This Night So Dark Book Review

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Title: This Night So Dark
Authors: Amie Kaufman; Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound novella #1.5
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Genres: Young Adult – Science Fiction
Pages: 109
Format: eBook for Nook

“This Night So Dark” is a novella in the Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and tells a story after the events of “These Broken Stars” about a time Tarver was in a facility and had to escape from mercenaries while also rescuing scientists from the facility. It’s a fast-paced novella that’s only about fifty or so pages long, but there are extra pages toward the end with excerpts from “These Broken Stars” and the second Starbound novel, “This Shattered World.”

Overall the novella was fast-paced and placed in the world at a good place. As a reflection story, it definitely told about the past events as through the eyes and memory of our lead character, Tarver. His voice is dominant in this story and it reflected the flow of “These Broken Stars.”

As a sci-fi adventure, it does hold a few aspects of science fiction, such as taking place in space upon another planet, with different weapons, facilities, terms, and other such things. But it also focuses a lot on fighting and military aspects, keeping in line with how a soldier would react in certain situations.

The story itself was engaging and it kept me wanting to read more. Sometimes, though, I did feel that it dragged on in a few parts, or that a few details could have been left out, but it was overall enjoyable and a believable story within the world that the Starbound novels take place in.

A few new characters were introduced that played important roles in the story, such as a solider-mercenary, Gil, who turns out to be working for the “bad guys” in the story, and a scientist, Sanjana, helps Tarver out throughout a majority of the novella. Each is portrayed well in their respective positions and add to the story rather than take away from it.

If you’re a fan of “These Broken Stars” I suggest reading this, too. It helps to know more about the world and how the story played part in the first novel in terms of Tarver’s character.

I rate this novella 4/5 stars.

These Broken Stars Book Review

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Title: These Broken Stars
Authors: Amie Kaufman; Meagan Spooner
Series: Book #1 in the Starbound trilogy
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Genres: Young Adult – Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 374
Format: Purchased Hardcover

“These Broken Stars” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is a sci-fi YA novel about a girl, Lilac, who is the daughter of (essentially) the king of the universe/galaxy, and Tarver, a solider turned war hero. The story follows the two as they end up escaping off of the spaceship, Icarus, and landing on an unknown planet with no other people around. They have to survive the weeks leading up to their rescue, but if only someone could rescue them from each other.

They are often arguing and picking at each other, getting under one another’s skin, especially at the beginning. As the story and their time together progresses, though, they start becoming closer and do eventually fall for one another.

Without giving too much away, let me talk about my own personal thoughts and opinions of it:

There was great character development. At the beginning, I thought that I was about to see some “insta-love” happening, but no. Rather, it was just mutual attraction, and once I realized that I was a lot happier reading the book. Too often YA novels jump right into love when not even a friendship or some kind of relationship is formed, but this book didn’t do that. As they end up stranded on this unknown planet the two constantly bicker and are practically at each other’s throats, but as the days and weeks go on, they slowly start to form a kind of truce or friendship, and then they form a romance.

There was also decent world development. I could definitely picture the Icarus and the kind of spaceship she must have been to be able to hold 50,000 people of all classes (rich, working, soldier, etc). But the real development happened on the planet when it was talked about the terraforming (making a planet habitable for other life with trees, plants, water, animals) and how advanced it was, though there seemed to be no other people living on it. It was both eerie and sort of magical the way the world worked, especially though the eyes of Lilac who had never seen real trees or even rain or snow since she could view them through a hologram.

The plot development was also well done and the story unfolded with ease. Yes, there may have been a couple of slow parts, but they did play toward the story itself, so it didn’t seem like a waste at all.

Though I was confused more toward the end, I was satisfied with the ending and I do have other questions. If you want to discuss them with me, head on over to my video and chat with me in the comments or some other way (so as to not spoil for others).

I give this book a 5/5 stars.

Accompanying video: These Broken Stars Book Review

If you read the book, what did you think? What did you like/dislike? Let me know in the comments!

August 2014 Wrap-Up

August has come and gone in a flash, just like every month this year, and I have concluded some books, as well as done some book hauls and tags. I haven’t listed all the tags I did, so I’m going to list them here (be prepared for a larger post).

So in the month of August I have read and reviewed “This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther Earl and “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell. These two books were fantastic reads and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for sentimental, down to earth reads. Here’s my reviews for each: TSWGO // E&P

Both books received high ratings for the types of books they were and how well they were represented by their respective authors.

That was pretty much it for my wrap-up, though I did include a small snippet about how I’m enjoying “These Broken Stars” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Though I’m still in the process of reading this book, I just wanted to include it in my wrap-up to let you all know what I’m currently reading and that I am enjoying it. A review will be up on it, hopefully, by the beginning of next week, if not the end of this week.

Moving onto the haul of “creepy” books, here’s what I got:

  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” by Michelle Hodkin. This book tells the story of a girl, Mara, and how she was the only survivor in a car crash with her friends. She starts seeing their ghosts and strange things keep on happening.
  • The Merciless” by Danielle Vega. This book includes a lot of blood, demons, possession, and scary things.
  • Asylum” by Madeleine Roux. Some kids with special gifts end up in a dorm that used to be an insane asylum and strange things start to happen. They learn they might have a connection with the asylum’s dark past.
  • The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman. A boy is raised in a graveyard by ghosts and things that are dead – or not so dead.
  • Stardust” by Neil Gaiman. A guy would do anything for this girl, including going beyond the wall that separates their village from the rest of the world. What he finds beyond is something he didn’t expect: the world of Faerie.

Each of these books sound spooky and enchanting in their own way, and I’m intrigued to find out what happens in them. Great reads for October, in my opinion, but we’ll see when I read them (TBR box, you know).

Now, if you’re into doing fun “tags,” then these are the questions to the three that I did (videos and answers linked below):

Booktube Newbie Tag

1. Why did you start this channel? I wanted to share my own thoughts and opinions about books with others, plus it looks like a lot of fun!
2. What are some fun/unique things I can bring to YouTube? I think I can bring more discussion type videos to the table because I enjoy deep, engaging, thought-provoking conversations with others.
3. What are you most excited for about this new channel? I’m excited to just be part of the BookTube community and share with everyone else my love for reading.
4. Why do you love reading? I’ve always loved reading. It helps me to escape reality and enter new worlds – even if the books themselves take place on Earth.
5. What book or book series got you into reading? I’m not quite sure, but one of my favorites as a kid was Stellaluna by Janell Cannon,
6. What question would you ask your favorite Booktuber? What is the best experience you’ve had since becoming a BookTuber?
7. What challenge do you think starting a Booktube channel will be the hardest to overcome? Not getting wrapped up in how many views or subscribers I have or don’t have.

Summertime Madness Tag

1. Show a book with a summery cover. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
2. Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect summer vacation destination. Hogwarts. Do I even need to explain?
3. You’re about to go on a flight to your summer vacation, but you want to read a book that lasts the whole flight. What novella do you pick? Four by Veronica Roth
4. You have a case of the summer time sadness – what happy book do you pick to shine a smile on your face? Vampire Crush by A.M. Robinson
5. You’re sitting at the beach all alone – which fictional character is your beach babe/hunk? Tobias from the Divergent series. He’s just… yeah, he’s a hunk.
6. To match your ice cream, you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick? Alice from the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer. She’s fun, sassy, and can be a great bff.

Social Media Book Tag

Twitter: Your favorite short book. The Life of Saint Margaret, a thirteen page story of a woman martyred for her faith and the man she would not give herself to.
Facebook: A book everyone pressured you into reading. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Tumblr: A book you read before it was cool. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Yeah, that’s right, I read it before all the hype went down.
Myspace: A book you don’t remember if you liked or not. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Instagram: A book that was so beautiful you had to Instagram it. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. I love the simplicity of it and how colorful it is.
Youtube: A book you wished would be turned into a movie. Firelight by Sophie Jordan. People turning into dragons? I mean, c’mon.
Goodreads: A book you recommend to everyone. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. Faeries, fantasy, adventure, romance. So good.

So yup, that pretty much wraps up August. It’s been a productive, fun, busy, long month, but it was totally worth it.

Accompanying videos: August 2014 Wrap-Up + Creepy Haul // Social Media Book Tag // Summertime Madness Tag // Booktube Newbie Tag