Friday, April 24, 2020

Starbreaker by Amanda Bouchet


Captain Tess Bailey and Shade Ganavan are still the galaxy's Most Wanted, and with revolution in the wind and the universe on the brink of catastrophic war, the situation couldn't be more desperate. Despite the Dark Watch scouring the known sectors for them, rebel leaders have handed the crew of the Endeavor a delicate and dangerous mission: break into Starbase 12 and free renowned scientist Reena Ahern. She's the only one who stands a chance of tipping the odds in their favor for the first time in decades.


The clock is ticking. But as their attraction builds and secrets are revealed, Tess and Shade must decide if they trust each other enough to execute this impossible prison break. They could change the course of history, but they'll be risking everything... They'll just have to tackle one crisis at a time.

Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Starbreaker is the second installment/continuation in the Endeavor series and cannot be read independently as a standalone. Start with Nightchaser first.

Nightchaser was an amazing debut in the series, instantly causing me to become invested in the characters. There's a dynamic within a shorter series, where if the first book is amazing, it's hard for the second book to live up to the hype. If the first book is ho-hum, the second book is usually a massive hit. In the case of the Endeavor series, this dynamic holds true.

After being so invested in the characters, I was eager to read what happened next, but the interest waned quickly. Starbreaker was definitely a second book slump, almost filler. A bridge between an exciting beginning and an even more exciting ending.

What I loved is that we got to read Shade's point of view, got to know him on a deeper level by being directly inside his head. This helped build the relationship between Shade and Tess, while showing different facets of how the team interacted with one another. More background on Tess's family is revealed.

The pacing was directly affected by redundant inner monologue as well as tons of description. There is setting a scene, trying to bring life to the scents and sounds and the surroundings, but then there is burying the story beneath the inane, where the reader has to wade through pages of description to get to the action going on around them. The overall page count of the novel didn't support the story, because there was a ton of padding filler in between and not a lot happening on the story front. It's a delicate balance between story and description, too little and it's a fast-paced one-dimensional read. Too much, and it slows it to a crawl.

Even though Starbreaker suffered from the second-book-slump, I'm still invested what will happen in the next installment.

Also Available in the Endeavor Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Nightchaser post.

USA Today bestselling author AMANDA BOUCHET grew up in New England and studied French at the undergraduate and graduate levels, first at Bowdoin College and then at Bowling Green State University. She moved to Paris in 2001 and has been there ever since. She met her husband while studying abroad, and their family now includes two bilingual children, who will soon be correcting her French.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Starbreaker (Endeavor #2) by Amanda Bouchet to read and review.

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