Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Underrated Books

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
Don't Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
Press Start to Play by Daniel H. Wilson

Nexis by A.L. Davroe
Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
After Hours by Claire Kennedy

Letters to Zell by Camille Griep

What are some of your favorite underrated books?

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Prince Made Me Love Maxon More

15820748Title: The Prince
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #0.5
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Edition: audiobook

Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection...
Before Aspen broke America's heart...
There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life...
Don't miss this thrilling 64-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass's hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.

After finishing The Elite, I immediately went to my library and put The One on hold. There were two people in front of me and I knew that I needed more of this wonderful world to hold me over until I could delve back into it with another book from the series, so I decided to check out this novella.

The Prince follows Maxon before the Selection occurs. We find out that he actually had a really close friend from France named Daphne who really liked Maxon as more than a friend. Needless to say, the two of them do not end up together because of the Selection.

I really loved this story because I liked learning more about Maxon. We never get to see anything through his point of view, so it was awesome to finally see the world through his eyes. I'd definitely suggest this one for fan of The Selection series who are looking to explore the characters and the world a bit more.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Gemina AKA Another Great Illuminae Files Novel

Title: Gemina
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Illustrated by Marie Lu
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Edition: Hardcover (608 pages)

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. 

Be warned... this review contains spoilers if you haven't read either Illuminae or Gemina!

After reading Illuminae last year, I knew that I was going to want to continue on with this series. That's why as soon as I had the chance to go to the bookstore this year after Gemina released, it was the first book that I picked up to purchase. Even though I didn't love it as much as Illuminae, Gemina was a major hit with me!

Gemina follows two different characters, Hanna and Nik, though the story takes place in the same world as Illuminae. Hanna is the daughter of the station captain and Nik is pretty much part of a mafia aboard Heimdall. Hanna was a very badass character and I really liked her. She was always sticking up for herself and was willing to get dirty and fight.

Nik was very interesting. I have heard multiple people say that they prefer him to Ezra, but I just loved Ezra so much so nothing could replace him! Nik was cool though because he was part of this mafia group aboard the ship. I have never read a book with mafia in it, nonetheless in science fiction, so that was pretty cool.

Once again, this book had a really cool setup. The book was told through instant messages, emails, video surveillance scripts, and interviews. I have heard from many people that the audiobooks of this series are really awesome and add a lot to the story, so I think before the third book comes out I'm definitely going to listen to the audiobooks to get that part of the story!

If you haven't started this series, I definitely suggest you jump on it soon!