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Waiting on Wednesday (11/15/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


 unearthed

Title:  Unearthed (Unearthed #1)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Expected Publication:  January 9th 2018

Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion

Goodreads Summary:

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…

I really love Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s collaboration on The Illuminae Files, so I can’t wait to read her next collaboration! This also comes out the day after my birthday, so I am thinking a little birthday treat to myself will be in order!

What are you waiting for this month?

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Illuminae Book Review

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoffilluminae

Published: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

I am frequently underestimated. I think it’s because I’m short

I’ve had this book on my TBR shelf since last October, and I don’t know why it took me a year to finally pick it up and read it! I am kind of glad I did though, because after I read the second one I only have to wait a few months for the third and final book in the series to be released.

Most people would say I’m pretty cold, but I think of it more as…private. People are always saying “how are you?” to each other, and I guess I don’t see why I should answer such a personal question for just anyone

First off, I would like to say that I really liked the format of the book. It’s definitely not for everyone as it’s told through interviews, IM’s, e-mail exchanges, and a few other formats. I really liked the ones that made you rotate the book and where words made up pictures. So although it is almost a 600 page book, it goes by very fast because of the format. I was able to read it all from Friday night to Sunday morning (and while taking care of a baby in between).

Whatever the don’t want me to see, that’s where I’m digging. I need to be where the secrets are

Although the book starts off with interviews of Kady and Ezra’s experience of the invasion, you slowly start to get a sense of who they are as a person. By the end of the book, you know them pretty well and feel as if their fight is your fight as well. This book has three main obstacles for our MCs to overcome:  (1) they are being pursued by Beitech because they want to eliminate any witnesses to the invasion, (2) there is a mutated virus going around that command is being hush hush about, and (3) something is going on with the AI that is in charge of the Alexander (AIDAN). At first all three didn’t seem related to each other and I wondered how the authors were going to tie them all in, but thanks to all of the documentation you get a pretty good sense of what is going on. It doesn’t take very long for the pieces to start clicking together (with the help of Kady’s newly learned hacking skills of course).

What you do when stuff like this happens is you LIVE, you survive it, that’s how you honour the ones you lost

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! As someone who doesn’t read science fiction that often, I thought this book did an excellent job of living up to the hype that surrounded it when it first came out! I definitely recommend this if you are a sci-fi lover, or even if you just need to branch out and try something new!

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Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title:  Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published: October 18th 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

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 Illuminae continues 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.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

I just finished reading the first book in this series, and I will have that review up soon (hopefully, lol). I really enjoyed the first one, and I have heard nothing but good things about the second book. My only fear is that I will love the second book just as much as the first, and then have to wait all the way until March for the third book to come out!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday (10/04/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


theknowing

Title:  The Knowing (The Forgetting #2)

Author: Sharon Cameron

Expected Publication:  October 10th 2017

Publisher:  Scholastic Press

Goodreads Summary:

Samara doesn’t forget. And she isn’t the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.

Someone else is on their way to Canaan too . . . a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city’s forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents, researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. When Beck is stranded without communication, he will find more in Canaan than he was ever trained for. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs — and truths — collide?

The Knowing (The Forgetting, #2)


I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I can’t wait to pick up the second one!

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (10/02/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: Something Strange and Deadly (#1)

Author: Susan Dennard

Published: July 24th 2012 by Harper Teen

Goodreads Summary:

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)


I first discovered Susan Dennard from her current series The Witchlands. I loved Truthwitch (and Windwitch is on my TBR shelf). I have the second book in this series, but hopefully I can get the first one soon so that I can start reading it. The good thing about discovering a book series after it is done, is that I don’t have to wait a year for the next book to come out!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Goodreads Monday (6/5/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

scythe

Title: Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)

Author: Neal Shusterman

Published: November 22nd 2016 by Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

I recently received this book in a swap, and I have heard nothing but good things about it! I am currently packing since I am 6 months pregnant and we will be moving into our new house at the end of the summer, right around the time Sophia will be born. So I figured I might as well start now before I can’t help out any more. The first thing that gets packed away? My books. =( I left myself a little pile of books from my TBR shelf that has now become my summer reads list. Scythe is one of the books that I left unpacked that I hope will be able to pick up in the next couple of days.

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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The Diabolic Review

The Diabolic (The Diabolic #1) by S.J. Kincaidthediabolic

Published: November 1st 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…

The Diabolic (The Diabolic, #1)

Wow. What can I say about this novel by S.J. Kincaid?! This was going to be a standalone novel, personally I think it would have been great it Kincaid ended it there, but it looks like this will be a trilogy. I can see where the author can go to take this into a trilogy, but honestly it was such a great novel that it could stand on its own.

“A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.”

At first, I thought that the beginning was very drawn out and kind of boring. The only part I liked about the beginning, was how Nemesis became a diabolic and her transition to being Donia’s protector. After awhile though it starts to pick up and people start dying left and right! There are so many different people plots you have to try to keep track of, you never knew if one was an ally or not! Especially with everyone trying to throw blame at someone else. It kind of reminded me a little bit like The Hunger Games, in the aspect that Nemesis is trying to survive in a place where killing is seen as a sport (but that’s about it comparison wise). Others have said it is similar to Red Queen and I can kind of see it, but if I compared the two, then the plots would basically be the same.

Nemesis is not your typical YA heroine, and I really liked that about her. She is a genetically engineered super human, whose sole purpose is to protect the person that she was bonded to (which in this case is Sidonia). Nemesis has a backbone, isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, and is very perceptive (well most of the time). She doesn’t second guess herself most of the time and always knows her abilities and limitations.

“Tyrus!” rebuked the Emperor. “What have I told you about killing people?”

“Yes, yes ask you first, Uncle,” grumbled Tyrus, sweeping into a bow. “But in my defense, she was irritating me.”

“Oh, you,” said the Emperor fondly. “She was dead anyway. Why hasten it?”

Tyrus tilted his head up, his pale-lashed blue eyes gleaming, his lips curling up in a lunatic’s smile.

Tyrus on the other hand, is a more than meets the eye type of character. When we are first introduced to him, he is naked in the virtual reality forums and everyone always talks about how crazy he is. When Nemesis meets him in person for the first time  he killed her servitor. You think that he is a crazy mad man who is second in line to the throne. In reality, Tryus is a cunning, deceitful, and very clever man who will do anything to ascend the throne so that he can revolutionize the empire.

Together, they make a very good team. Nemesis proved to herself that she has humanity in her after all, even though Donia had been telling her the entire time that she had one. Tyrus finally had someone that he could trust with all of his secrets. Although the ending had me worried for a second there, and I don’t know if Nemesis made the right choice or not. The explanations seemed a little bit too neat and tidy to not question if something else happened. If this book didn’t already have a lot of back stabbing and conspiracies, I might not have questioned it and took it for face value. I do like that she ended up choosing Tyrus in the end despite everything that happened (well to an extent, I also wouldn’t have mind if she chose herself and walked away from everything but then there wouldn’t be room for a trilogy).

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels. It did take me awhile to get into it, but I am glad that I stuck with it because it does get better!

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The Forgetting Book Review

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The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Published: September 13th 2016 by Scholastic Press

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

I am made of my memories.

This was in my September Uppercase box (you can read my reviews of them here). I can’t believe I waited so long to read this! Where it isn’t one of my favorite books, it was still very enjoyable.

The gist is that every 12 years everyone in Canaan forgets everything, everyone except Nadia that is. She isolates herself because she is afraid, and then Gray starts inserting himself into her life. Nadia finally starts to open up and that is when they start to work together to figure out why everyone forgets every 12 years.

Knowing the truth makes me alone. I wrote that once, but I think I was wrong. Fear of pain is what has made me alone. But today I realized that pain and love have a balance. I can feel so much of one only because I feel so much of the other.

With that being said you can imagine how slow paced this book is. For at least the first half of the book Nadia tried to avoid everyone and suspicion of her secret travels over the wall. In the beginning she over hears a conversation and instead of investigating it (like anyone else would), she doesn’t even think about it until later when it is convenient to her current situation.

The romance between Gray and Nadia was cute sometimes, and a little bit annoying at others, especially in the beginning. I understand that it is hard for her to trust people because she knows they will just forget her at the next forgetting, but man she moves one step forward and then one small little hitch and she moves two steps back.

But who can find the truth in Canaan? Janis doesn’t tell it, the Learning Room doesn’t teach it. My father has twisted it, Mother half forgotten it, and the Forgetting is the thief that steals it.

At first I thought that this was just a dystopian novel, but then Cameron adds in a little twist to make this also a sci-fi novel and it was great! Probably one of the few twist aspects of this novel that I really enjoyed. Once this discovery was made, about half way through the book, the plot finally started moving again. The last 10% of the book was where basically all the action happened, and also reveal after reveal was made.

The ending is really what I enjoyed most about this book. I just wish that Cameron had incorporated more of those type of scenes throughout the entire book. We get a little hint of it when Nadia and Gray go exploring and discover some truth about Canaan’s past, but it wasn’t enough for me! Maybe I am too used to heavily action packed dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games or Divergent.

 

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Goodreads Monday #20 (12/26/2016)

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, or whatever holiday you practice! I had a great day spent with my husband, our three dogs, and two extra dogs that I’m dog sitting.


Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

gemina

Title: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published: October 18th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

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 Illuminae continues 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.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

I just got this book yesterday for Christmas and I have heard so many great things about it! Although I should probably read Illuminae first before diving into this one. =p

What’s on your TBR shelf this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday #15 (11/16/2016)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


carvethemark

Title: Carve the Mark (Untitled Duology #1)

Author: Veronica Roth

Expected Publication: January 17th 2017

Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books

Goodreads Summary:

Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth’s stunning new science-fiction fantasy series.

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Honestly, I have only read the the first book in the Divergent series, and I devoured it in two sittings! I haven’t gotten around to reading the other two books, but I have a feeling I am going to like this new series even more!

What are you waiting for this week?