Mini Reviews: These Broken Stars, Blackout, Time After Time

Posted March 7, 2014 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 3 Comments Tags: ,

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Genres: Young Adult, Science-Fiction
Published by: Disney-Hyperion on 2013-12-10

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.

This book was so great and so surprising. I wasn’t sure if I would like it because I haven’t read many space books that I really enjoyed but I had also seen lots of people talking about how much they liked this one. I finally gave it a try and I’m so glad I did. These Broken Stars is told in Dual POV with both Lilac and Tarver getting their chance to tell their stories. I’ve rarely seen dual POV work so well (this one was done by two authors and I’m sure that helped) and I loved it in this book. It really gave us great insight to the characters and because Lilac and Tarver spend so much time together we get to learn about each of them from the inside and outside. I also really liked the story and the journey that they experience from start to finish in this book. I was a little frustrated because it started out as something else and then morphs into an entirely different story. I wasn’t getting what I had originally signed up for. But then the story takes on this crazy twist and it becomes so much bigger and better and pretty mind-blowing. I was shocked by the story and so happy I read it. I kept relaying the events of the book to my husband while I was reading and ended up reading the last two chapters outloud so he could hear it, too. This book was good. I’m dying for the sequel, though I am sad it’s about a different couple and not Lilac and Tarver, but it’ll be interesting to get another view of this world and more information on what’s happening. I highly recommend this book especially if you’re a fan of sci-fi romances.

Blackout (Blackout, #1)Blackout (Blackout #1) by Robison Wells
Genre: Young Adult, Science-Fiction
Published by: HarperTeen on 2013-10-1

Laura and Alec are trained terrorists.
Jack and Aubrey are high school students.
There was no reason for them to ever meet.
But now, a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible powers. And these four are about to find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger—where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all.

This book was just okay for me. I was really expecting more because I read Wells’ Variant  last year and loved it. But this one just didn’t have the shock value that that book carried. The concept was interesting enough and I love the X-Men like superpowers that show up in the teens due to this strange virus. But I didn’t ever feel a huge connection to any of the characters and I would have liked more world building or background. I wanted more explanations for the things that have happened, more about the teens who have the virus, what’s happened in the other parts of the country, and what “regular” people are doing. I’m pretty sure we’ll get a lot of answers in book 2 but I’m not sure I care enough about this story to pick up another book. And that makes me sad because I really enjoyed Variant and was looking forward to this one. In the end I just wasn’t blown away like I had hoped to be.

Time After Time (Time Between Us, #2)Time After Time (Time Between Us #2) by Tamara Ireland Stone
Genre: Young Adult, Science-Fiction
Published by: Disney-Hyperion on 2013-10-8

Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.
It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?
Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

When I read both of the books in this series, I really enjoyed them. I’m a fan of time-travel books and the time traveling in both of these books felt really well done for me. I also really enjoyed the romance in the series between Anna and Bennett. It’s a very cute romance with problems mostly caused by Bennett’s inability to completely control his time-traveling and Anna being left behind and left to worry about him. It’s a great series if you want a clean, cute romance. After reading Time Between Us from Anna’s POV, I really liked getting the chance to meet Bennett and hear his voice in this book. They go very well together and the story is very good. Maggie is still a favorite character of mine and the problems that come with Bennett’s time-traveling are dealt with really well. My biggest problem with these books is that they just didn’t really stick with me. It’s been months since reading it and while I remember what happened and how much I enjoyed it while reading it, I haven’t thought of it much at all since I finished it. And when I read a love story, I really want it and all the emotions from it to stick with me. I still recommend these books, especially if you’re a fan of time-travel romances. They are definitely good books with interesting characters that are really well written.

3 Responses to “Mini Reviews: These Broken Stars, Blackout, Time After Time”

  1. I loved These Broken Stars as well–I’ll definitely need to read more space opera! I haven’t read Black Out yet, but I have read (and didn’t really like, sadly) Variant. I haven’t read Time Between Us yet, either, but it’s definitely going on my wishlist now! Lovely reviews!
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