Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Published: November 1, 2015

One moment, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have nothing bigger to worry about than each other. Specifically, avoiding each other in the wake of their messy break-up. In the next second, their entire world falls apart.

The year is 2375 and one of the mega-corporations that control much of deep space has just fired the opening salvo in an intergalactic war, destroying Kady and Ezra’s planet. Forced to flee on a small fleet of crippled rescue ships alongside thousands of other refugees, the fear of enemy warships chasing them down is at first all-consuming but soon becomes the least of their worries. A deadly plague is ravaging the refugees on the ships; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be an enemy; and High Command is refusing to acknowledge that there may be a serious problem. As Kady plunges into a tangled web of data in search of the truth, she realizes that Ezra is possibly the only person who can help her save the refugees before it’s too late

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Holy cow. This was so awesome!

I cannot even begin to explain how great of a reading experience this was. I absolutely loved this book and it was one of the greatest reading experiences I’ve ever had. Nothing like it.

I wasn’t expecting Illuminae to be as good as it was. I loved Kady and I thought she was an amazingly strong and stubborn character. And I was literally on the edge of my seat every time AIDAN did something well…a bit crazy. I was insanely impressed with how much emotion and how much excitement and great plot line you get from such a different format of a book.

I have to say I read 1/2 the book on it’s own and then 1/2 with the audiobook as a companion and I have to say, it was even more so phenomenal with the audiobook companioning the read. I wasn’t surprised at how quickly I read this but I was EXTREMELY surprised with how complex the plot got and how it kept a great flow throughout the book.

I think I connected more with the characters since a lot of the content was through personal IMs and personal comms as well as e-mails and audio/video surveillance  which I thought was a great and new way to get the reader to connect to characters in a very new and original way.

As for the plot, I thought it was great and I absolutely adored the plots constant twists and turns and consistently happening “Oh crap, what’s happening next, do I put the book down? No I cant!”

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Review : Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

28260587 Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Published : September 6, 2016

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
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I’ve been waiting and waiting for this installment to come out. I literally read it in about a week of having it (yes this is a very late review and yes this book is MASSIVE). And I was constantly running scenarios through my head on how this book could go. And as always, Sarah J Maas has completely killed it.

The twists and turns in this book were constant. So much so in a way that made you completely devour every page and morsel that Sarah J Maas put on the page.

In this book I feel like everyone grows be leaps and bounds and the character development in this book is ASTOUNDING. Elide becomes so amazing and Manon, who I have to say is probably my favorite character finally starts walking to the beat of her own drum.

It was very difficult for me to put this book down since every single one of Aelin’s plans were always so complex and so covert that you didn’t know what she was up to or what was going to happen until it actually did.

Every single person and movement and moment had a working piece in this massive contraption of a book. Every single thing had it’s purpose and you found it out as the book went on.

I cannot express how satisfied I was with this book. The seamless way Maas can interweave these stories into all separate directions and then bringing them all back together in the most perfect and flawless way. Manon still remains my favorite and I really hope the next book focuses on the Thirteen. There’s something about all her characters that they all have something within their personalities that make them strong and likable …after you hate them for quite a bit (that’s a jab at you Lorcan).

But this has been my favorite in the series so far and has been absolutely gripping from end to end.

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

11235712Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Published: January 3rd 2012

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


When I finally finished Cinder, I was in awe. I couldn’t believe I got through that book so quickly. Granted I know it’s not the biggest book out there but it’s got a bit of heft to it. I loved Marissa Meyer’s writing. It was just so whimsical and she managed to blend together so many elements just flawlessly.

The first character I fell in love with was Iko. Absolutely. No questions asked, hands down. I love how she wasn’t supposed to have feelings but she has the personality chip that makes her so snarky and so adorable and lovable I couldn’t get enough Iko! Honestly!

But other than Iko being my absolute favorite, I have to say I did really enjoy Cinder and Kai. I didn’t think I would, I thought maybe it’d get a bit too cheesy but it didn’t! I loved their playful romance and their coyness with each other. It was great. I think one of my favorite romances in a while, they weren’t completely down each other’s throats and didn’t just insta-love. Which also made me wish we had a LIIIIIITLLEEE more Kai?

But who did I not like? Is that even a question? UGH LAVANA. WHAT A CREEP!! I think the thing that freaked me out the most was the whole mind manipulation and glamouring. I think the glamouring freaked me out more. But how could someone be so cold to kill their own sister?! She’s awful and I can’t tell if it’s justified or not or whether she’s just straight crazy.

Just going to drop these names here under the “Ouch, my feels” category : Peony and Iko.

But there were a few things that were kind of well…obvious and for the sake of spoilers I won’t say what was so obvious.

But I loved this book. I loved it so so so much. And can easily hand over 5/5 stars to Marissa Meyer for doing such a wonderful job a great whimsical writing style, easily read, wonderful pace, great humor and wit and a great bit of romance. Ah! I could go on and on for hours on how amazing it is. Definitely picking up the rest of The Lunar Chonicles.

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