Monday, May 22, 2017


Hey guys! So, I never actually took a hiatus from my blog, but I was so busy during my first year of college to the point where I didn't know where/how to fit in my blog into my daily schedule. I'm hoping that it will change next year, but seriously, college is hard work!

However, I'm hoping to get working on the blog again! I've got a whole bunch of reviews planned for the books that I did read throughout the school year, because I did read a few! I look forward to getting back into blogging!

Friday, February 24, 2017

I Wanted A Little More From Fairest

22489107Title: Fairest
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana's story is finally told.
Mirror, mirror on the wall,Who is the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story-a story that has never been told... until now.
Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

-what i liked-
  • I loved that this gave the reader an in-depth look into the live of Queen Levana. I actually felt bad for her at times, which I never thought would happen. Then again, everyone loves a twisted and emotional villain. 
  • The book made me understand why she is the way that she is now.
  • I liked learning about Cinder's mother. Will Cinder ever actually learn about her mother though, because her mother was absolutely horrible??
  • I liked that it was short because it was a novella. These books are literal beasts!

-what i didn't like-
  • Okay, so I have a love/hate relationship with the ending. I mean, it made perfect sense and paved the way for Winter to take place, though like I really wanted a bit more at times. I felt like there was such a huge build-up and then the story ended on such a high without really going anywhere, though I guess that was probably the point of it all. I just felt like something was missing when I finished.
  • Why was Cinder's mom so horrible??????


Monday, February 13, 2017

Scarlet Was An Awesome Retelling

13206760Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison-even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to truth this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Even though I didn't like Cinder as much the second time, I knew that I wanted to continue on with the series because the next book covered Red Riding Hood. I'm seriously so glad that I did.

what i liked
•RED RIDING HOOD RETELLING. What more can I say?
•The novel takes place in France for when the point of view is that of Scarlet. How awesome! I've been taking French for the longest time so I found that pretty awesome. Like this series is literally going all over the world and I can't wait to see where we go next in Cress.
•Wolf was so great. I really loved him. I found him to be a very interesting take on the big bad wolf from the classic story. I also really liked his romance with Scarlet. They were cute together and he was a bad boy which made it a little more interesting.
•For some reason, I thought that Scarlet would just have the point of view of her. However, it didn't. We were introduced to new characters and then we also got to read through the eyes of our good old friends, Kai and Cinder! LIKE HOW AWESOME IS THAT.
•Captain Thorne. He is legit my new love. I FREAKING LOVE HIM. He's the captain of the Rampion and he's American, though he's just so hilarious at times.

what i didn't like
•I honestly can't think of something I didn't like. THIS BOOK WAS FREAKING AMAZING. I just want to read Cress.

So, obviously this book was a five star read. The new addition of characters mixed with the awesomeness of the old characters led to an awesome book.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater | Review

17347389Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Edition: eBook (448 pages)

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...

this review contains spoilers.

Even though I found The Raven Boys to be pretty slow, I decided that I'd continue on and give The Dream Thieves a try. I had heard a lot of people say that they liked this one even more, so I knew that I had to go on. Despite that, I was a little bit let down by it.

what i liked
•ALL THE RONAN. I hadn't really been the biggest fan of Ronan, though after hearing that so many people seriously loved him, I'm glad that I gave him another chance. He really grew on me in this book. He's such a complex character and he even has those super awesome powers that you find out about. 
•The whole idea of dream thievery. I thought that was so awesome, especially with the fact that Ronan found out his father was just like that. I found it super creepy that his mom was pulled from a dream though. 
•The Grey Man's story. I was a little wary about reading from a new character again, who I was really expecting to be the antagonist, but I ended up really liking him. I seriously ship him and Maura.
•Blue finally stuck up for herself against Adam. Adam really started pushing Blue to the side in this book and I'm glad that she told him that and ended things with him. Now hopefully she and Gansey can get together!! Seriously, their chemistry is unreal.
•I really liked learning more about Gansey's family. His sister was so great when she literally got a fake used car just to give to Adam. That was just the sweetest thing! I think its awesome to see how much his family cares for Adam.
•I seriously still loved the whole cast of characters. I got to read more about them and I was pretty excited.

what i didn't like
•THE BOOK WAS SLOW AGAIN. I really was hoping that it was just something with the first book, yet this one was slow too. I don't know why it's taking so long for things to happen. It's starting to get me a little frustrated. I'm hoping that book three is not as slow (yes, I'm still continuing on with the books). 
•Where the hell was Noah? He was such an awesome character from the first book, especially after you figure out that he's actually dead. I missed him so much. I mean, he was in the book a bit in the beginning in one of my favorite scenes, when he kissed Blue because he's a ghost which means he can't die again. I never really saw him that much more after that, which really upset me.
•I'm confused a bit about Ronan's mom being pulled from a dream that his father had. Doesn't that mean that Ronan is half-dream, which would make it kind of impossible for him to be alive right now? I hope that gets more explanation in the next book.

Even though I liked so much about this book, I missed Noah and really hated the fact that this book was still slow. I'm seriously hoping that things start to pick up more because there's only so much non-action that I can take. I also hope that we get more explanations in the next book, though then again there's still two books left!

Have you read The Dream Thieves? What were your thoughts?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cinder by Marissa Meyer | Review

11235712Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1

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.

Since I've had the Lunar Chronicles series on my shelves for the longest time, I figured that it was time that I finally picked up and read the series. I read Cinder years ago when it was first released so this was a reread for me. The first time that I read it, I gave it five stars. That changed for me during the reread, and here's why.

what i liked
•It's a retelling of Cinderella! Cinderella is my all time favorite princess, so I was really looking forward to reading about her.
•There's a science fiction twist! I love sci-fi things, so that really made me like this book more.
•PRINCE KAI. He was so completely lovable and dreamy, probably because he's a prince. But also, he can look past everything about Cinder, which I really admired.
•Cinder was part cyborg! I've never read a book about cyborgs before.
•THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT LIVE ON THE MOON. If only that actually could happen and people could live on the moon now! Except the moon people in this world are called Lunars and they are horrible people, *cough cough* Queen Levana.
•The plague. I know that's a horrible thing to like, but I just find it very interesting, especially when you find out what brought the plague to the people in the first place.

what i disliked
•The book seemed a little slow at times. To be honest, it took me a little while to get into it. I started out listening to it on audiobook, though I found myself zoning out a bit and thinking about other stuff, so I decided to switch over to my physical copy which helped a little bit. I still found it a little meh at times though. 

Obviously I had way more pros than cons for this book. I give it a four star rating because I am definitely looking forward to moving on with the rest of the series!

Have you read Cinder? What were your thoughts?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Why I Liked The Raven Boys

17675462Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Edition: eBook (416 pages)

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them-not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Gansey is different. He has it all-family money, good looks, devoted friends-but he's looking for more. He is on a quest that has encompasses three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

I don't know if you know this about me, but I'm a massive fan of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. So much so that I've read through the series three times. YES. It's literally that good. That's why I was really intrigued by The Raven Boys. I mean, that and the fact that so many people have loved this series so I just knew that I had to check it out.

what i liked
•There was a massive group of characters and I seriously loved each and every one of them. Except Adam. I didn't really like Adam because he got on my nerves.
•GANSEY. I literally love Gansey. My heart lies with him and I just want him and Blue together.
•Blue was a very different main character. I loved her uniqueness and also that her name is Blue. I mean, how much cooler can it get?
•All the psychic stuff. I am usually not a big fan of books with psychics, though I found this psychic book really interesting. I feel bad for Blue though because she has no psychic powers.
•That plot twist at the end.
•NOAH. I mean, yeah I seriously love Gansey, but Noah is one of my all time favorite characters now. Especially with that plot twist that happened. I'd talk about it more but I don't want to be spoilery!
•The multiple points of view. I seriously love reading from different perspectives regarding the same story.

what i didn't like
•This book was so slow. When I say that, I mean that it took me a ridiculously long amount of time to actually get into it. I didn't expect that from a Maggie Stiefvater book because I've read and loved four of her books and I didn't find them slow at all. Even though it was slow, I wanted to keep reading.
•The book is very character-driven. I don't think that's a bad thing, because I love all the characters. However, if you're a big fan of an action-packed plot, then this book may not suit your fancy. 

I gave this book a solid four stars because I really loved the characters and the world, though I found it a little hard to get into. Despite that, the ending made the book well worth the read.

Have you read The Raven Boys? What were your thoughts?

Monday, January 30, 2017

The One Hit Me In the Feels

15844362Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Edition: Audiobook
Publisher: HarperTeen

The highly anticipated conclusion to Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is the perfect finale for fans who have followed America's whirlwind romance since it began--and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth's Divergent, Ally Condie's Matched, or Lauren Oliver's Delirium.
The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illea, Aspen--and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice... and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.
Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!
this review contains spoilers

I was so pumped to pick up The One because I seriously loved The Selection and its sequel, The Elite. I have to say that if you've read the first two books, you should definitely check out this one.

what i liked
•America finally chose to be with Maxon at the end of The Elite. Thank god she finally made a choice! 
•Celeste!! I finally began to seriously love her as a character. She became so much easier to understand and I really liked that. 
•Maxon flipped shit when America finally told him about Aspen! FINALLY. I think that she kind of deserved it and I appreciated that he was upset, however part of me was really scared that he wasn't going to end up with her.
•I loved the letters from Maxon. I thought they were the sweetest thing ever.
•THEY ENDED UP TOGETHER. It was all that I wanted!
•The ending left so much room for future opportunity. I'm hoping that more is explored with the revolution/uprising that has been going on and I also hope to see the caste system change in the future books. Hopefully something along those lines happens!
•This book literally gave me so many feelings. I haven't tried to read through a final book in such a long time. Like... since Mockingly. I was literally broken at about 91% through the book because I was so scared for Maxon and America. You can see my exact reactions if you check my Goodreads!

what i didn't like
•Because she already made a choice, I thought that they'd be getting together way earlier in the book, though it seemed to still take a while because oh yeah, AMERICA STILL NEVER TOLD MAXON ABOUT ASPEN. Why didn't she just tell him as soon as he came to the palace?? I mean, Maxon already knew about Aspen and America! It's what made the two of them close in the first place!
•I thought that the seduction scene between Maxon and America was a little odd. I mean, America already pretty much would have Maxon to herself because he clearly loved her so much.
•Celeste's death! I mean, I guess I could see that people did have to die in that very last rebel attack, but I didn't see it coming! I finally liked her, and then I became so upset when she was gone.
•I felt like it took quite a while for a lot to start to happen in this book. Namely, I finally got really into the story when Maxon and America left the palace thanks to Aspen.
•I wasn't the biggest fan of Kriss because I was so scared that she was a big threat to the relationship between Maxon and America.

Despite all that, this is yet another five star read for me. I literally love this world and the fact that it's just such a fun read. I am looking forward to reading the next books, though I'm a little sad that it isn't about Maxon and America!

Have you read The One? What were your thoughts?

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Elite Was A Pretty Great Sequel

16248068Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Edition: ebook

The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever-and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want-and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.

**This review contains spoilers.**

So, after finishing The Selection, I immediately put myself on the wait list for The Elite at my local library. I'm so glad that I did, because I liked this book just as much as The Selection. This book starts right where the first book left off. There are now six elite, and of course America is one of them. However, she still isn't sure if she actually wants to be with Maxon.

what i liked

I felt like America really grew as a character in this book. I mean sure, she changed a lot in the first book, but she was always so iffy in this book. She finally started coming into her own in this book, like in her philanthropy project that was in the end. 
•About that, I really liked that America went out of her way to make a huge bang with he philanthropy project. The caste system is a huge issue in her country, so I thought it was pretty cool that she tried to make a huge raucous by choosing to address that in her presentation.
•We finally get more hints at a rebellion against the throne! When Marlee was being whipped, America kind of sparked a bit of a flame by running after Marlee screaming.

•Maxon literally grew on me even more in this book. WHY IS HE SO AWESOME?? I want a Maxon.
•We learn more about Maxon. His father actually whips him, which paints the King in an entirely different light.

what i didn't like

•America kept choosing between Aspen and Maxon still! I was hoping that it would take her less time to try to make a decision. It's obvious (at least to me) that she'd be better with Maxon. Why doesn't America just let go of Aspen by now?? Seriously, I was getting really upset when she kept trying to see more of Aspen. LET HIM GOOOOO.

I can honestly say that I'm pretty pumped to finally read The One and figure out what happens. I seriously hope that America can make the smart decision of choosing Maxon, because I think that he's better for her. I mean, come on, Aspen broke up with her in the first place. If he really wanter her, he wouldn't have done that!

Have you read The Elite? What were your thoughts?

Monday, January 23, 2017

You Should Read This Book Sometime

21822422Title: We Should Hang Out Sometime
Author: Josh Sundquist
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 23, 2014
Genre: Autobiography
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (336 pages)

A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.
Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.
Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girl she had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?
The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places. 

After having We Should Hang Out Sometime on my shelf for what felt like forever, I finally picked it up during my first week at college! Yes, I understand that was awhile ago, but I'm finally gathering my thoughts to write the review now!

This story follows Josh's quest for love. He looks over all of his past incidents with girls and tries to figure out what exactly went wrong with all of them. He even uses drawings, graphs, and charts to help try to explain and figure out what had happened.

This novel was quite funny at times and I loved it to pieces. I loved hearing Josh's thoughts on everything that happened and also really liked how he looked at himself differently in the end. I usually don't read nonfiction books, but I can honestly say that I'm glad I picked this one up. It was one novel that you honestly won't forget!

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Selection... AKA One of My Fave Rereads

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Edition: Audiobook

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself-and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

I read this book a few years ago in 2012 right before I started this blog. I know, that's a long time ago, right?? Anyway, I remembered loving it so much and saw that my online library had copies of the next few books in the series, and for some reason I all of a sudden wanted to revisit this world because The Selection had been my favorite novel of 2012. I just couldn't resist the urge! Therefore I immediately started reading The Selection again, this time through an audiobook.

The Selection follows America Singer, who is in the fifth caste in her world, which is called Illea. In this world, the prince hosts a selection in order to find his future wife. America doesn't think she would ever get chosen, neither does she even want to participate, because she's in love with Aspen Ledger, her older brother's best friend who is a caste below them.

One night, Aspen breaks up with America and she ends up applying to the Selection. Somehow, she gets chosen and then she's swept off into a brand new world in Angeles, with thirty-four other girls and one handsome prince named Maxon.

I SERIOUSLY LOVED THIS BOOK. If possible, I think that I enjoyed this book even more the second time around. It's really made me realize how much I want to reread some books. America was an alright protagonist. I really liked how strong of a person she was. She stood up for herself really well, even if it meant that she had to stand up to royalty.

However, my favorite character was Prince Maxon. He was just so dreamy! He was always there for America because of their deal, and was extremely funny at times. He was seriously so charming. Why aren't there more Prince Maxons in the world!?

I really liked Aspen in the beginning though over time I liked him less. I just wanted Prince Maxon and America to get together! Aspen was the one who broke up with America in the first place. If you love something then don't let it go, Aspen!

I absolutely adored The Selection and honestly can't wait to continue on with the series. If you're new to this series, I highly suggest you check it out. It's a beautiful mix of contemporary and dystopian, and you even get to explore royalty!

Favorite Quotes:

True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.

Listen to me, kitten. Win or lose, you'll always be a princess to me.

No, I'm not choosing him or you. I'm choosing me.

I hope you find someone you can't live without. I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try and live without them.

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!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Starflight by Melissa Landers
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
Front Lines by Michael Grant

Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers

What 2016 releases did you not get to?