Karina knows the harsh realities of military life. And like anyone who has grown up around an army base, she knows the background noise that follows a soldier home from war. That’s why she’s forging her own quiet life in her own little house. But she hasn’t turned her back on her family. She’s the glue that holds them together-when her father is deployed, when her brother, Austin, has another brush with the law.
Karina knows that she has to look after herself, that she can’t always fix what’s broken. But when Austin’s behavior worsens and her father’s reactions grow more extreme, Karina feels her own edges beginning to fray. That’s when she meets him-a closed book she’s desperate to open.
At just twenty, Kael is a handsome, brooding soldier struggling with the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan. He’s emotionally damaged and closed off. Quiet doesn’t begin to describe him. But as Karina gets used to his stable presence, she finds it hard to ignore the way he makes her feel. In their time together, she finds the stillness she has always wanted and never found. She lets down her guard. And she lets herself fill in the blanks about this mysterious man.
But illusions quickly made are quickly shattered. That’s when Karina has to find her own courage-to untangle the truth from the lies, and decide what she’s going to do about it.
The Brightest Stars happens to be the first Anna Todd book that I have been fortunate enough to read and I can’t even begin to express how freaking excited I was to dive right in. What I didn’t know going in was that this story was actually part of a series, so please be aware that it does end with a cliffhanger. Although I did enjoy the storyline and characters, I didn’t necessarily fall head over heels in love with it. However, I will defiantly be reading the second book because I need to know what happens next. Anna Todd is certainly a brilliant writer and I already have plans to check out some of her earlier work for sure.
About Anna Todd
Anna Todd is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the After series. An avid reader, Anna began writing stories on her phone on Wattpad, the reading and writing multi platform for original stories, with After becoming the most read series on the platform with over 1.5 billion reads. The print edition published in 2014. AFTER has been published in over 30 languages, with more than 10 million copies sold worldwide, and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain.
The film adaptation of AFTER, which Anna is co-producing, is set to be released in early 2019. Anna and her husband currently live in Los Angeles.