Prince and the Pauper Meets Parallel World Travel: A Review of “Tandem”

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

I read Tandem as it was on a recommendation list for books similar to These Broken Stars.

Sasha, a mundane, modern-day Chicagoan, is hoodwinked by secret agent Thomas and whisked away to Aurora.  Aurora is a parallel world that greatly resembles Earth…except for the fact that the Aurora Borealis can be seen everywhere, every night, and the fact that North America is divided by the Mississippi into two kingdoms.  Instead of a united country, the United Commonwealth of Columbia and Farnham have been embroiled in bitter war for centuries.  It is hoped that an arranged marriage between each kingdom’s heir will unite everyone and put an end to the bloodshed. Continue reading

Review: These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars is a beautifully written story of survival and love.

After reading the cover blurb, I was expecting the story to read very much like the Titanic disaster.  While the starship that Lilac and Tarver are on is very reminiscent of the Titanic (class divisions, opulence, lifeboat-like escape pods), the rest of the story moves forward into uncharted territory and is not just a regurgitation of history.

Once off of the Icarus, Lilac and Tarver must together face an unknown planet and rely on each other to survive. Continue reading