The Starbright Series – Hilary Thompson

Justice Buried (Starbright #1)

The people need Justice, but she’s not listening.

One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three dystopian cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to rescue them.

Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior – too bad for them she isn’t a believer. Astrea fights her fate until discovering a power she never knew she had, and a handsome ally she never expected. With her life in danger, Astrea must choose between saving her city or herself.

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This is another freebie ebook that I was sent. The storyline really caught my attention, it’s an unusual mix of dystopia, astrology, mythology and magic with some romance thrown in.

The story captured my interest almost straight away. Astra (our main character) lives unground in a giant cave that was created hundreds of years ago when the great sickness wiped out most of the population, in a community that calls themselves Asphodel. There are 2 also other cities and Asta is the prophesied maiden that is supposed to bring the people of Asphodel out of the cave to unite with the two other cities that are left and bring about justice.

Main Characters:  

Astra: Astra is the lead in this series, she is very frustrated at her situation which is highlighted a lot throughout the story. I would also say that she is passionate about the people she cares about and she is definitely fierce. I did enjoy her character but there were some aspects of her personality that irritated me, which was mainly her denial at what was happening around her.

Lexan: Lexan is the main male leads in this book. He is Asra’s balance and is the opposite of Astra, they are “destined” to together. I actually prefer his character to Astra. He seems to have more maturity and is much more accepting of the situation that he is in. He is protective of Astra and strongly believes in what he is prophesied to do.

Stian: Stian is the stranger from the outside that finds his way into the cave where Astra meditates. When he was introduced to the story I thought ok this could be interesting but the more read about the Stian the less and less I liked him. He doesn’t seem very trustworthy and he definitely has his own agenda.

The thing I liked most about the story was the astrology element. I used to be very into this when I was younger. I liked how people are matched up using their birth charts (even though it’s completely unrealistic) and how the founders of the Asphodel used this to build their entire belief system. Oh and the cover of the book is sooo pretty!!

The one thing that I really hated about this story was the love triangle between Astra, Lexan, and Stian! I’m not a huge fan of love triangles anyway but this one in particular really didn’t sit right with me. SPOILERS AHEAD! It almost felt forced that Astra developed feelings for Stian. Almost as if she was more in love with the idea of him because she so desperately didn’t want to be with Lexan.

Overall this was a goodish book. It’s not one that I’d rave about but I did like most of it, and I did read the next book just to see where the story went.

My Rating for this story 2.5/5

Spoilers Ahead!

Balance Broken (Starbright #2)

Balance Broken is the second in the Starbright series. In the first book, Justice Buried, Astrea fights to remain independent in a world which demands she submit to an ancient prophecy. In Balance Broken, she learns that independence means little when the world is depending on her.

The world cries for Order, but she’s igniting a revolution.

One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now, Asphodel no longer lingers underground, and the Starbright Maiden of Justice has returned.

Everyone has faith in Astrea’s ability to save the world – but only she knows the dark truth about her powers.

Astrea teams with Stian, Lexan, and Zarea to enlist the help of Lord Hadeon of Tartarus. They hope Hadeon will aid in attacking Asphodel’s First Leader Keirna, but the Destroyer usually takes lives, not sides.

As Astrea discovers life outside of Asphodel, she begins to wonder whether the remaining world is too broken to save – especially since the price of freedom just might be her own life.

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This book picks up from where the first one ended. There is a lot more action is this one and I felt it was a much better book than the first. Astra’s characters development was good although for the first half of the book she did still annoy me.

We also introduced to Zarea a friend of Stian’s that also turns out to be his ex-girlfriend.

Asra’s continued “relationship” with Stian is still happening in the first quarter of this book despite him betraying her and lying to her! At one point I did want to scream in frustration at Astra at the ease that she just forgave him. I mean seriously girl he said he wouldn’t hand you over to his tribe and then does that exact thing to save his own ass and you just forgive him!?  Stian also gets supremely jealous of Lexan when he shows interest in Zarea and he smooths things over with Astrea by saying that he doesn’t have feelings for Zarea he’s just protective of her!

I felt it a little unnecessary to have 4 characters who are with the wrong people when they obviously have feelings for the opposite people. The only person who was honest was Lexan. You can tell the entire time Astra does have stronger feelings for Lexan than she does for Stian but she still fights this because she wants to make her own decision about who she wants to be with, not realising that choosing Lexan will still be her own choice!

Thankfully this doesn’t go on for long and the rest of the story is really really good and it kept me guessing until the very end.

So my overall rating for this book is 3/5 I haven’t read the next one yet but I do plan to, which I think is a good indication of how well the overall story is because even though I didnt like a huge chunk of the story I do want to find out what happens next.

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