Saturday, November 30, 2013

Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I'm working on figuring out my feelings for this book. I'm still not sure how I feel. I think I will end up giving it a three star. But probably a three point five. But I'm not sure. Because I had some issues with the beginning. Took me forever to get started. But then I finally did, and it did get better. But not perfect.

I don't know how to talk about how I felt about this book. So my review will not be long. Because right now I'm thinking mostly a few negative thoughts and I'm not going to share most of them. But I need to talk a little bit about the things I disliked. And the things I actually did like. Though not nearly enough. Sigh.

My issue with These Broken Stars was that I couldn't fall in love with the writing. I wanted to. I always want to like the writing in a book. But this time I just couldn't. I didn't like the way the characters were thinking a lot of the time. I didn't like some of the things they did as well. But for the most part I did enjoy the characters. Which is why this is a three star book. Because I did enjoy it, but I didn't love it. I liked the story and characters.

But I only liked all of it for the most part. Sometimes I didn't enjoy the characters at all. They did some things that annoyed me. But I didn't really hate that, because I have read worse characters. And I kind of adored Lilac and Tarver. For the most part. And I enjoyed the romance. Probably. Well, I found it to be sweet. It doesn't happen right away. But when it does, it happens the way I want it to. And it's real and sweet. But yeah. I'm not sure I believed in their bickering in the beginning; so I didn't enjoy that.

It took me months to be able to read more than the first few pages of the book. But then I finally did it. And I did enjoy the beginning more this time. But I still disliked a few things in the first few pages. But anyway. I am glad that I read These Broken Stars. Because I did think it was an interesting book. And I learned a few things. But it wasn't one of my favorite books. But oh. I just read the summary for the companion novel; and I think I will like that one even more. So I will be reading that one too :D

I'm not going to say much more about this book. The story is interesting. So much happens. I loved reading about the new planet. It was awful yet I wanted it even more awful. The story is told from the point of views of Lilac and Tarver. I liked Tarver the most, but Lilac grew on me. There aren't many more characters in this book. And I liked that even more, hih. There are scenes that were sad, but did not make me cry. Which upset me a little bit. But I still felt things while reading this book. Mostly.

Anyway. That's all I'm going to say about this book. I thought These Broken Stars was an interesting book and I mostly enjoyed reading it. The story was pretty beautiful. Though I kind of wish it had been more. But then, it may just be me and the way I read books. I wish I had loved this book more. But then, I just couldn't. And I'm okay with it. Because while I did not love this, I still mostly enjoyed it. And I do think you should all read this when it comes out on December 10th. Also, isn't the book just gorgeous? :)

Anyway. I waited so many months before I read this book. I got it in May. I think. And I just read it. I tried it a few months back, but like I mentioned, I had issues with the beginning and the writing. So I put it off. But anyway. I finally did manage to read it. And I'm happy I did. But also a bit sad that I didn't like it more. I wish I had loved it. Because I could have had. If the writing had been better for me. But damn it; I just can't enjoy a book if I don't enjoy the writing. It happens often. But it wasn't awful.

I want to thank the publisher, Disney Hyperion, for sending me this gorgeous print ARC a few months back. <3 I'm sorry for taking so long to read it, but I'm glad I read it. And I will be keeping my ARC, as it is so gorgeous. I will also be pre-ordering a hardcover of the book as well; since I did enjoy it :)
UPDATE: I forgot to add a teaser from the book that I wanted to share. It has now been added. <3


I lean down, my hair falling forward around his face, and let my lips find his.
For and instant I feel him reach for me, and all I want is to lean against him,
let him wrap me up, keep me close. All I want is for no one to take him away.



  1. aww I'm sad you didn't love it. All I've seen were good reviews so seeing your review definitely lowered bye expectations which is good since I hate having high expectations.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. It's a shame that you couldn't click with the writing-style! I'm still interested to read this one and see if I'll like it. The story sounds interesting enough!

  3. It's a bummer you didn't love this one but at least you didn't hate it and that's something.

  4. I actually quite enjoyed this book. Though I haven't written a review. I read this a long time ago and I'm afraid I don't remember much about it now. The writing style was quite different but I think it's why I enjoyed it.

    I hope you'll have better luck with your next read, Carina. :)

  5. I really loved this one, so I'm sad you didn't manage to :( But I do get what you mean. And I'm glad you liked Lilac and Tarver, because they're just so amazing together <3

  6. Sorry you weren't able to enjoy this book more Carina, I had a couple of issues with it too, which is really disappointing, as I had high hopes for this book too. Great review! :)

  7. So sorry you didn't love the writing as much as you wanted to! The cover is just so beautiful I could stare at it for hours! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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