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
 

 

Book Tag!!📚

Hello there Traveler!
Recently I’ve been so busy with university that I barely have any time to read..so my next review might take a little longer to be released
But!
I found a very interesting blog which listed a bunch of book tags and I thought — Oh that might be a fun thing to do, so that’s what I’m doing today!
I totally recommend you go to Beatrice’s Blog! She has some amazing book reviews and recommendations that are totally worth checking out.

The book tag is called:

Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

To do the tag you need 5 books! After you grab them open each book to a random page (do this two times for each book) and the first characters name you see gets to be on your zombie survival team. Now that you have all the names, you need to put them in the following 10 situations.
(I chose to add some gifs just like she did because it makes everything even more dramatic 👌)
This tag was super fun to do and I would really enjoy reading your versions of it as well!

 

Well first off here are the books I picked (some of my favorites):
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Nevernight, Empire of Storms, Shadow and Bone, City of Bones, War Storm

And here is the team…
The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones

1. The first person to die: Jace
Well….that’s a horrible waste of a good warrior…sorry Jace
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2. The person you trip to get away from the zombies: Valentine
I mean..I’m not even gonna apologize..oops
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Throne of Glass

3. The first person to turn into a zombie: Dorian
Nooooooooooo
( I would probably just let him eat me, I ain’t killing him)
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4. The person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies: Rowan
…my feelings are hurt
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Red Queen Series: War Storm

5. The idiot of the team: Farley
Literally the last person to be the idiot would be Farley but okay
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6. The “brains” of the team: Maven
Oh god..this could go very well or very wrong, there is no in between

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Shadow And Bone

7. The team’s medic: Zoya
Well that was unexpected, I would imagine she would prefer to slice someone rather than heal them. Still a very good team member I guess.
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8. The weapons expert: Baghra
Interesting…her weapon is darkness so it’s interesting to see how she would protects us from the zombies with that
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Nevernight

9. The brawler: Mia
Yeeeees , you go girl. This one might be the most accurate
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10. The Team Captain: Spiderkiller
Oooh damn, those zombies gonna die
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Weeell that’s an interesting team 😂
Please join in on the fun and do this tag yourself. Make sure to send me the results so we can all have fun together! ❤

 

Yours:
A Traveler

Nevernight

There’s a first for everything!

As this is my first review I would like to start with a recent favorite of mine.

Nevernight 

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Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: Fantasy, Young-adult
Category: Trilogy [Book 1 of 3]
Number of pages: 630

Started 21/07/2018 – Finished 30/07/2018
Rating: *****/5

Description(Goodreads):
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Review:
Where do I start omg, I LOVED It!
This book was an absolute page-turner for me.
BUT
To be honest the first 2-3 chapters were kinda slow, I wasn’t that excited to know what happens next ,so if you had asked me if I liked it while i was on those chapters, I would have probably said meh 😀
BUT
That changed so fast when Mia’s journey began. I got so into it and couldn’t put it down to the point my eyes started hurting. Have you ever liked a book so much you didn’t care you were going blind??

So the main protagonist is Mia Corvere who wants to avenge her fathers death after he was betrayed by his comrades. To be able to do that she has to learn to be an assassin. So she goes to a ‘school for assassins'[or blades as they are called in the book] called The Red Church. And…it’s basically Hogwarts with a twist ahahaha. The school provides training in hand to hand combat, poison making, the art of seduction, stealing and whatnot. But that’s not the ‘twist’ I was talking about. The twist is that some tests are..softly said brutal. Not everyone survives this book so don’t pick favorite characters [I made that mistake]. The school is full of hidden secrets which made me want to study there just to discover them all. It also has a giant, moving library so what’s not to love???
Mia isn’t your normal girl . She is a Darkin – ‘one who controls the darkness itself’. She has a companion cat named Mister Kindly who drinks her fears for which she is essentially fearless [And has a spectrum of cool powers]. She is an absolute bad ass and I enjoyed her personality and her story sooo much.
10/10 would live in this world.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book with such an interesting world; from the three suns to the city Mia lives in. While reading the book I realized how much time the author spent just building the history of the place and I love that.
I feel like there are a hundred other things I could mention but I don’t wish to spoil readers any further. I loved everything about it so if you ever come across it please try it out. If you’re a fan of fantasy reads I promise you will not be disappointed.

Favorite quote:

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You’re a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.”

 

      Review by:
A Traveler