[Book Talk] Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Howdy ya’ll! Today we’re reviewing
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ILLUMINAE BY AMIE KAUFMAN AND JAY KRISTOFF

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Where do I even start with this review? I couldn’t even make two coherent sentences when I talk about this book, but I shall try my best.

I definitely would recommend this to every single person I know, whether they’re a reader or not. I want to let this be known for all the people I know so I could share inside jokes from the book; so I could discuss with another human being; but most importantly to have someone to fangirl with. This is one of the books that will make you fall in love with it from cover to cover.

Physically, it’s 599 pages thick and it just makes the book all the more beautiful to hold and stare at. The cover designs of the book and what’s under it is absolutely mesmerizing. I stared at it for a good few minutes before I started reading it because – how can you NOT stare at that beauty?  And don’t even get me started on how much I loved how the pages had illustrations, and some pages were white, some were black. Add that to the already heaping reasons why this book is uniquely amazing.

Now on to the book itself: It is ingenuity in its finest. And since I suck at summarizing, let this Goodreads summary be of great help:

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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.

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.

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I’m a sucker for any story featuring galactic travels and epic space adventures, which was the main premise of the book. While reading, I found myself connected with the characters even though the experience was strictly non-primordial (although I would have liked to travel through space, too – just not under those circumstances).

Character-wise, Kady’s attitude towards the situation in general is greatly admirable, makes me think I want to have the same determination and intelligence as her. She’s really clever and witty, as well as what I describe as a no nonsense person. Ezra, on the other hand, reminded me of Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. He’s not like the typical type of male leads you read from YA. He’s actually one of the closest male leads to real life. Like Kady, his determination is unfazed. That’s what I admire about him most. Together, I think they make a really cute couple and despite them being pictured as exes from the beginning of the book, I ship them.

I’ve never been to space (though I would definitely want to), but I found it easy to understand this world and see the setting of the book pretty clearly. I had goosebumps in the scenes where the *galactic* fight scenes were underway because they were so good –so engaging you simply could not put the book down. And to be honest, I’m not as familiar with binaries and other codes and all the computer coding technology slang, considering the whole technology stuff itself, but this book has a way of making you want to understand them. I actually find the aforementioned quite boring and easily outs me to sleep, but this book was infinitely far from lulling me to sleep – it was actually the opposite.

That being said, there isn’t a boring page in the book. I felt so many feels while reading this. I laughed, I cried, I was at the edge of my seat anticipating for the next thing to happen, and all that jazz.

5STARS

I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars. The action, the fantasy aspect, as well as the science fiction, and romance of the book was on point. I couldn’t have wanted it any other way. I do not want to overhype this book for you, but I can’t help myself. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do. 😉

What did you think of Illuminae? I’d love to hear your thoughts about it.

Thanks for reading! Til the next post x

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BOOK TALK: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Howdy y’all! I’m very pleased and excited of the book we’re reviewing today. I may not have been a victim of a cruel reading slump, it has been a while since I read a fantasy book I was this pumped up for. It’s none other than:

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

 

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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I honestly don’t even know where to begin with since so much happened and all of which were told and executed in epic proportions. I can already say this is one of my top books I’d get to read this year, which makes me even more excited for Crooked Kingdom coming out September this year.

It was so easy to get thrown into this world, especially having read the Grisha trilogy first. Plus the book has a map which is a-maaaaaaaaa-zing. (We all know how books with good maps already tell you the book is awesome.) The way the scenes were told were very vivid, one trait I have always liked of Bardugo’s writing. I suck at taking directions and understanding them, so being able to comprehend this book’s descriptions of the places says alot.

Bardugo takes this heist story to a whole new level. The writing is very clever and I absolutely loved how logic was practically seeping through the pages. It definitely is engaging in terms of it making you think and plot along with the characters – how will they execute this? What is the best strategy for them to pull this off?  Is the route their going to take the best one? I also found it gripping in a way that you would feel anxious for the characters when they were carrying out the heist, you’d feel nervous when a part of their plan seemingly fails, and you’d feel a surge of pride when it does come through. The twists and turns in this book are on point.

The characters are quite distinct from each other as well and I do appreciate the fact that Bardugo has incorporated their back stories as the story goes on – it makes you feel more connected with them and it feels as if you know them more. However, there was still this mysterious allure they had which isn’t bad at all. It actually works in their favor. It pulls you towards them even more.

And speaking of their back stories, despite all the struggles they went through– and are still going through, it doesn’t make you pity them but instead they become inspirations and epitomes of resilience. Although being “proper thieves” isn’t exactly a favorable way to rise against the odds, you get the idea. 😂😉

I admire all of the six leading characters in the book, but my favorite would have to be Inej. I look up to her because I admire how faithful and loyal she is. She risks her life everyday just to survive but she demands respect in her aura. She is deadly and you shouldn’t mess with her, no matter how young or innocent she might seem.

With all this said, I could say that I practically couldn’t put the book down and each chapter will make you want for more!

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I give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Such an amazing read! 😍

If you haven’t read this yet, I will shamelessly urge you to, or at least put it in your TBR here. And if you have, especially if you posted about it, you can send me links in the comments below so I could read your thoughts, too ❤

Thank you for reading! Til the next post. X

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BOOK TALK: One Night At The Palace Hotel by Bianca Mori

Howdy y’all! In my previous post I mentioned that I joined this awesome project called the Backlist Revival Project spearheaded by Carmel and Mina Esguerra. This project’s Book of the Month is what we’re reviewing today and it’s none other than:

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 ONE NIGHT AT THE PALACE HOTEL by Bianca Mori

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Goodreads summary:

It’s the night before the Palace Hotel opens, and the entire city is abuzz with what everyone is calling a throwback to the Gilded Age. Everyone, that is, except Consuelo De la Red. Faced with a destiny picked out for her and a dream she just can’t forget, she confronts the choices she has made and the man she was forced to reject. When the past comes crashing into the present, will she listed to her duty, or give in to the urging of her heart?

What are my thoughts on the book?

Sexy, steamy scenes are no strangers in the world of contemporary romances. In many ways, this is what gives the book its extra umph and makes it more interesting.

This book definitely had this interesting feature and I found it this to be an easy read that you could easily fly through, provided you keep your mind open whilst reading. If you have a reading slump, this could probably get you out of it.

Over-all, I thought the book was okay. Not great, but not bad either. But despite this, once you’ve started this book it’ll make you curious enough to read more and find yourself actually wanting to.

I also found it kind of funny how they met over hotdogs. Not only did it make me hungry for hotdogs myself, but it also made me think about its deeper – or rather hidden – meaning in the book, also considering its genre. Well played, Mori. Well played. 😛

The plot of the story, which was finding true love, losing it, and finding it once again, is cliche to some, but I like it. I think it’s also relatable to many. I may or may not even say the same for myself… And for those who feel the same way as *me*, you’ll find it easier to connect and empathize with the main character, Consuelo.

This book also delved into a subject somewhat similar to forbidden love (which I am an absolute sucker for. I mean, who doesn’t like doomed love stories? okay, maybe its only me but still.) I found this an important part of the book that makes you anticipate what’s next.

The characters and the setting of the book wasn’t hard to visualize and as I said earlier, its an easy read and you could finish it in one sitting. Although what I felt was lacking, was the plot twist. Some scenes were predictable but I don’t think I wanted any other ending to it. Another thing I wish more was for it to have more pages so I could read more about the characters and feel attached to them.
I’d rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars . I liked reading this and I hope you will, too. See more of this on goodreads! (click here.)

Thanks for reading! Til the next post! x

 

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My Divergent Reading Experience

Howdy ya’ll! I’m kind of bummed I didn’t get to review the Divergent series right after I read them, but I’d still like to make a post related to my experience before, during, and after reading it.

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I am aware of how the fans are very knowledgeable and attached to this book series and I may not be as hardcore of a fan for this book as many, I did enjoy reading it for the most part and this is what I’ll be sharing in this post.

BEFORE

Before I started reading Divergent, I wanted to get into the hype of it since A LOT of people kept talking about how great it was and eventually I was curious enough to want to see it for myself. So many people recommended me this as well, especially after the movie came out.

I must confess though that when I watched the movie, I had no idea it was a book (shame on me, I know) and after watching the movie, which I thought was kick-ass awesome, I just had to read the book!

I only was able to pick this up in October, though. And seeing as I was very pleased with the movie, I had high hopes for this book. I expected a lot, especially since it’s a dystopian novel, of which is one of my favorite kinds of novels, add to the fact of all the hype it got and still gets to this day.

DURING

I guess since I was able to watch the movie before reading the book, visualizing the different kinds of factions and creating a picture with what the characters looked like was easy for me as well as sinking myself into the kind of world the book was set in.

On the onset, I was already interested with the premise: a different kind of way of how communities ruled and conducted themselves which was by factions. These factions are determined by one’s aptitude and behavior, then every year, a bunch of sixteen year olds get to choose what kind of faction they’d want to be in – Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless or Erudite – and stay in that particular faction for good, otherwise they’ll be factionless. Nobody wants to be factionless.

Then we meet Tris who is considered as a Divergent. In almost every case, a person should only have aptitude results for one particular faction. Tris had three. Cool, no? No. Divergent are considered as a threat to the “peace” their society is trying so hard to sustain, hence they eliminate them (and by eliminate, we pretty much know what that’ll mean).

Divergent was a great read, in my opinion. I really enjoyed meeting these different characters and being introduced to this faction system of theirs. It makes me feel a bit jealous of how easy you seem to know yourself on their end.

The next book, Insurgent, wasn’t as nice as a read for me, however. I mean I keep reminding myself this is not a love story so everything’s fine, but then I step back and try to look at the bigger picture but I just found this next book a bit too problematic for me to read. I hated the miscommunication and I didn’t get to relate as much with this book as much as I did with the previous one.

My feelings eventually bounced right back on track when I read Allegiant, and don’t worry, I’m trying my best to keep this as spoiler free as possible.

I felt that this book just tied everything together and it was perfectly executed to the point that I couldn’t imagine any other alternate endings to this. I felt that whatever happened in this book needed to happen whether or not it was hard to accept.

AFTER

I allowed myself a few hours to let it all sink in after finishing the last book. I then searched for videos and reviews of other people’s reaction to the trilogy and have found out that a number of them didn’t like the last book for multiple reasons including questioning the ending, unnecessary character changes, and an awkward narration of two points of view. I do respect their opinions, but I disagree.

Over-all I enjoyed this series because of how well I thought it was told and how much it affected my views on a lot of people. I most especially loved three points in the books: Science, Psychology and Politics. It really showed how well researched and thought-out this series was, as well.

 

My rating:

Divergent: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Insurgent: 🌟🌟🌟

Allegiant: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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What were your thoughts while reading this series? I’d love to hear what you have to say about it. 🙂 Tell me in the comments or you could tweet me ^^

Thanks for reading! x

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