Illuminae (Non-Spolier Review)

ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published by  Ember; Reprint edition on April 25, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 608

Format: Hardback

Source: Audibook

2020 challenge: Re-read

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
 
But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.
 
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

My Thoughts:

I really loved the way this story was crafted and told. It was told through email and hacked documents and etc. It was a story that I expected to impersonal but grew to really love and NEED to know what happen to the characters. It was such a fast pace read and at the heart of this story was the characters of ezra and Kady. It really asks alot of questions like what makes you human and what can and what won’t break you. The ending of this book was insane and I need the next one.

Note this book you need to read the actual physical book, don’t read on your kindle/ nook or listen to via audio book . TRUST ME.

2020 Note: On re-read. I have loved the audiobook! (less)

I Hope You Get This Message (Non-Spoiler Review)

I Hope You Get This Message  by Farah Naz Rishi

Published by   HarperTeen on October 22, 2019

Genres: Contemporary, ScienceFiction

Pages: 432

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate

2019 challenge: 2019 Book

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

In this high concept YA novel debut that’s We All Looked Up meets The Sun Is Also a Star, three teens must face down the mistakes of their past after they learn that life on Earth might end in less than a week.

News stations across the country are reporting mysterious messages that Earth has been receiving from a planet—Alma—claiming to be its creator. If they’re being interpreted correctly, in seven days Alma will hit the kill switch on their “colony” Earth. 

True or not, for teenagers Jesse Hewitt, Cate Collins, and Adeem Khan, the prospect of this ticking time bomb will change their lives forever.

Jesse, who has been dealt one bad blow after another, wonders if it even matters what happens to the world. Cate, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she never met. And Adeem, who hasn’t spoken to his estranged sister in years, must find out if he has it in him to forgive her for leaving. 

With only a week to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide as their worlds are pulled apart.

Review!!

I will admit I really did enjoy both the characters in this read and also the suble science fiction twist in this novel. I really did like the diversity of the POV and also how the characters. I thought this book also dealt with harder topics that are so common in the world but rarely seen and loved how this book handled belief and what to believe and found it to be so intreasting. I wish the book had a more clear ending, But if you enjoy books with a open ending this might be the book for you. I also wish all there POV tied in a bit more. I did also like that these characters came from not only some many different backgrounds but also places. Fans of we all look up, should check out this read.

Cinder (Non-Spoiler Review)

Cinder  by Marissa Meyer

Published by   Square Fish in 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 448

Format: Audibook

Source: Rented

2019 challenge:Beat the Backlist Challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

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. 

With high-stakes action and a smart, resourceful heroine, Cinder is a Cinderella retelling that is at once classic and strikingly original.

My Thoughts:

I really loved re-reading this book. I forgot how strong this book was. I loved this story so much and how it took nods from the old tale but made it so unique and so different. I really loved this world and Marrissa was able to craft such a unique world. It was such a fast pace read. I was just so invested in this stories and the all the characters. I loved this story so much and felt like it was a solid story and so excited to dive back into more books in this series.

Mind Games (Arc Review)

Mind Games  by Shanna Silver

Published by  Swoon Reads on August 27, 201

Genere: Young Adult, Mystery, Science Fiction

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

A teen programmer at a school for geniuses must join forces with a boy she can’t remember to stop a hacker from deleting their memories in Shana Silver’s action-packed YA debut, Mind Games.

Arden sells memories. Whether it’s becoming homecoming queen or studying for that all important test, Arden can hack into a classmate’s memories and upload the experience for you just as if you’d lived it yourself. Business is great, right up until the day Arden whites out, losing fifteen minutes of her life and all her memories of the boy across the school yard. The boy her friends assure her she’s had a crush on for years.

Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked, but they haven’t just been stolen and shared… they’ve been removed. And she’s not the only one: her mysterious crush, Sebastian, has lost ALL of his memories. But how can they find someone who has the power to make them forget everything they’ve learned?

My Thoughts:

I really loved how this was science fiction inspired thriller. I grew to love the main character throughout the novel. I really did like the world building and the the start of this read was super strong. I loved how memory was a major element in this story. I really did enjoy the romance and thought this book was such a solid stand alone. I thought the ending was a tad rushed at points but I would def. read more by this author in the future.

Ignite the Stars (arc) Non-Spoiler Review

Ignite The Stars  by Maura Milan

Published by  AW Teen on September 4, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 400

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

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Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cōcha is a seventeen-year-old girl.

A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.

Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?

In this exhilarating edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure—perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles—debut author Maura Milan introduces our world to a thrilling new heroine.

My Thoughts:

 really did enjoy this trio perspective science fiction novel. I found this book to such a fast pace read and really did enjoy all the characters POV. I thought this was such a intreating science fiction novel that tackled topics like immigration and refugees but also a flight school. I really had a hard time putting this book down. I am super excited to dive into the sequel soon!

Tarnished are the Stars (Arc) Review

Tarnished are the stars by Rosiee Thor

Published by   Scholastic Press on October 15, 2019  

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 384

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher’s chest: an illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog — donning the moniker Technician — to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner’s tyrannical laws.

Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner’s son, has never had to fear the law. Determined to earn his father’s respect, Nathaniel sets out to capture the Technician. But the more he learns about the outlaw, the more he questions whether his father’s elusive affection is worth chasing at all.

Their game of cat and mouse takes an abrupt turn when Eliza, a skilled assassin and spy, arrives. Her mission is to learn the Commissioner’s secrets at any cost — even if it means betraying her own heart.

When these uneasy allies discover the most dangerous secret of all, they must work together despite their differences and put an end to a deadly epidemic — before the Commissioner ends them first.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. I liked how we got three very different POV and how each POV gave the audience such a different look at this world. I really did enjoy this world building but thought it had some issues describing the world to the audience but towards the middle of this novel this was not a large issue. I really did enjoy the political focused of this novel. The highlight of this novel was the LGBTQ rep and also how easily it was explained these types of topics to the audience. I feel that this book is such a strong standalone and would actually be okay, if there were no more books but I would welcome to see these characters again.

Aurora Rising (Non-Spoiler Review)

Aurora Rising  by  Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Published by  Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 7, 2019)

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 472

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the academy would touch . . .

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates 
A smart-ass tech whiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger-management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem–that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline cases, and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

NOBODY PANIC.

My Thoughts:

This book was so amazing. If you enjoy characters like eleven from stranger things, this may be the book for you. I also loved this book because it had various POV that I really enjoyed. I also liked how these characters gave you a complete view of the world. I was super invested in the story. I felt like the sciecne breakdown was easily to follow. I also liked how this book had elements that gave you more information about the world but in such a fun way. I will warn you this book has a killer cliffhanger. This book also has some of my favorite themes or concepts included a rag tag group of heroes, twins and a mystery girls. I really am dying for book 2!!

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Arc Review)!!!

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe  by Carlos Hernandez

Published by  Rick Riordan Presents on March 5, 2019

Genres: middle grade mythology

Pages: 400

Format: ARC

Source: NYCC

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany’s locker?
When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal’s office for the third time in three days, and it’s still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared. Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he’s capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken–including his dead mother–and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There’s only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk.A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in his mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter. Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past. When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this read. I found this book to be a prefect science fiction themed novel with some cuban influences and it was such a fast pace read. I thought this book handled some many modern day topics in such a fun way. I really loved how this book handled complicated science fiction topics like the multi verse in such a easy to understand way. i thought the ending of the book had a some structure and info dump issues but I still really enjoyed the read and will def be checking out the sequel in 2020!

Obsidio: Non-Spolier Review!!

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Goodreads Author)

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 13, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, science fiction

Pages: 621

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: PSRC (Book with two authors)

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza–but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys–an old flame from Asha’s past–reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

 

My Brief Thoughts:

This book was amazing. on so many levels. I loved how this story not only tie together all the main characters in the previous two books (hanna, nick, KADY and ezra) but also introduced use to whole new set of characters. The formate of the this book was amazing and the audiobook was so well done. I really loved the ending of this story so much. I really loved how we got some many new character interactions and all the characters connections and relationship was the highlight of this book. I really can’t pick a fav character but they were all so well crafted. This is def one of my favorite books of the year so far and one of my favorite science fiction series!

My Extended thoughts!

Characters! All these characters are so well drawn and I adore them all. These characters are so well drawn and by the end of this series, I am emotionally invested in them all. I believe the media style storyline makes these characters so relatable to their audience.

Pace:  This book had a slow start to introduce to your new characters but it quickly began a fat pace tory that was hard to put down!

Something else please!!!!!! I will read anything these authors right together!! PLEASE!!

 

Shadow Call: Blog Tour: Review

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Title: SHADOW CALL (Kaitan Chronicles #2)

Author: AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller

Pub. Date: April 17, 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 432

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Summary!

His throne. Her rebellion. Their war.

Qole is the youngest starship captain in living memory on her homeworld of Alaxak and has spent her life hunting a dangerous energy source called Shadow. Alaxans distrust and evade the galaxy’s royalty as a rule, but Qole is now harboring the exiled Prince Nevarian Dracorte, along with some very conflicting feelings about it—and him.

Nev’s feelings are just as complicated, but not towards her. When it comes to Qole, he knows one thing: he’d do anything to stay with her. But when Alaxak is attacked and Nev finds himself framed for murder, he realizes the only way to help Qole and her people is to fight for the throne that should be his. To become the royal she might hate.

As for Qole, she would never have imagined herself as the leader of a rebellion. Despite that, she soon realizes that hiding from her power is no longer an option. It’s time to answer the call, even if it kills her.

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About Adrianne & Michael:

ADRIANNE STRICKLAND and MICHAEL MILLER met in their hometown of Palmer, Alaska, where they agreed on 99% of book taste and thus decided to write together. Adri spends her summers as a commercial fisherwoman in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and the rest of the year writing. Michael grew up off the grid in a homestead in Alaska and now works in IT and tech. This is their second book together.

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My Brief Review!!!

I gave this book four stars for review!

I thought this was a strong follow up novel. I really still liked both POV that we got and thought it was unexpected twists and turns this novel took. I really liked how the world was expanded and how much more information we got about the world. I also liked the new villain the rose and also getting into that characters head was so fascinating. I grew to love the crew so much in this novel and loved how so many dynamics changed int his novel. I still enjoy the romance a lot and loved all the various twists and turns that occurred. This was a super fast read.

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