Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman, and Meagan Spooner

Title: These Broken Stars
Series: Starbound, #1
Author: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Category: Science-Fiction/ Romance/ Adventure
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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  

All I can say about this book is that I was absolutely blown away by it! It was a very intense, entertaining, and emotionally gripping read.  From the very first page to the last sentence I couldn’t get enough of it. I loved the characters, the settings, and the emotional aspect of it. All in all, These Broken Stars is another book that’ll always remain close to my heart!

Lets first talk about the cover. It is one of the most beautiful covers I have seen as of late! I love the combination of the colors and, of course, the beautiful pattern of stars. Then we have that breathtaking dress. And I have to mention the models; they are a perfect representation for the characters. I just have to say, this cover goes amazingly perfect for the book. I could stare at it forever.

I was at first unsure of this book, I really didn’t pay it much attention. That was until I had quite a few people say just how amazing it was, and after a good book friend of mine just raved about it. Oh, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Without a doubt, I wasn’t let down with this one. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all. The characters, the environment, the setting, and the pacing pretty much were wonderful, in my opinion.

I felt the pacing to move just right for me, yes, it does take a while for things to get started and about the middle of the book, it may seem to stall a bit. However, that never bothered me. I felt everything built at a great pace, and the built up of the conflict just to my liking. I love when books build slowly, to me, that makes the characters and their world just that more believable. The writing style was also just beautiful. I adored the flow and ebb of the words.

This is a very character driven book, and I have to say, I fall for both characters. Tarver and Lilac. Without a doubt, one of the greatest combination of characters I have come across. Lilac, the main female protagonist, definitely shows a few different sides of her throughout the book. I got to see the snobby spoiled side, the daring adventurous side, and the caring loving side. And though Lilac does come off a certain way at the beginning of the book, she is one of those characters that really just grows and develops. And she developed beautifully. I really liked that about her, and the strength and courage she showed following the calamity that took place.

And of course, a book like this cannot be without an amazingly hot male character. Tarver became my favorite character right from the start. Yes, he’s pretty darn swoony, but he is a deep character. Though unlike Lilac, right from the beginning you get a great feel for his character and who he is. He’s a very strong individual, and that was a major element for the book too. And him being an all-out sexy soldier didn’t hurt matters at all.
“For a moment the image before us is frozen: our world, our lives, reduced to a handful broken stars half lost in uncharted space. Then it's gone, the view swallowed by the hyperspace winds streaming past, blue-green auroras wiping the after-images away.
Until all that's left is us” 
One of the aspects I enjoyed so much of this book was the growth, and interaction of Lilac and Tarver. Their relationship wasn’t one of the easiest ones. With lilac’s position and, of course, Tarver’s, conflict between them started right off the bat. But I enjoyed the tension between them. I loved that when they are first thrown together, all they did was piss each other off. But as the dangers of being on this strange planet take its toll, you really see them grow together, care for each other, and want to protect each other. Their relationship built just wonderful for me, and I loved watching it grow.

Now, the plot of this book isn’t what it seems.  The planet they crash on is one full of danger, and a lot of mystery. I adored that mysterious piece in the book. I honesty couldn’t figure out the twists that kept popping up. They kept me on my noes to say the least. And then that added paranormal factor was a bit creepy, but again, I enjoyed it so much!

The ending of the book had me wishing that I had the next installment of this series. The ending left me wanting more and very curious as to what’s going to happen now for Tarver and Lilac. Though I never really get into sci-fi books, this one was phenomenal and blew me away.  I fall for the characters, and I enjoyed being with them on their adventure.

These Broken Stars is a great romance, mystery, and epic sci-fi, book all rolled into one. I definitely recommend this one if you love a slow burn romance book, with mystery thrown in, a creepy factor added, and a tale of survival. 


  1. The creepy factor was super creepy and unexpected. :) I'm glad you enjoyed it! Tarver FTW.

  2. Gorgeous review Magen! I have to agree with everything you said! I loved the build up of the relationship between Lilac and Tarver and how it grows over time. I also loved the slow buildup of the story in general and for me it just felt right as well. I loved how much Lilac grew and I just loved Tarver in general. I cannot wait for the rest of this series!

  3. Intense, entertaining and emotional sounds amazing to me. Need to try this one.

  4. Outstanding Review! I love character driven stories, and I love it when the author writes beautiful prose. It's great that the relationship between the two main characters grew slowly. I hat when stories have insta-love. I have this book for review as well, and am hoping to get to it by the end of this week, or next week. You have me even more excited to read this book! Thanks!!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  5. Great review! I have this one on my shelf and your review has just pushed me to move this up on my tbr list. It sounds so good and I'm really excited to get to know these characters now.

  6. This one is definitely on my to-read list, and I can hardly wait to start it after reading your beautiful review! I love the quote you included, and I'm really excited about the creepy paranormal factor (whaaa? I must know all the things!) This book sounds so good! Thank you for the amazing review, sweets! *hugs*

  7. Awesome review! Have only heard great things about this book. I will be getting it for my birthday in February! Can't wait to read it.

  8. Oh wow.... I think I need to try this one for myself. All the reviews I've read have been positive!! Awesome review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace


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