Illuminae

Illuminae
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Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Genre: Sci-Fi, YA, Romance
Category: Trilogy [Book 1 of 3]
Number of pages: 602

Started 06/02/2019 – Finished 13/02/2019
Rating: *****/5

Description(Goodreads):
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. 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 enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: 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.

Review:
Where do I start…jeez. Did I like this book – Yes! Will I read the next in the series – Yes! Do I actually have time to do that – No!😂 I finished this book two months ago and I still haven’t had time to pick up Gemina buut Illuminae was such a fantastic and spectacular ride that I need to finally share it.
First of all this book – visually – is unique.

The story is told in a series of files, chats, emails, interview transcripts and more, and makes you feel like a total detective , trying to figure out what the hell is happening and why is it happening.
The story starts with the regular relationship problems between a guy and a girl and three seconds later their planet is blown up….yep.
They both manage to get on evacuation ships but unfortunately the vessel that attacked them in the first place is now following them.  Oh and there’s a zombie-like virus spreading among the people, mutating them and causing them to murder everyone. If you’re not interested yet should I tell you about the mad AI that you can’t help but love. Yes the AI – Aiden –  who is supposed to help these people is suddenly not so helpful but rather becomes another threat. I would still die for him though…

I see some people have not liked the format but to me that was one of the unique things about the book and after a few pages you do get used to it. I have also heard that the audiobook is amazing so you might want to try that too.
The relationship between Kady and Ezra was relatable and super cute (and somewhat cheesy). Ezra was sort of annoying at some points and super cute at others, I didn’t know how to feel about him in the beginning but at the end I took a liking to him. Kady is honestly so freaking smart for her age, it made me feel like I really need to sit down and study and just be productive. And of course there’s AIDEN who is one of those villains you just can’t hate.
All the characters where immensely intricate, well written and sooo sarcastic (like soooo much sarcasm I loved it). I now see that all of Jay Kristoffs books have an amazing amount of it.
The more intense scenes where so so emotional, it leaves you a crippling mess on the floor. Going through 20 emotions in the span of a minute. Honestly this book is one of those which remind me why I love reading so so much.
(This book also made me really want to watch every movie about space/advanced technology.)

10/10 would recommend!!!

Favorite quote/s:
“Am I not merciful?” 

“Nothing ceases to exist. Energy does not perish, it merely changes forms. the ones you love, the ones you lose , they still exist as long as the cosmos does.”

Yours:
A Traveler

 

Godsgrave

Godsgrave

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Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: Fantasy, Young-adult
Category: Trilogy [Book 2 of 3]
Number of pages: 656

Started 26/12/2018 – Finished 16/01/2019
Rating: *****/5

Description(Goodreads):
Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.
When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Review:
I will try to review this book with as little spoilers as I can!
Damn…where do I start. I just wanna say…Jay Kristoff is my new favorite author.
The first book was amazing. The second book is magnificent.
Godsgrave is by far the most entertaining, well written sequel. Seriously. Not only did it keep the plot going outstandingly well, it answered questions and made place for so many new ones to develop, it kept true to the nature of the first book by being super entertaining and…and…damn did I enjoy it. This story , those situations, those fight scene legitimately made my adrenaline go nuts. Godsgrave keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire story and leaves you entirely cliffhanging at the end of the book (that cliffhanger tho…).
Mia is such a complex antihero and I absolutely love her. In this book she becomes even more badass and even more sassy. The new characters did not disappoint either (neither did the old ones *wink*wink*).
Again the world building and the descriptions of places make you realize how much time the author spent building them in his mind. The foot notes as well. I’ve seen people complain about them but I actually quite enjoy them. Like “here’s an almost page long foot note about the history of some random event to distract you from the hell that’s happening in the current scene”. Loved them honestly.
The writing style of mister Kristoff is fascinating. Sometimes it almost feels as if he’s there telling you the story himself.  He writes each scene so well , especially the fight scenes, and always manages to put a plot twist like…everywhere. It took me days to pull myself together after that ending. Hands down this is my new favorite series.
Honestly there is so many more things I can say about this book but I’m just gonna finish this by saying – I was blown away. And now the wait for the next book continues…

Also just wanted to say how big of a fan I am to the artist who creates the front covers of the books. You can find him on Instagram: @kerbyrosanes and check out the other AMAZING art he does.

Favorite quote/s:
“The heavens grand us only one life, but through books we live a thousand.”
“You can keep the glory. I’m just here for the blood.”

Review by:
A Traveler
 

 

Siege And Storm

Siege And Storm

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Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Category: Trilogy [Book 2]
Number of pages: 435

Started: 20/10/2018 – Finished: 18/11/2018
Rating: ****½/5

Description (Goodreads):
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Review:
I just want to say that it took me this long to read it not because I didn’t like it, but because I didn’t have time (😭).
I must admit that no matter how bad the Darkling is, I just can’t help but want him to be with Alina. I really love his character and I’m super excited to find out more about his story in the next book.
Mal on the other hand…remember how I said “I don’t know why Mal gets so much hate” in my last review? Well now I know. Aand I must say I’m not so fond of him anymore. Their relationship felt so pushed in this book and the entire time I was screaming “Just dump him Alina!”.
The new characters that were introduces are all super interesting. Nikolai quickly became a new favorite the moment he made his first appearance. And also he’s a pirate/inventor so even better.
I loved the little steampunk that was added in this book. (Also there’s a sea dragon!……which gets killed but anyway)

There weren’t many new locations, mostly it’s just Os Alta again which means there isn’t much world building.
Overall the book felt kinda slow moving, mostly it’s just Alina being paraded around, and then at the end some more interesting things happen. But it still managed to keep me hooked and wanting to read more. Though I think I liked the first book more.
Leigh Bardugo’s writing style has definitely improved in this book  so I imagine the third one to be even better.
I’m quite happy with this series , so I will try to start Ruin and Rising soon!

Favorite quote:
“You know the problem with heroes and saints, Nikolai? They always end up dead.”

Review by:
A Traveler

 

 

Saying goodbye to a series ❤

Ahhh the time has come for another great series to end.

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I discovered Throne of glass on a complete accident. I remember seeing the book on a random shelf in the library and absolutely loving the front cover. After reading the back I decided that I must read it.
Well it had been a while since I liked a book this much..
The series has been a part of my life for 4 years now, I have met amazing people because of it and I had the best time reading it. Saying goodbye to it feels like saying goodbye to an old and very dear friend.
The world, the characters, their friendships will always stay in my heart. I still can’t believe that it is over. I have no words for how much I loved the last book. How much I cried knowing I never get to read about these character’s adventures again.
Thank you so much to Sarah J. Maas for bringing these characters to life and letting me experience this journey with them. There are no words that can express how much I love this series ❤❤

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For those who have not read the series – you are missing a lot; pick up the books as soon as you can!

Yours:
A Traveler

Ash Princess

Ash Princess

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Author: Laura Sebastian
Genre: Fantasy, Young-Adult
Category: Trilogy (Book 1 of 3)
Number of pages: 432

Started: 17/09/2018 – Finished: 24/09/2018
Rating: ****/5

Description (Goodreads):
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

Review:
I’m going to say what everyone else is saying – I’ve read this plot before. Rightful queen wants to reclaim her throne, evil ruler and a love triangle.
But!
It does have it’s own story. This book is an entertaining , easy and quick read. It has some darker aspects like slavery, racism, torture, graphic abuse and rape. These thing are pretty much what drive the story.
I enjoyed how Theo played the stupid princess when she really wasn’t. And watching her manipulate people was quite enjoyable. Trough-out the book I asked these questions so many times: ‘Do I like this character do I not? Is this character good or not?’ and it was such a driving factor to see who will betray who in the end or will they be able to betray each other at all.
The love triangle was entertaining because sometimes you wonder is it it actually a triangle or is Theo that good of an actress.
The political part was well written as well.
Overall it’s not a new plot, not a new world, which I understand as it is a debut novel, but it is good in it’s own way and it was a page-turner. I will follow the next books for sure.
There were many times I compared it to Red queen and not so often to Throne of glass. So if you enjoyed those I’d recommend you check this one out!

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Favorite quote:
“My body remembers – even when the rest of me forgets – that I am not made for curtsying.”

 

Yours:
A Traveler