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Three months have passed since the events of The Star Host, and Ren is living aboard the Star Stream under the watchful eyes of the Phoenix Corps. Plagued by vivid nightmares that ravage the ship in his sleep, he struggles to prove he isn’t a threat and fears he has traded one captor for another. His relationship with Asher, whose efforts to balance his personal loyalty to Three months have passed since the events of The Star Host, and Ren is living aboard the Star Stream under the watchful eyes of the Phoenix Corps. Plagued by vivid nightmares that ravage the ship in his sleep, he struggles to prove he isn’t a threat and fears he has traded one captor for another. His relationship with Asher, whose efforts to balance his personal loyalty to Ren with his professional duties to the Corps are failing, fractures. Adrift without an anchor, Ren must return to his home planet of Erden if he has any chance of reversing his dangerous descent into madness. There, he hopes to search for his missing brother and salvage his relationship with Asher. What he finds is knowledge that puts everyone’s allegiance to the test.


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Three months have passed since the events of The Star Host, and Ren is living aboard the Star Stream under the watchful eyes of the Phoenix Corps. Plagued by vivid nightmares that ravage the ship in his sleep, he struggles to prove he isn’t a threat and fears he has traded one captor for another. His relationship with Asher, whose efforts to balance his personal loyalty to Three months have passed since the events of The Star Host, and Ren is living aboard the Star Stream under the watchful eyes of the Phoenix Corps. Plagued by vivid nightmares that ravage the ship in his sleep, he struggles to prove he isn’t a threat and fears he has traded one captor for another. His relationship with Asher, whose efforts to balance his personal loyalty to Ren with his professional duties to the Corps are failing, fractures. Adrift without an anchor, Ren must return to his home planet of Erden if he has any chance of reversing his dangerous descent into madness. There, he hopes to search for his missing brother and salvage his relationship with Asher. What he finds is knowledge that puts everyone’s allegiance to the test.

30 review for Ghosts & Ashes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diverse

    I can’t tell you how excited I was when this book came across my email to review! I loved The Star Host (Book one) so freaking much! The writing is descriptive and beautiful. There’s a poetry in the way the author talks about people and situations. And I was constantly on the edge of my seat and I was pulling for Ren and Asher throughout! In Ghosts & Ashes there’s quite the character shift in my opinion. Ren really embraces his star and has a hard time getting himself balanced. Asher… I sort of I can’t tell you how excited I was when this book came across my email to review! I loved The Star Host (Book one) so freaking much! The writing is descriptive and beautiful. There’s a poetry in the way the author talks about people and situations. And I was constantly on the edge of my seat and I was pulling for Ren and Asher throughout! In Ghosts & Ashes there’s quite the character shift in my opinion. Ren really embraces his star and has a hard time getting himself balanced. Asher… I sort of missed the Asher from book one. The disconnect between Ren and Asher in this one was so sad and my heart broke terribly. Ghost & Ashes is, if you can believe it, a lot more angsty and haunting than the first one. I loved the book and following the journey of both characters; but if by the end of this book you don’t want to fling your Ereader across the room, you read it wrong. Yeah you guessed it… cliffy! When reading a series, when knowing you’re reading one, you have to accept the voice in the back of your mind whispering, “Accept the fact a lot won’t be resolved.” Now things happened. People were found, answers were given, and small victories were had. But…. Yeah there’s a but…. Go into this knowing there’s at least another book after this one. I understand the reason for the distance between Ren and Asher. But I didn’t have to like it. I adored their connection so much in book one and all they were able to do for each other, to see it fracture so epically in this hurt. Because of its ending I will impatiently wait for book three. There’s still people to find, others to NOW rescue, and a heck of a lot more answers needed. This is a wonderfully creative, brilliantly written sci-fi YA series. I adore it to pieces and very much recommend you read it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 5 stars Well…wow, that about sums up my reaction to part two in F.T. Luken’s Broken Moon series…just wow! Fair warning, if you have not read the first installment, The Star Host, then the beginning of this review will contain spoilers. If you have, then you know that when we left the first novel there was a lovely whisper of something more to develop between the star host Ren and the Phoenix Order soldier, Asher. Well, that whisper was quickly eaten up in secrets, half-trut A Joyfully Jay review. 5 stars Well…wow, that about sums up my reaction to part two in F.T. Luken’s Broken Moon series…just wow! Fair warning, if you have not read the first installment, The Star Host, then the beginning of this review will contain spoilers. If you have, then you know that when we left the first novel there was a lovely whisper of something more to develop between the star host Ren and the Phoenix Order soldier, Asher. Well, that whisper was quickly eaten up in secrets, half-truths, and a whole heap of betrayal. But all is not lost, I do think (read hope) that these two men will end up together; however, the journey to that place may be even rockier than the trip they are currently on. Read Sammy’s review in its entirety here.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Pack

    It would be an understatement to say I was excited about book 2 in the Broken Moon series because book 1, The Star Host, was one of my favorite books of 2016. So I hoped Ghosts & Ashes would not disappoint. I'm happy to say Lukens met and exceeded my expectations this go around, and I'm eagerly awaiting book 3. Despite Ren & Asher earning their freedom in The Star Host, Ghosts & Ashes is full of tension and questions about where everyone's loyalties truly lie. Readers will be kept guessing until It would be an understatement to say I was excited about book 2 in the Broken Moon series because book 1, The Star Host, was one of my favorite books of 2016. So I hoped Ghosts & Ashes would not disappoint. I'm happy to say Lukens met and exceeded my expectations this go around, and I'm eagerly awaiting book 3. Despite Ren & Asher earning their freedom in The Star Host, Ghosts & Ashes is full of tension and questions about where everyone's loyalties truly lie. Readers will be kept guessing until the last page... and beyond. Although G&A ends on a cliffhanger, it feels satisfactory in a way and will get you excited for the finale. Ghosts & Ashes is a worthy and exciting follow-up to The Star Host. Fans of Star Wars and Firefly will love the Broken Moon series for its space opera-style storyline and memorable characters.

  4. 5 out of 5

    D.E. Atwood

    You may remember that about a year ago, I was given the opportunity to preview a copy of F.T. Lukens’s first YA SF novel, The Star Host. I was thrilled when she contacted me to ask if I’d like to review the sequel, Ghosts & Ashes. My response was an enthusiastic YES!! The book is coming out this Thursday, on March 9th, from the Duet Books imprint of Interlude Press. You’ll want to go check that out right away (both books, if you haven’t yet read The Star Host). While you do that, let me see if I You may remember that about a year ago, I was given the opportunity to preview a copy of F.T. Lukens’s first YA SF novel, The Star Host. I was thrilled when she contacted me to ask if I’d like to review the sequel, Ghosts & Ashes. My response was an enthusiastic YES!! The book is coming out this Thursday, on March 9th, from the Duet Books imprint of Interlude Press. You’ll want to go check that out right away (both books, if you haven’t yet read The Star Host). While you do that, let me see if I can flail properly about Ghosts & Ashes. Ghosts & Ashes is a very different book from The Star Host. In the first novel in the series, Ren was new to everything. He was discovering. He was reaching out, touching things, escaping, running, rushing from one thing to another. He was driven by new energy, new talents, and a new relationship. By the time Ghosts & Ashes Ren is mired within this new life, but he still doesn’t know everything. And that makes his life difficult. He’s drowning inside of a power that both feels right, but seems to be destroying everything around him. He doesn’t know if he can trust himself, and he doesn’t know if he can trust the person he’s fallen for. He’s flailing, falling, going under with every breath he takes. The opening to this book is a tough one. F.T. is a skilled author, and through her, Ren came alive as I read. I felt his pain deeply, and I admit, I shivered through the opening chapters. I kept wanting to pet Ren, to hug him, to wrap him up in a blanket burrito and fix all of his problems. And as things came together (and they do, so beautifully) to the point where he could start to move forward again, I cheered. From the moment Ren arrives on Erden, things start to rush forward. Once again, the pacing is excellent; I couldn’t stop reading, needing to know what happened next! The book is worth it. This is very much a middle story, the second book in a three book arc. It’s The Empire Strikes Back, taking us from the opening events of that new hope, through the deeper events that break Ren down, allowing him to find the space where he will emerge stronger. My quick little side note: I am a huge, huge fan of word play, and this title… I love this title so much for the layers of meaning within it. I’ll leave that to the reader to discover and to think about what it means as you read, but it really is just so, so beautifully perfect. I was absolutely thrilled to be able to drop back into this world. I love Ren so much, and I love everyone around him (with a few notable exceptions that I cannot explain because spoilers), and in particular, I love Asher. F.T. is so good at creating this world, and these characters, that my heart aches for them every step of the way. Her characters have wormed their way into my heart, and I will be waiting with bated breath for the next installment in this series. Ghosts & Ashes is a wonderful sequel to The Star Host and the story is building to a climax that I am dying to read. This continues to be a wonderful series that will appeal to adults and young adults alike. Ghosts & Ashes releases on March 9th, from Duet Books, an imprint of Interlude Press. My grade? A- and highly recommended!

  5. 4 out of 5

    C.B. Lee

    Lukens deftly brings us back into the world of drifts and adventure with a fast-paced follow up to the amazing Star Host, where Ren discovered his technopath powers. Like the first of the series, Ghost & Ashes is every bit as intricately detailed, packed with rich imagery of the vastness of space, the incredible vistas of planets, the beauty of found-families in crews just trying to get by and protect their own. Reading Star Host was like opening a fantastic door into space, and the second book Lukens deftly brings us back into the world of drifts and adventure with a fast-paced follow up to the amazing Star Host, where Ren discovered his technopath powers. Like the first of the series, Ghost & Ashes is every bit as intricately detailed, packed with rich imagery of the vastness of space, the incredible vistas of planets, the beauty of found-families in crews just trying to get by and protect their own. Reading Star Host was like opening a fantastic door into space, and the second book just takes us out for a ride without looking back. We start with Ren, adrift, literally and figuratively. While he's escaped his last prison, he's now under the scrutiny of the Phoenix Corps, and to make things worse, his relationship with Asher has drifted as well; especially as Asher is bound by his loyalties to the Corps. They travel back to Erden, Ren's home planet, in hopes of grounding him, and with Ren's fervent hope of finding his missing brother, as well, but they learn more about the corrupt truths of the Phoenix Corps and Ren finds a message from Baron Vos, who may have more to offer him. The novel is fraught with complexity and wonderful layers; both at once an adventure and a heartwrenching chapter in Ren and Asher's romance as they navigate trust and betrayal and how to best protect one another. Lukens handles communication and miscommunication so well; and the prose is done so skillfully, whether in the middle of an epic battle, or a dash of wry humor, or sibling banter. And with Ren and Asher's relationship, with all their insecurities and the way they fall apart and come back together and still can tease one another and care for each other, and I need the last book in the series right now. Lukens has built up the stakes; both in romance and the fate of the universe, and I cannot wait to read how it all comes together in the last novel.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    I did love the sequel a lot even though it really broke my heart at times. It's super angsty from start to finish and I can't believe it's ending on this evil cliffhanger. How long do we have to wait for the last book? Flawless writing and characters you just gotta love despite their flaws. I did love the sequel a lot even though it really broke my heart at times. It's super angsty from start to finish and I can't believe it's ending on this evil cliffhanger. How long do we have to wait for the last book? Flawless writing and characters you just gotta love despite their flaws.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Riina Y.T.

    Gahhhhh!!!! So goood!!!! Dying to read the final installment!! Hurryyyyy ~~~~!!! ---- That cover is wicked cool.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Molly Lolly

    Original review on Molly Lolly Four and a half stars! This story was wonderful! I was a bit thrown at first because the end of Star Host had so much potential for Asher and Ren and headed towards a happily ever after. They’re at odds through most of his story and I was a little sad at first. However I quickly realized there were some major reasons and huge things going on that affect their relationship. Ren was so lost in this story. He struggled with his power and how it defined him. Both to himse Original review on Molly Lolly Four and a half stars! This story was wonderful! I was a bit thrown at first because the end of Star Host had so much potential for Asher and Ren and headed towards a happily ever after. They’re at odds through most of his story and I was a little sad at first. However I quickly realized there were some major reasons and huge things going on that affect their relationship. Ren was so lost in this story. He struggled with his power and how it defined him. Both to himself and to others. He was missing his rock, his anchor, in this story. You could tell it deeply mattered to Ren to be adrift like that. However he had so much growth in this book. He figured out who he was as a person and as a star host. He worked to decide what he wanted in life and how to get it. I loved the times he stuck up for himself against those around him. His inner strength, outside of his star, shined through. He is a powerful human with having a star inside him. But he also has a strength that comes from his character and his conviction to take care of those around him. I’m eager to see how he grows in the next book. Asher hurt my heart in this book. He was so broken throughout the story. He just wanted to do the right thing and ensure Ren was taken care of. Even if he went about it the wrong way from time to time. We only see his emotions and reasoning from Ren’s point of view. However we can figure out so much by reading between the lines and by the peeks we get when Ren is in the systems inadvertently spying. Asher gives everything for Ren and it’s bittersweet to see. I hate how his carefully constructed world view is shattered in this book. I desperately want to know what he gave at the end. I can’t wait to see how the events right at the end of this book affect Asher and his reactions in the next book. The storyline pulled me in and once it had my attention, it held on until the very last page. If course I pretty much yelled at the end of the book because I desperately need to know what happens next. I adore Ms. Luken’s world and the characters in it. I’m deeply fascinated in how the political atmosphere within the world is going to wind up by the end of the series. This book gave us so much more world building and it is phenomenal! We get a deeper look at Phoenix Corps and Vos, plus how their interactions affect everyone else. I want to know more and how the political climate changes because of what happened right at the end of this book. Ren and Asher’s relationship is very different from Star Host. You can still feel their affection for each other and see it grow and evolve. They still want to be together as a couple and they still want to finish falling in love with each other. They’re just not there yet. All of the obstacles in their path and the emotions they’re working on have to be dealt with first. I still hold out so much hope for these two. They’re going to be amazingly beautiful when they work out how to be together. I’m just not sure how many more books it’ll take them to get there.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing a DRC of Ghosts & Ashes in exchange for an honest review! After reading The Star Host I talked about how my main wish for the series was that Ren became more of a flawed, 3-dimensional character and Ghosts and Ashes definitely delivered. My favourite part of this section of the trilogy was definitely what it did to develop characters and their relationships! Everything felt incredibly realistic and like a natural progression of the characters and relationships Thanks to the publisher for providing a DRC of Ghosts & Ashes in exchange for an honest review! After reading The Star Host I talked about how my main wish for the series was that Ren became more of a flawed, 3-dimensional character and Ghosts and Ashes definitely delivered. My favourite part of this section of the trilogy was definitely what it did to develop characters and their relationships! Everything felt incredibly realistic and like a natural progression of the characters and relationships presented in the first book and it was delightful to catch back up with these characters. Can't wait to find out how this story ends!

  10. 4 out of 5

    A

    What a ride. I was just as drawn in to the book as Ren was to the Star Stream. This series fills a giant 'Firefly' sized hole in my heart, and I cannot wait to read more. Ghost & Ashes is a sublimely written YA space opera of sorts that has just the right amount of emotional trauma, darkness, romance, adventure and mystery. From the very first page, you are sucked into the world the book has created. As far as the Sci Fi aspect goes, it's simple, logical and written in a way that even a non-fan What a ride. I was just as drawn in to the book as Ren was to the Star Stream. This series fills a giant 'Firefly' sized hole in my heart, and I cannot wait to read more. Ghost & Ashes is a sublimely written YA space opera of sorts that has just the right amount of emotional trauma, darkness, romance, adventure and mystery. From the very first page, you are sucked into the world the book has created. As far as the Sci Fi aspect goes, it's simple, logical and written in a way that even a non-fan could enjoy. I would really recommend this book to anyone who likes the YA genre, especially if you're looking for a book with an LGBTQ protagonist.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jude Sierra

    5 Stars Trying to put words to my level of excitement when this book came out is nearly impossible. When I picked up the the first book in the Broken Moon series (The Star Host), I was a little skeptical about if I would enjoy it. I had no idea I would be so enthralled. Lukens has a special gift: her world building is so vivid it’s like you’re there. It was almost cinematic, in that I could picture everything that was happening. It’s not flowery prose: it’s direct and rich and clear. I loved that 5 Stars Trying to put words to my level of excitement when this book came out is nearly impossible. When I picked up the the first book in the Broken Moon series (The Star Host), I was a little skeptical about if I would enjoy it. I had no idea I would be so enthralled. Lukens has a special gift: her world building is so vivid it’s like you’re there. It was almost cinematic, in that I could picture everything that was happening. It’s not flowery prose: it’s direct and rich and clear. I loved that book enough that I have it on Kindle and hard copy. I’ve read it multiple times. Circling back: I cannot express my level of anticipation and excitement for the second installment of this series. Once again, Lukens did not disappoint. This book carries a kind of hardship and angst that is different from the first; which is necessary. I love Asher and Ren, I root for them so hard. But they are young, and they are being pulled in many very difficult directions in extremely difficult circumstances. Their miscommunication and frustrations felt so realistic to me. I’m a sucker for realistic, difficult, honest relationship issues. And without them, I feel like the difficulties they face, plot-wise, would have been cheapened. I have an irritation with YA books in which characters face this sort of dystopian plot and maintain a perfect relationship throughout. I certainly wasn’t that kind of 19 year old. I love that I was taken by surprise by a plot twist at the end: it satisfied a deep worry I had and explained so much about it. The moments of sweetness and connection between Asher and Ren helped me hold on to hope for them throughout: through everything, they keep coming back together. The mystery of Ren’s brother…I am dying for that resolution. I wish I could say more, but I don’t want to ruin the plot. I will say that there were many moments when I wanted to shake Ren or Asher because I could see how their decisions were colored by wrong information, by stubborness, by lack of self awareness. I felt so much for Asher, being put in a position between his position in the Phoenix Corps and with his commitment to Ren; for how difficult it was for him to see the changes Ren was going through at the start of the book, and the things he did to try to help that seemed, often, not helpful. Since the story is only told from Ren’s POV, we get an imperfect character voice. We live through Ren’s understanding of situations, which are not always accurate. As the reader, we have to wait through and be patient so we can see how Asher’s choices unfold. Lukens pulls this type of writing (single POV) very well. The end of this book will absolutely put you on the edge of your seat. There has to be a word for a next level anticipation beyond where I was previously.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Prado

    this was definitely better than the first book! mostly bc it was very focused on ren's trauma and general drama and i live for that shit. tho the drama was sometimes a little bit too much - i just dont have much patience for relationship drama that hinges on lack of communication, sorry. and i still dont care about the plot at all lmao. but this was a fast and entertaining read, perfect for getting you out of a reading slump. this was definitely better than the first book! mostly bc it was very focused on ren's trauma and general drama and i live for that shit. tho the drama was sometimes a little bit too much - i just dont have much patience for relationship drama that hinges on lack of communication, sorry. and i still dont care about the plot at all lmao. but this was a fast and entertaining read, perfect for getting you out of a reading slump.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Kania

    Reviewed for SLJ Continuing a few months after the events of Star Host, this sci-fi novel begins with Ren and Asher at odds with each other. Ren is having trouble moving on from the traumatic events he’s experienced, and he struggles with his technopathic powers now that he’s aboard a ship chock-full of technology. Asher’s training as a soldier doesn’t allow him to place his loyalty to Ren above his devotion to the Phoenix Corps, no matter what he feels for Ren. As Ren slowly slips further and fu Reviewed for SLJ Continuing a few months after the events of Star Host, this sci-fi novel begins with Ren and Asher at odds with each other. Ren is having trouble moving on from the traumatic events he’s experienced, and he struggles with his technopathic powers now that he’s aboard a ship chock-full of technology. Asher’s training as a soldier doesn’t allow him to place his loyalty to Ren above his devotion to the Phoenix Corps, no matter what he feels for Ren. As Ren slowly slips further and further away from humanity without his anchor, the crew of Star Stream decide that a trip to Ren’s home planet might be best for him. What they find there devastates Ren and his friend Jakob. Though the conflicts are more internally focused in the beginning, they feel no less dire than they did in the previous volume. Ren’s post-traumatic stress disorder is presented realistically alongside his challenges with his powers. Readers will cheer him on as he struggles to maintain control of himself. Ren and Asher’s relationship is more hot and cold this time, with the justification for their ever-changing feelings toward each other becoming increasingly weaker as the plot moves forward. There are also a few side plots on Erden, Ren’s home planet, that feel underdeveloped. However, there is enough to keep readers engaged until the cliff-hanger ending.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marieke du Pré

    I love YA, I love queer characters but I’m not really into science fiction or dystopia. But sometimes I need to read something outside my comfort zone and when I found this series on Koboplus I read the ‘ghost host’. I really liked it and started reading the other two books almost immediately afterwards. I decided to review the second and the third book in one review because the whole series is just one long story. The books are fast paced, with action, romance, bantering and a lot of sci-fi elem I love YA, I love queer characters but I’m not really into science fiction or dystopia. But sometimes I need to read something outside my comfort zone and when I found this series on Koboplus I read the ‘ghost host’. I really liked it and started reading the other two books almost immediately afterwards. I decided to review the second and the third book in one review because the whole series is just one long story. The books are fast paced, with action, romance, bantering and a lot of sci-fi elements. But because the books are so easy readable the sci-fi parts were -even for me, not being a sci-fi fan- enjoyable. The main characters are likable persons with flaws like we all have. The side characters are strong, witty and not quite average -I’m a big fan of not average-. Ren and Ash make a great team, they fight and make up but they love each other and protect another, whatever happens, even when they don’t understand each other. And the epilogue was a nice HEA. Those books really got into me and I’d love to read more of F.T. Lukens!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    F.T. Lukens has done it again! After the edge-of-my-seat excitement of the first book in this series, The Star Host, Ren's victory and his budding relationship with Ash, I wasn't sure where this story would go -- but I needn't have worried. As this story progressed, I was at once heartbroken and encouraged for Ren and Ash's relationship, and so amazed at Ren's fortitude, sticking to his mission (which I'm not going to spoil here). By the end of the book, just like the first one, I was reading on F.T. Lukens has done it again! After the edge-of-my-seat excitement of the first book in this series, The Star Host, Ren's victory and his budding relationship with Ash, I wasn't sure where this story would go -- but I needn't have worried. As this story progressed, I was at once heartbroken and encouraged for Ren and Ash's relationship, and so amazed at Ren's fortitude, sticking to his mission (which I'm not going to spoil here). By the end of the book, just like the first one, I was reading on the edge of my seat, terrified Ren wasn't going to make it. I can't wait until the third book comes out. I have no idea what's going to happen, but I trust F.T. Lukens to make the journey aweseome!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anjie Moore

    This is my first review on here and I have to say, I sincerely enjoyed this one. The first book was good, but this one was just infinitely better. I liked the plot and the flow of the story and the characters a lot more than the first book, and the writing to me, felt more in depth and descriptive than the first. Definitely a great read and I'm really happy to have discovered this little gem!! This is my first review on here and I have to say, I sincerely enjoyed this one. The first book was good, but this one was just infinitely better. I liked the plot and the flow of the story and the characters a lot more than the first book, and the writing to me, felt more in depth and descriptive than the first. Definitely a great read and I'm really happy to have discovered this little gem!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aelfwina

    He likes me, he hates me, I trust him, I don't trust him, and round and round and round they go. So much for the relationship part. The plot: it goes along... somewhere. The scifi aspect: well, they're in space... and there are planets... does that count? Decent writing that could have been better if there was more of it (and less of the back and forth). He likes me, he hates me, I trust him, I don't trust him, and round and round and round they go. So much for the relationship part. The plot: it goes along... somewhere. The scifi aspect: well, they're in space... and there are planets... does that count? Decent writing that could have been better if there was more of it (and less of the back and forth).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Velv

    A great follow up to the first book. Lukens continues to enchant me with the book's world and her characters continue to enamor me. Cannot wait for the last book. A great follow up to the first book. Lukens continues to enchant me with the book's world and her characters continue to enamor me. Cannot wait for the last book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    WHOA WHOA THERE'S ANOTHER BOOK AND I HAVE TO *WAIT* FOR IT? WHOA WHOA THERE'S ANOTHER BOOK AND I HAVE TO *WAIT* FOR IT?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Book two of a trilogy, mediocre writing, seemingly inconsistent characters/characterization; basically, it's kind of a mess Book two of a trilogy, mediocre writing, seemingly inconsistent characters/characterization; basically, it's kind of a mess

  21. 4 out of 5

    The Gatekeeper

    Buy and read this one too.

  22. 4 out of 5

    David K. Nouvel

    Great storyline, with a perfect mix of action and romance. I can’t wait for the last book to be published. Congrats F.T. Lukens. This is a great achievement!

  23. 5 out of 5

    zigg

    Why doesn't the library have book three. WHY. Why doesn't the library have book three. WHY.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristel (hungryandhappy)

    This book has been mostly angst and heartache for me. And that ending????? Ahhhhhhhh!! I need these characters to be fine and happy and in love! I need that!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    Wow that cliffhanger. Need to start book 3 immediately. I don't want this series to end. ❤ Wow that cliffhanger. Need to start book 3 immediately. I don't want this series to end. ❤

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    3.5 stars. Second books of trilogies are hard...neither the interesting set up or the exciting conclusion. And I was warned in advance that this one ended in a cliffhanger, so I was very wary. But Lukens pulled if off better than I anticipated. Yes, there is angst to the max, and the HFN that Ren and Asher found at the end of The Star Host is quickly shattered. Asher is arrogant, Ren is surly and they both keep way too many secrets from each other. But the story moves quickly, the world-building 3.5 stars. Second books of trilogies are hard...neither the interesting set up or the exciting conclusion. And I was warned in advance that this one ended in a cliffhanger, so I was very wary. But Lukens pulled if off better than I anticipated. Yes, there is angst to the max, and the HFN that Ren and Asher found at the end of The Star Host is quickly shattered. Asher is arrogant, Ren is surly and they both keep way too many secrets from each other. But the story moves quickly, the world-building is adept, and the plot thickens as it gets harder to tell the good guys from the bad guys. I don't like reading books that give me a lump in the throat, which is how I experienced about 75% of Ghosts & Ashes, but I am confident that the final book will bring the warm feels.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christin

    Even better than the first one. Well worth checking out if you like YA and scifi. The series continues to have an awesome world to explore and really developed characters that grow and change. Looking forward to the next installment.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bekah Rogers

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This second installment to the Broken Moon trilogy is a beautiful continuation to The Star Host. At the beginning of this book we see Ren is struggling to control his powers. As the story continues it becomes harder and harder for Ren to control himself and also we see him grow more and more desperate to return to his home planet in his quest to find his younger brother Liam. Throughout this book we also see Ren and Ashers budding romance crumble. The characters that I fell in love with in the f This second installment to the Broken Moon trilogy is a beautiful continuation to The Star Host. At the beginning of this book we see Ren is struggling to control his powers. As the story continues it becomes harder and harder for Ren to control himself and also we see him grow more and more desperate to return to his home planet in his quest to find his younger brother Liam. Throughout this book we also see Ren and Ashers budding romance crumble. The characters that I fell in love with in the first book continue to develop and grow as do the stakes of the story. I loved how after the end of the first book, we see that Ren and Asher’s relationship was not all sunshine and roses from then on. It really works to make the relationship feel more authentic and relatable. The cliffhanger at the end of this book definitely made me glad I decided to pick these books up after they had all been released! I love that Asher and Ren don’t immediately reconcile and readers are left to wonder if they actually will.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Verena

    I was so excited to read this sequel because I had been waiting for it for a whole year and I just love the world, the characters and the story. It's a miracle that I didn't read it in one sitting simply because it's not that long. As much as I enjoy a book that doesn't make me feel like I'm competing in a lifting competition whilst reading, I really wanted to go on reading this story for a while longer. I love how the characters are never overdramatic or like 'wow, we're in space and do cool st I was so excited to read this sequel because I had been waiting for it for a whole year and I just love the world, the characters and the story. It's a miracle that I didn't read it in one sitting simply because it's not that long. As much as I enjoy a book that doesn't make me feel like I'm competing in a lifting competition whilst reading, I really wanted to go on reading this story for a while longer. I love how the characters are never overdramatic or like 'wow, we're in space and do cool stuff'. They simply live their lives and are authentic and unique. Everything is described to detailed and the world-building is to carefully done that I feel like I'm transported right into this universe while I'm reading. It kind of broke my heart to see my favourite characters struggle so much but at the same time it is so in character that they don't change themselves despite what is happening to them. The cliffhanger in the end made me want to hunt down the Doctor himself to travel to March 2018 to read the next book in the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4 stars! The plot was fast-paced and action-packed and the shocking revelations kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, making the book impossible to put down. The world-building and scifi elements continue to be fascinating, with higher stakes raised in the conflict between the Phoenix Corps vs the Star Hosts. The characters are pretty likeable, with my faves being Asher, Ren and Rowan. Ren and Asher spent most of the book fighting which made me miss the easy, light-hearted banter of the 4 stars! The plot was fast-paced and action-packed and the shocking revelations kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, making the book impossible to put down. The world-building and scifi elements continue to be fascinating, with higher stakes raised in the conflict between the Phoenix Corps vs the Star Hosts. The characters are pretty likeable, with my faves being Asher, Ren and Rowan. Ren and Asher spent most of the book fighting which made me miss the easy, light-hearted banter of the previous book, though there were sweet moments in between the fights. There was also a strong found family theme with Ren and the crew that was really lovely and I hope they all survive the last book somehow (is a happy ending too much to ask for?) I am excited to see what happens in the last book and definitely recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of lgbtqia sci-fi, space/stars, found family and exciting plots.

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