Friday, December 6, 2013


By: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Published By : Allen & Unwin
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from publisher for review, 374 Pages


Blurb : Goodreads

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.

A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle: 

The words for this review have been bobbling about in my head as I was reading this book so I noted how I felt and why.

This is a nice read. What I mean is there is a beauty with how the girls have written this book. I couldn’t quite put it down. I was held captive with intrigue until the end.

The first ten percent of this book really grabbed me, I connected with Tarver and I felt like I was going to be on this action filled adventure.

The next eighty percent was a story about survival on a planet that keeps you intrigued with what is being shown to you. Tarver and Lilac are the only survivors, it would seem, from a population of fifty thousand people aboard the floating spaceship liner, the Icarus.

Yes, the first thing that came to mind was a Titanic in space.

Major Tarver Merendsen is an incredibly likable character. At the tender age of eighteen , he is a soldier and war hero. He knows how to survive. He is in his element when he has to be in survival mode.

Sixteen year old Lilac LaRoux is not in her element. She has a bodyguard and friends that go wherever she goes. We can see early in the book that she is not quite the Princess she must make out to be. She must put up a facade to protect those that come in to contact with her.

Now he knows how toxic I am.

Lilac and Tarver see each other across a room and there is a connection, but Lilac must crush this connection for fear of her father, Monsieur LaRoux and what he is capable of doing to anyone , especially a man who gets close to Lilac. 

Nobody wants to share even a lift with her.

So here is where I thought this book was going to go on some crazy Buck Rogers adventure. Tarver is throwing himself over a railing after the girl he has only just met is flung to her almost certain death.

He does not hesitate.

Titanic aka the Icarus goes down and these two flee in an escape pod. They have their attraction that they keep at bay for most of this book and come up against the odd danger and the intriguing ‘whispers.’

This is where I am turning the pages because I am intrigued. I want to know what this mystery is and what is going on.

The girls have painted a nice picture in my mind of this planet they have crash landed on and it is quite beautifully written this book. I can’t fault that.

I did however want to be grabbed more in that eighty percent of the book.

The last ten percent , again grabbed me and it hurt my heart and I felt these emotions slam into me winding me and doing a bit of the WT hell just happened.

Took me a few pages to believe it.

I think I was looking for more connectivity to these two characters for me the reader in the eighty percent that was filled with slogging it across a planet to be hit with that in the last ten percent.

It is a hard review to write because I feel quite in two minds. I did like the writing, it had me turning the pages, but at the same time, something was missing. I personally needed a bit more ‘oomph.’

Lilac proved to be quite knowledgeable and an asset to Tarver. He has his skills but she has quietly coveted some of her own.

While slogging across the planet, I did love getting that bit more from Tarver and learning about his family. I pictured that cottage and the flowers surrounding it and knowing he was a poetry man, was a nice feeling. It endeared me even more to Tarver.

There was a lot of nice thoughts I had about this read.

Essentially we have the rich girl and the boy from the other side of the tracks in space, for whatever reason the Icarus does a Titanic and lives are lost. Tarver and Lilac uncover secrets that they must keep secret to save the one man Lilac has fallen for. The man she won't let her father ruin.

When it comes to Monsieur La Roux, he is really only touched on , we know to fear the man like everybody else, we see what he is capable of , but it felt like I wanted more time spent with his character. I think he could have really brought more 'villain' to the story line.

I wanted to rough the ‘nice’ feeling I got from the story up. Sure I got that WT hell just happened moment, but I wanted ...more of that.

I did enjoy the short interrogation pieces at the start of each chapter. It did spoil for the reader if they survived or not, but at the same time this book does come with a twist or two, which I enjoyed.

Tarver and his interrogator were amusing to read throughout this book. I felt like I could have read a lot more from these two. Tarver showed quite a wit about him. He had me smiling.

This is a steady as she goes romance with that fade to black on the ol’ how’s your father.

* waggles eyebrows*

Lilac of all people knows to keep Tarver at arms length , but hey, when you are two people traipsing across a planet, things are gonna eventually heat up when you are both pretty people.

I want to surge up against her, tangle my fingers through her hair, pull her down to meet me - and for a moment I find myself reaching for her, unable to resist. How long have I been wanting to touch her like this?

There were several places in this story line where I thought things were cut short. I felt like I wanted to know more. Do some fleshing out.

I give this book 4 stars because it is a really quite beautifully written book. I simply can’t fault that. I personally was looking for more of an adventure and am looking forward to seeing what the girls come up with in the second installment.

I can see that it is a trilogy , with three loves and three planets. This leaves me intrigued to know is this all we get of Tarver and Lilac? I feel as though I need to know more.


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