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Estelle: These Broken Stars by Kaufman + Spooner

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman ( web | tweet) and Meagan Spooner ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 10, 2013 Publisher: Hyperion Pages: 374 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: journey, survival, space, romance Format read: Paperback ARC borrowed from Rachel. (Thanks!) Summary: When the big ship in the sky, Icarus, crashes, Tarver […]

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February 27, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Alexa S. - I’m sincerely happy that you enjoyed THESE BROKEN STARS! It’s definitely a beautifully written tale, and I loved the way that Meagan and Amie told Tarver and Lilac’s story. Even though I’m still not convinced by that one big (it really just makes me confused), I’m definitely invested in this series. Super excited for the next one!

February 25, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Jamie - YAY! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one knowing you don’t read this genre much! I did think you might dig it because for a good chunk of it it was more of a survival story rather than hardcore sci-fi (something I don’t really read either…EEEP. SOME DAY MAYBE).

I felt the same way re: that part! I was like waiiiiit what what why?

I like what you said about not knowing where the rest of the series will go because that’s so true…I really can’t even speculate which is kind of cool because I feel like so often I can really kind of guess!

February 23, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - THE PART was totally shocking. It took me a while to come to terms with it.
The romance is one of my favorites from last year. I adored Lilac and Tarver. 🙂

February 23, 2014 - 3:30 pm

The Bookish Manicurist - Yes! I’m not a Titanic-fan, so I kept thinking of the Wall-E ship, not the Titanic. I enjoyed this but the ending confused me, too

February 23, 2014 - 11:59 am

Shelve It: Zac Efron and Breaking Book Bans, Estelle - […] These Broken Stars review (with a Pixar picture!) | See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne (YA thriller-ish) […]

February 22, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Alexa - I really did try to like this story but I just didn’t love it in the way that everyone else loved it. I felt there was too many times where the authors repeated the same thing over and over again as if the reader wouldn’t catch on the first time about terra-forming a planet. I got a little sick of the repeats but it did get better with time. I’m interested to read the second book but it is about different people so now that I finally liked these characters they are going to become secondary.

I’m glad you enjoyed the book though! Thanks for the great review!

February 21, 2014 - 11:59 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - So proud of your for stepping outside of your comfort zone! SFF is my bread and butter, but I know it can be intimidating. Well done, E!

February 21, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Kelly - If the PART is the part I’m thinking of, I would love more explanation for it too! I’ve got some many ethical and philosophical questions left either completely untouched or unsatisfactorily mentioned, that I would love to see explored, and then there’s wondering about why it was included, unless it somehow affects the next book(s)?

Anyways, so glad you enjoyed something out of your comfort zone Estelle! I really loved this one, mostly because Lilac and Tarver were so fantastic!

February 21, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Meg - That cover is magnificent, isn’t it? Totally draws me in every time. I’ve had this one on my radar for quite a while after enjoying similar stories (the titles of which escape me . . .), and I’ll probably give it a try sometime soon!

February 20, 2014 - 7:39 pm

Jessica - Hey Estelle,
I was conflicted with this book. It started out as a cool science fiction book then progressed to a survivor-esque romance and then back to weird sci-fi. I don’t think I have yet to figure it out. I was compelled to read it though.

I highly recommend the Lunar Chronicles as does Quinn in the above comments. It is spectacular.

Jess

February 20, 2014 - 11:08 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Science fiction isn’t usually my thing either, Estelle. Although I have fallen MADLY in love with The Lunar Chronicles. But that’s pretty much the exception, and truthfully, The Lunar Chronicles aren’t too heavily science fiction.

But, I’ve been really interested in These Broken Stars. Like you said, I’ve heard such great thingsa bout it, and also – pretty cover!

I’m glad you liked it, even if this isn’t your typical genre. It makes me more comfortable giving it a try.

February 20, 2014 - 9:18 am

Alice - Brilliant review Estelle! I’m glad you decided to pick this one up despite it not being your normal genre. That’s what the book community is for! To push the books we wouldn’t normally grab into our hands! 😉

As I haven’t read the book yet, but if you adored it, and you’re not normally a sci-fi reader, I know I will most likely enjoy it too. And that cover. GAH.

Stay Warm: Nantucket Blue Themed Gift Pack

I don’t know about you but when it’s 8 degrees outside and you have to wear about 12 layers to walk a few blocks, all you want is summer. (Sun, and all things hot…)  All I want to do is imagine cute clothes, ice cream cones, and long walks in the sunshine.  At least for […]

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May 15, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Chirp, Chirp: I Stand with Cricket (Nantucket Blue/Red) - […] on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | My review | Gift pack+ NR on Goodreads | Amazon | […]

February 1, 2014 - 4:00 am

Alexa S. - Reading this post was probably the best and worst thing ever. Best, because these things are so cute (and I really think I want to get that pillow or something similar to it) and I’m reminded of the awesome time that is summer. Worst, because now I wish it was actually summer! GAH. But seriously, great picks E! Everything definitely is in theme with the book.

January 29, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Betty - LOVE THIS POST!! Obviously… a big reason is because I love Leila Howland and Nantucket Blue!! You ladies did an awesome job putting together this themed gift pack! I especially love that scarf and watch!! I’m drooling too! THIS MAKES ME WANT SUMMER TO BE HERE NOWWW!

January 29, 2014 - 10:25 am

Leah - So, yeah, I’m totally living through this post right now. If I wish hard enough for sun it’ll happen, right? …RIGHT?

That scarf is absolutely adorable and I am a watch fiend! 🙁 Anthropologie, why must you be so pretty and so expensive?? There’s a store near me and that’s just too cruel.

January 28, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh. My. Gosh. I need that watch. Love it so much. Well, I don’t really need it, because, you know, I already have too many watches. Bit still, love it!

January 28, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - LOVE the dress! Holy cows, I could not even imagine spending that much on it though!
You are too darn cute. I love these types of things and this is such a fun little gift pack! Makes me long for the summer and the days when it was warm and I sat on my balcony reading Nantucket Blue!

January 28, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I want that dress! Why is it $348? But it makes me so happy that I no longer work down the street from an Anthropologie and I’m no longer tempted by all of their evil, over-priced, so adorable clothing. Great choices all around, I love this idea!

January 28, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Rachel - AHH I love this. The new Kate Spade line is my favorite and I want pretty much everything. I could totally imagine myself (and Cricket!) using all of these things. Thanks for the little burst of sunshine in this terrible weather!

January 28, 2014 - 11:25 am

Emma @ HopefulHappiness - I love Nantucket Blue!! I also love, love, love putting together book-inspired inspiration boards. I need to get back to doing that more!

My favorite item has to be that scarf! I need it in my life asap!

January 28, 2014 - 10:37 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - While I’m in NO hurry to invite summer into my life, I must admit that if I had to live with your kind of winter, I’d probably feel the same as you do. 🙂 Anyway, I LOVE that scarf! Love it! And I really enjoyed Nantucket Blue and can’t wait for Nantucket Red. Great post, E!!

January 28, 2014 - 9:40 am

alice-jane - I feel warm just by looking at your picks! It’s so cold right now and there’s wind chill too, which does nothing to alleviate the problem. I’ve never read Nantucket Blue, but I love your picks! I have a weakness for blue, preppy things, I suppose, haha. I love this nautical necklace on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/71530500/anchor-necklace-nautical-style-gold-and

Estelle: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 20, 2013 Publisher: Hyperion Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: WWII, Europe, friendship, concentration camps Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: An idealistic young pilot from Pennsylvania is capture by the Nazis and sent to a concentration […]

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November 4, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Alexa Y. - I still haven’t been in the proper mindset to pick this book up and read it! It does sound like Wein did yet another amazing job writing this story, particularly when it covers such a delicate subject matter. I love that there are such strong, wonderful female characters too!

October 24, 2013 - 8:36 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - Yay I’m glad you were able to enjoy both CNV and RUF despite your initial hesitance, Estelle! Both are definitely, definitely worth it. I actually think I enjoyed CNV a little more because Verity made light of things and her suffering wasn’t always in-your-face the way it is in Rose’s story. It was nice, though, to know that she at least survived. Lovely review!

October 22, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Bookworm1858 - For some reason I initially read “pilot” as idiot and was really confused about the tone of this review-then I looked at it again and realized what it actually said. I’m in the same boat with you about “good.” I gave this 5 stars and will certainly try to force some people to read it. But I won’t be reading it again because it’s just too brutal for me.

October 22, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Nicole - Beautiful review Estelle! I pretty much agree with everything you said. And you said it so well – how this is both a difficult book and a wonderful book. I also look forward to what Wein writes next but I will definitely be sandwiching it in between feed good reads.

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

October 22, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love all your points about this book. Personally I related to Rose and liked her more than either Julie or Maddie, but the story in Rose Under Fire was just so difficult (worth it, but oh my god the tears) that I might still like CNV more.

And I really love that you finished it two hours before it expired. That’s impressive planning!