Book Review – Rock Star by Ginger Voight

by Maryse on November 4, 2012 · 27 comments

in Bad Boys & Rock Stars

Rock Star (Groupie Book 2)
<— The sequel to “Groupie” (my latest 4.5 star “frenzy-inducing” read that had me up all night, freaking out – check out my review for it, here). Rock Star delivered tons of angst with a few punches to the gut, and put me through the ringer, too. Oh boy did it put me through the ringer. But for me, it was more of a 4 star read (and occasionally less, when I found myself over-exasperated).

I liked it, but I lost some of that famous rock star fantasy, in the process. Some of those larger than life, “OMG I can’t believe this is happening to me” moments. The “I told you so’s” that re-inforced my belief (and provided relief) that my love for rock stars and the whole fantasy of it, was best left in my blog posts. Because sure enough, there could only be pain in that kind of “reality”.

And LOVED that side of Groupie. That “feel”. And while we’re dealing with mostly the same characters in Rock Star, the mood changed somewhat. Now don’t get me wrong, Rock Star was still a gut-wrenching read with a lot of the same “issues”. Just deeper, more of ‘em, more drawn out (sometimes a little too long) and well… nuttier. Sometimes it made sense. I “knew” where the characters were coming from, what was guiding (or misguiding) their decisions. I understood the dilemma, but sometimes it was just… too much. Ohhhh the manipulation. ROAR!!!!

So what’s it about? That ongoing mismatched love “triangle” that gets distorted and unbalanced, as “the heart wants what the heart wants” struggles with guilt, loyalties and a sense if duty.

“Because it’s the right thing to do,”

Stupid duty!! Since when does “duty” have anything to do with real love? Er. No. Wait. I take that back. Mostly, it has EVERYTHING to do with it, and sometimes it’s all wrong, too. And that’s the problem here.

But that’s not the only issue at hand. There are new characters that come into play, and some are “good guys”, loving, patient and nurturing, while others are opportunistic sharks that swim around their already bleeding triangle and try to attack it at it’s weak spots.

And as they try to decipher the good parts, the true parts from the bad parts, their reactions can really wreck havoc on an already unstable situation. And each of the characters have their own way of coping with the angst. Often causing more angst in the process. Oh yes. They practically drown in it. And again.. watch out for those sharks!!

Good, angsty as all get-out, and perfectly angrifying. But Groupie’s realistic edge still wins out in this rock ‘n roll angst-fest for me. “Rock Star’s” over-the-top drama was such, that I didn’t truly lose myself in it. And I know we’re dealing with “fiction” and because of that, going crazy is fun, so it works on many levels. But the fact is, I needed to put this one down a few times, thinking to myself, “Come on!! *spoiler*, tell the truth already!!!” or… “Come on, *spoiler* stop self-sacrificing SO much!!!” to “Oh come on *spoiler*… you didn’t even think to check….???” Ah. Right. ;) I’ll stop there.

Oh and there were LOTS of things to “check”, or “talk about” in this one, but as in all extreme angst, the reader is going to know the “coulda, shoulda, woulda’s” but the characters just keep walking right into the crazy!

So that’s my “take” on it, but let me point out that to many fellow readers, this was just as great as Groupie and some even liked this one better! But beware. The ending… ok no. I’ll say it this way. While I REALLY LOVED the ending (for a few reasons, the ending really *made* the book for me), there is a book #3 coming, and for good reason. Here’s yet another sample of the frenzied reactions (from our Facebook & blog comments) that these two books incited:

Julie: Oh Maryse, just wait!! I’m almost done with book 2 and about to pull my hair out!! Wait there’s a book 3!!? Oh help me! When’s it come out?? The 2nd one is killing me and its almost over

Maryse’s Book Blog: Julie, author just told me Feb/March. And I think it’ll be called Mogul. That’s a good hint. ;)

Traci: Im almost done rock star….is there going to be a 3rd book??? Love them..

Sherry: They were both awesome books!! Not sure how I feel about waiting till Feb/Mar, but It’ll do for now ;)

Shannon: Yeah, it has been a bit since I finished the two books and yet I still can’t get them out of my head. I don’t know how on earth I am going to wait until Feb/March!!! I feel bad for the books that I have read since because nothing is really making me *feel* like Rock Star did.

Becky: Ok, now that I devoured BOTH books in 24 hrs (and neglected my family); I’m totally team Vanni!… I completely loved these books. I was going through a book depression and this was what I was missing. Ohhhh, the angst, it was perfect. I read several books a week and none in the last month have captured me quite like this one. I hope for a spoiler thread because I have my own theories about book 3. BTW, Feb/Mar is way too long to wait for book 3.

Michelle: Just finished both books in 1 day after you recommended them.. These books were excellent! I can’t wait for the 3rd! Team Vanni!

Emily: Just finished Rock Star!! I LOOOVED them both!!!! But from now on I am not starting a series, until it is complete!!! I HATE waiting for the end to the story!!!! TEAM VANNI for sure, but I went back, and forth til the end! Because he pissed me off a lot

Sherry: Maryse, you have to tell me WHO you pick now!!!!

Maryse’s Book Blog: Ok I’m finally done! Haha…. What a mess. And it’s obvious who I pick. ;)  Now… I have to review that crazy book!

Debbie: Wow.. just finished… can’t anyone just end a book “happily ever after” I hate the waiting…

Julie: You said it , Maryse! What a mess!! Just wow! Good luck with that! Lol jk you’re more than capable :) )

Ivannie: almost done with rockstar and I can’t even finish this book!! I’m so mad I want to cry!!  can you please tell me if the ending is bad ???

Sorry Ivannie. ;) All I can say is the ending was well worth the crazy, and then… shhhhhhh. No more from me. Okay. One more thing from me. You’ll get TWO feelings from this ending. And a book that can create that many emotions at one time, was worth the read!

3.5 stars. And 4.5 stars for that ending.

P.S. Most of us purchased this as a bargain bundle!  “Groupie/Rock Star Bundle

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim November 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Yep you summed it up for me!! The ending well though I was kinda pissed its actually PERFECT!!! It will definitely be one heck of a start in the third book!!!

Loved the comment made by FB fan who stated they aren’t going to read anymore series unless all the books are out!!! Well I read Groupie when it was first released and had to wait for Rock Star so to hear the 3rd will be out early next year isn’t that bad!!! Heck, it will fly by given the sheet number if great books coming out!! Like uhhhh DOUBLE TIME in 2 freaking days and then Jaces story in FEB!! Yep and that’s just 2 books on my very long list of cant wait to be released books between now and March 2013!!!!

sherry :) November 4, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Great review Maryse! ! Glad we read these together :) Can’t wait till Feb….I’ll be looking forward more to Vanni and Andy than Valentines day <3

Stoked :)

Maryse November 4, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Oh yes! Both of you can BET I’m reading #3!! And you’re right Kim, February is not that far away, so it’s that much better.

Sherry, do we have a Valentine’s date? ;)

Melissa November 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

I’m about half way through the 2nd book and I’ve really enjoyed this story…..there are a few things that I’m ehh about. One thing that I don’t get is her best friend (Iris) just kinda fell off the face of the earth….I really liked her character and is just seems odd since they were so close at the begining of the first book.

Mint November 4, 2012 at 11:56 PM

lol, Maryse… angrifying?
“Pack your bags.. We’re going back to LA.” Yup, that’s way to end the book and leave us hanging. >..<

Robin November 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Thanks for the “hook up” Maryse! I couldn’t get enough like the “balance your reader while folding laundry” kind of books. Great reviews and I totally agree that Groupie hit just the right spot while Rock Star was too heavy handed in the drama/angst/duty arena. I wished it ended at Andy’s birthday….sigh….doesn’t get happier than that.

Tammie November 5, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Almost finished book #2….ugh! I am having anxiety attacks….crap! I had to put the book down to recover before I continue and I should really learn to find out if there is a sequel released before I start a series because it just upsets me to no end that I have to wait to find out how it ends!
Maryse thanks for all the great books to read….I have never been let down by any of them. I have been making all my book choices strictly from this website, terrific job!!!

Maryse November 5, 2012 at 9:57 AM

So glad to help guys. I can’t suffer alone, now can I? LOL!! Must share the angst!


kellyE November 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Wow loved these books but there were moments when I thought my heart could not take any more! What an ending! Can not wait for February. (Although i’m a little worried that I seem to be wishing my life away waiting for beek releses recently) LOL (:

Maureen November 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I’m at the 89% mark and this book is killing me! Vanni, Vanni, Vanni…you’re gonna screw this up… aren’t ya?

Jessica N. November 5, 2012 at 6:12 PM

now I am sad. I want something as great as these two to read now! I started groupie last night and read until 2 AM and started back up on the second book today and just finished.

I don’t have a clue what to read now. Come on…what’s next? :)

steven voight November 6, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Try love plus one. Personally I think it is her best one

Tammie November 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Okay finished and yes loved loved the ending and maybe its just enough for me to be able to wait until “Mogul” is released….MAYBE!?!? But now I have needed a couple of days to recover from this one what a roller coaster ride. I wanted to throw it across the room on several occasions during this read, had to walk away more than once just to get my bearings but could not stay away for long just needed to find out what happened next! Team Vanni for sure all the way please let the next one have the happily ever after, please please don’t think my heart could handle a different outcome!
Thank you so so much for a terrific book to read just what I needed!
Now what to read…How to kill a Rock Star, or The Opportunist?

Maryse November 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Thanks Steve! I’ll certainly give it a go. :)

Maryse November 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

hahaha Tammie. What a question! You’ll want to throw your e-reader with both of those books, too. Oh. AND BOTH made me cry. You can’t go wrong with either.

Tammie November 6, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Oh no Maryse, maybe I still need a couple of days to recover then….haha

Jacque November 6, 2012 at 8:35 PM

okay, I am half way through Rockstar and am wondering WHY do I do this?!?!? This is book is driving me crazy…. I put the e-reader down to write this instead of throwing it. :)

Maryse November 7, 2012 at 1:23 PM

haha! Good idea Jacque, but I know exactly how you feel. I think I growled at mine.

LucyLou November 9, 2012 at 2:39 AM

just had to post this…It is 1:30 in the morning and I have just finished my reading marathon of Groupie/Rockstar. So glad you recommended this series Maryse, I am loving it. Can’t wait for the next book.

LucyLou November 9, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Oh Ginger,
I just bought Love Plus One on Steve’s recommendation. Looking forward to it. :)

JENN November 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Thank you so much for all your recommendations. I am LOVING them!!!

Surj November 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I read both books within a couple of days and omg…. I just couldn’t put either one down. Each time they got together I kept hoping this would be it but it just wasn’t and the pain and angst began all over again. Can’t wait for the 3rd book. Thank you for recommending. I’m wondering what to read next although I think I need a break from the anxiety these books caused!!!!

LucyLou November 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Have you read Olivia Cunning’s “Sinners on Tour” series? They have some angst, but mostly they’re fun and very HOT!! I’m reading “Double Time” right now and it is sooo goood!

Maria November 11, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Hi Maryse,
These books had me so messed up, I wanted to through my nook out the window!!!! Anyways I can’t wait to read book 3, but from now on I will read books that’s series are done…
P.S. your reviews for all books are right on… Keep up the gret job……

Jenni November 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Seriously, the back and forth between everyone towards the end of the Rock Star had me almost pulling out my hair. At one point, I had to put it down and walk away, I was so frustrated that I had to shake it off! Now, I am left with cliff hanger at the end….what more can possibly happen to Vanni & Andy? Oy Vey!!

Maryse November 28, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Oh yes, Jenni! I did the same thing. Exhausted!

Kim Costo December 5, 2012 at 9:29 AM

This is the very FIRST review/opinion I have ever written on the hundreds of books I have read. I have to let everyone know they can not pass of these books up. I have never been on a roller coaster of feelings like I was w/ Andy, Vinna and the others. I would actually get knots in my stomach. I would threaten to put the book down b/c I couldn’t take anymore, but of course always urgently pick it back up. I can say this is one of the BEST books I have ever read and can not wait for book #3!! Thanks for the recommendation!

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