Gemina

“Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.” 

Title: Gemina

Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files # 2

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

Pages: 608

Source: Purchased

Summary from 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.

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.


Whirlwind of Thoughts:

Holy crapola. I was in love with Illuminae from day one. It took my breath away, brought a whole new meaning to the word anxiety, and gave me some seriously bookish nightmares. Now, it’s sequel Gemina has done just the same – times three.

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The Book Thief

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

Title: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Series: Standalone

Publication: March 14th 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 552

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


Thoughts I’m Still Processing:

  • The writing is so unfathomably beautiful. It’s like honesty, sarcasm, and lyricism had a love child and it grew up to be its own masterpiece.

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You’re Welcome, Universe

“My old art teacher told me I draw like a man. I’ve never forgiven him. I don’t draw like anything, I draw like everything. I draw like me.”

Title: You’re Welcome, Universe

Author: Whitney Gardner

Series: Standalone

Publication:  March 7th 2017 by Knopf

Pages: 304

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.


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Coming Soon: March 2017

It’s been too long since I’ve done one of these. Who else is ready for ALL THE BOOKS!

Books are amazing, unique packages of magic and every month there is a whole slew of new additions to the fold. Here are some of my most anticipated books coming out this upcoming month.

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Coming Soon: October 2016

The best part about October is Halloween. Not really (yes really, but still). No, the best part about October is the insane amount of long awaited books now available for the unlimited consumption of book nerds and the like. Get ready to make the first page of that Christmas wishlist!

Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett

Summary from Goodreads:

For fans of Jandy Nelson and Jenny Han comes a new novel that asks, can you possibly know the person you’re becoming if you don’t know the person you’ve been?

Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.

Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.

But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

October 4th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

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A Song to Take the World Apart

“No one remembers when it was that our ancestors first found their way out of the sea. It seems now that all human life might have begun there, and that makes sense to me: that the womb of the world is water and salt. But I am speaking more specifically about a kind of ancestor that not everyone on this earth shares. And of course that makes sense to me too. How could a world so vast produce only one kind of human being?”

Title: A Song to Take the World Apart

Author: Zan Romanoff

Series: Standalone

Publication: September 13th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 320

Source: Netgalley

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Hanging out with Chris was supposed to make Lorelei’s life normal. He’s cooler, he’s older, and he’s in a band, which means he can teach her about the music that was forbidden in her house growing up. Her grandmother told her when she was little that she was never allowed to sing, but listening to someone else do it is probably harmless— right?

The more she listens, though, the more keenly she can feel her own voice locked up
in her throat, and how she longs to use it. And as she starts exploring the power her grandmother never wanted her to discover, influencing Chris and everyone around her, the foundations of Lorelei’s life start to crumble. There’s a reason the women in her family never want to talk about what their voices can do.

And a reason Lorelei can’t seem to stop herself from singing anyway.


My Thoughts:

Reading A Song to Take the World Apart boiled down into three main categories of feels.

The first –

The second –

The third –

A Song to Take the World Apart was a lyrical, magical adventure. What you think you know is not necessarily the truth. The highlight of this novel, though, despite my love of the language and the mythology, was that the plot was deeply rooted in family. Yea, there is a huge plot point dealing with crushing on a dude and whatnot, but, to me, that wasn’t the big hoorah. It wasn’t just familial relationships that took the center stage, all of the relationships between characters were equally fleshed out and explored. It was a welcome change.

Pretty much my reactions throughout:

Filled with vivid characters, magical language, and a plot that will yank you right out of reality, A Song to Take the World Apart is an enchanting tale about the ramifications and the beauty of temptation.


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Illuminae

“Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.”

Title: Illuminae

Author: Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files # 1

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

Pages:608

Source: Publisher at ALA

Summary from 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.

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.

My Thoughts:

God… I just finished the book right before I sat down to do this. I have no idea what to say. I think I’m in shock. This book, this book guys. I have never read anything like that before in my life, and I have to say, it has completely changed me.
I had no idea what this book was about when I started it – and I purposefully kept it that way. I didn’t read any reviews, look at anyone’s comments, nothing. All I knew was that this book was not told in prose, and that it was supposed to be absolutely, mind-blowingly amazing. Was it? You are currently asking me. All I can say is this: yes, yes it fucking was.
This is going to be a short and sweet review for one simple reason: Illuminae is the kind of book that is worth diving into head first blind. I can’t talk about this book and why I loved it without giving it all away. You are not supposed to know anything, and trust me, you don’t know what the hell is going on until the damn thing wants you to. I can’t make you read this, I can’t even make you go out and buy it. All I can do is lead a horse to the water, I can’t make it drink. But, dammit, all I want to do right now is shove that water down your throats!
This book is pure genius. It is unique. It is gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, and it will make you go insane.
Although this book is told through the perspective of a bystander, it is done in the most amazing way. We are given a series of translated interviews, surveillance footage, in depth reports, personal messages, official announcements, and all sorts of other unmentionable goodies. Each and every part plays a key role in the story and how it is told, every last detail is important – from the dates and percentages all the way to the smallest words. As a reader, I was able to effortlessly immerse myself in the story and I was utterly consumed by what was going on. From the very first page, I was in love with the characters. Though we never truly get to see interactions the way we would in a normal book, the level of personality that shines through these characters is absolutely astounding. This book shattered my expectations and exceeded them.
This. Book. Is. Brilliant.
Illuminae is a visual and emotional masterpiece. It mixes engaging characters with an extremely unique format and an explosive story line that will leave you clinging to the edge of your seats. This book will make your heart race, will make you cry, and will make you want to sacrifice your first born child for a chance to get the second one early. Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have created a flawless narrative that will captivate you completely. This book is going to be one hell of a phenomenon.

Go buy this book immediately!!

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