Book Review: These Broken Stars

This was the first book that I pulled out of my TBR Jar and turns out I really quite enjoyed it a lot. Once I actually got into it, I flew right through and had a lot of fun reading it, there was sort of a mystery attached to it and I just wanted to read more and more.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is the book I’m talking about today.

The best way that I know how to describe this book is that it is a mix between Titanic and Lost. Though, I have yet to see Lost (I know how good it is and the general premise of it and will most likely watch it on Netflix in the future) I can see similarities in it.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man and all of the galaxy and also the man who build the Icarus (AKA the biggest and best spaceship there is, similar to the titanic right?) and Tarver is a Soldier. They are both aboard the Icarus along with 10,000 other people. Ship falls out of hyperspace and crashes (titanic) Lilac and Tarver end up in an escape pod together and manage to safely land on an abandoned planet. Alone. Now is where the weird things happen. Lost-y things occur and Lilac encounters “The whispers”. These whispers are pretty weird and can do some interesting things. I am not going to talk more about those guys because  to me that was the most intriguing part of the book and I don’t want to spoil it!

Lilac and Tarver make their way through this abandoned planet together in the hopes of being saved but the longer they are there the more they see a life together on the planet and no longer want to go back to real life.

I feel like I have revealed too much but also I haven’t even said anything yet. Yeah, it is one of those amazing kind of books.


One thing that I really liked about this book was how it was being told. I really liked how every other chapter it switched points of view between Lilac and Tarver. They are both such different and complex characters and I really liked being able to be inside of both of their minds. I also thought this book was interesting to read because it only had those two characters in it, which makes sense, because you know, they are all alone on a different planet.

If you have been following me for a little while you can probably see this coming but…. Character Development!

In the beginning of the book, I was kind of nervous because there didn’t seem to be much there, boy was I wrong.

These characters grow and change so much during their journey through the planet and weirdly enough I began to relate to them. I would compare myself to to how they were handling things and I could relate, especially Lilac. At times though, I definitely could understand Tarver too.

Also at the beginning of the book, I was really confused about the setting. I felt like I didn’t get a very good idea about what the ship was like until after the crash. And then when we got to this planet, I kept wanting to read about more of the imagery about what it was like. I felt that there wasn’t enough imagery and I found myself filling in the gaps of that I thought their surroundings would be like. I just sort of assumed that because of “terraforming” that mean that it looked just like Earth but I really wanted it to be a little tiny bit more unique. As I kept reading I got a handle of the setting though, that or my mind just adapted.

Moral of the story: Keep reading because it gets really good!

As a whole, I really enjoyed this book a lot. I thought it was different and I am glad that I read it. It has been two days now since I finished and I still notice myself thinking about Lilac and Tarver.

I really recommend you guys to give this book a try if you are looking for a new book to read!

Have a suggestion on what I should read next or put into my TBR Jar? Comment below and let me know!

❤ Tori

My TBR Jar

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Hello there!

I have been wanting to do this for a while now and have finally gotten around to it!  For the past I don’t know how long I have had my TBR (to be read) list just on a piece of paper folded and sitting on my desk. Today was the day that I made a TBR Jar and put the titles inside so that when I finish a book and want to start a new one, I simply choose a paper from the jar and that is the book that I am going to read! Woo hoo!

Here’s how I made it:

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So, I found a little mason jar at the store the other day and it was so cute! It is like the size of my fist and I thought that it would be perfect for this and make a nice TBR jar! Also, I thought that it would look good sitting on my desk.

I took out some markers and colored pencils and paper and made a little design and taped it onto the jar and Walllahh!

I thought that it came out pretty cute.

Then I cut up some pieces of paper and put the names of the books that I want to read in the near future.

I currently have 12 books in my jar and also a few pieces of paper next to it in case I come across another potential good read.

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Here is what I put inside: (in no particular order)

  1. The Murder Complex – Lindsey Cummings
  2. These Broken Stars – Megan Spooner
  3. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
  4. Alive – Scot Sigler
  5. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black
  6. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
  7. Going Bovine – Libba Bray
  8. The Lunar Chronicles – Melissa Meyer
  9. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
  10. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  11. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sàenz
  12. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

So these are the books that I am super stoked to read! I like the idea of randomly reading them but I have a feeling that when it comes time, I will choose and then put it back like three times until I get the book I “want”… if you know what I mean. I’m going to try not to let that happen, but we’ll see how it goes.

I am really excited to review these books as I read them so stick around for those reviews in the future!

If you have read a really stellar book recently, let me know in the comments below and I just might add it to the jar! 🙂

❤ Tori

Shatter Me Series Review

I finally finished! I feel like this has taken me far too long to finish. I finished the three books in this series. Shatter Me, Destroy Me, and then Ignite Me. There were also novellas that were in the series that were told in the point of view of other characters but I have yet to read those and don’t think I will, at least not right now.

Bare with me as I struggle to tell you guys what this is all about while trying my hardest not to spoil anything for you. My hope at the end of the day is they you would consider reading this series so I don’t want to give you any juicy information.

This series is about a girl named Juliette who has a lethal touch. Anyone who she touches dies. Because of this curse, she is forced to live in isolation and has spent the majority of her life believing that she is a monster, throughout the three books she grows and learns to harness her ability all the while starting a war, fighting and changing the world. Also a love triangle in there to keep things interesting too, obviously.

Read the actual plot summary here, that Tarereh Mafi wrote.

This is a dystopian series, but nothing like the other ones that I have read before. When I read The Testing early this year, I thought that it was just like Divergent, but nope, not this series. I thought that Shatter Me was so original. I don’t think I could compare it to something else. Obviously, there are some similarities that make it fit into this genre, but nothing that makes it comparable. There is a dysfunctional government, the quality Earth is basically nonexistent, literature is being abolished and so is art and music. The setting and their culture and way of life is actually quite interesting.

We see a lot of character development in this series, you guys probably know by now how much I love character development in a book. I love more than anything watching characters grow into themselves. I like getting attached to them and going on their journey along with them.  Mainly with Juliette and Warner and some others, but not so much with Adam. Adam was not one of my favorites. Sorry Adam.

Tarehereh Mafi’s writing is absolutely beautiful! She writes in prose and there are a lot of metaphors and it is like nothing else that I have ever read. I think that is what made me want to keep reading for a lot of it. It was so well written and I feel like the words actually make you feel something. The actual writing of these books were so refreshing to read because it was different than anything else I read and it was just so beautiful.

Overall, I really liked it a lot. I feel like I shouldn’t have taken so long reading it though, but that’s how I am. I either read a book non stop for two days of I spread it out over like four months. There is no in between.

Here’s some good news that I am quite excited about: Shatter Me was optioned for a TV show! It is so exciting and I will totally watch this if it also comes out I cannot wait for this to happen. Even better, watch this girl’s reaction video who I found on youtube. Her reaction makes me want to cry happy tears just for her. Her reaction pretty much made my day!

Book Review: Stolen

 

Hi Guys!

So I just finished reading this book, so its review time!

Stolen by Lauren Christopher.

This story was so interesting and is a book that I recommend reading of you haven’t already. This book was written in a different and unique way that was fun to read.

The cover of the book pretty much tells you everything you need to know. It is a letter to her captor. There is so much more to it, though.

It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him. This is my story. A letter from nowhere.

I am so lucky to say that I have never been in a situation like this but when reading this I put myself in Gemma’s shoes, I felt like I would have acted just the same way as she did. The entire situation was either really believable or both Gemma and I are not very smart, but either way I liked it and thought that it was  believable.

While reading the book you want to much to hate Gemma’s captor, Ty but as the book progresses, you learn about his past and his motives for doing the things he does and his connection to the land and you begin to empathize with him. I really didn’t want to but I did.

I remember shaking reading this book during certain parts. There are places that get really real and just imagining them happening to me sent a chill down my spine. There was this one part where Ty was telling Gemma why he chose her to kidnap instead of someone else and there was just something utterly creepy about his reasoning behind doing what he did.

I have never read a book with this kind of setting before either. Gemma kidnapped in Bangkok Airport and taken to the middle of a desert in Australia. Isolated. The author really captured the setting beautifully. I have never read a book that took place in the middle of a desert and it was new and interesting to read about. Aside from the plot, the imagery from the setting was unique, even though I knew nothing about what living in a desert was like, I was fully able to imagine it in my mind.

I think that the writing on a whole was so unique and wonderful and I really recommend reading this book.

 

 

The Testing: Book Review

 

Last week, one of the books that I read was the testing. I thought that the book was pretty decent. I finished it in like two days so its safe to say that it was able to hold me attention all the way through.The actual plot of the plot was really good and quite interesting to think about.

Here is the summary from Joelle Charbonneau’s website:

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say?
But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?  

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it.  But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies – trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose:  love without truth or life without trust

Since it is a dystopian book though, there were a few similarities with other books. If you liked the Hunger Games and Divergent then you would like this. However, The Testing is still able to stand on its own and is adventurous and has plenty of twists and turns that wasn’t expected. I remembered reading this one part and I was so shocked by what had just happened that I had to take a moment to process it.

The one thing that I didn’t really like about this books was that the characters were poorly developed and if there’s one thing I love about reading its a book with awesome character development. I mean, like it was okay, but there wasn’t a time where I could relate to the main character other than her to stress as she was going through the testing.

As for the other characters and her friends, we really don’t learn much about them at all other than the fact that they are also in the testing. Maybe it was done intentionally so that it would add to all of the stress of the setting, if you think of it that way it is not that bad.

Other than that I really liked the book as a whole. I really liked the setting and how the world was basically dead from the war and how it is set in the future. Even though the setting was so different from the world we live in now, it’s not unrealistic, I am still able to imagine that it is something that the world could possibly turn into as sad as it is.

Their government and the values that come along with it is really interesting and different from anything I have ever read.

I definitely am going to end up finishing the trilogy as soon as I can, I feel like it is something that can only get better from here. I recommend reading this trilogy to all of you guys to read too!

Let me know what you thought of The Testing in the comments below!