The Brightest Stars by Anna Todd | Book Review

The Brightest StarsKarina and Kale, #1Anna ToddContemporaryFrayed Pages, Inc.September 18th, 2018Paperback300 Pages


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 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, Kale 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 love and lies, THE BRIGHTEST STARS will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.

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The Brightest Stars by Anna Todd

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 drawn up a true chemistry that is not very common to read in romance novels. Especially in a very tough romance where dealing with military life is at stakes. For many, (just like myself) it is a touchy subject since I get very emotional about it, but the back story that comes from Kael is definitely heart breaking since he is one hundred percent different from Karina. She is a ray of sunshine that is helping out her friendship with Kael, and convincing her heart to not let anything other than “friends” happen between her and Kael.

➳The angst is real, and there is no denying these two of being together. But the controversy of allowing changes to happen to Kael’s life is what puts him at a pause.


➳Overall, this was a very interesting novel to read. The chapters were so short I couldn’t believe how I was reading ten chapters in thirty minutes. However, the story that Anna has brought is one that has to be read for sure. Thank you to my favorite gal at LEO Pr sending me a copy of this beauty, I cannot wait for everyone else to enjoy it as much as I did!

ARC kindly provided by the publicist, in exchange for an honest review…

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About Anna:

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 published in over 30 languages and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain. Paramount Pictures acquired film rights to the series with Offspring Entertainment (Step Up franchise, Rock of Ages) set to produce.Anna received the award for Best New Romance Writer from the New Romance Festival in the fall of 2016. Her next book, The Spring Girls, is set for publication in January 2018 and will be a re-imagining of Louisa May Alcott’s classic, Little Women. Anna Todd was born in Dayton, Ohio. She and her husband currently live in Los Angeles with their dog Watty.

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