These Broken Stars [Review]

Posted April 23, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

These Broken Stars [Review]These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 10th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance
Pages: 374
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Purchased
Series Rating: five-stars
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Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.
The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

“Major, to what extent did you act upon your feelings for Miss LaRoux?”
“Excuse me?”
“How am I supposed to answer that question?”

I know a thousand different smiles, each with its own nuanced shade of meaning, but I don’t know how to reach the few feet away to touch this person next to me. I don’t know how to talk to him. Not when it’s real.

But who names a starship the Icarus? What kind of man possesses that much hubris, that he dares it to fall?

Then she smiles, and it turns out she has dimples, and it’s all over.

I could tell myself that I’m doing it because she’ll get back to her feet just to spite me—but the truth is, I really just want to piss her off. Keeping her moving is a bonus.

I cannot believe I waited THIS long to read this book! I half read it and half listened to it. I’ve been doing that a lot lately with my 30-40 min drives to and from work. And let me tell you not only was it enjoyable to read but also to listen to! It was very well done! And for all you Doctor Who fans the beginning of this book totally reminded me of the Titanic episode! That’s all I was picturing and I think it made me love this book even more!

I can’t wait to read the second book in this trilogy even though I’m a little upset I won’t be continuing on with Lilac and Tarver’s story (each book deals with a different story with different characters). Because I fell in love with them! But I’m hoping I will at least see a cameo of them in the next book. But one of my favorite things with this book was Lilac and Tarver.

Lilac and Tarver both grow within this book. Lilac starts off as a spoiled rich girl (which she is but it was only a facade). Deep down she is a loving and kind person. She just has to play this spoiled persona to keep people at bay. She went through a relationship when she was younger that her father completely destroyed and in order to protect her heart and other men she played the part of a spoiled rich girl. Tarver is a sarcastic, snarky, down to earth soldier. He didn’t have much growing up to do but he did grow within the story.

Their romance was perfect. It wasn’t an insta-love. It was a slow burn romance. And they actually disliked each other for a good portion of the book. So they went from meeting and flirting to hating each other and depending on each other to flat out falling in love with each other. It was so great seeing all of the phases. I truly fell in love with them as a couple.

If you haven’t read this book yet. Please do. It is so good! The writing is good. The story is enjoyable. There were times that I was caught off guard. The alien aspect was portrayed well. And I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in this trilogy! As well as other books by BOTH authors!

Let’s talk about it. Did you read These Broken Stars? What did you think? Did you fall in love like I did? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

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