[ARC Review] These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman

Monday, December 09, 2013

Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Meagan Spooner & Amie Kaufman
Series: Starbound #1
Format: Hardcover, 374 pages
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: ARC provided by publisher in exchange for honest review

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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.

I honestly loved this book the moment I saw the cover. I mean COMMON! it is gorgeous and would make and YA fan want to read it ASAP. But then I read the synopsis and knew that I would love this book just as much as I did the cover.

I am Happy to say that this book lived up to EVERY expectation i had going in. It is an epic fantasy adventure that had mystery, danger, adventure and of course, Romance. But I think what I loved the most was that the romance propelled the story forward but was not the center of everything. There were other factors that drew the characters away from their feelings and into the amazing mystery. 

Both characters, Lila and Tarver were amazing narrators. They each had their own motivations and their own secrets. Tarver was ashamed of his low status, and Lila was ashamed of the image she always had to keep up, when in reality she was the exact opposite. They felt like real people, people that I could get to know, and i loved that they still felt so real, when this book is very Sci-Fi oriented. That is something i love.

There was only one thing I did not like about this book and that was the "twist" at the end. If you read the book I would love to hear if you agree, and you should probably know what I mean when I say "twist." I just felt like it came out of left field and left me feeling a little disconnected with both Tarver and Lila. I felt like after it happened they were not the same characters from the same story. I dont know why I felt that way, but I did, and i honestly wish that that part had not happened.

Overall this book was amazing. The writing, by both authors was outstanding and I seriously cannot wait to read the sequel that will come out next year.

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  1. I feel the same way. It was just amazing! I wonder if the authors each took on the perspective of writing one character. hehe

  2. everyone has said that the romance propelled the whole story but it wasn't the center of the story and I am so happy for that! I REALLY want to get my hands on this book now!

    awesome review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. I'm so close to being done this book and you have me super curious about the twist! Overall I like it but I'm not convinced I love it yet