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I am thrilled to be part of The Midnight Gardens Blog Tour (be sure to visit their kickoff post and the other stops) for This Shattered World. Last year they released These Broken Stars which was an easy favorite for me. I was eager to read this companion novel and get to know more characters and more about the world they’ve created. I was incredibly impressed with this installment (my review) and can’t wait for the release so everyone can read it (and I can get my hands on a shiny hardcover).

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Artwork created by the talented Tiffany Fay.

13138734About the book:
The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

Visit the These Broken Stars website for the latest news on the series and follow the authors on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner. This Shattered World is available for pre-order (with fun swag!) and will be released in North America on December 23, 2014.

Giveaway:
5 hardback copies of THIS SHATTERED WORLD
or a Grand Prize consisting of
— autographed copies of the first two books
— Starbound swag
— a secret letter from Tarver to Lilac, which may be kept private by the recipient, or shared publicly on a blog, etc.
— coffee with the authors at one of their upcoming US tour stops in January, OR a Skype chat!

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And don’t miss the special pre-order offer! I’m most excited about the signed copy from both authors

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Review of This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)This Shattered World
By: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Release Date: December 23rd 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Format: Print ARC
Source: Gift from Jon (Bookish Antics) and won a copy from The Midnight Garden

My Rating:
star

Summary:
Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

My Thoughts:
I thought I’d read the first chapter to get a feel for the book and ended up not stopping until I was 3/4ths done with the book. I was completely mesmerized with the story and loved that it seamlessly tied into These Broken Stars. It was incredible to see Tarver and Lilac again (even for such a short amount of time). I loved how this world/galaxy feels so fleshed out and I can’t wait to see where they go from here. This story feels that it could continue into more than just one more book (fingers crossed).

The characters are all well developed and motivated by many factors. I loved that no one was perfect and each character struggled with their own internal battles. I felt that the relationships were well done though I never got as invested in Lee and Flynn as I was with Tarver and Lilac. I can’t pin-point exactly why I didn’t connect as deep but it could be their personalities. It wasn’t due to a lack of character development though.

Both the main characters were beautifully fleshed out and unique in their attributes. I loved the growth each character experienced especially Lee’s. She started the story closed off and motivated almost entirely by her duty. It was intriguing to watch her wrestle with her feelings especially for Flynn.

Spooner and Kaufman know how to create a male lead. Like Tarver, Flynn was incredibly likeable and easy to root for throughout the entire story. Though the two lead’s relationship was present it didn’t feel as dominant as in the first book. There were so many large issues on the planet to resolve the story had a broader approach and looked into the bigger picture of political and business corruption.

Action scenes were vivid and easy to imagine as well as the atmosphere of the planet. I  loved how creepy and realistic the descriptions were and how I could completely imagine a young planet being like that. The settler’s plight was understandable as well as their anger when the terraforming plans were not at the level promised. I can’t help but always imagine Doctor Who when I read about a planet being terraformed so many of my personal images are from the series.

Final Thoughts:
Kaufman and Spooner are experts at crafting beautiful characters and a world that seems incredibly fleshed out and real. I can’t wait to read more from them and though I liked This Shattered World just the tiniest bit less than These Broken Stars it has still become a favorite.

Stacking the Shelves

This last week started off to be so incredibly sad with the passing of Robin Williams. I have always been a fan of his movies and his death hit me really hard. I was shocked and saddened to my core. Then all the other stuff in the news…just a pretty depressing week.

My personal life is going great though and summer is starting to wrap up. I absolutely love fall and I there is evidence of it coming sooner than later. I even saw some fall floral at my local Target. My kiddo starts school in a week! I can’t believe it. I’m nervous but I know he’s going to really love it so I’m excited more than anything.

I purchased the domain to a new site I’m going to be doing- My Friends Are Minifigures. I’m sure you can guess, it’ll be a Lego blog. I’ve done absolutely nothing besides get the domain but eventually I plan to.

This last week I got some great books…like flail and pass out type great books. I can’t wait to get started reading them. I’ll be buddy reading The Young Elites with Jon from Scott Reads It and we’ll start tomorrow. So excited!!

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

Won- from The Midnight Garden. Thank you so much!!

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Look at that pile of books and The Young Elites is signed. I can’t believe I won the Midnight Garden’s ALA giveaway–I still can’t believe it even with the books on my shelf.

For Review (from HarperTeen):

 ExquisiteCaptive

For Review (from Hachette):

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Yay books! I had requested Exquisite Captive but not Vampires of Manhattan. I’d honestly not even heard of it or read The Blue Bloods series. I have started it (about 70 pages in) and it’s okay so far. I feel like I’m missing a lot having not read the Blue Bloods since it seems to be taking place in a world after that series.

How was your last week?

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

This week I acquired some of my most wanted books for the year!

For Review (via publisher):

Sinner

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

I already read this one-it was an incredibly addicting read. My review should go up next week.

For Review (via Edelweiss):

 Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

I have been desperate to read this one and so when I got the email that I had access on Edelweiss I might have squealed a bit.

Gifted (Thank you Jon from Scott Reads It):

Jackaby

This Shattered World by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman, Jackaby by Will Ritter and The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

I am so thankful to my wonderful bloggy friends. I had several people offer to send Jackaby from seeing my desperate need for this book on Twitter. You reading folks are truly the best. I’ve never loved a community so much. And Jon–thank you so much for grabbing these for me at BEA.

Purchased:

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

EXCITEMENT. I started this last night after  my husband went out to get me a copy because I was sick. Sweetest husband in the world.

Posts from Last Week:

I have to fangirl a bit because Fierce Reads posted our Lego cover to their tumblr! Mary Pearson will also be adding it to her page dedicated to fan art. So honored for them to include our Lego artwork