Published by Frayed Pages, Inc. on September 18, 2018
Special Thanks to Anna Todd for sponsoring this giveaway and providing me with a review copy!
Internationally bestselling author Anna Todd returns with a gripping novel about a young woman’s quest to keep her family together, despite the lies that are tearing them apart.
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 quiet life in her own little house. But she hasn’t turned her back on her family. She’s the glue that holds them together—when her father is deployed, when her brother, Austin, has another brush with the law.
Karina knows that she has to look after herself, that she can’t always fix what’s broken. But when Austin’s behavior worsens and her father’s reactions grow more extreme, Karina feels her own edges beginning to fray. That’s when she meets him—a closed book she’s desperate to open.
At just twenty, Kael is a handsome, brooding soldier struggling with the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan. He’s emotionally damaged and closed off. Quiet doesn’t begin to describe him. But as Karina gets used to his stable presence, she finds it hard to ignore the way he makes her feel. In their time together, she finds the stillness she has always wanted and never found. She lets down her guard. And she lets herself fill in the blanks about this mysterious man.
But illusions quickly made are quickly shattered. That’s when Karina has to find her own courage—to untangle the truth from the lies, and decide what she’s going to do about it.
A riveting story about the love and lies, THE BRIGHTEST STARS will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.
Anna Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the After series, The Spring Girls and the upcoming The Brightest Stars. Always an avid reader, she began writing stories on her phone on Wattpad, the reading and writing multiplatform for original stories, with After becoming the most read series on the platform with over 1.5 billion reads. The print edition was published in 2014. It has been published in over 30 languages, with more than 11 million copies sold worldwide, and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain. The film adaptation, which Anna is co-producing, is set to be released in early 2019. Anna and her husband currently live in Los Angeles.
Find her at AnnaTodd.com, on Twitter at @imaginator1d, on Instagram at @imaginator1d, and on Wattpad as Imaginator1D.
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I was hoping for a light-hearted romance but instead found myself emotionally entangled with two new characters, Karina and Kael. Kael has had several tours of duty and remains, like most soldiers, quiet about that part of his life. At only twenty, he has seen more in life than most adults at fifty. Of course, he is damaged but he is moving on, like any good soldier. Karina has grown up in a military family, so she knows the stress of the situation. She has a stable life with a good job and a home but when she see Kael again, she is drawn to him with all of his flaws.
Even as their romance is blooming, there are societal tensions that threaten this new couple but their warmth really tries to break through what I consider pettiness. You can feel the tension building between the two and yes, there is a lot of romance there. I really liked that it felt like the right thing at the right time and wasn’t rushed. If you are a fan of military life then this romance should be at the top of your to be read list! This one left me with a feeling that things are unsettled so I expect a follow-up.
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- Copy of The Brightest Stars
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