Book Review! These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

TBSTitle: These Broken Stars

Author: Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner

Pages: 378

Published: December 10th 2013 by Disney Hyperion

Series: Book 1

Readorkable rating in a nutshell: Not Bad, Not Good

Cover: This is one of the most beautiful covers I have ever laid my eyes on! The colour scheme, the dress and the stars… I won’t lie, That’s the reason why I bought this book.

Review: I had heard lots of hype about this book recently. I had bought it about 2 years ago but somehow I never got around to reading it. These Broken Stars was always on my TBR, not too far from my eyes in case I wanted to look at its beautiful cover. I had also read in record time a 600 page book that you may or may not have heard of by (partly) Amie Kaufman as well, The Illuminae Files. Now, that review will come soon but let me tell you, it’s so good. SO, SO, SO GOOD! Anyway, I digress, when Bout Of Books Started, I decided it was high time I read it. When the book starts we are on a giant Spaceliner called the Icarus and that’s where we first meet our two protagonists. The book is told in alternating points of view and we get to hear our main characters inner monologues.

When it comes to world building, Megan Spooner and Amie Kaufman did a well enough job to keep me oriented, I wasn’t confused, I knew what needed to know and I am very thankful for that. There wasn’t a direct antagonist or villain in the book,it was Tarver and Lilac VS THE PLANET and about a good third of the book was about trekking across THE PLANET. I am not a fan of walking books, hence why i did not read any of The Lord Of The Ring books. Here, take a look at this Clerks 2 clip. This explains my dislike for the LOTR trilogy.


The book was satisfying enough in keeping me interested enough to read but I found myself wanting to be more invested in the story. I felt a lot of it seemed superficial and the authors missed out on a better plot.

What I really did enjoy was Lilac’s evolution, her personality (most of the time) and her smarts. I was very happy that she could hold her own. Tarver, I knew he was supposed to be a tough guy with a heart of gold but I found him quite sheepish and I certainly didn’t swoon over him.

We read a few times about Lilac’s Father, Roderick Laroux, and Lilac often allude’s that he controls her every moment and she isn’t allowed to talk to any boys ever, that any boy who shows the slightest interest in her “disappears”. I’m pretty sure we will hear about him a lot more in the coming books.

Then the big climactic event happened and I couldn’t understand why the authors went in that direction. It felt as if a fan of the book had changed that part because of his/her love for the Characters. That part of the book suffered of Main Character Syndrome where nothing can bring them down. I just couldn’t connect there at all. I am not saying “Don’t read this”. I enjoyed reading it save for the few parts that peeved me.

I will be picking up the sequels because there are new protagonists and I am curious to see where the world takes me.

I will give this book 3 out of 5 Broken Stars! AKA a Triple Kill!

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If you read this book and would like to dish or discuss, comment below!

Winter’s Respite Readathon!

You know me, I love me a good readathon! Bout of Books is over and I need a new one STAT! I found another week long readathon! This one is quite nice as well, so I will help spread the word! It’s one readathon per season and the Winter one is call, yeah, you guessed it, A Winter’s Respite! (click the link to sign up.)

I will be posting a TBR and Goals post but chances are I’ll be reading the leftovers from Bout of Books!

Yours truly, Readorkable.

Signing off!

1K Giveaway!

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Yesterday I reached 1000, 1K, ONE THOUSAND Twitter followers not once but TWICE! Yes, that’s because once I reached 1K, someone UNFOLLOWED me then someone followed me again so I was once more at 1k! However this morning I saw I was back down to 998! Oh the Horror!

“It’s OK”- I told myself,

“I can’t wait any longer! Let’s just do it!”

So here I am! I am up and at it, getting this giveaway going before I watch a drama, read a book or play a game of League. While in reality, I should be cleaning.  Nah… Screw that! I can clean later because for now its GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!!

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January TBR!

 

Monthly TBR
I am a bit late with my TBR this month but I am going to set up a short list for the rest of January! This month is jam packed with blog things! I am drafting and scheduling a lot of posts so bear with me while I get the Readorkable blog up and running smoothly! Also, If you’d be interested in being a co-blogger send me an email and we can work something out! I’d love to have a diversity of people and passions on the blog.

For the rest of January, I am going to try to read my Bout of Books left overs and and I’ll throw in a few other books for diversity’s sake!


Books Mentioned:

Whats on your TBR this month!? Comment below with your links!

Do you have any suggestions for my February TBR?

 

Bout Of Books 15 Wrap Up

 

Bout of Books is over!

I am always a bit sad to see it go but the next one is in only a few short months and I have some more Readathons coming up!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books

So, I was definitely overly Ambitious with my goals, I finish only one and a half books.

It’s still more than usual for me which is good!

Some other goodies coming up on the blog:

  • K-Drama Reviews
  • My Pre-Season Prep for the Season 6 of League Of Legends and my hopes for competitive gaming.
  • K-Drama Queue List
  • Review Of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
  • Book Haul

 

Melina, Your Readorkable Book Lover.

 

 

So Dramatic!

So Dramatic! is where I will update on all K-Drama related stuff, like what I am watching, what I want to start watching, any new releases and the likes! Enjoy!

I’m so so so bad! I am running behind so much! I keep telling myself that it’s for bingeing purposes that I am not watching Oh My Venus! but I have just been so busy with Bout of Books and not diligent what so ever.

I am on episode 9 and FINALLY Joo Eun and Young Ho are a couple! Joo Eun is loosing her weight and eating better, her self esteem has gone up and she’s standing up to Soo Jin! But there’s a lot of sadness in this episode. A lot of people are feeling loss. I feel a sense of foreshadowing and I am kind of scared!

Also lets not forget the awesomeness that is Henry Lau! He is so damned funny! And he’s Canadian!!!!! I am so proud right now! I hope they give him a more developed story because right now he is just comic relief! I mean, look at this clip and tell me he isn’t just GREAT!

So I am going to have to catch up with this drama because Cheese In The Trap started and I REALLLLYYYYYY want to watch it!

I also need to catch up on these Shows:

  • Birth of a Beauty. About a once overweight and less than pretty housewife who escapes escapes death and returns more beautiful than ever to seek revenge on her scumbag husband.
  • Blood. About a Vampire Surgeon who is looking for a cure to his vampirism al the while battling bad guys!
  • The Scholar Who Walks The Night. Also about vampires but this one is a Sageuk (Historical) and its about a vampire who tries to destroy an ancient evil bad guy vampire from taking over the country.
  • Sensory Couple. About a crime fighting duo, one can see smells and the other can’t feel a thing!

I have much more than that to catch up on but for now that’s my watch list! Whats on Your Watchlist?

Coming up on So Dramatic!:

  • Review of Fated To Love You
  • Review of Falling In Love with Soon Jung
  • Most Anticipated 2016 Dramas
  • Why I Need More Ji Chang Wook. NOW!

The Amateur Photographer! My Favourite Instagram Pictures!

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of self promotion here and there. This post is a bit of that, but it’s also a post where I want to share with you the beauty of my world! So feast your eyes on these pictures taken by yours truly: Readorkable, The Amateur Photographer!

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My Mother, an artist, painting outside her home.

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My son, Knox. Photogenic.

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The Presents my Better Half, Ed, gave me for Christmas 2015. This picture brings me so much joy as it is a dream come true.

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A sunny morning in Kanata. I love morning shots, fog, steam.

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Ed and I. This man brings me more joy than I ever thought I could feel. This picture was taken early in our relationship but the emotion felt there is just as real and stronger today.

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My Mother, In her Garden.

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A Morning shot, With Fog.

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My son drawing.

Each of these pictures illicit a special emotion in me and that is why these are some of my favourites!
I hope you enjoyed!