Before the Broken Star
A fierce young female adventurer battles time itself to claim her destiny in a sweeping new fantasy saga from the author of the Hundredth Queen series.Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. But Everley’s hunt for justice will be a long and hard-won voyage.Her journey takes her to a penal colony on a cursed isle, where she will be married off and charged to build the new world. It is here, and beyond, that hidden realms hide, treasures are unearthed, her family secrets are buried, and young love will test the strength of her makeshift heart. When Everley discovers Markham may not be who he seems, her pursuit for truth is bound to his redemption, her tragic history, and her astonishing destiny.

Before the Broken Star Details

TitleBefore the Broken Star
Author
ReleaseJun 1st, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
ISBN-139781721354443
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fiction

Before the Broken Star Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    In the beginning, there was no time, and no man or beast walked the world. Where the ocean met the land, an ivory mare was born, her mane crafted from sea-foam and her body from barnacles. She was the Creator, goddess of all conception and supreme ruler of seven worlds This book was pretty awesome! I love Everley, who has a clockwork heart because of evil things. Creator on image We have wooden soldiers, pixies, elven, pirates, bad @rse women, and so much more! This was a fun book and I look fo In the beginning, there was no time, and no man or beast walked the world. Where the ocean met the land, an ivory mare was born, her mane crafted from sea-foam and her body from barnacles. She was the Creator, goddess of all conception and supreme ruler of seven worlds This book was pretty awesome! I love Everley, who has a clockwork heart because of evil things. Creator on image We have wooden soldiers, pixies, elven, pirates, bad @rse women, and so much more! This was a fun book and I look forward to the next book!!Happy Reading!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾MY BLOGAMAZON REVIEW
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. I basically despised this author’s The Hundredth Queen and couldn’t finish it (if that’s of any surprise) so it slightly unsettled me when I took hold of this book, opened it, started reading it… and finished it pleased enough by the events and characters.It was good, it was actually good. I remember disliking the tropes in The Hundredth Queen and finding the characters one-dimensional and the plot too familiar. Even the writing I think didn’t capture me. But this was… different. The 3.5 stars. I basically despised this author’s The Hundredth Queen and couldn’t finish it (if that’s of any surprise) so it slightly unsettled me when I took hold of this book, opened it, started reading it… and finished it pleased enough by the events and characters.It was good, it was actually good. I remember disliking the tropes in The Hundredth Queen and finding the characters one-dimensional and the plot too familiar. Even the writing I think didn’t capture me. But this was… different. The world-building is odd, but a good kind of odd that encourages your curiosity.It’s a mix of historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy. Historical fiction: the land is ruled by a queen, the characters behave like they’re in 18th century England so you can expect women to be subdued, sadly. Science fiction: time plays an important role with a Father Time who controls it. Also, the heroine has a clock heart (oh, steampunk!). Fantasy: there are myths and legends and magical creatures such as fairies and witches. It’s a rare combination, which is what fascinated me most. And it really, really helped that the author explained everything in a clear way. Too many writers create worlds that THEY seem to understand like no one else. Literally because the reader can’t make heads or tails of it. Such was not the case here. The dialog was clear. Characters’ intentions were clear (unless they were purposefully ambiguous). A good book is a book you can actually read and understand and this was definitely that. This is especially important if said book is driven by action as much as by its characters, which applies here.I would have appreciated a less pessimistic heroine… Someone who thinks about the joys of life more than the hardships of it and what life has taken from her. Someone who trusts people more and takes time to get to know them, like the love interest does. But at least she’s more likeable than the weird villain. His character is so forced it’s comic. If he were in front of me and smirking, I would just throw a pie at him because he’s too much, man. All in all, good job, Emily R. King. I’m happy I could finish your book and enjoy it in the process.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    3 Stars!!🌟🌟🌟 “I believe in monsters. I have seen them take and destroy, suffocate and shred, every sliver of light in the world.” Everley lives on borrowed time. The only survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she has been gifted- will not last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how little time she has, and quickens her quest to expose Killian, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead 3 Stars!!🌟🌟🌟 “I believe in monsters. I have seen them take and destroy, suffocate and shred, every sliver of light in the world.” Everley lives on borrowed time. The only survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she has been gifted- will not last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how little time she has, and quickens her quest to expose Killian, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. But Everley’s hunt for justice will be a long and hard-won voyage.Her journey takes her to a colony on a cursed island, where she will be married off and charged to build the new world. It is here, and beyond, that hidden realms hide, treasures are unearthed, her family secrets are buried, and young love will test the strength of her makeshift heart. When Everley discovers Killian may not be who he seems, her pursuit for truth is bound to his redemption, her tragic history, and her destiny.I have read Kings previous series The Hundredth Queen and enjoyed it- though it did have its slow moments, it was a decent read with a great plot. I found a few similarities though with this series. Mainly the fact that the MC is forced into a marriage so it kind of threw me off a bit at first but-I enjoyed this book. Although, it did not come without holes. I was really invested in the book and starting to get on with the characters but after about the 50 % mark something shifted and it lost my full attention. I kept feeling a little confused - and thought that there were a lot of info dumping moments that were not really needed. Therefore leaving me a little bored. Other than that, it was an enjoyable read- just not my favorite. Overall- I am pretty sure I will give the next book in the series a go and look forward to seeing how everything comes together.
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  • Kathryn Purdie
    January 1, 1970
    An epically drawn fantasy, complete with a strong cast of females, high seas adventures, a mysterious island, and an awesome original mythology that ties into everything, as well as a girl with a clockwork heart. Emily R. King's imagination, plotting, and characters blew me away! Highly recommend!
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  • Teodora
    January 1, 1970
    Not a bad read. Quite interesting, expanding the motif of time. To me, it went to a similar road as Everless by Sara Holland. Everley lives on borrowed time, she is the only survivor of her family and she has a mechanic heart to keep her on track. Even though there are some similarities between the two books, this one turns to a whole new experience when Everley ends up in a colony on a cursed island where she has to marry and build a new world.A quite fascinating book, definitely worth seeing h Not a bad read. Quite interesting, expanding the motif of time. To me, it went to a similar road as Everless by Sara Holland. Everley lives on borrowed time, she is the only survivor of her family and she has a mechanic heart to keep her on track. Even though there are some similarities between the two books, this one turns to a whole new experience when Everley ends up in a colony on a cursed island where she has to marry and build a new world.A quite fascinating book, definitely worth seeing how it further develops.
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  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    January 1, 1970
    ****4.5 Tick Tock Stars****I love when I pick up a book that grabs my interest immediately during the weekend! This way I can snuggle on my chaise and not have to close the book for more important things. I devoured this book and couldn't get enough of these characters. This was a perfect fantasy that included a ton of female heroines, love interest, bravery, sadness and so much more. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series!
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  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    I was in the mood for fantasy and this author had been recommended by a friend . Telling the story of Everley is like taking the reader on a journey as we are introduced to a young woman who clearly has issues and limitations. For starters she’s living a lie and hiding who she really is then there’s the fact that Everley nearly died as a child and now depends on a clockwork heart to keep her breathing ! Now you would think that’s enough to contend with but no Everley wants revenge on the cruel m I was in the mood for fantasy and this author had been recommended by a friend . Telling the story of Everley is like taking the reader on a journey as we are introduced to a young woman who clearly has issues and limitations. For starters she’s living a lie and hiding who she really is then there’s the fact that Everley nearly died as a child and now depends on a clockwork heart to keep her breathing ! Now you would think that’s enough to contend with but no Everley wants revenge on the cruel man who slaughtered her entire family and finally finds a way to catch up to him. As with all good stories though the task requires sacrifice and for Everley that means willingly becoming a convict and then being transported to a cursed island. I loved the beginning of this book and found myself immediately having sympathy for Everley. She knows that Killian is on the island but has no idea exactly what else she will encounter there and for the reader it was always going to be a magical tale and the author does not disappoint. Yet the sea journey was perhaps my favourite part of this story as the female convicts find themselves being married off and naturally Everley has not one suiter but two ! Her husband and any possible romance sadly seemed neglected and if I’m blunt just didn’t really go anywhere. However the reunion with Killian was designed to confuse the reader and it was done in such a way to elicit sympathy but you just know in this topsy turvy scenario that time will yet again throw more revelations into the mix. That right there is a feature of this story as Time ( yes here it deserves a capital) is a theme running throughout and even if you have serious questions about Everleys heart you cannot fail to be impressed by everything else the author throws in. Magic, mythical creatures and just ordinary greedy humans feature here with a story that is set to continue and luckily there not too long to wait.This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a marvellous mix of magic and adventure, with an heroine that is strong-willed and has an enormous heart for those she loves. I absolutely loved all the characters (and hated the villainous ones). The misadventures bring her to a penal colony on a cursed isle, where everything she knew will be questioned.Many thanks to Amazon Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Kirsty
    January 1, 1970
    I'm rather disappointed tbh, I loved the idea behind this book, and I enjoyed the first 40% but after they reached the island the book just fell flat for me, everything was wishy washy, had no depth, I lost my interest in the characters, I couldn't even care less if they all died.I read the whole book I didn't DNF which is a bonus, but it's left me feeling meh. Won't be reading the sequel and this won't be a re read.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Pitched as a dark re-imagining and gender swap of Pinocchio, in which a swordswoman with a clock heart races across the high seas to avenge her family's immortal murderer before she runs out of borrowed time.Can I get a hell yes? Oh and it's currently only 99p kindle / £3.99 paperback on Amazon as part of their First Reads program. Who doesn't love a bargain?
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    “I believe in monsters. I have seen them take and destroy, suffocate and shred, every sliver of light in the world.”Everley Donovan shouldn’t be alive. When she was a child, a man murdered her family and left her for dead, and she only lived by the ingeniously crafted clockwork heart that now resides in her chest. Everley is wrongly convicted as a criminal, and is sent with other convicts to colonize a cursed island. But Everley has a chance at her revenge, as the governor of the cursed isle is “I believe in monsters. I have seen them take and destroy, suffocate and shred, every sliver of light in the world.”Everley Donovan shouldn’t be alive. When she was a child, a man murdered her family and left her for dead, and she only lived by the ingeniously crafted clockwork heart that now resides in her chest. Everley is wrongly convicted as a criminal, and is sent with other convicts to colonize a cursed island. But Everley has a chance at her revenge, as the governor of the cursed isle is none other than the man who killed her family.This story has a combination of things I don’t think I’ve found in a book before. Historical fiction settings/cultures, fantasy and myths, and even some steampunk vibes! The country is ruled by a Queen, females wear dresses with petticoats, there’s a wooden clockwork heart, and also fairies, curses, and magical realms. I was a bit worried that all these different components might not flow well together, and while they were all very interesting, it didn’t quite connect for me.The first part of the story takes place in Everley’s city, then a huge chunk takes place on the sea voyage to the cursed island. The last part takes place on the cursed isle. These different settings unfortunately did not flow well into the other, and it felt as though the first half of the book was a completely separate genre from the second half. I wish the story might have been balanced a bit better as the sea voyage was very slow and took up a lot of the story, whereas the super interesting magical part of the story seemed packed and rushed into the last chapters. I would’ve loved more time and attention placed on the cursed isle and what they find there.BUT that being said, this story was a fun, imaginative read! I loved the myths and fairytales surrounding Everley’s life and all the magical possibilities. There are many badass female characters who sword fight and take matters into their own hands I’m completely here for it!There wasn’t much character growth, and there were a few things left unanswered, but I’m assuming those thing will be achieved in the next book(s), as this isn’t a standalone book. Although this story lacked in some areas, it was a quick, enjoyable read. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it!
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy via the publisher from Netgalley for an honest review.Wow.....just, wow! This novel I think is an all new level of amazing and something that I completely did not expect, but entirely in a good way. Emily introduced an incredibly amazing, whole new world that just sucked me in and kept me completely guessing. Tying some amazing mythology, religious beliefs (in the novel, not preaching), and some fantastic bad ass women with a steampunk flare! This was a whole new amaz I received an advanced copy via the publisher from Netgalley for an honest review.Wow.....just, wow! This novel I think is an all new level of amazing and something that I completely did not expect, but entirely in a good way. Emily introduced an incredibly amazing, whole new world that just sucked me in and kept me completely guessing. Tying some amazing mythology, religious beliefs (in the novel, not preaching), and some fantastic bad ass women with a steampunk flare! This was a whole new amazing world that I absolutely adore and cannot wait to keep exploring....so hurry up, where's the next part?!?!?!?This is seen as a gender swap Pinocchio story with some pirates and a whole new magical world and so many more adventures to come. I would HIGHLY recommend this because it is just spectacular!!!
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  • Gabrielle
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 starsEverley Donovan lost everything when she was seven years old. The man who murdered them showed up in the clock shop she worked at ten years later and renewed a stronger vengeance within her. She seems like a fragile little girl when he is there. She failed to take action, frozen in fear. But then, within a chapter, she shows us her truer colors. She walks in the underbelly of society, fights, and when she is captured, she pleads guilty to crimes she hasn’t committed in order to find h 4.5/5 starsEverley Donovan lost everything when she was seven years old. The man who murdered them showed up in the clock shop she worked at ten years later and renewed a stronger vengeance within her. She seems like a fragile little girl when he is there. She failed to take action, frozen in fear. But then, within a chapter, she shows us her truer colors. She walks in the underbelly of society, fights, and when she is captured, she pleads guilty to crimes she hasn’t committed in order to find her family’s murderer.She is sent to a penal colony with the other female inmates in order to marry the male prisoners so they can build up their queen’s growing kingdom. Her reason for this absurd but brilliant idea: to kill Markham. Her uncle, her last living relative, asked the Lieutenant to watch over her after they met within his clock shop.She builds friendships even though she fights it. She finds a new family to belong to but she struggles to find out who she can trust and if anyone is worthy of her heart or theirs in return.Everley is unlike any character I have read. Yes, she is strong willed and determined as are many YA leading females, but she is unpredictable and makes decisions you don’t ever expect. The twist ending had me flipping the pages faster than I ever had before. Like, what just happened? WHHHHHHHYYYYYYY?! I NEED THE NEXT BOOK IN MY HANDS NOW.I swooned over the Lieutenant when he first entered the story and I was like, HE BETTER BE THE LOVE INTEREST. Their “relationship” is unlike any I’ve seen. What started as a mutual understanding grew to be more.After The Hundredth Queen’s debut, I knew Emily R. King was someone to watch out for. AND BOY AM I GLAD OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG! I cannot contain my excitement for the next installment in this series and for hopefully more series by her. Her writing is superb and even though I usually don’t like first person present tense, she executed it perfectly.The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because the beginning was a bit slow and she was on the boat for longer than I believed she should be. Yes - her voyage could be long but more of it should have been skipped.
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  • Cassie James
    January 1, 1970
    Before The Broken Star is a new series from the amazingly talented Emily R. King and it's a new masterpiece. Everly Donovan's family was murdered when she was younger by a traitor thought to be a friend. She would not have survived her family's slaughter if not for her Uncle finding her after a sword had been thrust in her chest. Her uncle Holden miraculously saved her with the help of some sort of clock heart and Father Time (a God, I think, Evie didn't really know the details).Disguised as his Before The Broken Star is a new series from the amazingly talented Emily R. King and it's a new masterpiece. Everly Donovan's family was murdered when she was younger by a traitor thought to be a friend. She would not have survived her family's slaughter if not for her Uncle finding her after a sword had been thrust in her chest. Her uncle Holden miraculously saved her with the help of some sort of clock heart and Father Time (a God, I think, Evie didn't really know the details).Disguised as his newly appointed apprentice (He's a Clock Master and one of the best in the Kingdom), Evie is able to live with her Uncle.She grew but the horrors of that night was forever imprinted on her soul and so was her hatred for Markham the friend of her father who ruined her family. with the fire burning in her, Evie finds solidarity in venturing into the streets. Under the Veil of darkness, she acquires many skills among them being adept with a sword and a stubbornness that burns bright and hot.With her late father's sword by her side, Everly could be while even if just for the adrenaline of the night to wear off.Her life gets turned around once more when an encounter with her family's murderer which may or may not be orchestrated by fate, leads her down the road of vengeance.Unfortunately for her, she is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time (or right depending on how her future goes) and is arrested with the ladies of the night (Streetwalkers who are really badass women who do what they have to to survive.)Everly along with the women are sentenced to seven years on Dagger Island to mate/join with other male convicts sentenced there also on order of the Queen. Dagger Island is a kingdom feared cursed because of events that transpired there centuries ago and also with the way men seem to disappear there. Evie's father who used to be the Royal Explorer had previously recommended to the Queen that inhabiting the desolate island is a bad idea. But after time passed the greed of the Queen (coupled with what I sense to be underground machinations/­manipulations) led her to demanding convicts be sent there to breed and colonize the island.While it was a tragedy, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Everly as Markham seems to be the leader of the colony.As a prisoner aboard the Lady Regina, the ship taking them to Dagger Island, Everly finds herself getting attached to people. Quinn a little girl who is to be Markham's maid and Lieutenant Jamison Callahan, a man under Markham who despite all her attempts to sway him aside still slips past her defenses.Everly's journey is plagued with many surprises most unpleasant but some blessings in disguise. I love how this book foreshadows a lot of things, there's enough tidbits to keep you guessing but still many twists and turns to keep things fresh and surprising.Emily R. King excels in building vast worlds with complex yet so relatable characters and she has outdone herself here. The undertaking is very ambitious as there is a WHOLE LOT involved but it was masterfully executed. I was so happy to see things progress as each reveal was a wonder.There is so many action as this is a book where the characters gets into many crazy situations, the magical setting is unique and very coherent as it all blends into a nice weave.Dagger Island is no doubt Evie's destiny as it changes all she's ever believed to be true, myths come to life, past meets present and things thought gone awakens.The moments before the ending was a constant motion of shock as things exploded, sometimes literally. The most important thing to know going into this book is that not all is as it seems. Also if you're looking for quick romance or instalove, shelve that for now because Everly and Jamison is a slow burn just how the doctor prescribed. I love the way things slowly build for them.I bow to Emily R. King as she has once more created a world that vaults into my top ten list (It is HARD to crack but this book shattered the glass ceiling), I DARE you not to like this book.The ending sets the stage for so many exciting things to come in the sequel one of which might or might not be an underwater world (Please don't stone me!!!). Plus that cover is pretty epic and would look resplendent on any bookshelf.Before the Broken Star is a journey of a character that refuses to be broken despite what's thrown at her and shoulders on bolstered by her thirst to right wrongs done.With 100% of my soul I recommend this book to readers of all ages, you will not be disappointed. Yes there's a lot of books out there but please pick this one.P.S:There's the otherworldly character introduced close to the end and I adore her!
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Kindle Unlimited*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy*Rating* 4.0*Thoughts*Before the Broken Star is the first installment in author Emily R. King's The Evermore Chronicles. Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy ad *Source* Kindle Unlimited*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy*Rating* 4.0*Thoughts*Before the Broken Star is the first installment in author Emily R. King's The Evermore Chronicles. Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book! It's a fantastic mix of both pirates and adventure and magic and fantasy. I know the author doesn't want it to be described as Steampunk because she doesn't want people to be disappointed. However, I thought it was the perfect mix of steampunk and high fantasy and mythos. This book isn't even out yet and I'm itching for book 2!
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  • Sharon Rios
    January 1, 1970
    Emily R. King has done it again. She has taken me from the hustle and bustle of my every day life into a magical world of adventure and suspense. Before the Broken Star is yet another work art by Emily R. King.
  • PaleHorsemen
    January 1, 1970
    A really irritating main character. And the author didn't try to make characters complicated. If developed well "bad guys" could be more interesting, and the plot was promising. The main character just ruined it all
  • Katherine Paschal
    January 1, 1970
    **Review can be found at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ **As the only family member left alive, kept that way by the clock work heart her uncle used in place of her ruined one, Everly dreams of revenge. When the man who murdered her family, the most respected soldier in the queen's army, reappears in her life, Everly know this may be her only chance for justice and answers. Even if it means being sent to a mysterious penal colony as a criminal, never to see her old life or uncle again. Ga **Review can be found at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ **As the only family member left alive, kept that way by the clock work heart her uncle used in place of her ruined one, Everly dreams of revenge. When the man who murdered her family, the most respected soldier in the queen's army, reappears in her life, Everly know this may be her only chance for justice and answers. Even if it means being sent to a mysterious penal colony as a criminal, never to see her old life or uncle again. Gawd, I love Jamison so much. He may not be the main character, but he is my favorite character- and it is not 100% due to his dreaminess (ok maybe like 85% due to his dreaminess). He is seriously the most perfect guy- trustworthy, honorable, understanding- and I wanted Everly to just throw herself at him and let him take care of her- but that is not the type of person Everly is or what this book is about. This was very much a slow burn relationship (almost enemies to lovers vibe) that was not the main focus of the book, but man does Emily know how to do romance. there were so many moments that just hurt my heart for them and I have high hopes for a happily ever after...somewhere down the way. Romance, or rather my hopes for more romance, aside, the magic in the world was so fascinating. There were so many moving parts that Emily expertly wove together in cool new ways I never saw coming. We have a girl who is kept alive by a clock, wonderfully crafted mythology (...or is it mythology...) about immortality and Father Time, dangerous creatures such a a large whale beast, a witch who lures people in, and an island that nobody really knows anything about. And let's not forget about the undying love between a prince and his princess- and a cute little pixy who does not like to be called Blue. The ideas seemed to be independent, but through a magic that is purely Emily's writing style, the story came together to create something wonderful that I desperately need more of. The ending was action packed and surprising, I am so glad that this is just the first book in a trilogy because I feel like Everly has so much more exploring/revenging left to take on and I am so excited to get to be part of the adventure.
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  • Krysti
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished reading BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR by Emily R. King, and I absolutely adored the main character, Everley!💙⭐She is such a beautifully developed character! She loves fiercely, protects unflinchingly, and fights for what she believes in with everything she’s got! I can’t wait for everyone to read her story!💙⭐The book itself is an absolute delight! The world is captivating, unique, and bursting with magic. There’s lots of wonderful little Pinocchio references that readers will enjoy and I just finished reading BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR by Emily R. King, and I absolutely adored the main character, Everley!💙⭐️She is such a beautifully developed character! She loves fiercely, protects unflinchingly, and fights for what she believes in with everything she’s got! I can’t wait for everyone to read her story!💙⭐️The book itself is an absolute delight! The world is captivating, unique, and bursting with magic. There’s lots of wonderful little Pinocchio references that readers will enjoy and plot twists they’ll never see coming! This story has so darn much heart! I promise, you won’t be able to not fall in love with it!
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  • Calvin Park
    January 1, 1970
    Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King was a bit of a mixed bag for me. There are some incredibly engaging and complex concepts in this one. I particularly enjoyed the clockwork heart that the main character has and the way in which that has repercussions on the way she lives her life and moves through the plotlines of the story. Unfortunately, this is marred by some significant flaws in characterization and believability at points. As I already mentioned, the MC in this story, Everley, has a c Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King was a bit of a mixed bag for me. There are some incredibly engaging and complex concepts in this one. I particularly enjoyed the clockwork heart that the main character has and the way in which that has repercussions on the way she lives her life and moves through the plotlines of the story. Unfortunately, this is marred by some significant flaws in characterization and believability at points. As I already mentioned, the MC in this story, Everley, has a clockwork heart. This has several practical implications. One of those is that she is particularly susceptible to strong emotion. Too much anger or fear can cause the gears of her heart to seize. Water could damage her clockwork heart. And, when she lies, a bell rings on a device that regulates her heart rate. It’s almost a built-in lie detector, but it’s quite inconvenient when one is plotting revenge. This was another aspect of the story that I thought was very well done. Everley is bent on having her revenge on the man who murdered her family. This singular focus largely defines her character. At times that can make her seem a little one dimensional, but on the whole King uses Everley’s need for revenge to engage the reader and draw them into the story. I was invested in Everley’s personal goals almost from the first page. She’s a character that we ache for and we’re drawn into her perspective to such an extent that we long for her to achieve revenge even if—at some level—we understand that vengeance is never actually as sweet as a character imagines it should be when they’re plotting it. King also weaves in a couple reveals that are surprising but also foreshadowed well. There is also an element of isolation that the MC experiences, by her own choice, that is just gut-wrenching. All well done. Unfortunately, there are an almost equal number of weaknesses or problems with the novel. The first and most striking is poor characterization, or perhaps poor character consistency, that plagues the side characters and even Everley at times during the second half of the book. One of the most egregious examples of this is when Everley is attempting to convince one character that the Big Bad Guy is a bad guy. A character listens to Big Bad Guy threaten to allow a twelve-year-old girl to be married unwillingly to the “basest convict in the camp.” Then, not three paragraphs later tells Everley, “I cannot imagine him massacring a family or stabbing a child.” I cannot conceive of how a character could think someone willing to force a twelve-year-old into a sexual relationship with a man two or three times her age could not stab that same child. It simply strains credulity and seems quite out of character for the character in question. Another issue is that each of the characters appears to have a single motivation that entirely defines their character. For Everley it’s revenge. For another character it’s making their way to a location. For another it’s finding and saving a particular individual. This causes nearly all the character to feel one dimensional, just on this side of caricatures. In the end, there are elements that really shine in this one, from a main character we can root for to an interesting and well-integrated plot device in her clockwork heart. Unfortunately, there are also several elements that had a significant and negative impact on my enjoyment of the read. If you’re looking for a read that has some interesting and unique elements that are well integrated and the character issues are unlikely to bother you, this may appeal. 5/102.5/5 stars.5 – I loved this, couldn’t put it down, move it to the top of your TBR pile4 – I really enjoyed this, add it to the TBR pile3 – It was ok, depending on your preferences it may be worth your time2 – I didn’t like this book, it has significant flaws and I can’t recommend it 1 – I loathe this book with a most loathsome loathing
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    My blog: A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS Source: Netgalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts are my own.3.5 stars. I haven't read The Hundredth Queen series yet (although I'm dying to) but when I got the chance to read and review King's latest novel, I couldn't say yes fast enough.King's writing is lyrical and melodic. Sometimes too much so - in the first chapter, the sentences are unnecessarily purple prosy and hard to read - but generally the writing is beautiful. I also like h My blog: A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS Source: Netgalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts are my own.3.5 stars. I haven't read The Hundredth Queen series yet (although I'm dying to) but when I got the chance to read and review King's latest novel, I couldn't say yes fast enough.King's writing is lyrical and melodic. Sometimes too much so - in the first chapter, the sentences are unnecessarily purple prosy and hard to read - but generally the writing is beautiful. I also like how the writing styles correlates so well to the general atmosphere of the book, which is stunning in itself. The world is magical and haunting, and the atmosphere has that dark fairytale vibe I love so much.I do have issues with the plot and pacing. While I can't say that the book ever took me to a place of "Oh my word I'm gonna DNF", it didn't completely win me over, either. The first half, especially, doesn't have a lot of action and not much actually happens: everyone is on a ship, there are a few mild skirmishes/arguments, but otherwise it's plain sailing (no pun intended). Basically, nothing rocks the boat. (Sorry ;). I just wish the author had brought in some subplots, brought in some serious complications, and not played everything so safe. As is, it's a very smooth story with little upsets. The characters don't go through hell, they manage to overcome obstacles with minimal sweat, and every so-called obstacle can barely be called an obstacle. Everything stays on a simple path to the end.Incidents like when Everley kills Cuthbert or when the group is cornered by the witch are so swiftly dealt with and resolved that it's disappointing. These are opportunities bursting with potential conflict, something to knock the characters off course (I am all about the nautical puns today, it would seem), and yet they barely blink! Even the deaths (personally, not enough people died - it was way too happy) are glossed over and the characters hardly get the chance to cry. I'm not calling for gratuitous torture scenes and violence, but making the characters work for their happily-ever-after should be a given. I wanted to see hearts shatter and relationships implode. Give me conflict that actually has repercussions!❝ I believe in monsters. I have seen them take and destroy, suffocate and shred, every sliver of light in the world." The entire cast suffers from the same problem: lack of complexity. I like Everley, I do - I like that she's stoic and independent and prickly (this brings out some golden humour moments) - but she barely undergoes development, or at least the author doesn't make a big enough deal out of it. Everley, like everyone else, is simplistic. All the secondary characters are flat, and the villains are one-dimensional. Jamison, as the love interest, is the stereotypical "strong and silent" type, with an abusive father and dead sister in his past, for whose death Jamison blames himself. He's a walking cliche. For that reason, I couldn't find it in myself to ship him and Everley. When you have weak characters, you get a weak relationship. I know this review sounds pretty negative. Honestly, I do not hate the book and I don't even dislike it. Yes, it was overly simplistic and certain elements could have been improved upon, but thanks to an atmospheric world, strong dialogue, and haunting fairytale origin, it is fun. I had a lot of fun reading through it. I suppose it's one of those books where you have a whole lot of bad to say about it, but then can't bring yourself to say that you didn't like it. You know what I mean?Before The Broken Star is a beautifully written, magical fairytale fantasy sparkling with innocent fun. If not for its simplistic characters and plot, it would be an amazing novel.
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  • Taffy
    January 1, 1970
    Opening line: "In the beginning, there was not time, and no man or beast walked the world."So many different stories going on in this story! Clockwork heart, lost prince, sleeping prince, Oz-like forest, wicked witch, wooden soldiers, Father Time, pirates, and fairy dust. Such a different take on so many fairy tales. Everyley Donovan watched her family be slaughtered. She alone survived, just barely. When she woke, her clock master uncle had given her a new heart--a clockwork heart. Bent on reve Opening line: "In the beginning, there was not time, and no man or beast walked the world."So many different stories going on in this story! Clockwork heart, lost prince, sleeping prince, Oz-like forest, wicked witch, wooden soldiers, Father Time, pirates, and fairy dust. Such a different take on so many fairy tales. Everyley Donovan watched her family be slaughtered. She alone survived, just barely. When she woke, her clock master uncle had given her a new heart--a clockwork heart. Bent on revenge, she finds herself in trouble with the law and sailing toward a penal colony. What will she find there? Lots of imagination and characters.But on the island, just like this whole story, the nothing is ever how is seems. Thanks to Ms. King's amazing writing, Everley is a strong, flawed lead, her world is bright and dark, and her friends fight for her. The story begins like a train pulling out of the station; slow enough that the reader can get to know the train and watch the scenery. But soon, the train, the story, picks up steam. Exciting vistas are around every corner and it's hard to pull away from the window. Pretty soon, the train has picked up so much steam and there's no way this train is stopping until it pulls into the station, until the very end of the book. But once I stopped, I was ready to get back on and go on another fantasy trip conducted by Emily King. Thanks to netgalley for the early read!
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  • Allisa White
    January 1, 1970
    Everley Donovan's heart was stolen from her. Literally. With a clock heart ticking away her borrowed time, Everley is willing to do whatever it takes to take the life of the man who took her heart.5 Reasons Why You Should Read Before the Broken StarAfter I finished this book, I had a lot of feelings. There's just so much to love about this book and I want to TALK! Or just shove this book in your face. Anyhow, here is why you should read this amazing book:1. Everley Donovan is...honestly everythi Everley Donovan's heart was stolen from her. Literally. With a clock heart ticking away her borrowed time, Everley is willing to do whatever it takes to take the life of the man who took her heart.5 Reasons Why You Should Read Before the Broken StarAfter I finished this book, I had a lot of feelings. There's just so much to love about this book and I want to TALK! Or just shove this book in your face. Anyhow, here is why you should read this amazing book:1. Everley Donovan is...honestly everything I could have hoped for in a female protagonist. She is fierce, capable, decisive. She is compassionate and fair. She is willing to look at two sides of a coin without freaking out. She sticks to her values. She knows what she wants and will do whatever she can for it. I don't normally like revenge stories--I often find the protagonists in such stories to be cold, distant, and emotionless. Not Everley. (...okay, she is a little cold toward other people, and for good reason!) She never felt distant to me as a reader, and she is certainly full of emotion, though she tries to hide it in order to save her clockwork heart. Because of that, I really felt connected to her. I shared in her frustrations, her suffering, her love, her surprise, her confusion, and her victories.I think my favorite part about her is she's not perfect. She has her flaws. She makes mistakes. And I really love her for all of them. Honestly, if Everley Donovan showed up on my front door and told me she was going to take me to the otherworlds, I would do it.2. Jamison Callahan. Ahh, the man who has a heart of gold and intentions of a saint...but is also incredibly frustrating sometimes. Which makes him the perfect love interest for Everley. The romance between them is a slow, slow, slow burn, but there is so much chemistry. Plus, Jamison is such a fantastic, complex character all on his own. His goals and motivations don't revolve around Everley (and hers don't revolve around him btw!), but they complement each other so well.3. The twisty twisty plot. If you think you have an idea of what's going to happen in this book I'll be the first to tell you... You are Dead. Wrong. Seriously. Going into the first few chapters, I thought I had a good idea of some of the major plot points. But then things happened that completely knocked those ideas away. This happened again and again. By the time I reached the middle, I stopped trying to guess, and I just enjoyed the ride. The tension is ratcheted up every single chapter, every single scene. I kept asking, "How can it possibly get any worse?" Then crap, it got worse. Then I asked, "How are they going to get out of this?" ...well, I'm not going to give anything away.4. The masterful world building. When Emily R. King drops you into this world of Otherworlds, you will not want to get out. You will want to explore all of the seven worlds...and then explore them again. Every detail comes alive, from Everley's clockwork heart to Dagger Island and its gate to the Everwoods. The politics, while not emphasized in this book, are complex but not complicated, and I have a feeling they will play a much bigger role in the next books. And the myths. Emily R. King weaves her mythology, the stories and fairy tales that come along with this world, in so seamlessly. Maybe someday she will publish a novella with all of the stories she has come up with for this series (please please please!)5. Markham is so complexly evil. If I haven't convinced you yet, maybe this will? Markham is an awful, awful villain, in a really good way. There are so many facets of him. I'm not going to say much else because I don't want to spoil anything, but this is a well written villain.Before the Broken Star blew me away and Evie stole my heart. What an incredible high fantasy novel. The characters are so complex and flawed, the plot is exciting and unpredictable, and the world building is lush and thrilling. I could not put this down, and I will likely read it again soon. If you love high fantasy, you will love this book.I go more in-depth into the writing craft of this novel here.Read more of my reviews on my blog: allisawhite.comHang out with me on social media! Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin' | Pinterest
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  • Michelle (Love, Stars and Books)
    January 1, 1970
    (I received a free eARC from NetGalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)Book review: Before the broken star (The evermore chronicles #1) by Emily R. King (2 stars)“Could you become a monster to destroy one?”Before the broken star (The evermore chronicles #1) by Emily R. KingGenre: YA, Fantasy, RomanceRating: 2/5 stars(Synopsis from Goodreads)A fierce young female adventurer battles time itself to claim her destiny in a sweeping new fantasy saga from the aut (I received a free eARC from NetGalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Book review: Before the broken star (The evermore chronicles #1) by Emily R. King (2 stars)“Could you become a monster to destroy one?”Before the broken star (The evermore chronicles #1) by Emily R. KingGenre: YA, Fantasy, RomanceRating: 2/5 stars(Synopsis from Goodreads)A fierce young female adventurer battles time itself to claim her destiny in a sweeping new fantasy saga from the author of the Hundredth Queen series.Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. But Everley’s hunt for justice will be a long and hard-won voyage.Her journey takes her to a penal colony on a cursed isle, where she will be married off and charged to build the new world. It is here, and beyond, that hidden realms hide, treasures are unearthed, her family secrets are buried, and young love will test the strength of her makeshift heart. When Everley discovers Markham may not be who he seems, her pursuit for truth is bound to his redemption, her tragic history, and her astonishing destiny.(Review)(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)This book felt like a mix between Cinder and Throne of glass.Overall, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. I didn’t feel that the world building was strong or that the characters/story were compelling enough. It was a great concept but I did feel that the characters and story could have been developed better.
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  • Breny
    January 1, 1970
    If you were like me, after reading that book summary you are just like, Woahhhhh 🤯✨🤩😱This book had soooo much potential! I have to be honest and say I didn’t finish it because… you’ll see. Anyways, the first chapter of the book is SO good! That was what made me even say I was in love with the book before I even finished reading 10% of it. The prologue of the book starts with a description of how the world was created by a goddess and the ”creator”, mythical gods the people worshiped…ok, I guess If you were like me, after reading that book summary you are just like, Woahhhhh 🤯✨🤩😱This book had soooo much potential! I have to be honest and say I didn’t finish it because… you’ll see. Anyways, the first chapter of the book is SO good! That was what made me even say I was in love with the book before I even finished reading 10% of it. The prologue of the book starts with a description of how the world was created by a goddess and the ”creator”, mythical gods the people worshiped…ok, I guess I can view it as a greek mythology book, keep reading…But then a scene was the main character, Everley, has a flashback to some things an evil guy does, implying that he abused her sister. Then there are gore references and scenes of prostitute women and their line of work. The author want’s to make it seem like something ”that was done back in those days” but it was utterly unnecessary. Men are cruel and insensitive, and they try to take advantage of women. That’s the negative stuff — quite a bit. But the good is that the plot was AMAZING. I really wished I could keep on reading and see where this adventure would take Everleyl, but my brain just couldn’t handle any more of those things.Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5Cleanness ⭐️ 1/5Do I recommend it: NoI received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All thought are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating 2.5I found the premise of this book interesting. Girl with a clock work heart? Yes please! However the story just didn't gel very well for me. The pacing was off and some of Everley's choices made absolutely no sense to me at all.I just couldn't connect with the main character (or any others for that matter). If I don't connect with at least one character, a story tends to fall flat for me, and I think that's what happened here.I did like the mythology and lore that the author was Actual Rating 2.5I found the premise of this book interesting. Girl with a clock work heart? Yes please! However the story just didn't gel very well for me. The pacing was off and some of Everley's choices made absolutely no sense to me at all.I just couldn't connect with the main character (or any others for that matter). If I don't connect with at least one character, a story tends to fall flat for me, and I think that's what happened here.I did like the mythology and lore that the author was building and I would have loved if that had been expanded upon. Also, I found Father Time to be an intriguing character.There were entertaining moments as the characters journey at sea and through ancient forests. I also liked the ending, and the direction the author seems to be going in for the second book, so I may pick that up in the future to satisfy my curiosity.
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  • Princess
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting and highly imaginative story. I really enjoyed Callahan. I feel that Everley did him wrong at the end. It seemed he constantly fought for her trust. It’s hard to determine who is good and bad in this book.I do hope Everley and Callahan stay together.
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  • Fanna
    January 1, 1970
    Really, really liked it! I just wished it wasn't stretched toward the end when the sequel is anyway on the line, especially after the big climax that I loved. But it had some strong aspects that made me like it overall. RTC.
  • Samantha Hastings
    January 1, 1970
    Set sail for an unforgettable adventure with fierce females, swashbuckling, double-crossing, and gorgeous mythology/ world-building. What I loved 💙💙💙:1. Everley’s has a clock heart because Killian Markham slaughtered her and her family. She was saved by her uncle the clockmaker who insists that he was helped by Father Time. She’s a strong character that’s bent on vengeance at all costs. 2. Lieutenant Callahan is everything that is decent and good, despite a devastating past.3. Everley is sent wi Set sail for an unforgettable adventure with fierce females, swashbuckling, double-crossing, and gorgeous mythology/ world-building. What I loved 💙💙💙:1. Everley’s has a clock heart because Killian Markham slaughtered her and her family. She was saved by her uncle the clockmaker who insists that he was helped by Father Time. She’s a strong character that’s bent on vengeance at all costs. 2. Lieutenant Callahan is everything that is decent and good, despite a devastating past.3. Everley is sent with a crew of female convicts to help “settle” Dagger Island. They’re a unique combination of sword-fighting-street-walkers. And you never know who to trust.4. King creates a unique and fascinating mythology combing time, worlds, a creator, and a tree called Mother Madrona. There’s also a story of a princess who broke time to save her prince which is woven seamlessly into this tale.5. Breathtaking battles and awesome adventure with more twists than a tidal wave. You’ll be eagerly waiting for the rest of the trilogy. A must read for fans of Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King dualogy!
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