The Brighter the Stars by Bryan Prosek Review & Book Tour, + Giveaway! {Ends 12/10/22}

Nov 17, 2022 | 0 comments

Book Details:

The Brighter the Stars by Bryan Prosek
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 256 pages
Genre: YA Science Fiction 
Publisher:  CamCat Books 
Release date: November 2020
Tour dates: Nov 14 to Dec 9, 2022
Content Rating: PG. It’s very clean.

Book Description:

Caught between love and revenge, Jake has one chance to live up to the man his uncle was.

Earth crashed into interstellar politics as a lightweight, lagging so far behind other planetary weapons systems everyone feared they wouldn’t survive first contact with other worlds without quick action. By 2185, Earth had united itself into five geographic sectors and developed a defense system powerful enough to keep aggressors at bay—for now, at least.

Jake Saunders became a Legion soldier to honor the memory of his war hero uncle, who was brutally murdered in front of him when he was still a young teen. Fast forward a few years, and Jake and his best friend Cal have been tasked with escorting Cal’s older sister Diane to become Earth’s ambassador on a far-off planet. It’s the opportunity of Diane’s career, very likely a lifetime post. But for Jake, that could mean a lifetime’s heartbreak. He has loved Diane since they were kids, and every step closer to that ambassador assignment is a step closer to goodbye.

​But somebody is after more than Earth’s defense, and Jake, Cal, and Diane are on a trajectory to crash headlong into that dangerous plot. Somebody wants to play Earth against its most immediate threat, Craton, and convince both to develop super weapons—and he’s working with the person who killed Jake’s uncle all those years ago. When he reappears on Jake, Cal, and Diane’s journey to the ambassadorship, Jake is faced with difficult choices to look out for his friends and honor his uncle’s memory.

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Review By LAWonder10:

The Brighter the Stars is a story that spans from the late 2100s to the early 2200s.Earth has become a part of a universal alliance. Jake’s Father was killed while in military service when Jake was little more than an infant. His mother died, too. His Uncle Ben and Jane were the only parents he knew. As a young boy, he also watched his Uncle Ben shot down and killed. He swore then he would revenge his Uncle’s killer when he grew up.

Jake’s best friend, Cal, was like a brother. Cal’s sister, Diane, did not feel like a sister. She was jake’s love all of his life. He just did not know how to tell her and feared she did not feel the same about him.

They all worked hard training in government programs. One mentor, and an officer, took Jake under “his wings” and became more of a father figure than an officer. He was in a government position to give assignments to them. One particular assignment changed many lives, including theirs.

Thus, the crux of the story “takes off”.

The narrator, Joel Simler, did a very good job in narrating the book. He was most consistent with the use of the various voices for each character, he was effective in placing emphasis in all the right places.

The point of confusion I experienced. is that I get I was listening to the very same book as Darker the Stars. There is only a slight variation between the two books with the same story.

I did prefer The Brighter the Stars over Darker the Skies because it began from the earliest part of his life and systematically moved forward. Darker the Skies was more back and forth through time, as Jake reflected on earlier life and experiences. It felt more disjointed while Brighter the Stars was “smooth sailing” and never confused the reader/listener.

Again, the characters are well-portrayed and feel realistic. The scenes were defined well and quite easily visualized.

I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating for the story.

I offer  Four Stars rating on Joel Simler’s performance.

This audiobook was gifted to me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review

 

Other Books in the Series:

Meet the Author:

Bryan Prosek is a science fiction writer and business attorney. Along with his debut The Brighter the Stars and the forthcoming A Measure of Serenity, he has published books and articles in legal trade journals and magazines. When he isn’t writing or practicing law, you can probably find him watching science fiction movies or television shows. He loves the big screen and the small screen. There’s a good chance that he’ll be watching one of the numerous Star Trek movies or series, but he could be watching anything from Guardians of the Galaxy to The Conjuring.

Connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

The Tour Schedule :

Nov 14 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – books spotlight / giveaway
Nov 15 –Cover Lover Book Review – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 15 –The Momma Spot – book review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway
Nov 17 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
Nov 18 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway
Nov 18 – Liese’s Blog – books spotlight
Nov 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway
Nov 21 – Books are a Blessing – audiobook review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway
Nov 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
Nov 22 – FUONLYKNEW – books spotlight / author interview  giveaway
Nov 22 – Books are a Blessing – audiobook review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
Nov 23 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway
Nov 23 – The Momma Spot – book review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
Nov 25 – JennaReadStuff – book review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
Nov 28 – Book Corner News and Reviews – audiobook review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway
Nov 28 – Lady Hawkeye – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 29 – fundinmental – books spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 – Book Corner News and Reviews –book review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
Nov 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 – Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway
Dec 1 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway
Dec 1 – Leels Loves Books – book review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway
Dec 2 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
Dec 2 – The Obsessed Reader – audiobook review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway
Dec 5 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway
Dec 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
Dec 6 – Literary Flits – book review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway
Dec 7 – Literary Flits – book review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
Dec 7 – Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
Dec 8 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
Dec 8 – Leels Loves Books – book review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
Dec 9 – The Obsessed Reader – audiobook review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
TBD –
 @Happy_planner_vibes – book review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway
TBD – 
@Happy_planner_vibes – book review of THE DARKER THE SKIES / giveaway
TBD 
– JennaReadStuff – book review of THE BRIGHTER THE STARS / giveaway

Giveaway Details:

Win paperback copy of Bryan Prosek’s THE BRIGHTER THE STARS (2 winners) (USA only) (ends Dec 10)

To Enter the Giveaway click on the Rafflecopter link below:

The DARKER THE SKIES Book Tour Giveaway

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