Reading Rush Wrap Up

Hi everyone!

So last week was the Reading Rush (formally known as Booktubeathon)! It was my first year participating and I had a great time! I thought that today I would share with you all what I managed to read in the last seven days!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky 

Challenges:
-Read a book with 5 or more words in the title
-Read and then watch a book to movie adaptation
-Read an authors first book

My rating: ★★

Everyone and their mother has read this book so I won’t spend much time on it. Unfortunately I did not like it at all. I originally gave it three stars, but after thinking about it I’m dropping it down to a two star read. My main problem with this book was how the tough issues were handled. In this 200 and something page book there was content warnings for suicide, rape, domestic violence, abortion, sexual abuse, etc. I don’t feel like any those things were talked about enough. It seems like they were just mentioned but then brushed off. Chbosky didn’t take the time to fully address how serious each topic was. That really bothered me. I know some may not agree with this and that’s totally okay. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins

Challenges:
-Read a book you meant to read last year
-Read a book in the same place the entire time

My rating: ★★★

I actually had no plans to read this book during the Reading Rush but after Perks was a flop I needed something fun. Prince Charming (formally titled Royals) was really cute! Some good ole YA fluff was just what I needed. The romance was super adorable. Who doesn’t love a fake dating story? I can’t wait to pick up the next book in this series! I’ve heard some pretty great things about it!

The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Challenges:
-Read a book with purple on the cover

My rating: ★★★★★

I reread this in preparation for the sequel that comes out in August. I still absolutely love this story and I want more people to read it. Here is my mini review from when I read The Raging Ones last year…

The three main characters stole my heart. The friendship between them is incredible. It started out a little rocky but it evolved into such a strong bond. From the start I had a feeling there was going to be a love triangle between them, but I was extremely happy when that didn’t happen. There is a romance in this book though & it’s seriously the cutest!

This world is so interesting. It’s a place where the sky is purple and it’s always snowy…that just sounds so pretty. Everyone knows the exact day they are going to die and they are separated into three groups (Babes, Fast Trackers and Influentials) depending on when their death day is. The authors do a fantastic job at setting up all that info.

Court, Franny and Mykal dodged their death days, which is supposed to be impossible. The *connection* that they share is so fascinating. It’s something that is kind of a mystery throughout the whole book.

There were many twists & turns in this book but the ending was definitely something I didn’t see coming. I never even thought about it as an option. I can’t wait for the next book…I need to know what happens ASAP!!

Memento by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Challenges:
-Read a book with a non human main character 

My rating: ★★★★★

This is the prequel novella to The Illuminae Files! I loved this so much, it was fantastic. In just 82 pages the authors made me fall in love with new characters and then broke my heart in two. I don’t know how Amie & Jay do this, but they are magical. I loved getting to see how & why AIDAN is the way it(?) is. I literally just finished this trilogy a few months ago, but I’m already itching for a reread!

So there it is! I competed all seven challenge with just four books! I am pretty happy with that. Next year I really want to do better at planning so Ican actually read seven books in seven days!

Let me know how your Readig Rush went!

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May Book Haul

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since my last book haul on the blog. I decided to change things up last moth & posted April’s haul over on my bookstagram.

I did some major damage in May. I don’t really know how it happened, but it did…

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
This is the companion to The Kiss Quotient. I’ve said multiple times how excited I am to read this…so I won’t say it again! Hahaha

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
Okay this book sounds awesome, but  I haven’t heard anyone talk about it. Have you read it?

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
This book literally screams summer!

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 
This is the third book & final book to The Illuminae Files! I already read it and LOVED it! Go check out my review.

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aquire
I actually don’t know much about this one, but I do know it’s sci fi, which I have been loving lately.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
This was the book pick for Owlcrate’s May box! Definitely getting Mulan vibes from the synopsis!

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
This is the first book in a new trilogy from this writing duo! I’ve heard good things about it so fingers crossed.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This is a public service announcement… GO READ THIS BOOK!! I finished it two weeks ago and let’s just say Alex & Henry are my favorites for life!

Finale by Stephanie Garber
Yes, you do see three copies of Finale…don’t judge!w This is the conclusion to the magical Caraval trilogy. The three copies I have are the original US, the UK paperback and the Owlcrate special edition. I love them all so very much!

What books did you haul last month??

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Review | Obsidio

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FROM BOOkS 1 & 2! READ AT YOUR OUR RISK!

Title: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Pages: 615

Publisher: Random House

My rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? 

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. 

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Illuminae review

Gemina review

What a finale! I said in my Gemina review that this story was going to go out with a bang & yep, it sure did!

I cannot stress this enough, if you can listen to the audiobook for this trilogy…DO IT! You won’t be disappointed. They are unlike anything I have ever heard. The audio adds to the thrill!

If you have read my other reviews for The Illuminae Files, you’ll know I love the multimedia format! I won’t blabber on about it again though. Just know that I am in awe of the work that Amie & Jay put into these books. They are literal perfection.

In Obsidio we see all of our favorites…Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, Ella & AIDAN! I’ve become very attached to these characters & I love them all so much. We were also introduced to new characters. Asha Grant, who is Kady’s cousin & Rhys Lindstrom, who is a past love interest of Asha’s. At first I was unsure whether it was necessary to add them to the last book, but I ended up really liking them. I do wish we would have met them sooner, but I can totally see why they were introduced when they were. Their story is crucial to the plot.

The suspense was turned up to a 15. Forget being on the edge of my seat, I fell off & was in the floor. There were a few scenes that literally left me in shock. I had to stop reading and take a breath because they were so intense. My emotions were on that roller coaster yet again. With the non stop action & this being the conclusion, I was in constant fear for all the characters.

While I liked the ending, I can see why some people wouldn’t. I’m not going to spoil anything but I will say…it all wrapped up a lot different than I expected it to.

Overall, Obsidio was a fantastic comclusion. It’s safe to say that this trilogy is one of my all time favorites! I’m sad to see it end, but it’s one that I will definitely reread over and over again!

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Review | Gemina

This is the second book in a trilogy, please be aware that there may be spoilers!!

Title: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Random House

Pages: 659

My rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads:

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 Illuminaecontinues 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.

Review:

I’ve tried to write this review so many times, but I literally didn’t have the words to say how amazing this book was. I had pretty high hopes for Gemina and let me just say, I was NOT disappointed!  

Like I said in my Illuminae review, I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook! It is truly incredible. The full cast & sound effects lets you experience this story in such a unique way. I’ve listened to so many audiobooks and I’ve loved a lot of them, but The Illuminae Files takes the top spot. I will 100% listen to them over & over in the future!

Yes, I also have to mention the format again. The story is told through journal entries, messages, interviews, etc. It’s crazy cool. I particularly loved the artwork that was included this time. I believe it was done by Marie Lu and it was beautiful!

In Gemina we follow a whole new group of characters. I’ll be honest, I was a bit nervous about this. Kady & Ezra were the absolute best so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about new people. Turns out I had no reason to be worried at all!

Hanna: She is the daughter of Heimdall’s captain. In the beginning she kind of acts like a precious flower, but you just wait! She will surprise you. She is a badass & a force to be reckoned with!                                                                                                                                

Nik: He’s the bad boy with a big heart. He gets through tough situations with humor, which is something I definitely related to. We get a backstory for him & oh boy, will it break your heart!

Ella: She is the hacker of the group and Nik’s cousin. She is snarky & a bit of a jokester. Ella is paralyzed, but does she let that hold her back?? Absolutely freaking not! I love her so much it hurts. Huge thank you to Amie & Jay for the amazing disability representation!

Just like Illuminae, Gemina was fast paced, action packed and so thrilling. Every page left me wanting more. I read half of this book in one day, which is something I never do. I’m a slow reader so it usually takes me a few days to finish a book, but not with Gemina. I couldn’t put it down. I was so invested.

I was in constant fear for these characters. There so many threats put against hem. They had a BeiTech team trying to kill them, alien things trying to kill them and they had a wormhole problem that was trying to kill everybody. The stakes were high & it was so intense. I’m sure my blood pressure was through the roof.

The twists & turns…oh my gosh they were so good! I feel like I was being pranked through some of the book. There were things that I thought were real but then the authors were like….HAHA no just kidding! That made for an emotional roller coaster.

I do want to mention that Gemina definitely dives deeper into science things. Luckily, the authors describe things in a way that’s very easy to understand. I never felt confused…which is saying something because I was never good at science in school.

I’m so looking forward to Obsidio. I can’t wait to see how this trilogy wraps up. I mean, I really don’t want it to be over, but I can only assume it’s going to go out with a bang! 

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Review | Illuminae

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Pages: 599

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

My rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis via 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.

Review:

First off, I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook! It was incredible. With a full cast & sound effects, it makes for such a fun reading experience.

It has been a few weeks since I finished Illuminae and I seriously haven’t stopped thinking about it since. It completely blew me away. I’ll admit, I’m not much of a sci-fi reader, but this book was so addictive. I’m really considering a reread very soon!

Kady: She is a total badass. She’s smart, brave and very determined. She is put through some tough situations but keeps her head up through it all.

Ezra: I adore him! He was sarcastic & adorable. I shipped him & Kady so much.

AIDAN: Okay, I hated this AI for most of the book, eventually I fell in love with it though. AIDAN doesn’t understand people at all, but it will do anything & everything to protect them. Hands down the best character!

Illuminae is told through interviews, files, emails, etc. I will say that it took me a little bit to get used to the format, but after I did, I absolutely loved it! It’s such a clever & unique way to tell a story.

This book was INTENSE! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. From the beginning to the end it was fast paced and action packed. There was never a dull moment.

It’s full of twists and turns that will leave you in shock! There were a couple times when I was literally yelling because I couldn’t believe what was going on!

My feelings were all over the place. On one page I would be laughing then the next page I’d be crying. I wasn’t expecting to go on such an emotional roller coaster.

The ending has me SO excited to pick up the next book. Illuminae was a wild ride but I’m sure things are about to get even crazier!

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