Monday, October 23, 2017

SHATTERED STARS BY THERESA KAY - BOOK REVIEW

This is the third and, I believe, the final book in the Broken Skies series. It's been a long time coming for me, I remember reading the first book way back when it was first released two years ago. And while I am sad to see the series end, I am happy with how things turned out.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is Shattered Star by Theresa Kay. Thanks so much to the author for sending me an eARC for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.



Before I get too far into this review, please be aware that there will likely be spoilers for books one and two as this is the third book in the series.

Alright, so this book follows Jax and Lir as they continue to forge an alliance with the humans and E'rikon. It's been a while, but I believe that the story picks up soon after book two ends. Jax and Lir are also working towards finding and taking down Jastren, who has Jace held captive. I can't really say too much more without spoiling things, so I will leave it at that.

As in the other books, I loved the characters. Jax is just as kick-butt as she was in the first book and her relationship with Lir is swoon-worthy. I just love the two of them together! Lir is also just as wonderful as usual. I really loved the dynamic of their relationship and the ways it grew in this novel.

Plotwise, things were a little slow to start. I think I was just so used to the first book being so action-packed that I was expecting more from this one initially. But, I did enjoy the more character-based development that happened throughout the book. There were times when not a lot of action was happening, but the characters were hashing out their issues that had been left to fester for so long. A couple of times I had to stop and question what was the end goal for this book because there was more character development than plot development, but once I figured that out, I got more into the novel. There is definitely lots of action later on, but the beginning is more character-driven.

I really liked the alternating POV between Jax and Jace. I've enjoyed Kay's writing style since book one, so I knew that wouldn't be an issue, but I was a little worried about the similarity of the twin's voices. Luckily, they were quite distinct and I had little problem distinguishing between the two. Jace's mind is so broken as a result of his interactions with Jastren and it was fascinating to see the differences between his and his sister's perspective and thought processes.

The only issue that stood out to me was the connection/link communication thing. I'm sure it was explained in an earlier book, but it's been so long that I don't remember. Anyway, they communicated through it by thinking to each other instead of talking because it was quicker and easier. I kinda felt like that doesn't make sense. I guess if the other person is already in your head and understands your thoughts before you can formulate a sentence, then it's quicker, but as a reader of the story, having to read their thoughts, it wasn't quicker. And I understand the necessity in a public setting where you want a conversation to be private, but there were times when they were alone and still thought things to each other. I know it's a nit-picky detail, but it is one that comes up quite a bit throughout the book.

Overall, I think this was a really great alien series and would definitely recommend it!