Double Feature: These Broken Stars and Evertrue

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Age Range: 12 – 18 years

Series: These Broken Stars

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (December 10, 2013)

Genre: Science Fiction

Source: Library

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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.


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My Thoughts:

Calling all intergalactic/Titanic fans…this book is for you!

When it comes to science fiction, I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like this. I loved the story! I slipped into the world as easily as walking out my front door. The best part was that I never really left that world; I kept living in it even when I wasn’t reading.  The characters were rich and dynamic, believable. I loved their connection and how they learned to lean on each other in order to survive.

It was kind of like Titanic in the beginning with the unsinkable ship going down and the spoiled rich girl falling for the handsome man below her rank. There are breathtaking scenes of action, and some beautiful moments of bliss.  It was a gorgeous story set amongst the stars.

There were only a couple of things I didn’t like about the book. The first is that the characters were unnecessarily mean to each other in the beginning, especially considering their situation. The other thing was their relationship pace.  Throughout the book, they steadily grew together, but then, only hours after their first kiss, they suddenly hop in the sack together. It just seemed weird to go from nothing to sex in a matter of hours, especially considering the strict moral code Lilac adhered to previously.

It was an intense book of survival and love. I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out. I’m really interested to see what else these authors have in store for us!

Content: Some language (no f-words) and non-descriptive sex. I would recommend this only for ages 14 and up for those reasons.

Cover: Gorgeous! I love this cover.  It’s beautiful. The way Lilac and Tarver’s hands reach for each other reminds me of Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam.  The cover hooked me and ultimately made my decision to read the book.  I’m a sucker for a pretty cover!

4 STARS

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Age Range: 12 and up

Series: Everneath #3

Hardcover: 368 pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 21, 2014)

Genre: Fantasy/Mythology

Source: Library

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Inspired by the Persephone myth, this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy—whose captivating first book earned a VOYA Perfect Ten of 2011 and a Whitney Award—explores the resilience of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.

Now
that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and
graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki as they journeyed through
the labyrinth of the Everneath together, and now she’s begun the process
of turning into an Everliving herself. Nikki and Jack begin a desperate
attempt to reverse the process, using everything they can think of.
Even Cole has become an unlikely ally—but for how long? Nikki needs to
feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the
Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him—and,
together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate
and make her mortal once more.

Will Nikki be forced to spend
eternity in the Underworld—or does she have what it takes to bring down
the Everneath once and for all?

My Thoughts:

After I read the first two books in this series, I fully expected to
love the third book. I didn’t, but I didn’t hate it either.

The reason I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first two is that I felt
emotionally disconnected from the story and characters. It felt like we
were playing ring-around-the-rosie with the first two books. It repeated
a lot of the same things from the second book, yet didn’t really
introduce much new material. There were more trips between Earth and the Everneath,
more back and forth between Jack and Cole, more running around, more
“disappearances”. While I should have been glad that this book didn’t
veer off on some unrelated path, I wish that there had been more substance to it.

However, I still devoured the book. Brodi Ashton knows how to keep me
reading, even when I should quit (like in the middle of the night). I liked the conclusion, the way
stories and characters got resolved. I liked the way Cole changed over
the course of this book, which is something we didn’t see much of in the rest of the series.  I
liked how Nikki and Jack both had to find it in themselves to forgive
some people and let go of past hurts.

Content: Some profanity and innuendo

 3 STARS

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4 Comments

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    Tressa S
    March 10, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    So I think I liked These Broken Stars less than you, but I'm hoping to like Evertrue more than you. Lol! I also LOVED the cover for TBS! It really is gorgeous. Evertrue sounds like maybe the series could have been a duology instead of a trilogy. Sometimes it seems like the second book or the third is almost not necessary in a series. I felt that way about Lauren Kate's Fallen series. There was one book that I would have been fine without – just nothing happening and too redundant.

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      March 13, 2014 at 2:22 am

      I loved TBS! I hope you like Evertrue more than I did too. 🙂 I was so excited for the third book, but I think it would have been better as a duology. I felt the same way about Fallen. The first book was pretty good, and even the second book was good. But the last book was a disappointment. I didn't even finish it, if I remember correctly. I think I got half way through, then skipped to the end and read the last chapter to find out what happened.

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    Born Bookish
    March 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    These Broken Stars is one of my favorite reads this year!! The cover is what caused me to pick it up too, so pretty! I liked your observation on it reminding you of "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo. I hadn't noticed that but now that you say it I'm like YES I totally see it!

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