every spare second I could. I was completely sucked in to the story of Toni and Sebastian. 

Toni was such a unique character in that she was a working musician that didn't necessarily crave the limelight. She loved playing and loved the craft but didn't want to necessarily be on stage ...and all the stuff that comes with being on stage.. and getting to know her and understand her made for a lot of interesting reading. 'Seeing' her evolve and open up to different experiences that put her out of her comfort zone and yet in the driver's seat for her future was inspiring. And then add to that her past with Sebastian and all of the hurt feelings that came with that and I was completely hooked. 

Not only did I enjoy all of the backstory of Toni and Sebastian and the story of the present, I also enjoyed the secondary characters and all that they added to their story. I'm excited that we'll get to see more of these characters and I'm eager to get to know them all a little bit better.

Buy this rock star romance--you will not regret it!



A Star is Born meets Daisy Jones and the Six by way of Colleen Hoover in this unique story following an all-female band on the brink of breaking out. This diverse cast of characters play hard and love matter the ultimate price.
"Sharp, propulsive, and sexy. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Antonia and Seb are imprinted in my book-loving heart. I genuinely, truly, relished this book."—CHRISTINA LAUREN, NYT and #1 International Bestselling Author

Growing up in dive bars up and down the East Coast, Toni Bennette's guitar was her only companion...until she met Sebastian Quick. Seb was a little older, a lot wiser, and before long he was Toni's way out, promising they'd escape their stifling small town together. Then Seb turned eighteen and split without looking back.

Now, Toni's all grown up and making a name for herself in Philadelphia's indie scene. When a friend suggests she try out for a hot new up-and-coming band, Toni decides to take a chance. Strong, feminist, and fierce as fire, Toni B. and the Lillys are the perfect match...except Seb's now moonlighting as their manager. Whatever. Toni can handle it. No problem. Or it wouldn't be if Seb didn't still hold a piece of her heart...not to mention the key to her future.


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