Hey everyone and happy Wednesday (or whatever day you’re reading this on)! Today I am very happy to be reviewing the boxed set of Backstage Pass as it was the re-release of it on Monday and they have NEW covers!! Also this post is a little late and formatted a little differently than how I usually review just because it’s a boxed set and I’ve never reviewed any boxed set before. I didn’t start reading the book until last Friday and then when I started, I realized how long it was going to take me to read all 5 books, and the write reviews for all 5 of them. (Yes, I realize that I probably didn’t have to write reviews for all of them but I don’t like leaving things undone). But there’s no way that I was able to get all 5 review done in time so they will be up shortly (like by this weekend).
Anyways, here’s all the details for the book, and then my thoughts. I have my reviews linked to the name of the book :)
Backstage Pass Box Set by Ophelia London, Lisa Burstein, Rebekah L. Purdy, Suze Winegardner, and Erin Butler
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: December 5, 2016
Format: I received a copy of the boxed set as a ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
You can purchase the set here for only $0.99 right now!! https://www.amazon.com/Backstage-Pass-Boxed-Erin-Butler-ebook/dp/B01N639LL9/
*WARNING, SPOILERS ARE IN THIS POST BECAUSE I AM TALKING ABOUT A BOXED SET AND IT WOULD BE HARD TO TALK ABOUT THE BOOKS OTHERWISE :)*
I’m new to the series and I’ll be honest, I didn’t have high hopes coming into the series. With how it seemed to be set up, it seemed to be cut out to be one of those really random serieses with a bunch of random stories thrown in there. I’ve read some really bad boxed sets in my day (and with that I mean like 4-5 years ago, where chapter books usually came in sets of 5-10 each) and this is SOOOOOOO much better than those.
First of all, it was an Entangled Crush book, and I have never been disappointed by them. Now of course with that being said, it doesn’t always mean that I love the book (more often than not, I want to punch something when the book ends just because I love it so much) and the dual point of view can get confusing and annoying at times but I think I’m used to them by now.
I will also say that I usually steer clear of anything that screams BOY BAND just because they usually don’t suit my taste in music or books, but I’m so glad that I didn’t pass the chance to read them up. I was surprised about how coherent all the details throughout the 5 books were. It read so smoothly like only one person wrote it, and having experience working with classmates, it’s a hard feat to accomplish, and these lovely authors did it amazingly. The format of the books are all pretty similar but the actual events are all unique to each of the characters, and with each of the authors writing a different book, we really get a different tone for each set of characters.
When the series ended, I really wanted to throw my phone across the room (because I was reading on my phone) but with a better judgement in mind, I chose not to. When the 1-4 books ended, I just told myself, oh no problem, there’s still another book after this one. I loved each and everyone of the boys and the leading ladies. It seemed like we were right there on the tour buses with them, going with them to all the cities they were touring in and sneaking around the hotels to meet up etc…
Since I’m going to be talking about the actual characters themselves in the reviews for the individual books, I’m not going to be talking about them here. I want to talk about the character progressions of a few of the minor throughout the 5 books. This is primarily concerning the plot and has nothing to do with the authors or the writing itself.
Let’s start off with LJ, their manager. He wasn’t that bad in the first book, Aimee and the Heartthrob but did show some signs of evil when he told Aimee that Miles was just going to ditch her again. He only got worse as the series went on, doing things that were so bad that if publicity got ahold of it, he would’ve been publicly humiliated. I was so happy when they finally banded together (get it, a band joke. Ok i’m done) and got him fired from the tour. I totally get why he did some of the things that he did, it was for the best interest of the band in his mind, and for his own career but still doesn’t justify his actions entirely.
Also we meet Miles’ mom in the first book, and she pops up occasionally throughout the rest of the series but I really do wish we got to see more of her since she’s really the only family we see that’s on the tour with them the entire time.
Ok another character that wasn’t exactly major but throughout the 5 books, we get to know him a lot better is Beau, their lead body guard. As you can probably imagine, the boys of S2J get mobbed by girls anywhere they go so a high security team is absolutely necessary. We see him a lot more when his daughter Daisy goes on the tour with him, and the falls in love with Trevin. It’s absolutely hilarious seeing Trevin walk on eggshells around Beau after that book, trying not to get him mad and forbid him from seeing Daisy. But Daisy is such a strong willed girls that I’m pretty sure that nothing would be able to stop her from seeing Trevin. I also like how Beau is able to see straight through the boys’ BS and help them in a way only a father could.
On the topic of taking care of each other, I really love how each of the boys take care of each other, and are quite possibly the closest family they have at that point. They fight and argue like brothers, and also have bonding sessions as can be seen throughout parts of the series. They stand up for each other, and know each other’s weaknesses, and it’s especially funny when they call Ryder on his act. Nathan is also the baby of the group and he’s always being teased about his age but it’s all in the nature of brotherhood.
Overall, If you love to read about a romance, that lasts for 5 whole books, this is a series that you do not want to miss. As a series, I have to give it a 10/10, even though the individual books may be lower. They all fit together so well that ahhh my heart. One thing I would love to see is a follow up to each of the books, from the girl’s point of view. That would just be absolutely perfect. Entangled, I have hopes for this so...can it happen? Nonetheless, you NEED TO get this series and just block out a day to read them all.
So what did you think about this review for the boxed set? Will you go and pick it up? Have you read them all already? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don’t forget to check out all the reviews for the 5 books on their own pages!
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