Hardcover, 383 pages
13 hours audiobook
Published February 10th 2015 by HarperTeen
Rating: 4 Stars
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
This is another book with a strong female character who hates the system. Simular to Katniss Everdeen, Mare finds herself in a situation she didn't expect after trying to take the fate of her family into her own hands.
Like Game of Thrones in a Young Adult Fantasy world, the fight for power is never ending.
Aveyard creates a world wracked by war, a war that, we don't really see to much of in the first book. I was under the impression that the Lakelanders, were on the side of Norta for most of the book. Oops. But I have heard that we find out more about the world in the second book. Though I do feel like the lack of world building in the first book left me lost for part of it.
It took me about four hours to really get into the story. I did find the action scenes beautifully written.
My biggest issue with the book was how, it kept seeming like it was going to end, then would keep going. It kinda got annoying because I wasn't physically reading it. But I knew there was more to listen too.
The characters in this book were all flawed. This was something new and fresh for me, having read so many "perfect chosen" one books lately.
I am curious as to how the world will grow, and how things will pan out so I will continue this series. It might just not be right away.
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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.
What did you think of this book?
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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.
Today I got a notification that the Choice Awards for 2016 had been detirmined. The Goodread Choice Awards are decided by the Goodread users who cast votes. You have to have written a book the people love in order to be voted for. I think that's a pretty cool award. There are twenty catagories from poetry and nonfiction, to mystery or childrens fiction. This year 3,564,070 votes were cast, lots of book love!
So who won?
Fiction- Liane Moriarty- Truly Madly Guilty
30, 154 Votes
Mystery & Thriller- Stephen King- End of Watch
42, 382 Votes
Historical Fiction- Colson Whitehead- The Underground Railroad
24, 175 Votes
Fantasy- J.K Rowling- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (YES JO)
128, 543 Votes
Romance- Colleen Hoover- It Ends With Us
59, 546 Votes
Science Fiction - Pierce Brown- Morning Star
Horror- Joe Hill- The Fireman
Humor- Amy Schumer- The Girl With the Lower Back Tatoo
Nonfiction- Lin Manuel Miranda, Jeremy Carter- Hamiliton: The Revolution
52, 925 Votes
Memoir & Autobiography- Paul Kalanithi- When Breath Becomes Air
History & Biography- William Shatner, David Fisher- Lenord, My Fifty Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man
Science & Technology- Frans De Waal- Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
12, 370 Votes
Food and Cookbooks- Chrissy Teigen-Cravings
23, 867 Votes
Graphic Novels & Comics- Sarah Anderson-Adulthood Is A Myth
32, 937 Votes
Poetry- Amanda Lovelace- The Princess Saves Herself in This One
22, 560 Votes
Debut Goodreads Author- Alwyn Hamilton- Rebel of the Sands
Young Adult Fiction- Ruta Sepetys- Salt to the Sea
Young Adult Fantasy- Sarah J. Maas- A Court of Mist and Fury
57, 776 Votes
Middle Grade & Children's- Rick Riordan-The Hidden Oracale
46, 348 Votes
Picture Books- Mo Willems- The Thank You Book
16, 433 Votes
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