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message 1: by Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh" (last edited Jun 24, 2015 07:43PM) (new)

Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh" I think Jay Kristoff is pretty phenomenal. You must read his The Lotus War trilogy! (It made me cry. At my desk.) I also like Kaufman's Starbound series, but nothing like Kristoff's series.


message 2: by karen (new)

karen i have never read either of them before - they totally didn't look like my kind of books. but good lord, i need a book to make me cry. i shall trust you!


[Name Redacted] I am disappointed this isn't available now. I AM IMPATIENT!


message 4: by karen (new)

karen IN SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOUR IMPATIENCE!


message 5: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa J. Yep. This book is definitely going to sell A LOT.


message 6: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Spoer Guess I'm reading this after Dark Eden....


Neil (or bleed) I'm really sure now that I will read this book!


[Name Redacted] karen wrote: "IN SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOUR IMPATIENCE!"

*image of me pounding on the glass and screaming without sound*


message 9: by Isabelle Jade (new)

Isabelle Jade I picked up an arc of this and I'm psyched to read it! Glad you gave it a high rating-makes me anticipate it even more:)


message 10: by Anmiryam (new)

Anmiryam I was fooled by the packaging as well. I thought they were finished books until I looked at my copy the other day and realized it's a fricking ARC. I won't read it until much later this summer -- but I'm now thinking it's going to be a lot more fun than I expected.


message 11: by shanghao (last edited Jun 25, 2015 07:12AM) (new)

shanghao Jay Kristoff's writing in Stormdancer didn't really do it for me but maybe that's just the cultural in appropriation part rearing its ugly head. Shall check this out based on your thumbs up!


message 12: by Miriam (new)

Miriam karen wrote: "i have never read either of them before - they totally didn't look like my kind of books. but good lord, i need a book to make me cry."

How about your checkbook...?


message 13: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] Hmmm. This review actually makes me LESS inclined to read it... STOP JERKING ME AROUND, KAREN! DX


message 14: by Eh?Eh! (new)

Eh?Eh! Is anyone else seeing blacks boxes over locations where context indicates there are cuss words??


message 15: by karen (new)

karen hahah cusswords?? ME???? oh, right, me. yeah, that's how it's done in the book, so i decided to play along. that's one of the things i thought was maybe too precious at first. the novel is framed as a file delivered to an unknown (until the end) recipient, and all the cussin' has been redacted at the request of the recipient. a character points out that it's a little strange to be squeamish about words when so many people die so graphically in the file, but - following orders and all. but i got used to it, and there are A LOT of blacked-out words. so reviewer-me says it's a clever way for the authors to swear throughout the book and not offend any word-ticklish parents/school libraries. reader-me says you get used to it. although sometimes i was unclear which actual word was being covered.sometimes those bars are LONG.


message 16: by karen (new)

karen speaking of redacted - sorry, buddy! someone will probably write a better review than i did - it's really good, i swear. what made it sound bad? i will try to fix it!


message 17: by [Name Redacted] (last edited Jun 27, 2015 05:45AM) (new)

[Name Redacted] karen wrote: "speaking of redacted - sorry, buddy! someone will probably write a better review than i did - it's really good, i swear. what made it sound bad? i will try to fix it!"

Ha ha, sorry! It was pretty much everything after "it did not grab me from the outset...". I think you may have been so dedicated to not spoiling things, that you specifically addressed all the elements that cost it that 5th star...without mentioning any of the specific things that made it worth slogging through the (by now totally expected) YA-crap elements for the other 4 stars. And I get that, especially when a book's appeal comes from elements you can't address without ruining the experience, but it means the review comes across as "Here is an itemized list of things that make this a terrible book. But you should totally read it anyway! For reasons! Vague, unspecified reasons!"

I may just be leery because of having been burned so so so so so so so so so many times by YA books. It seems like every YA book I like is a rare, glorious exception. Heck, my favorite recent YA series turned out to have been written as non-YA and then shoved into that particular pigeon-hole by the publishers before it hit shelves just because it had a teenaged protagonist.


message 18: by karen (new)

karen yeah, that was stupid of me. i think i was just surprised that i liked it so much even though it had so many things that on paper should not have worked for the reader that is me i felt it necessary to address those things. but it's just very good, solid fun. there's great action, tension, world-building, surprises, incredibly harrowing circumstances, and cool problem-solving. i dunno - it's hard to review without saying "AND THEN THIS HAPPENED AND I WAS LIKE WHAAAAAAT?"


message 19: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] karen wrote: "yeah, that was stupid of me. i think i was just surprised that i liked it so much even though it had so many things that on paper should not have worked for the reader that is me i felt it necessar..."

Fair enough. I will give it a shot...


message 20: by karen (new)

karen in space, no one can hear you give it a shot.


i'll be here all week, folks...


message 21: by Miriam (new)

Miriam That cover tho :(


message 22: by karen (new)

karen is it bad?? it's cool in person - i will try to remember to photograph it tomorrow


message 23: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] Miriam wrote: "That cover tho :("

The cover for the novel she reviewed, or for that other YA book in the body of the review?


message 24: by karen (new)

karen oh, good point. i may get to save my film!


message 25: by Miriam (new)

Miriam [Name Redacted] wrote: "Miriam wrote: "That cover tho :("

The cover for the novel she reviewed, or for that other YA book in the body of the review?"


For These Broken Stars. I actually like the Illuminae cover, although it doesn't scream "star-crossed YA romance in outer space" to me, which I guess is just as well because I'd never pick that up.


message 26: by karen (new)

karen it's way more action than romance. way more. my review is shitty and full of lies. i think i was just trying to make the point that i do not like outer space and i do not like romance. and this has both. i am bad at reviewing books.


message 27: by Miriam (last edited Jun 28, 2015 11:29AM) (new)

Miriam karen wrote: "i am bad at reviewing books."

So hysterical teens keep telling you.

But seriously, no, that's how the blurb makes it sound, too. It sounds like one of those YA "huge important stuff is happening but let's focus on our feeeeelings about boys" books that piss me off with their stupidity.


message 28: by karen (new)

karen that's a part of it, but it's more like the jumping off point than the primary concern.

hysterical teens really get me.


message 29: by Aly (new)

Aly Locatelli I want to read this so bad! Glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the pictures :P


message 30: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] Miriam wrote: "karen wrote: "i am bad at reviewing books."

So hysterical teens keep telling you.

But seriously, no, that's how the blurb makes it sound, too. It sounds like one of those YA "huge important stuff..."


YES. EXACTLY. This is why I avoid YA lit written for girls generally -- they tend to be absurdly A) sociopathic, and B) misogynistic! And yet women eat them up!


message 31: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] karen wrote: "that's a part of it, but it's more like the jumping off point than the primary concern.

hysterical teens really get me."


GET you a new car?


Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin I just got this book today! I hope to love it! I'm glad you liked it. It's a cool looking book too!


message 33: by karen (new)

karen yeah, i'm a sucker for good design!


Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin I had no idea it looked like that inside! Those pages and.. hmmmm (view spoiler)


message 35: by karen (new)

karen i know!! makes it go quicker!


message 36: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Melissa wrote: "I had no idea it looked like that inside! Those pages and.. hmmmm [spoilers removed]"

I recently read a book that also had (view spoiler). Maybe this is a thing now.


message 37: by Kasia (new)

Kasia Just finished it, so good


message 38: by William (new)

William Thank you for the review! This is on my top-to-read list now!


message 39: by Ellie (new)

Ellie I totally agree with you-- These Broken Stars keeps popping up in my recommendations page, but the cover screams "DON'T READ ME!" Maybe I should give it a try, because I loved the author's other books...?


message 40: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Great review; I agree with 95% of it (except that I didn't see the women-in-power pandering you saw, and I was glad for the YA "everything works out in the end" formula, since I wanted it to even though I was blown away by what seemed like a departure from that format as well). I especially liked your inclusion of the "These Broken Stars" cover and your blacked-out profanity. Now I'm going to check out your spoiler; I wish I knew how to do a link to a spoiler, because any complete review of this book requires a spoiler.


message 41: by karen (new)

karen i don't know how to link to a spoiler, but you can make your own - that little "some html is ok" link above the comment box'll teach you how!


message 42: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Cool . . . thanks! I saw that it was underlined but hadn't yet clicked it to see that it just revealed a hidden sentence. A new HTML trick for me! (Obviously, I'm not all that conversant with HTML -- just enough to properly italicize or highlight or make a block quote.)


message 43: by karen (new)

karen everything i know i learned from goodreads, so i am right there with ya!


Ollie ||Bookish_Girl|| Great review😁 I know the big twist you are talking about and I totally felt the same - did not expect it, loved it and was very dissapointed when it all turned back around. But none the less, loved the story and especialy the format of the book.


message 45: by karen (new)

karen yay! yeah, i loved this series... sniff... all gone.


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