Obsidio (non-spoiler review)

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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

Genres: young adult , science fiction

Pages: 621

Format: audibook

Source: audible

2020 challenge: BTBLC

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

From bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes the exciting finale in the trilogy that broke the mold and has been called “stylistically mesmerizing” and “out-of-this-world-awesome.”

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 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!

#stayathomenandread Aurora Burning (ARC Review)

Tunnel Of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Published by   Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 5, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 519

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 arc

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Our heroes are back . . . kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic Aurora Cycle series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival. 

First, the bad news: an ancient evil–you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal–is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces. 

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri. 

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted. 

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes–and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.

My Thoughts:

I think overall I enjoyed this book. I loved how this book dived in the characters that I meet in book one. I really did love that. I loved diving more into these characters. I thought the pacing in the book was not as strong however. I sometimes got confused and that may have been because I did not re-read the pervious book. I overall was still impressed this series and these characters. This is def a book I want to re-read after I read book 1 again. I thought some of the twists this book had was super well crafted and hard to predict. I overall enjoyed this book and these characters have for sure captured my heart.

#stayhomeandread Gemina

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published by    Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18, 2016

Genres: Young Adult , Science Fiction

Pages: 665

Format: Hardback/ Audibook

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
     The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault. 
     Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion. 
     When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
     But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
     Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

My Thoughts:

This book was epic but so prefect. I loved the characters and how the story was told and how the story tied in with the characters from the first book. I love the art and also the characters path through the story… need the next story like yesterday! I really adored the audiobook formate of this book so much. If you have not listen to them you really need. The full cast really makes this book sound like movie. I loved the diversity of the cast and also the interactions between the four leads. It was a great science fiction aventure!

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

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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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

2019 challenge:

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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!!