REVIEWED by Danielle
TITLE : North Star Bundle ( contains North Star 1-3 , Spark, Fusion & Flare)
AUTHOR: Posy Roberts
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 876 Pages
RELEASE DATE: august 5th, 2016
Hugo and Kevin were best friends and secret lovers in high school, but a chance meeting years later proves that the spark that drew them together before is still there. In Spark, Hugo and Kevin must try to put together a relationship while overcoming the obstacles of coming out, divorce and children. In Fusion, an unexpected illness may tear apart all they’ve been building. And in Flare, though they’ve finally settled together happily, outside forces are working hard to upset their family.
This series has been on my to be read list for a long time so when I got the opportunity to review this bundle I grabbed the chance. I have to say I am not a reader who loves to read epic stories so yes this was a long read for me with almost 900 pages in total! But those pages brought me everything you could ask for as a reader…and amazing story with a forever love, drama, grief, family and friendship.
While I have to admit it took me a while to get into the story and if I would have to rate the books separately I think it would end up a little different with the overall rating for the bundle.
The first part of the book tells us about Hugo and Kevin finding each other and it flashes back a lot to past things that happened when they were younger, something I personally am not fond of.
In the second part, the author excels with the story about the love and strength of Hugo and Kevin who are taking care of Kevin’s wife Erin and their children Brooke & Finn. This part grabbed me hard and fast and it made me want to keep reading. I could feel the words coming to life. The love and the grief, the struggles and the insecurities dripped off the pages.
I am particularly happy to see a bit more of Summer coming back into the story. I loved her presence in Hugo’s life and the way she comes back is highly entertaining and wonderful to see.
After finishing the second part I found myself needing a break. I read a very emotional second part and it got to me , so I did take a short break before going back into the final part.
The final part brings us more into the life of Hugo and Kevin and their children, as well as the neighbourhood they live in. We see the relationships with friends, community and family in different situations and with positive and negative aspects.
I find it very hard to mention specific things as it is quickly becomes spoilerish so I am trying to keep it general. Seeing the love between Hugo and Kevin is wonderful , their sex life is a joy to experience and the family they created with Summer and Russel is wonderful. The struggle Brooke goes through at school, the bullying happening to her and to Hugo is addressed in a very real and sincere way by author Posy Roberts and I commend her for that. The best things in this third part were for me the family bonding, the talks, the love spreading on the pages with each of them finding their own bearings.
Author Posy Roberts takes everything and puts it together in this third and final part of this series perfectly.
Despite the fact that this was a very long read it sure qualifies as an epic tale as it shows the reader the exploration of a family thrown together through pain, grief, agony and bullying but most of all love and survival instincts.