Convince Me NOT To Read (1): These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman

Posted October 1, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me NOT To Read, Features, Reviews // 0 Comments

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Dani and Jamie were having a hard time finding books that the other would 100% enjoy. They decided to start a new review series where each tells the other why the book they read is a piece of crap and if they should take it off their TBR pile! Ranting will occur.

Convince Me NOT To Read (1): These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie KaufmanThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
on December 10th 2013
ISBN: 1423171020
Pages: 374

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Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.
The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

Jamie’s review

I’m SUPER underwhelmed by this one. I had such high expectations because of the beautiful covers and the glowing reviews from people who absolutely loved it. But I found myself a bit bored, especially near the end.

I’m not a huge fan of chapters that start with interviews or transcripts that sort of tell you what is about to happen in this section because I feel like it takes away from the story. It takes me to the end of the story, where we know everything has worked out for at least one person, instead of keeping me in the tense, “will they make it or not” part of the actual story. This heavily distracted me and made me feel unconnected to the characters.

I also didn’t buy into the romance that much. I understood it being there and I wanted to like the characters together, but I was just so meh with them individually that I didn’t care about them as a couple. And I just felt like it was too obvious they were going to fall in love (and they were so hot and bothered right from the beginning and then were like “LOL NOPE” that I was like sighing while reading in a bad way).

What kept me going was the hope for aliens and like an interesting plot. And while it semi-delivered on that front, I feel like the plot was used more for forwarding the romance. Which 🙁 But I will probably continue on with the series because space! But it’s not a run out and buy right now kind of series.

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Even the hate-to-love romance in this one won’t turn Dani on because it is just so forced. There is no real chemistry between Lila and Tarver and she will probably hope that they both die and stay dead rather than root for them to get together. Plus she will hate that the aliens aren’t that cool and are just a waste of space in this story used just to say “HEY WE’RE IN SPACE!!!”

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