Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thorough Thursday: These Broken Stars by Kaufman and Spooner (#1)

These Broken Stars by Kaufman and Spooner
Book 1 in a trilogy
5/5 stars
Forever Favorite

My feelings for this book are nearly impossible to discuss in a human-like way so I might just channel my wild animal side and just shriek for a few hours until you really know how I feel.

*insert flailing of arms and jumping and crying and a bit of drooling*

All right.  I'm done.  I'll be good.  I'll use the English language to the best of my ability to explain how much I love and adore this book.

I love this book so much that I wanted to read it again the second I put it down.
It's not often that I feel this's pretty rare, actually.  Even if I love a book, even if it's a favorite, I usually wait at least a year before a re-read.  But this one I am preparing to read again in the next few weeks, even though I read it a month ago.  It's just that wonderful.

The characters - let's talk about Tarver and Lilac.  In this tweet I told Kaufman and Spooner that I will name my firstborn son Tarver because I love him so much.  He is everything I love about YA boys...except he's a YA man.  a;sldkfjaslkdjf I cannot even with him anymore.  He's no older than most of the YA boys I read about, but he just had this air of maturity that is sooooo attractive to me.  He is manly and strong, but also has a vulnerable side.  He loves and cares deeply, and omigosh those few moments about half way through the book - all my peeps who have read it will remember those moments with the gun...those life or death moments when Tarver had to make a decision, every. single. night. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH MY HEART.

And Lilac.  She was AWESOME.  I wasn't sure what to think of her when the story opened - I just knew that I liked her in spite of her snobbishness.  I knew change was coming so I could just relax and enjoy her.  She made me laugh.  She surprised me.  She was a GREAT partner for Tarver.  They were two halves of a whole, they were so perfect.  Her growth was just amaaaazing.

I want to write poetry because of this book.  Sing songs, do interpretive dance, write epic novels, etc etc.  The story of this book swept me up.  From PAGE ONE I was huddled over, worried for the characters, wanting them to be safe - just because I knew danger was coming.  That's how much I cared.  And the story DID NOT DISAPPOINT.  I was RIVETED.  (Excuse all the caps. I can't seem to control my finger.)  Everything Tarver and Lilac went through had me on the edge of my seat.  And the romance.  Omigosh can I just say SAWOOOOON.  I couldn't even handle all my giggles and squeals and happy sighs and "JUST KISS ALREADY YOU IDIOTS" and OMIGOSH NOOOOO's and all the heartbreak and happiness that came from this book.

I know everyone else is saying this, but lemme say it, too:  I loooove how the romance is the main focus, but I also looooove how the world they live in is NOT underdeveloped.  I could see everything and I understood everything and just the entire thing was developed SO WELL.  The world-building wasn't untouched for the sake of the romance.  There was a great balance between the two that made my heart soooo happy.  I'm addicted to this world and cannot WAIT for book 2.  New characters, new setting, same awesome world, same awesome authors.  Does it get any better than this? Nope!

Oh, and the ship's name was Icarus.  Can we just revel in the perfection of that foreshadowing?  Kthxbai.

Now, you'll have to excuse me while I go pick up These Broken Stars again...

This book reminds me of...
Epic space travel
Best kisses ever
Painful shoes
Tragic loss
Beautiful dresses
Delicious men I'd like to marry

Summary -
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.

1 comment:

  1. Reading this now! Only a couple of chapters in but curious about it after all of the great reviews! Hoping it sweeps me up soon because I need a really good, can't put down book right now with this horribly cold weather!