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We’re so excited to partner with Anna Todd for this fabulous Giveaway!

Tell us about your own love story! One (1) winner will receive
Copy of The Brightest Stars
Plus a $50 Visa gift card for a romantic night out.

For a chance to win, simply comment below and tell us about the love of your life and share this post on your social media with #TheBrightestStars

About the Author

Anna Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the After series, The Spring Girls and the upcoming The Brightest Stars. Always an avid reader, she began writing stories on her phone on Wattpad, the reading and writing multiplatform for original stories, with After becoming the most read series on the platform with over 1.5 billion reads. The print edition was published in 2014. It has been published in over 30 languages, with more than 11 million copies sold worldwide, and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain. The film adaptation, which Anna is co-producing, is set to be released in early 2019. Anna and her husband currently live in Los Angeles.

Find her at AnnaTodd.com, on Twitter at @imaginator1d, on Instagram at @imaginator1d, and on Wattpad as Imaginator1D.

Our Review

‘Stars seemed so fierce and bright, but by the time they got to us, they were dying, almost gone. And the biggest stars? They burned the fastest as if their intense radiance was too much for them to hold onto.’

Anna Todd writes a melancholy slow burn story about abandonment, deceptions, survival, and love in The Brightest Stars. We carry the marks of our childhoods –be they good or bad- with us into our adult lives. What doesn’t break us makes us stronger as they say, however sometimes, whilst we may have an inner strength, we also develop traits of insecurities, skepticism and a self-preservation that can impact us as negatively as it can positively.

 ‘Life support. That’s what he was starting to feel like for me. I should have been worried about that, but I wasn’t.’
‘We were trying to crawl inside each other, anything less…well, nothing would feel close enough unless that was possible.’

Karina has had a disruptive childhood with absent parents added to the difficulties that come with growing up in a military family. The strains and the impact of this life as well as being abandoned by her own mum has influenced how she currently lives her life. It’s not a bad life, however, her self-inflicted constraints rules a large part of it. A twenty year old girl who has already experienced more than most women her age she has a somewhat cynical view yet at the same time she’s certain in her wants and needs. Karina came across lonely, with only her twin brother a positive constant in her life. She’s protective, forgiving and nurturing despite them being the same age. Karina braces herself automatically against life in some respects. We felt for her the whole way through and understood her actions to be an instinctual consequence to what was taking place around her.

“Everything hurts,” he said. “All my body. All the time.”

As this story was entirely in Karina’s pov we never fully connected with Kael, but oh did we want to. His story, alongside Karina’s, had a solemnness to it. A twenty year old solder back from war who is clearly struggling physically as well as emotionally. We were desperate to get into his head to uncover how deep those evident scars ran. A man of few words, you just know that the words he does set free are relevant and meaningful. This man is the quiet to Karina’s inner storm.

“The words, your words—“ Kael’s voice was raspy, his dark eyes smoky. “The way they taste.” He bent down to kiss them. “They taste even better than they sound.”

No road to stillness, calm and love runs smoothly though. Secrets are uncovered, hearts are broken and loyalties are tested. Some bonds are stronger than others when faced with adversity at a most inopportune time. Love needs roots to grow and find its strength or the roughest current can dislodge it, making it harder to hang onto and preserve. We were left with a heart full of emotions as we wait for the continuing story of Karina and Kael. In The Brightest Stars, Anna Todd writes a very different character driven story with such detail and emphasis on life and its daily routines. An emphasis on people, their actions as well as thoughts, ensuring the -we as readers- become fully immersed into the fray.

“Let me fall in love with you, Karina.”


International bestselling author Anna Todd returns with a gripping novel about a young woman’s journey towards love, and the obstacles life throws up at every turn.

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.

A riveting story about love and lies, The Brightest Stars will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.

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  1. Vanessa Viner said:

    The love of my life doesn’t bring me flowers, or chocolates, or even champagne (much more my thing). He does however, make me laugh almost every day with silly whatsapp messages, screenshots of daft things, and he’s a wonderful husband and father. (And he still rocks my world, nudge nudge, wink wink).


    1. TotallyBookedBlog Post author said:

      Laughing is one of our favourite things! ♥


  2. shelly peterson said:

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    I am single so the love of my live currently would have to be my grandsons.


    1. TotallyBookedBlog Post author said:

      They bring such joy ♥


  3. Elena said:

    The love of my life is my best friend. We have been married for 14 years.


    1. TotallyBookedBlog Post author said:

      Love this ♥


  4. Mokkesofie said:

    He makes me feel loved and wanted. He surprises me when I’m working on something, sneaking up behind me, kissing my neck. He frightens me when we’re watching a scary movie by suddenly shouting, “Boo”, then laughs at my reaction like a little boy who’s done something naughty. He’ll suddenly say, “let’s go on a road trip”, and we’ll jump into the truck and drive, talking and laughing. My heart is bursting with love when he smiles and looks at me with a twinkle in his eyes. He’ll wrap his arms around me, close his eyes and hold me tight, and no words are needed. He’s also my unattainable love when we have to part for months at a time, and my heart shatters into tiny pieces, and my tears can fill an empty river. Every time I pray we’ll be together again, just one more time. Every time. My love.


    1. TotallyBookedBlog Post author said:

      Sounds wonderful but so very sad too. We hope one of these days you won’t have to part ♥


  5. HS said:

    My husband is the love my life, we’ve been together for 20 years.


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