Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) By Amie Kaufman
Hardcover, 599 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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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.
So first thing first, my local library didn't have a copy of Illuminae, so I borrowed the audio book, but it is definitely one I want to actually read, because of its interesting format. But the version I listened to wasn't just one person reading to me, it had a full cast of voice actors. It was really fun to listen to all of the chaos and different layers of the book. I would definitely suggest it.
I would give this book a 4.5-star review. I thought it was really fascinating to listen to the different layers of the book using the different structures. There were some points near the end that I felt it was sort of predictable but I never, never thought a robot would pull at my heart strings so much. This story engaged me from the very first scene. At times I felt like I was in a combination world of I am Legend and IRobot.
I found it very easy to follow the story. The actual format of how the book was set up drew me in from the get-go. Clearly, everything that is happening is a report, so what happened why was this report so interesting? What was Kady and Ezra's key roles that made them so important? I personally really liked their relationship. I found it similar to a couple I am writing and "realistic" for long distance relationships. That is if you forget the fact that they were in space, running for their lives from an enemy spaceship that is.
This was the first Sci-fi book I have read in a while... I don't think I read any Sci-fi last year. So this was a good fantasy pallet cleanse for me. I a looking forward to the next book in the series Gemina.
I think I would recommend this one to a friend for sure. I was listening to it constantly: As I cooked dinner, when I drove places, or before I went to bed. It was with me all the time. But that is just a plus side of audio books.
I got a hold of the ebook and am reading it that way now too. I can see what everyone means about the format now! It is so cool! At times it is like a script, while others it is us diagrams like of the ships, and filmstrips with information. In some places there are even stamps that say classified across it. It really was a interesting and new way of reading. It was awesome! I get they hype! If you can you should definitely get your hands on this one.
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January has passed clearly lol, we have made it into our first month of 2017 and this month has flown by for me. I am back at school now and am itching to read... just not the books I need to read for school.... oops. But I did get through several books. So how did I do on my list.... not great...
1. Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
2. The Inquasition by Taran Mathuru
3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
4. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
5. Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson
I did get through my first book on my list. The review of this one will be up in February. I didn't get through any of the others... mainly because the list of people waiting for it from the library was longer than I was at home. I am waiting on ebooks now so they are still on my list just shifted around a bit now that I have moved on through the month. Check back in next week for what is on my February TBR.
Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book #1)
By Sarah J. Maas
When I read this I went in blind, I knew relatively nothing about it, I just heard how amazing it was. I thought it was pretty good, until I heard that it was a Beauty and the Beast Retelling! Then oh baby oh, it got 10x better for me. It seems more like a romance set in a fantasy world then just straight up fantasy to me. But hey that isn't the worst thin in the world now is it?
Illuminae (Book #1 The Illuminae Files)
By Amie Kaufman
As I said in my review that came out Monday, this was my first Sci-Fi book in a really long time, it did not disappoint. With a very strong, okay a Bad-ass female protagonist named Kady, and a broken Artificial Intelligence named AIDAN they clean up the mess left by higher ups.
Witch and Wizard
By James Patterson
I did a reread of Witch and Wizard, I have reread the first few books a few times but never finished the series. I am hoping this time I will actually be able to finish the series. I have never felt like there was anything wrong with it, other things just come up first.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
By Stieg Larsson
This book, so this book came out in 2008... I wouldn't say I have been trying to read it since then but I have tried to get through it several times.... I just don't think it is going to happen. I made it about 4 and a half hours into the audiobook and I don't really have an interest in following through to the end. So I think this one is going to have to go back onto the DNF pile where it came from.
The Race (Issac Bells #4)
By Clive Cussler
It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than fifty days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates-an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost-and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.
Frost's violent-tempered husband has just killed her lover and tried to kill her, and he is bound to make another attempt. Bell has tangled with Harry Frost before; he knows that the man has made his millions leading gangs of thieves, murderers, and thugs in every city across the country. He also knows that Frost won't be only after his wife, but after Whiteway as well. And if Bell takes the case . . . Frost will be after him, too.
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
By Sarah J. Maas
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
Along with reading wrap up's I though I would try doing writing wrap ups. In a way it is for me to track my progress but also to show what worked for that month in writing. My goal for the month was to edit through chapter 8, which was midway through Part 1 of my book. I did start with this idea in mind, but when I started to switch POV I noticed a trend that needed to be fixed. So I am on Chapter 7 of my linier edit, but as you will see below, that plan changed and I am not disappointed by that change.
Part 1 Word Count at the beginning of the month: 14,982 words
End of the month: 17941 words
Starting Word Count: 42,972
End of the Month Count: 45,931
Chapters that got a full rewrite: 4, 6, 10, 12
Why did I target these chapters? Well these were all the chapters that I wrote when I decided that I needed to have more than one point of view. These "chapters" were more of a summary of what I wanted to happen in that chapter but because I didn't really know that character very well yet. Now having finished this draft and started the second book I know them better and can go back and fix it. These chapters needed to be completely rewritten and given time and love.
I have 13 of these chapters that I know I need to fix. Each of these chapters are currently at a sad 200-600 word count. So we are beefing that number and the goal is to use that to help my novel.
Now that I have just about finished beefing up these chapters I will continue the linear edits through before moving onto Part 2. My goal is to rewrite the chapters in that section.
So in the month of January I was able to edit Chapter 1-6 10, and 12. So I did edit eight chapters, just not quite in the order I had planned on. But I knew I would need to fix those chapter and felt the time was right for those.
So what are my goals for February? I want to finish editing the last two chapters in part 1, chapters 8 and 9. I also want to do a few more reads through to ensure that I like the opening. I already know since rereading it I don't really like my opening chapter so I will have to rewrite that as well. As for continuing into Part 2 I would like to get through chapter 16. But I might also try to go and rewrite the chapters I know I need to complete on my list of 13 chapters.
As I said in my school reading post I am going to be stage managing a show this starting this coming Sunday through the 11th. So knowing that I don't want to commit myself to to much because I know I will be busy with that and getting back into the swing of things at school.
How are your current WIP's going?
I hope you had a good January!
A Court Of Thorns and Roses
By Sarah J. Maas
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 416 pages
Published May 5th, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
This book was amazing.
I have been hearing about this book for months, but couldn't get my hands on it at school (I need to fix this ASAP) but OMG. I started this out not really knowing much about besides that it was great. It wasn't until I was part of the way through and saw my friend Emily's review of it (you should totally check her out @paperbackthrills (Instagram) and paperbackthrills.tumblr.com) that I realized that it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Okay so I have book obsession, but I also have a Disney obsession.... I can name most Disney songs by the first few cords..... yeaaaa so long story short Belle is my favorite Disney princess.
Freyre is such a wonderful strong character, who I have to admit at times I didn't like. They girl is just to stubborn at times, but when you look at her past, you see why she has put us such a stiff wall against her emotions.
I thought Maas created a very interesting world, I would love to see her notes about the world. I haven't read many retellings, but I enjoyed the fact that if you knew the tale, you could see where Maas twisted the tale to fit her own. Lucien is my favorite, he is like the dorky sidekick, that really isn't all that dorky.
This story was a book that pulled me in, and I felt things for, I didn't want to put it down. I may or may not have been yelled at because I sat in the same place for six hours... while my brother got me food and water. What can I say? I was comfy.
I am reading the second book now, and I can't wait to finish it and for the third book to come out! Court of Wings and Ruin Book #3 out May 2nd 2017
We are gunna be looking at something a bit different today. I have to order my school books today. And I kinda thought it would be interesting too look at the books I have for this semester? Maybe? It is what is on my mind and my bank account right now.
I will be taking hopefully 18 credits this semester. If you didn't know I am a Creative Writing major and a Theatre minor, and my schedule clearly reflects that.
My classes include:
Shakespeare: I have always loved reading Shakespeare or as we lovingly call him here at Wells "Billy Shakes". Even in high school when we would read the scripts "popcorn style" I loved his work and the variety in his work. I have only had the oppurtunity to act in "A Midsummer Nights Dream" so I am excited to spend the semester studying his works in depth. I am kinda cheating for this one and am going to see if I can just use my own anthologies of the scripts and the sonnets but the books for this class are:
Special Topics in American Novel: This class is being called just Moby Dick because that is what we have decided we are going to study. This semester we will be studying Moby Dick by Herman Melville for the entirety of the semester. I found a free copy of the book last year but never have read it so I am looking forward to reading it. The copy I have is the 150 year anniversary edition though a different version is needed.
Special Topics in American Poetry: As I just said, I am not a huge fan of poetry, even more so modern poetry.... but I love the professor and he makes it more accessible for the people (me) that have a hard time analyzing the poems. So this should be a fun class. This is also one of his favorite poets, at least he mentions him a lot lol so it should be pretty great.
Intro to Stage Lighting&Design: Here is where the Theatre minor pops in. I know very basices to stage lighting from high school so when this class cropped up I knew I had to take it! I mainly know how to act (does anyone really know how to act?) so working back stage this semester has been a nice refresher.
Adv. Rhsl & Perf/Theatre: This month I am Stage Managing the show Juvie here on campus. I have never stage managed a show so this will be a learning experience for me. But I am close with most of the cast and know I can turn to people if I need help.
Internship: Lastly I will be doing an internship this semester for a small publishing company in Rochester called Starry Night Publishing. I will be helping to convert their classic literary collection to ebook format. I am really, really excited to start this. It will my first insight into the publishing industry.
Tomorrow I have to go back to school. I haven't really packed anything yet... I'm kinda just avoiding my room at all costs if I'm totally honest. I get to distracted in there. Ironic that the place in my house that is mine, it the room I can't work productivly. It is most likely because it is so cold in there.
How about that quote? I love the things I find on pinterest.
Last week was a pretty good writing week. I read through some of my chapters and figured out where I needed to expand. When I originally started writing The Frituals it started out as a single POV story, before growing to the nine or so POVs it is now. So as I went through the draft again I found sections that were as little as 300 words long, just a summary of what it could be because I didn't know the character's voice yet. So I have started to rewrite those 12 chapters, 2 down, 10 to go. This should help to expand my word count closer to what it should be. Then I can go in and do a deeper edit.
Since I am not working in such a chronological order on the draft I will not be posting anymore chapters to wattpad for a time. So we will let those first three chapters stand as a preview to what is to come. Though they will probably change.
The next few weeks may see a change in my blogging schedule. I want to try to keep my three day a week schedule, but I know the first two weeks of school are going to be very busy so I don't want to promise anything. I might drop Friday's posts for the month of February and see how that goes.
I am prepping for the future though. It may seem early but I have written a very rough draft of a query letter for the Friutals, and have started to compile a list of agents, and what they require for submission so come summer I can get right to it.
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The Spy by Clive Cussler
Hardcover, 436 pages
Audiobook 10 Hours
Published June 1st 2010 by G.P.Putnam's Sons
It is 1908, and international tensions are mounting as the world plunges toward war. When a brilliant American battleship gun designer dies in a sensational apparent suicide, the man's grief-stricken daughter turns to the legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency to clear her father's name. Van Dorn puts his chief investigator on the case, and Isaac Bell soon realizes that the clues point not to suicide but to murder. And when more suspicious deaths follow, it becomes clear that someone-an elusive spy-is orchestrating the destruction of America's brightest technological minds... and the murders all connect to a top- secret project called Hull 44.
But that is just the beginning. As the intrigue deepens, Bell will find himself pitted against German, Japanese, and British spies, in a mission that encompasses dreadnought battleships, Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet, Chinatown, Hell's Kitchen, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Isaac Bell has certainly faced perilous situations before, but this time it is more than the future of his country that's at stake- it's the fate of the world.
I loved this book, it was everything that I loved from a detective fiction. I read quite a bit of detective fiction, and a lot of Clive Cussler so at times I could guess where the story would go but I wasn't dissapointed by it. It is kinda a challege for me to figure it out. I'm just weird like that.
This is a book that dabbles in gangs, a new interest for me. I never thought that gangs and mob politics would be interesting to me. Watching the groups working together and against each other, along with Bell was really cool. Any books you would suggest I would love.
I really liked the pacing of this book, it felt fast but was not like I was rushed, I felt swept away by the story into the world of 1908 I loved the build up and the way that we found out who the people we wanted to arrest with Bell was interesting, I found it kinda funny but also terrifying that they kept popping up. I was waiting for them to lash out.
I did feel this book for me was more about the plot than the charecters. I really enjoyed the themes in this one.
I definitly would recomend this book to a friend, but one who likes historical books, because like most of Clive Cusslers books, they can be "bogged down" with the history. I don't mind but I know people that really don't like his books because of it.
What are you reading this week?
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With the new year comes fresh starts and new books to read. January can be a fairly dreary month outside. Which makes it brilliant for reading! Here are some of the newest books coming out this January that you should get your hands on:
Carve the Mark By Veronica Roth
January 17 2017
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.
From what I have heard from ARC (Advanced Reading Copies) readers this is a pretty good book. I have also heard however the Trope of the Dark Skinned Villian is prevelent.... not so cool Veronica. Not cool. I don't want this to taint my thoughts of the book but in this turbulent time I fell that it is prudent to mention this possible racisim, whether it was on purpose or not.
Wayfarer (Passenger #2) By Alexandra Braken
All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.
Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.
As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.
I have heard nothing but good things about this book. But as I havn't read Passengers yet I can't really say anything besides it is on my TBR list for 2017
Fate of Perfection (Finding Paradise #1) K.F. Breene
January 1st 2017
In a corporate-controlled future where the ruling conglomerates genetically engineer their employees, Millicent Foster is the best of the best.
Physically perfect and exceptionally intelligent, Millicent is granted the uncommon privilege of breeding. But her daughter inherits more than superior genetics…little Marie has a rare ability that the world has never seen, and her conglomerate, Moxidone, will stop at nothing to have sole possession of the child.
Teamed with Ryker, the formidable master of security, Millicent must risk everything in a life-and-death struggle to tear her daughter away from the ruling force who wants to own them all. The odds are stacked against them, but Moxidone will learn that the pursuit of perfection comes at a perilous cost—and that love can’t be bought at any price.
This week has been a very busy week for me writing wise. As you may already know, I have been actively going over my first draft of The Frituals. But I also have another book that I have had done for a while. About two years. I have done some things I regret it, which I won't get into too much right now but if you want to hear more about the publishing (or lack of) that I have done with Silver Manor, I have been thinking of doing a series of post on it.
So I have two books almost 3 in the works right now. Silver Manor has gone out to Beta readers: 2 I found on Goodreads and one is a family friend and former teacher of mine. Thanks, Peggy <3 I am still looking for a few more Beta's so if you would like to help with that there will be a thing at the bottom of this post.
The Frituals is all editing right now. I have been reading it, and fixing grammar, finding out where I need to expand chapters and fill plot holes. Yesterday I posted this photo:
I started writing out the chapter number, and details of that chapter, You can kinda tell that some of the cards are different colors. That is because I have multiple points of view in this book, so this way I can see where I need to focus more.
Jamie: Light Green
Paulo: Dark Green
For example, in part one there are twelve chapters, the characters we see are Shauna, Taytra, and Jamie. Shauna is the main character, so it makes sense that we read from her POV the most. Shauna has 8/12 Taytra has 3/12, and Jamie has 1/12.
I plan on continuing this process this week mapping out the rest of this book before going back in and editing it. If you want to start reading to get a taste of it, the first three chapters have been posted to Wattpad.
I also will need to go back in and start planning for the second half of my second book in this series.
My goal is that this first book will be available for beta reading by May. Keep checking back here for updates and future application for that!
Thanks for reading,
If you have any questions about this outlining style you can tweet me at @scripturienting
or I suggest checking out Vivien Reis's Video
How to Outline your Novel- The Storyboard- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3XmqvUmVn0
Or ShaelinWrites Video
How to Outline Your Novel
Both of these writers/ YouTubers have a ton of writing knowledge, and I have enjoyed watching their videos lately.
The Wrecker (Isaac Bell #2)by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
Hardcover, 470 pages
Audio: 5 hours
Published November 17th 2009 by Putnam Adult
Good Read Summary:
In The Chase, Clive Cussler introduced an electrifying new hero, the tall, lean, no-nonsense detective Isaac Bell, who, driven by his sense of justice, travels early-twentieth-century America pursuing thieves and killers . . . and sometimes criminals much worse.
It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward. The Wrecker traverses the vast spaces of the American West as if he had wings, striking wherever he pleases, causing untold damage and loss of human life. Who is he? What does he want? Is he a striker? An anarchist? A revolutionary determined to displace the 'privileged few'? A criminal mastermind engineering some as yet unexplained scheme?
Whoever he is, whatever his motives, the Wrecker knows how to create maximum havoc, and Bell senses that he is far from done; that, in fact, the Wrecker is building up to a grand act unlike anything he has committed before. If Bell doesn't stop him in time, more than a railroad could be at risk; it could be the future of the entire country.
Filled with intricate plotting and dazzling set pieces, The Wrecker is one of the most entertaining thrillers in years.
I didn't like this one as much as the first one. I like the charecters and the development from the first book. However I wasn't as impressed by the plot. I felt it wasn't as complicated and suprising as the first one. So for me it just wasn't as fast paced and interesting.
Having looked into it more I realized that I listened to the abridged audio book which is why I felt it wasn't as complicated (WHY DO ABRIDGED BOOKS EXIST) so at this point I feel I can't give it an adequate review since it was 5 hours shorted than it should have been!
Sorry Clive I love you and your books I have since learned my lesson to check and make sure that they are full.
A lover of words, reading and writing.