These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken 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.

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.

 

 

 My Thoughts

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This book is every bit as earth-shattering as I’ve heard from others.

HO-LY.

The dynamic between Lilac and Tarver is one of my favorites–yeah, I’m a sucker for the hate-to-love relationships. But theirs was especially hilarious in their opposition toward each other, and so heart wrenchingly beautiful in their love for each other.

Thank the stars it had the ending it did, because  the story was winding down and BAM! I was thrown into SHOCK because something horrific happened and I wanted to DIE. My heart felt like it was being twisted and warped and I just about burst into tears! This is a story I was more than emotionally invested in and the story ended with a smile on my face:)

The world-building in this book is out of this world! Sometimes I have a hard time imaging things in sci fi, but this was SO well done and I felt like this setting really exists. Bravo on your excellent work, ladies–I’m in love with this story and I can’t wait for the rest of this series!

 

 5/5 stars;)

 

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White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

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From Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it’s as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she’s real.

Then she writes “White Space,” a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard.

Unfortunately, “White Space” turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she’s never seen, is a loopy Matrix meets Inkheart story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she’s dropped into the very story she thought she’d written. Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they–and Emma–may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose.

Now what they must uncover is why they’ve been brought to this place–a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written–before someone pens their end.

 

 

 

My Thoughts

Okay, so I need to admit something straight out: I had no idea what was going on for the longest time in this book! From the very first page, I was dropped right into this completely CRAZY world and it took a little time to get used to. But I will say this: even when I was confused and hadn’t really grasped why things were the way they were, I was LOVING this story.

This book was like a drug and I couldn’t get enough!

There were always unanswered questions that I’d have to root out the answers to. And by root out I mean I’d just keep reading until they were finally answered for me down the road, because Ilsa is some mad genius that created this INCREDIBLE idea of a story. Inception in book-form really is the perfect description. Only instead of dream-worlds there are book-worlds and it all BLEW MY BLEEPING MIND!

I really was scared starting the story that I wouldn’t be able to get into it. I was lost in the unfamiliar and unique terms that were thrown out like I should already know what they mean. And when I first met each of the characters they had the story swapping between their points of view and cutting off in the middle of sentences and tense scenes and it KILLED me. BUT the more I read, the more accustomed to that style of writing I became and the more I appreciated–and ultimately LOVED–it.

Somehow, even though there is a whole SLEW of characters, they were written in a way that they latched onto me and didn’t let go–I love them ALL! Well, all except Chad . . . I didn’t particularly connect with him. But everyone else? Yeah, by seeing the story through glimpses of Tony, Rima, Casey, Eric, Lizzie, Bode, and Emma’s perspectives? I was EATING IT UP!

Another fun note about the story: if you’re squeamish reading about blood and gore, this book is going to test those boundaries. MAN does it get graphic! And you know what? The twisted side of me was absolutely LOVING it, it kept it vivid and gripped my attention tight. The whole entire story was chock-FULL of action–all action, all the time.

So. Cool.

This story is so dark and has such depth, I can’t get over how intrigued I am by it still. I keep thinking about the story even after I’ve already finished it, going back over scenes in my mind because this book makes you think. If you haven’t read White Space yet, I would undoubtedly recommend that you do!

4.5/5 stars;)

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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From Goodreads:

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love”

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was “dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.

 

 

My Thoughts

Mafi, let me tell you something. You had me SO TERRIFIED of how this story was going to end.

Then it ended and I was light. My spirits were lifted because the one thing I was certain was going to happen and was dreading the most

did not happen.

I am positively JOVIAL.

I have a special place in my heart for Juliette, and the fact that she has grown so much throughout the series makes me distinctly proud of her. She grew up and she grew strong and she grew fierce and courageous and accepting of herself. She overcame the world and her doubts and fears and I respect her for that.

And we get to see more of Warner and Adam than we ever have! Warner has always been my personal favorite, so the chance to see more into the man that he is cemented the special place he holds in my heart. And Kenji, as always, is the most entertaining voice and he does NOT disappoint. He had me ROLLING with his dialogue!

You know what I do wish, though? That there had been more action. And the ending seemed a little too perfect, you know? But what can I say, I’m a bloodthirsty beast that demands amusement.

*snort*

Oh, and if you’re looking for positively swoony moments, look no further. Really, things get pret-ty intense between Juliette and a man whose identity will remain undisclosed (because I value my face and I KNOW if I spoil it, there will be hell to pay). Soooo good friends of mine, you have that mystery meeting to look forward to in Ignite Me. You will NOT be disappointed;)

Well comrades, it is the end of the tale of fair Juliette and her band of misfits. But do not fear! For it is a fitting end to this wondrous saga. Truly, I did love every book in this story, and one of the first books I am quick to suggest for a read is Shatter Me. Tahereh has beautiful prose and I couldn’t help but to become consumed by this book, as I was with its predecessors. A favorite,

4.83/5 stars;)

 

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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From Goodreads:

The war begins…

Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.

Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. Mars is habitable – and indeed has been inhabited for generations by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. The Golds regard Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

With the help of a mysterious group of rebels, Darrow disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.

But the command school is a battlefield. And Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda…

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My Thoughts

HO-LY.

This book is a standout, and one STELLAR debut for Pierce Brown! He is one crafty storyteller–there was only one instance throughout the book that I guessed at a plot point, but even then it didn’t impact the story like I assumed it would. As a reader I was outwitted and outmatched by this author.

The language that was used and the different facets of life took me a little bit to get accustomed to, but once I did the dialogue just SLAYED me. It was so sharp and kept me on my toes and even though the story takes dark turns, the dialogue still managed to shine and at points had me laughing aloud to myself.

As members of the supposed top tier of humanity–the Golds–the band of characters we meet throughout this story is every bit as wily and cunning and twisted as you would expect them to be. I found myself either loving the characters or hating them. Even some of the characters I hated I ended up loving by the end! AND not all the characters even make it to the end, so thanks for ripping my heart out TIME AND AGAIN!

And Darrow! He has a quiet rage that needs help to be stoked only initially, and then it becomes part of the driving force behind the part he plays as a rebel. He is fierce and loyal. His love for his wife, Eo, is so devout and tender that I found myself in LOVE with him. Life down in the mines has made him a man and yet he’s only sixteen as the story starts. Throughout the book it would hit me that he’s just a kid! This is his life and he’s just a kid.

I admire him.

And the world in which he lives! The ranking of human beings seems so cruel but you can even see it in subtlety today if you look for it. Which makes me question: What if? What if life really did evolve (slash devolve) into a world like this? What would I do? What would you do?

I just can’t get past how FANTASTIC this book is! And Pierce even called it! In his acknowledgments, before even beginning the story, the last lines he says are these:

“And to the reader, thank you. You’re going to bloodydamn love these books.”

A ballsy statement, goodman, and a most accurate one as well.

If you haven’t had the chance to snatch this book, I can only pray that you shoot it straight to the top of your TBR! Without question . . .

5/5 stars;)

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Linked by Imogen Howson

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From Goodreads:

Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere. 

Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes. 

Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed. 

Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world. 

Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.

 

 

 

My Thoughts

What first attracted me to this book was the GORGEOUS cover. I mean, c’mon. Just look at it! And then reading the summary, I realized hmm. Personally I haven’t read about a story with this sort of premise, color me intrigued.

And intriguing I found it!

Before anything, though, I need to get a little bit of frustration with Elissa out of my system. Why did you think some of the things you did?! I felt like she overreacted to a  few situations and I’d think to myself, really? That’s what you’re worried about right now? Between that and the self-centered thoughts cropping up from time to time, she could get under my skin.

BUT those are about the only real negatives I have with this story. (Aside from her mom. UGH her mom. She’s crazy.)

The futuristic sci-fi dystopia universe that was brought to life in this book was out of this world! Slidewalks and space ships and hyperdrives and space pirates and worlds upon worlds upon worlds: SO cool. And all the action that was popping up! Oh, you think you’re safe now? Guess again, muahahaha! In no way did this book lack excitement. There was also that whole HORRIFIC moment at the end where I wanted to vomit. I mean I hated it, but I also thought it was shocking in a cool way because it completely took me by surprise, and it was a huge part of the ending.

I do wish there had been more on the romantic aspect because what can I say? I love me some love;) But what was there was cute and I’m positive there will be more love in Unravel, the sequel that releases (eep!) July 8th of this year. If you love Linked‘s cover, just take a gander at Unravel.

Sooo I really liked it, and I can’t wait to read the next book! I’m really hoping that some of the characters I hated are in the next one, because they’re the kind of people I love to hate. With their ignorance and inhumaneness and cruel perspectives, I need to see them get crushed at some point in the future of this series. For Linked, I’m going with an excited 4/5 stars;)