Pink Guitars and Falling Stars is the first book in the Rockin’ Fairy Tales series. It is a Rapunzel retelling and it is glorious. If this is how the series starts, I cannot wait to continue with all the other characters on the Boulevard. They are so much fun!
Zeli (Rapunzel) is the current reigning pop princess in Hollywood and she is completely wrapped in a world of glitz, glammer, and lies. All of her actions including her singing are controlled by her manager. She is unable to use her real voice but instead the autotuned product he prefers. I felt so bad for Zeli. And now her management team is ready to find their next new talent and has started open auditions.
Justin MacKenzie enters the contest. His day job is being a B.A.S.E. jumper but, he has always wanted to be a star. Well that is until he actually gets a hand into it and realizes that not everything is as it appears on the surface. He doesn’t understand why someone like Zeli would want to be controlled – until he sees just how locked in a tower she is. Justin feels a strong connection to the woman under the façade and becomes determined he is going to be the one t save her.
Zeli is not a total damsel in distress. She is one that can throw a few punches and come up with a plan of escape. She and Justin make a good team together as well as super cute duet partners. The other characters on the Boulevard become like a chosen family to Zeli and give her inner strength as she realizes she is not alone. She though she owed her manager for helping her succeed but she leans that she owes him nothing for his manipulation and torture.
I really enjoyed the atmosphere that was created throughout this story. The descriptions of the settings painted such a vivid picture in my mind. I could see the music tower that Zeli was locked up in and the stages where she had to preform on. There is a whimsical sense through which kept me smiling, and also on the edge of my seat waiting to see how everything would unfold. It was a truly great musical and fairytale mash up.
Pink Guitars and Falling Stars was a book that I read in one day. I just couldn’t put it down! The characters captured my heart, the romance was sweet, and the story was continuously moving so it captured my attention. I look forward to seeing what Leslie O’Sullivan has in store for her next Rockin’ Fairy Tale.
Rating: 4 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**