Title: Balance Broken
Series: Starbright #2
Publication Date: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
Author: Hilary Thompson
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Summary: 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.
Ship: Astrea x Lexan
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Lexan
Needed BROTP: Astrea & Irana
Fave Quote: “All stories are true, Astrea. By speaking them aloud, we bring them to life. Once words mingle with breath and sound, they become something new and alive.”
Actual Review: The second story in the Starbright series was a tough one for me to finish reading. Not because it was boring or slow with middle book syndrome but because the plot was odd and seemed to rub me the wrong way going in places i didn’t expect. I truly do not know if i will read the third book. it’s not that hated the second book but i really just dunno right now.
Balance Broken finds the story with Astrea & Lexan seeking the aid & advice of two Tribesfolk named Stian (BLEH) & Zarea. If you read my first review or any of my CR updates of this book you know that i despise Stian with my whole being. His & Trea’s relationship rubbed me the wrong way greatly. And then low and behold we meet a character that takes the cake and all the other desserts on Creeper. And man do i hate him more than Stian.
As Astrea & company travel to Tartarus (yeah like taht doesnt scream bad idea just by the name of greek mythology Hell) we learn more and more about their powers and the prophecies surrounding this world and Astrea.
This book is rife with greek mythology goodness which i really do enjoy but the certain plot points and scenes just kind of rub me wrong that this book is just not a favorite.
Astrea has some great character development and really pushes at being and learning to just be herself and find her destiny on her own not linked to anyone else. It’s a great girl power feeling and i totally understand her needs
Lexan is perfect as always, he is definitely still number 1-5 of favorite character in this series. it would have been really nice to have his POV in some chapters but oh well.
Overall the book was not terrible but just not a favorite. Maybe i will read the last one (i saw Lexan has a POV) but who knows. Only time will tell.