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REVIEW: These Broken Stars (Book 1) – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken StarsThese Broken Stars

Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Book 1

Hardback, 374 pages

Published December 10th 2013 by Disney Hyperion

ISBN: 978-1-42317-102-7

Rating:
★★★★★– 4.9 stars

 


It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.”


From the very beginning I had an idea that I would really like this book. I was not disappointed. These Broken Stars follows Lilac and Tarver’s journey as they crash land on an unknown planet. They must gather supplies to survive and focus on getting to a point in the far, far distance. But the “whispers” have other ideas for Lilac and Tarver. They intervene when the pair needs them the most; but when a tragic event rips them apart, will they help them. Or are they running according to their own agenda?


I will start with the negatives. There wasn’t a lot of time spent in space, and I’d definitely class this of more of a survival story than a sci-fi or space novel. I felt that the beginning scene- the Icarus’ crash- was very quick. It didn’t lack detail, no, but I just felt that a couple more pages or even paragraphs could have been devoted to the event. Also, I felt that some scenes were a little repetitive. It wasn’t anything majorly obvious and didn’t take away the limelight from the rest of the story at all as I found myself drinking in every word; devouring every sentence. I wanted this book to last forever- to never end. Can you tell that I liked it?


These Broken Stars unfolded much differently than what I thought it would. Especially because I was expecting epic space adventure. But the characters surprised me the most. I wasn’t really expecting to like them as much as I did. Some people would say that they were a little typical: a rich-kid that realises that life isn’t as easy as what it seems, a war hero who looks down his nose at people who look down their noses’ and a father that hates the war hero and doesn’t want his daughter anywhere him- or any other male- for shit. But I really liked these characters’, I felt that they went beyond the stereotype and I loved seeing the characters development and the shift between them- especially Lilac and Tarver. Lilac becomes so much stronger and learns that she must also shoulder burdens like everyone else. And Tarver realises that people aren’t always what they seem on the surface and that his initial impressions of people aren’t always correct. This was expertly shown in a dual perspective from both Lilac and Tarver. Their voices were easy to distinguish without having to look back and remind yourself of whose voice you’re reading in. The power shift was also admirable in this book and, I felt, was original and added even more to the book. Another really awesome thing about this book was the interview snippets at the beginning of each chapter giving you small, subtle clues throughout- keeping the reader wholly invested in the story.


The “whispers” added an almost paranormal aspect to the story. Adding another layer of suspense to this novel. I loved the idea, even if at the end it took me a while to get my head around the whole concept of them. However, it is explained properly and is broken down so that you eventually understand everything. Something very unexpected happened towards the ending, wrenching Lilac and Tarver apart- I was sobbing at this part so much!   The ending of this book was really great. However, there are a couple of questions that I found unanswered: What happened to Lilac’s “body” when the planet was destroyed? And what were the “anomalies” that were discussed with Tarver in the interview?


Overall this is one of my favourite books I’ve read this year and I would recommend it to anyone who loves survival and adventure stories, science fiction and romance. Even if you aren’t all that hung up on those I would still recommend trying These Broken Stars as it is definitely a brilliant thrilling read. The sequel to These Broken Stars and second book in the Starbound series, This Shattered World, is out December 23rd 2014 and follows two other characters. Even though I am sad we won’t be reading from Lilac and Tarver’s POV, I hope they’re still featured in the book somewhere and we find out what happens to them.


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REVIEW: Black Ice – Becca Fitzpatrick

Black IceBlack Ice*

Becca Fitzpatrick

Stand Alone

eBook, 392 pages

Expected October 7th 2014 by Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 978-1-44247-426-0

Rating:
★★★– 4.2 stars

Sometimes danger is hard to see… until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there… and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…


This possible the first thriller I’ve read that didn’t include any kind of paranormal aspect. And I really enjoyed it. It was definitely the break I needed from the YA I normally read. Black Ice opens with Britt preparing to go backpacking in the mountains of Wyoming. On the drive up the mountain to friend Korbie’s holiday lodge, a storm hits leaving them stranded. When Britt and Korbie find a cabin, they run for shelter. But when they find that the cabin is occupied by Mason and Shaun- two very good looking guys- they can’t believe their luck. But by the time the girls figure out something isn’t quite right about the pair, it’s too late…


The mystery in this novel was high from the prologue. I went into this book not knowing much about it, so it took me a while to get into the story. But once you do, the mystery and suspense keeps you turning the pages until there are no more to turn. Everything every character did left me questioning their innocence. And the pace of this book was really great, it left no room for plot hole’s or unrealistic details. I felt that the whole book was realistic and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen to the characters at the end of the book.


At first I didn’t really like Britt, she was too self-obsessed and her life revolved too much around her love life. However, as the book continued, Britt changed a lot. She questioned her friendship with Korbie and we saw actually how much it did revolve around Korbie. Also, Britt’s relationship with Calvin was explored thoroughly. I really enjoyed seeing the history between the characters, they were spaced well and didn’t leave me bored or with too little detail on the characters. By the end of the book I really cared for Britt (and all the other characters) and I didn’t want anything to happen to her or the others. Fitzpatrick even had me caring for characters that I knew I shouldn’t, and made me question to what point are you innocent? When do you cross the line and become guilty?


The book was written from Britt’s point of view in the first person. The style was really clean and worked very effectively throughout the novel. I loved seeing how certain events related to certain characters. The way the answers were revealed were very good, as I connected the dots at the same time as Britt did; which made me feel more included in the book as a reader.


Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs a break from dystopian or sci-fi. There is some violence in this book, mainly with guns, so I would say that younger readers should leave this book on the TBR pile for a little bit longer. The end of the book was really great and all my questions were left thoroughly answered. The book wasn’t predictable and the events that happened didn’t even cross my mind when I opened this book. The only problem I had with Black Ice was the change of Jude from towards the end and the epilogue. I found it to be slightly too drastic. But other than this Black Ice is a thrilling read for anyone who loves mystery, suspense and a little bit of romance.


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* This book was sent to me by a publisher in return for an honest review.