Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


Title: Illuminae
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 20 , 2015
Pages: 602
Rating:

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.

HOLY FUCK, THIS BOOK! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! I freaking loved ILLUMINAE to death! To be honest, this book was not on my radar at all, probably because I was taking a break from YA for the last few years. But I noticed this book all over #booktube and #bookstagram and seen how highly rated it was on Goodreads that I had to take a chance on it. Now the fact that it was a sci fi book made me want to pass it by because sci fi is one of my least favorite genres. I just find them so boring. But like I said, I just had to take a chance on this book and I am glad that I did!

I knew very little going into ILLUMINAE and I'm glad I knew very little. The only thing I new was a planet was invaded and destroyed and remaining survivors flee on these ships and those who destroy the planet are on hot pursuit to kill the remaining survivors. Sounds like a wicked awesome plot, right? But to add to that awesomeness this whole book is told in emails, documents, military files, ims, interviews and more.

Now I have never read a book in such a format like this, I'm sure lots of readers haven't, but I wasn't sure how I was gonna feel about it at first. Was it going to be easy to understand everything going on? Was I going to like it? The way this book was written is the best damn thing they could'be done, I think I enjoyed this book 100X more than if it was written in the traditional way! I was freaking hooked on the first page and could not freaking stop! I remember just having to stop, because I have to sleep, right? But I would keep thinking about this damn book everytime I wasn't reading it! It was THAT good!

But let's get into it! Our main duo, it Kady and Ezra, who just broke up before chaos erupted on their planet and they are trying to flee and survive. They both up on different ships. Kady ends up on the Hypatia and Ezra ends up on the Alexander-78V while the Lincoln (aka. the bad guys) are hot on their trails to finish off the remaining survivors! But even though Kady and Ezra are both on different ships, they are still in contact with each other via emails/im's!

Now I loved Kady and Ezra, from the beginning to the ending. Both of them just trying to stay alive and get back to each other. Now besides this book being so amazing, it's also horrifyingly violent! Let's just say if you're squeamish, turn around please! I swear at some parts I wanted to close my eyes and hold my mommy, but wait, I'm reading a book, not watching a movie. lolz! I heard myself screaming! and saying EEWW quite a lot. But the horrifying things make for such a good book!

And I have to talk about HIM. I have to! If you've read the book, you know damn well who I'm referring to. I have a crush! I have a crush on a crazy psychotic insane computer. AIDAN. I swear he took the show away from Kady and Ezra for a while there. I immensely enjoyed his mind and his talks with Kady and everything about him. PERFECT.

Of course, I have to have a SPOILER SECTION, so BEWARE if you haven't read the book and don't blame me if you spoiled yourself. I did WARN YOU. But I just have to talk about this shit! James McNulty! Why? Did he have to die? I loved the way he went though and that he had a choice. He made that video and I loved that we got to hear his final words. Byron Zhang! Why? At least you saved Kady from yourself! But I loved you too!

David Torrence. Why? Wait! You're asshole self deserved to die. And Aidan adds the perfect touch to his death, playing Mozart. If this was a movie, I want to see this scene the most. And Aidan, I cannot believe you! Pretending to be Ezra to Katy to the Alexander! Oh.my.god. I'm sorry, but I didn't see that! I did a doubletake. What? I prayed Aidan was lying and Ezra was not dead. Low behold, I get to the ending and scream, FUCK YES!

But OMG. These last 100 pages, I was freaking balling my eyes out crying! I mean Kady and Aidan's last words to each other. THE FEELS! And I was SCREAMING, 'someone please find Kady before she dies'. Thank god, my prays were answered! And, Ezra's mom?! Oh.my.god. I thought I was shocked beyond believe enough already. What.the.hell. That's it! I NEED the next book now! We are now at the END OF THE SPOILER SECTION.

But DAMN. This book took me so many places. When I first picked up this book, I didn't expect to love ILLUMINAE this damn much. This book horrified me to no ends, it gave me so many feels! And made me weep for these characters, characters that you are only getting their story through these emails and documents. That is saying something! Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Goddess and God of Science Fiction YA! I bow down to you!



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Review: Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux


Title: Ball & Chain
Author: Abigail Roux
Series: Cut & Run, #8
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Pages: 288
Rating:

Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn’t all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce’s future father-in-law.

Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they’re there to assuage Deuce’s paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they’d ever planned to.

With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.

I was so FREAKING EXCITED to pick up this installment of Cut and Run because I missed my Ty and Zane so damn much! I was definitely doing a re-read before this release. BALL & CHAIN was definitely different from precious books because we have different POV's alternating between Ty and Zane and Nick and Kelly. I didn't mind it so much. I don't think it took away from the story too much, but like a Ty & Zane fangirl for life I wanted more of them because this is Ty and Zane's book and we probably have one more book left for them where Nick is getting his own books, so save that for his book please!

Ty is back and Ty and Zane's relationship have finally been found out and Ty refuses to live away from Zane. He wouldn't be able to survive it. And Ty's brother Deuce is finally having his wedding, so of course Ty and Zane go, but bring Nick and Kelly as back up because there have been threats on The bride's side of the family. I hated the mystery as usually. I mean I didn't hate it in the beginning, the the middle and end seemed to drag on like we got nowhere.

I enjoyed the Ty and Zane storyline. This happens early on so no point hiding it. Ty asks Zane to marry him and this goes on throughout the book because Zane turns him down repeatedly. I love that Zane turns him down, because then I get to hear Ty ask over and over again. It was funny. There were definitely funny moments for these guys, but not enough because the focus became the murder/mystery they were solving and Nick and Ty's problems.

I did enjoy this book very much, but hopefully for our last book we can stick to the main focus being Ty & Zane. The first part was amazing, but the second half fell flat for me. The ending was amazing. Ty, you got it right! Looking forward to the next and final book to Ty & Zane's story!




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Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas


Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 648
Rating:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

I am speechless. Sarah J Maas just keeping killing it with these books! QUEEN OF SHADOWS was one of the best books in this series, no I seriously believe it is the best book in the Throne of Glass Series. This book was truly EPIC and gods I still want more! Celaena has comes to terms with her past and is now readying to take a stand and reclaim her title, Aelin Galathynius, Lost Queen of Terrasen.

In QUEEN OF SHADOWS, Aelin comes back to Adarlan and things have gone to hell. She finds out her long lost cousin, Aedion Ashryver has been captured by the King of Adarlan and will be executed on the crown Princes birthday as entertainment, that Dorian is now being controlled by one of the dark rings and there may be no saving him, but til end him and she has to free magic to take down the King. Ugh, lost for this girl to do.

Like the last book, we have some new characters in this book. 

♦ Arobynn Hamel. We finally get to meet the King of Assassins. He was one of the those characters that you love to hate and hate to love. He is so mysterious that you don't really know his agenda or end game. He saved Aelin when she was younger and trained her as one of his assassins, but just because he saved her, doesn't mean he is the hero. He is a bad man and wants things his way.

♦ Lysandra. She is a courtesan, (Arobynn is a client of hers), and a former rival of Celaena when they were younger both pinning for Arobynn's attention. But they meet again in this book and decide to become friends. I love Lysandra and Aelin's friendship and Aelin needs some girlfriends!

♦ Nesryn Faliq. Aelin meets her when she comes back to Adarlan and see's her as a guard for Chaol wondering who this girl is. She has known Chaol for years I believe though. But she is working with the rebels to overthrow the King of Adarlan.

And last but not least, Elide Lochan, who is the daughter of Lady Marion. The Lady Marion who was Aelin's nursemaid who sacrificed her life so Aelin could escape the royal castle and live. Small World, huh? But anyways, Elide is working at the Morath as a maid where Manon Blackbeak currently is. And we find out Elide possibly has witch blood in her.

And I know some of these characters were in the Assassin's Blade book which is basically kinda like a prequel, which is about all the events that lead up to the first book, but I haven't read that yet. But this is my first time meeting these characters.

Now I do have some things in the book I want to discuss! 

I do not for the life of me understand why everyone loves Chaol or shipped him with Celaena. And it seems like in every new Throne of Glass book, I get even more fed up with his character where I go into pure rage. Chaol was a world-class ASS HOLE in this book.

He basically blames Aelin for what happened to Dorian and Sorcha. He blames her for everything bad that happens in this book. WHAT THE FUCK? He is basically doesn't want to blame himself for what happened to Dorian that he places it on her. He is a pathetic excuse for a man. He finally comes to his senses by the end of the book, but sorry, asshole, you're three books too late.

My reaction/rants thoughts, SPOILERS BEWARE: 
♦ Aelin♥Rowan = I SHIP THEM SO MUCH!
Manon's grandmother NEEDS TO BURN IN HELL!
Aelin & Aedion's reunion was EVERYTHING & MORE!
♦ Manon vs Aelin = EPIC EPIC EPIC!

All and all, QUEEN OF SHADOWS was AMAZING. I can't say there was really anything in it that dissatisfied me, with where the book went and the journey it took me on. I'm super excited to start the next book, but I need time to heal from this one, and plus I'm going to wait a while because the sixth and final book isn't out until MAY 2018! and I'm gonna maybe read this next book close to the end of the year so the wait doesn't seem so dreadfully long.



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Review: Feversong by Karen Marie Moning


Title: Feversong
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever, #9
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Pages: 541
Rating:

Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the Earth. Yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: the Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.

The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the Earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie Queen who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.

This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.
This is the first time I have really wanted to throw a Karen Marie Moning book acorss the room and rip it to shreds. I have to say that I was so disappointed in FEVERSONG that at one point I almost considered DNF-ing the book, but I wanted to finish to find out the outcome at the end. This book had many of the same problems that the 7th book, Burned had, but so much worse. Let's go down the line.

Sinsar Dubh. I hated the POV scenes with the Sinsar Dubh. To be honest it was ridiculous and the book kept saying the same shit over and over again in each chapter it was in.

Mac. I love Mac's POV. Always have. And it was interesting to see how the book possessing Mac was going to turn out and how she was going to beat it. So much happened with Mac thought like, what?

Barrons. This book was so bad, but it did provide a good ending for the Mac and Barrons relationship. In this book it seemed like they conveyed their emotions and feelings for each other so much more in this book. But as a whole, I still feel like we didn't get enough of them. I wish certain scenes were expanded on more.

Cruce. I find it so hard to believe that Mac didn't want to end Cruce as he was the last Unseelie Prince who raped her or that she wasn't more angrier than she was. I did end up falling a bit for him yet again. I will always love V'lane/Cruce.

Dani/Ryodan I feel like since Shadowfever there was so much hype on this relationship and by the end of the book you are so disappointed. First of all Ryodan seemed so absent from the book, Second of all Dani's childlike personality is back, Ugh. I just didn't like the development at all!

Now that I finished the book, I seemed to come out with more questions and now the series is ended. Like what the fuck?! Well, I guess I only have one. Is Jericho Barrons the fucking Unseelie King?! Mac and Barrons last scene in the book, it seriously felt that way. Oh and something else, even though I liked the previous book, I wish the spin off series didn't happen because it was one big clusterfuck. I liked being back in the Fever World, but expectations were just too high due to the original series awesomeness. I'm just really kinda annoyed at this point.



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