Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie

These Broken Stars is one of my favorites of December 2013 (the date is from when I read it). Magical, mystical, marvelous, there’s only one thing this book is missing- a playlist! Thankfully, I’ve got just the music for the sweepingly gorgeous book.

About These Broken Stars:

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it. (Goodreads)


  • I Bet You Don’t Curse God by Christina Grimmie

    There’s a lot of sadness and a hint of anger in “I Bet You Don’t Curse God.” Christina Grimmie masters these emotions, all while making me think of Lilac and Tarver and These Broken Stars.


    • She Looks So Perfect by 5 Seconds of Summer

    This song gives the same feeling that These Broken Stars does. I thought both the song and the book were going to be terrible. I was wrong. Not only that, but both “She Looks so Perfect” and These Broken Stars are really happy and smile-inducing.


      • Something More by Aly and AJ

        Yup, let’s all be honest here. The moment Lilac met Tarver, when Tarver met Lilac (did you get the allusion?), we readers knew there was going to be something more. Plus, I loved this song about seven years ago. Flashback!


        • R U Mine? by Arctic Monkeys

        I have this huge obsession with Arctic Monkeys. “R U Mine?” not only satisfies my obsession but also conveys the chemistry and the uncertainty in Lilac and Tarver’s relationship.


        • Blonde by Bridgit Mendler

        In “Blonde,” Bridgit Mendler makes fun of the stereotypes that society has of blondes. Kind of like the preconceived notions has of Lilac. This song is definitely a reminder of the initial annoyance Lilac and Tarver have with each other.


          • Go to Hell, for Heaven’s Sake by Bring Me the Horizon

          While the song is a little angrier than These Broken Stars, I think the message is clear: Lilac and Tarver initially detest each other. A lot. I also chose this song because I’ve gotten obsessed with Bring Me the Horizon, but you really don’t have to know that…


          • Everybody’s Fool by Evanescence

          Evanescence sings about being everybody’s fool, kind of like the notion everyone has of Lilac. Contrary to popular belief, she’s actually smart and wickedly amazing, just like this song!