Illuminae (Bk 1): Book Review

illuminae   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 a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Note*** Blurb was taken from Amazon.com

I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that it took me a bit longer than I expected. It’s a pretty long read at 599 pages long. However, the format is very different from any novel I have ever known and this is what really sets this book apart from any other. The story is told in a series of dossiers, emails, interviews, and secret encrypted messages. This is by far the most unique read I’ve encountered since being introduced to Ellen Hopkins and her writing style in Crank many years back. This is my first science-fiction read and I really enjoyed it. My only complaint is that while the format is extraordinary, I found it challenging at times. The story made up for that and it was a minor setback to staying on track with the reading. This way of storytelling is innovative and eye-catching to say the very least. Illuminae has all the elements a young adult novel should have, young love, breakups, makeups, and heart-stopping twists in this dystopian setting. When I first laid eyes on this hardcover, I knew I had to have it. It’s so beautiful and when you take a look inside, you know you’re in for a real treat. This book is one of three and I give this first installment 4.5/5 stars. I will definitely be picking up the second book very soon! If you’ve read this book, please let me know what you think!

Happy reading!

xSteph

 

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Eleanor & Park Book Review

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Hello friends! I am so excited to share my thoughts on this epic love story! I finished it last week but needed some time to really gather my thoughts.

First, what’s it about?

“Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor
… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.”

Note: Blurb taken from goodreads.http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15745753-eleanor-park

 

e-and-pThis is the first book I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell and I love the flow of her writing. The story is narrated by both Eleanor and Park and it is done beautifully. It took me four days to finish, sooner if I didn’t have to feed and care for my little humans. I absolutely love the dynamic within the story. This book is life changing, yes. While these two find themselves gravitating closer, your heart is doing the same. I was so invested in this story and where I wanted the characters to end. Some of the details within the story are so heartbreaking. This wasn’t a tear-jerker for me but the anxiety levels were rising for sure! I remembered what it felt like to be a teenager and all the excitement that comes with falling in love, or perhaps something like it :).

Rainbow Rowell completely took my emotions and bound me to this book, until the end. Oh, the ending…. I don’t want to spoil the story but my goodness, WHY?

Reading reviews from other readers, there are many who feel the same about how this love story ends. So for that, I am giving this book 4.5/5 stars.

Let me know if you have read this book what your thoughts are!

Happy reading!

Book Haul!

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It’s been a while since I have allowed myself a book haul. As of late, I have been unsuccessfully withholding the urge to buy more books by getting one or two a month :).

Who can ignore the emails with the big SALE promos jumping from their mobile? I simply couldn’t. There’s nothing like getting what you want at a bargain. Especially books!!

Let’s get right into the haul! 😉

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Rooms by Lauren Oliver is a horror novel. Something new for me. I can’t say I have read much horror so I was very excited when I stumbled upon this one.

Estranged patriarch Richard Walker has died, leaving behind a country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His alienated family – bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna – have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Alice and Sandra, two long-dead and restless ghosts, linger within the house’s claustrophobic walls, bound eternally to its physical structure. Jostling for space and memory, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself – in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a lightbulb.

The living and dead are haunted by painful truths that surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide – with cataclysmic results.

Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

 

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It has been a long time since I’ve read a book about witches so I am SUPER excited to jump into this one! 🙂

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.

In Josephine Angelini’s Trial by Fire, what makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

 

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Everyone knows the story of the boy who never grows up. I was absolutely dazzled by these two covers! I could not choose one, I had to have them both! On the left is the Puffin Chalk cover. On the right we have the Puffin Classics. I am so excited to read these to the kids!

One starry night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland – the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles…

 

Here we have another set of beautiful Puffin covers. On the left is the Puffin Classic and the right is a Puffin Chalk. I can’t get enough of these! They are simply gorgeous!

Let’s begin with Anne of Green Gables. I’ve never read this one but I can’t wait to get into this classic novel.

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland is another classic I have never read but very excited to see how the book and movie production differ in the story telling.

When Alice follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in an enchanted world, filled with creatures like the Mad Hatter, the disappearing Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. Alice quickly finds out that nothing is as it seems in the wild world of Wonderland…

I purchased all of these books from bookoutlet.com. If you are due for a new read or perhaps a nice haul at ridiculously low prices, I suggest you head over to the site right now!! 🙂

 

Happy reading friends! 😉

-Steph

**Note: All blurbs were taken from the book outlet website**

The Rose and the Dagger

I am exploding with excitement right now! Tomorrow, April 26th, is the release of The Rose and the Dagger!! This is the second installment of The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. You can read my review on the first book here.

Okay, shall we get to business? 🙂

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How beautiful is this cover?! I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this book as I sighed heavily reading the last line of The Wrath and the Dawn. The world in which Shahrzad and Khalid live in is filled with danger, love, mystery, and magic. The story is simply riveting and keeps you engaged with every turn of the page. It was only natural that I pre-ordered this baby as soon as it was up. 🙂 I can not wait to dive right in where the story left off and I hear there may be a magic carpet ride or two in this one :). Below is a blurb I have taken from amazon. If you haven’t read the first book, go get your copy NOW and immediately get your hands on a copy of the rose as well. Trust me when I tell you that as soon as you finish the wrath, you will definitely want this sitting by your side. 🙂

“In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.”

Happy reading my friends!

xo

Katrina and The Old Oak

**Note: This narrative poem is a spin off of my short story, The Old Oak Tree.** 

 

 

Freed from the vines, running, running from her mother,

from her brothers. Running from what she had done. Three

bodies, still as the bark of the old oak. Three bodies,

beautiful as spring, white as winter snow. Tears sting

like summer heat as she runs. Bare feet surge with energy,

pulling power from the earth with each step. “What have I done?”

“What am I?” She asks no one.

A voice calls out to her, familiar but absent for so long.

“Katrina.” She hears the voice, an odd tongue, unknown to her

before this moment. “Who’s there?” She called out to the

empty clearing. “Katrina, set me free.” Said the voice.

Searching wildly, red hair whipping around like a whirlwind of

flames. “Set you free? Where are you?” She asked. Within a moment,

the earth pulsed, forcing her body to stop where she stood. Her

heart beat rapidly, causing the skies to rumble with fear. Floods of

memories soared through her. A young red-headed girl, smiling,

running through fields of reds, pinks, violets, and blues.

A father, always close by. Chasing his little girl filled with

power unknown to the world. “Katrina.” Calls the voice.

Looking, walking, not knowing where her feet were taking her.

No, the earth, telling her to move forward. The old oak.

So tall, so strong. A place of warmth, glowing like the sun.

Leaves rustling wildly, branches reaching out towards her.

An image, a tall strong figure. Arms open, waiting, laughing,

wrapping around his red-headed girl. “Papa?” Calls Katrina,

staring at the old oak. “Free me, Katrina.” Her hands glow,

moving forward, inching closer. Feeling the heart of the oak.

“How?” She asks, so sure of who stood before her. “You will

know, at the witching hour.”

 

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