Second Reflections – these broken stars (Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner) – me rating certainly changed!

Ahoy there me mateys!  While drawin’ up me lists of 2016 for me log, I realized a curious thing – out of 134 books read, not a single one was a re-read.  In me enthusiasm of discovery and taking suggestions from me crew, I did not revisit a single old port for plunder!  And part of what I love about readin’ is re-visitin’ old friends.  So I decided to remedy that and thus created me new category where I take a second look at a previously enjoyed novel and give me crew me second reflections, as it were, upon visitin’ it again . . .

these broken stars (Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner)

This series was on the list to finish.  I wasn’t planning on rereading the first book but I needed a new audiobook and this was one of the few available possibilities at the time.  So I started the series over again.  Sad how time changes things.

The first time I read the novel, I really enjoyed both of the characters.  In listening to it, I still liked the character of Tarver but thought Lilac sucked a lot more.  Some of this was due to the voice acting of Cynthia Holloway.  I am not sure if the choices made were from Disney or from the actor but Lilac comes out very whiny and annoying.  I kinda wanted to stomp on her face.  The two male voice actors were fine but not great.  I want to chalk that up to production choices.

The premise of the story is that there are two survivors of a spaceship crash that end up on a mysterious planet with a secret.  I still found the set-up for the book to be fun.  But even with me shoddy memories of the plot, the pacing seemed off and the tension lacking.  I was kinda bored with the character interactions.  The action stalls quite a bit.  I did still love the plot twists in how the romance does not proceed in typical fashion.

While I wasn’t thrilled with the reread, I already had the second book in audiobook form (and nothing else) so I started that one.  I was immensely confused by the new characters and lack of cohesion between the ending of the first book and the beginning of the second.  I honestly thought I had somehow downloaded the wrong book.  I gave up fairly quickly.

When I got back to internet, I looked up the rest of the series on Goodreads and discovered it actually was the correct book but the series features “Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.”  That spoiled me mood because the first book ended on a cliffhanger.  The desire to read the other two books died so off the list they go!  The good news is that I just took that series off the list.  Saved time for the 76 other series I need to finish!  Arrrrr!

Side note: The series apparently has a novella as book 1.5 to talk more about what happened to Tarver and Lilac after the fact.  Should have been book two!  But dang those covers are pretty . . .

The authors’ websites have this to say about the novel:

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.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

To visit the authors’ webpages go to:

Amie Kaufman – Author

Meagan Spooner – Author

To buy the novel visit:

these broken stars – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for these Authors

illuminae – book 1 (The Captain’s Log – YA Sci-Fi)

10 thoughts on “Second Reflections – these broken stars (Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner) – me rating certainly changed!

  1. I read this book a few years ago for book club and felt fairly meh about it. This is one of the series I don’t plan on finishing. I recall feeling like you now do about the pacing and tension. I just couldn’t connect with Lilac at all! She was a brat. And it didn’t excite me enough to keep going. I’m sorry it disappointed you, but one less series to read now!


  2. I’ve been thinking about doing some rereads too. I don’t reread very often- it has to be a really special book. But lately I can’t tell if my tastes have just changed, or if I’m struggling that hard to find books I like, or if the books I’m picking are really that mediocre but lately everything feels like a 3 star read and it’s driving me crazy. Sorry it didn’t work for you the second time around! Hope your next read is better.


  3. A really informative and enjoyable review, Cap. I was a bit shaken when I listened to Uprooted, after reading it a couple of years earlier. I’d forgotten a lot more of the plot than I thought I had – and the bits that stayed with me were quite different to what had jumped out at me when I’d first read the book… Luckily, I still really enjoyed it, but my recollection is now completely different to my first memory.

    I had seen the cover and been quite tempted, but while I enjoy a romantic thread, it looked as though that relationship was powering the narrative and so I decided to pass on that one. I’ve enough series to work through, though I haven’t been brave enough to count them – yet!

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    1. I know ye are not a big re-reader and that is always the catch – how the book will hold up and what will be remembered. There are some books from me younger days I will not reread because I rather love the nostalgia and me bad memories. But overall I would rather re-read then not.

      I think skipping this YA series is just fine. I have problems with a lot of the YA sci-fi being too light on the sci-fi aspects and too heavy on the romance. I have another on the list to try called the abyss surrounds us. We shall see how that one goes.
      x The Captain

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    1. Saved time which is a very in need commodity these days. The covers seem perfect for the books. Maybe those puffy dresses should have been a negative sign rather than promoting curiosity. Arrrr!
      x The Captain


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