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The Brightest Stars

(Karina and Kael #1)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  642 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
International bestselling author Anna Todd returns with a gripping novel about a young woman's journey towards love, and the obstacles life throws up at every turn.

Karina knows the harsh realities of military life. And like anyone who has grown up around an army base, she knows the background noise that follows a soldier home from war. That's why she's forging her own quie
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Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
"I would always remember that, the way he made parts of me ache that I had never felt before. I would always be thankful for that."


Having reasonably enjoyed Anna Todd's After Series, this was something of a letdown for me. It had its perks that made you want to read on... but they were a few and a well-spaced few.


To Begin,
I have always taken notes on the books I read. I used to highlight, jot down and (vandalize) every book that meant something to me. However, when I start
Cristina | CristiinaReads
➳A military romance that has so much potential of loving the characters, and letting my emotions run down craving for more...

➳I have never read an Anna Todd novel before, so I was taken a back at how much I truly enjoyed this novel. I was surprised when I got it as well because it arrived all of a sudden from my favorite publicist, and I am so honored and glad that she sent it over since I will forever cherish this novel and how incredible it utterly was. The characters, Kael and Karina have d
Wer hat nicht auf Anna Todd's neuen Roman hingefiebert? - Seitdem sie die Veröffentlichung ihrer neuen Trilogie angekündigt hat, war ich auf jeden Fall Feuer und Flamme und habe mich sehr darauf gefreut etwas neues von ihr zu lesen, nachdem ich After so geliebt habe. Natürlich sollte man in sich abgeschlossene Geschichten nicht miteinander vergleichen, aber ich möchte trotzdem im Weiteren etwas näher erläutern, was bei der After Reihe geklappt hat, jedoch bei "The Brightest Stars: Attracted" nur ...more
Matteo Fumagalli

Anna Todd tenta la carta della maturità e, come in un romanzo di Liala, tenta di raccontare la malinconia delle giovani spose dei militari in guerra.
Sembra una storia del 1932, ma è ambientata nell'epoca degli smartphone.
C'è anche una scena che, se fosse un film, sarebbe un pianosequenza di diciotto ore alla Béla Tarr su una festa dove NON SUCCEDE NIENTE. Diciotto capitoli, DICIOTTO, in cui NON SUCCEDE NIENTE.
L'inutilità totale.
"After" almeno faceva i
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰




After a chapter in 2019, we go back to 2017. Karina is 20 years old. She's just left home - her dad and new step-mom's place - a little while ago, and now she's more or less happily living her life and working at a massage place.

Enter Kael. He's just back from Afghanistan today and he needs a massage real bad. Not that he said any of that to Karina. He's not what you might call a talker.☺

But he's a buddy of Karina's roomie's husband - so he's staying at their place for the night ...

The new guy i
‘Jennifer | Wortgetreu
Da ich die After Reihe damals total geliebt habe, hatte ich großer Erwartungen an dieses Buch.
Zu aller erst möchte ich sagen, dass mir das Lesen echt Spaß gemacht hat. Ich liebe kurze Kapitel, da habe ich immer das Gefühl schnell voran zu kommen.
Ich fand das Buch nicht schlecht, aber die Geschichte war sehr nichtssagend. Ich habe vieles nicht verstanden, manches ging mir einfach zu schnell. Außerdem fehlten mir total die Emotionen. Bei After fuhr ich die ganze Zeit auf einer Achterbahn rauf un
Katharina | katharia
„Nur“ 3 Sterne für meine liebste Anna Todd ABER das Ende war unglaublich gut! Nur leider waren so 75% des Buches in viel zu kurzen Kapiteln, die mich einfach unfassbar gestört haben und meinen Leseflow nicht gerade gefördert haben.
Die Thematik ist an sich interessant, aber ich bin mit der Geschichte und Kael einfach nicht warm geworden. Im Nachhinein weiß ich nicht, was eigentlich großartig passiert ist.. irgendwie nicht viel.
Freu mich trotzdem auf Band 2, wenn der so weitergeht wie das Ende d
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich fand es so gut... I can’t
Und wo ist bitte Band 2 😩
Leider war die Handlung ziemlich langweilig und ich habe keine große Bindung zu den Charakteren aufgebaut.
Trotzdem werde ich weiterlesen, weil ich Anna Todds Schreibstil liebe und dieser Cliffhanger echt fies ist
Lina Lovegood
Ich bin leider sehr enttäuscht von dem Buch. Es passiert kaum was, die Charaktere waren sehr flach und die Chemie zwischen Karina und Kael kann ich auch nicht spüren ☹ ...more
Kayla Brunson
“There was a time when he’d say my name, and just like that, I’d give him anything he wanted.”

I should state that I didn’t know that this wasn’t a standalone. I honestly just saw that Anna Todd was coming out with a new book and wanted to read it! If ya’ll could have seen my face when I reached the end of the book and realized that the ending was a cliffhanger, you would have laughed at me!

Our two main characters are Kael and Karina. Kael was a soldier who has just gotten home. He doesn’t rea
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

‘Stars seemed so fierce and bright, but by the time they got to us, they were dying, almost gone. And the biggest stars? They burned the fastest as if their intense radiance was too much for them to hold onto.’

Anna Todd writes a melancholy slow burn story about abandonment, deceptions, survival, and love in The Brightest Stars. We carry the marks of our childhoods –be they good or bad- with us into our adult lives. What doesn’t break us makes us stronger as they say, however sometimes, whilst
Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*
3.5 stars

Karina has grown up in a military family. Her father is in the army and her whole life has been spent living on posts all over America. Pretty much everyone she knows is military too. She and her twin brother Austin made a pact to never follow in the career footsteps of their father.

In an effort to cement her independence, Karina has managed to purchase her own home and is doing well in her work as a massage therapist. She has a fractured relationship with her dad and her Tuesday night
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰



Das erste Kapitel findet im Jahr 2019 statt. Danach geht's zurück nach 2017. Karina ist 20 Jahre alt. Sie ist gerade von zu Hause ausgezogen. Zu Hause war das Haus ihres Vaters und der Stiefmutter. Jetzt lebt sie mehr oder weniger glücklich ihr eigenes Leben und arbeitet in einem Massage-Salon.


Er ist gerade aus Afghanistan zurück und braucht ganz dringend eine Massage für seine ledierten Muskeln. Nicht dass er irgend etwas davon Karina erzählt hätte .... Kael ist nicht unbedingt der grösste
Srta Books
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: octubre-2018
Decían que ésta historia era algo más madura que After. Y qué razón. Ha sido una sorpresa.Una historia que me he leído en nada, ya que los capítulos son cortos.
Me muero de ganas de saber cómo continúa. Menudo final 😭

Lo único que no me ha gustado es que a veces me perdía un poco y que ha tenido algún altibajo. Pero por lo demás me ha gustado.
Bibiana In Bookland
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Tiene capítulos cortos que hacen que te enganches pronto y se lea rápido. La historia me ha gustado, una chica con su pasado y un chico misterioso. Pero me ha parecido Tan misterioso que... no, no me ha convencido. Han habido momentos que me ha emocionado, pero luego han habido otros que me he perdido. Es la primera vez que leo algo de la autora y no me ha acabado de convencer del todo. Estoy algo confusa con mi opinión sobre este libro, porque había momentos que me gustaba y disfrutaba, y o
beloved books by Tine
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
3,5 ⭐ ...more
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2 stelle e mezzo

Recensione qui:

Ho finito questo libro da una settimana, ma ci ho rimuginato parecchio prima di scrivere la mia recensione.
Tanto per cominciare vi avviso che Stars è il primo libro di Anna Todd che leggo, la serie After non mi aveva mai ispirato, quindi non conoscevo minimamente lo stile di scrittura di questa autrice, molto popolare tra le ragazzine più giovani e le fan dei One Direction.
La trama di questo primo volume della serie new ad
*Werbung*Verlag: Heyne VerlagErschienen: 10.09.2018Seitenzahl:352Preis: 9,99€Genre: New AdultTeil: 1/3
Klappentext:Die 20-jährige Karina konzentriert sich ganz auf ihren Job in einem Massagestudio und will ansonsten einfach nur ihre Ruhe haben. Liebe endete für sie immer im Chaos, und deshalb verfolgt sie eine strikte No-Dating-Policy. Eines Tages taucht ein neuer Kunde auf: Kael ist immer freundlich und hat eine unendlich sanfte Ausstrahlung. Er zieht Karina auf geheimnisvolle Art und Weise an,
Dayle (the literary llama)
Started off okay but started to devolve irrevocably halfway through. It felt like a first draft of a novel that hadn’t been filled out or fully written yet. At times it jumped straight into the middle of something without any context. There were plot holes and rushed sections one moment but then incredibly unnecessary details and repetitive statements a page later. And then the random mood swings and extremely escalated emotions toward the end that just felt disingenuous. I didn’t feel connected ...more
Morelia (Strandedinbooks)
I almost DNF'd this one, but because I love Anna so much and am the biggest fan of her After series, I kept on!

This one was just all over the place for me. My dislike for Karina was strong and a lot of her inner monologue (that stretches far and beyond, dear lord) really stole from the romance in this one. I kept waiting for it, braced myself for the slow-burn, but...just didn't get it. At all. It was just awkward.

I hate that this didn't do it for me, but I'm also a sucker for the second book in
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018


‘Stars seemed so fierce and bright, but by the time they got to us, they were dying, almost gone. And the biggest stars? They burned the fastest as if their intense radiance was too much for them to hold onto.’

Anna Todd writes a melancholy slow burn story about abandonment, deceptions, survival, and love in The Brightest Stars. We carry the marks of our childhoods –be they good or bad- with us into our adult lives. What doesn’t break us makes us stronger as they say, however sometimes, whilst
Amelia Foster
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m a first time reader of Ms. Todd’s and I was super excited to have the opportunity to read “The Brightest Stars.”

First of all, I am an absolute cover snob and I’ve seen a run of really bad ones lately (so sad), but this was an exception. Beautiful, classy, and attention grabbing. The designers and Ms. Todd should be commended because I have deep cover envy here.

“The Brightest Stars” began with a lot of potential. I adore stories that are told in a past/present narrative and this one begins wi
Sep 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books
I felt like I was handed a first draft manuscript that had been dropped on the ground and had chapters switched or lost. I checked and rechecked the copy of my book looking for the words "proof" or "unedited copy" but found none.

This book was not only full of spelling mistakes (including my biggest pet peeve of using the wrong "there") but the characters didn't make sense, the plot was jumpy, and the sequence of events did not match. One second you're reading about how she's faring the day after
Karen Mc
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

I didn’t know what to expect with The Brightest Stars, a book I dove into blindly. After reading a few pages, I was intrigued but still couldn’t wrap my head around this story. Then, after several chapters, everything clicked. I started to feel this story. The Army wife in me connected to this military romance. I was ADDICTED to this tale that made me think as much as it made me feel.

”You are worth every single complication you bring along.”

Told through a struggling but strong young heroine,
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seitdem Anna Todd mich mit ihrer „After“-Reihe vollkommen in den Bann gezogen hat und ich jedes Buch der Reihe verschlungen und geliebt habe, konnte ich es kaum erwarten, eine neue Geschichte von Anna zu lesen. Für mich war „The Brightest Stars“, die meist erwartete Neuerscheinung 2018. Um so glücklicher war ich, endlich das wundervolle Buch in meinen Händen zu halten. Das Cover ist genauso wunderschön, wie bei ihren Vorgängern und ich bin wirklich froh, dass der Heyne Verlag den Stil beibehalte ...more
Ich muss gestehen, dass dieses Buch zu rezensieren für mich mehr als schwierig ist. Vermutlich hänge ich immer noch zu sehr an Tessa & Hardin aus der After Reihe, oder ich benötige einfach noch die Folgebände um die Geschichte komplett begreifen zu können, doch bisher habe ich mich mit dem neuen Buch von Anna Todd schwer getan, obwohl ich begeistert darauf hin gefiebert habe!

Die Geschichte beginnt recht vielversprechend mit einem Blick auf die Zukunft im Jahr 2019 und einem Treffen zwischen
The Final Sentence
This bright star just warmed my heart
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Anna Todd is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the After series. Hailed by Cosmopolitan as “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation,” Anna began her literary career on the social writing and reading platform Wattpad. Published on Wattpad in 2013, After has over 1.5 billion reads on the site. The print edition, published in 2014 by Gallery Books, has been pub ...more

Other books in the series

Karina and Kael (3 books)
  • The Brightest Stars - connected (Karina und Kale, #2)
  • The Brightest Stars - beloved (Karina und Kale, #3)
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