Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: 
Sylvain Neuvel
Series Name: 
Themis Files
Genre: 
Adult Sci-Fi
Publication Date: Oct 20th, 2016
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Del Rey
Rating:
4 and a half star

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The Themis Files is a deeply human story about a world-changing alien discovery.

17 years ago, a young girl named Rose fell through the ground in the Black Hills and found herself in an underground chamber filled with gleaming symbols, lying in the palm of a giant metal hand. Now a physicist, Rose leads a research team struggling to determine the hand’s origins. When another giant limb is discovered, she quickly devises a method for unearthing the hidden pieces, convinced there is an entire body out there waiting to be found.

Halfway around the globe, Kara watches helplessly as her helicopter shuts down over a pistachio field in Turkey. That’ll leave a mark, but she’s about to crash her way into what might be the greatest endeavor in human history.

This is a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts. Written as a series of interview transcripts, journal entries and mission logs, The Themis Files tells the tale of a handful of people whose lives are inexorably linked by the discovery of an alien device and the commotion that follows.

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This review doesn’t follow my normal format as originally it was meant to be a mini spoiler-free review but I’m now at around my normal word count for book reviews so I took ‘mini’ out of the title haha.

This book was the right amount of interesting and insane and I absolutely loved it! The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because I am giving book 2 & 3 the option to be even better!

Firstly, I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook. That is how I consumed this book and it is extremely well done, with a cast of voice narrators. This book is set out similar to The Illuminae Files meaning that it isn’t told in novel form but in a dossier of documents. I have spoken to some people that said they couldn’t get into this book because of this format. So for that, the audiobook is awesome. I don’t think I would have had a trouble with the physical book myself as I jumped straight into The Illuminae Files with no issue at all, so I don’t think this type of format bothers me.

I have no idea how but this book made me emotional from very early in the book. I didn’t know these characters, I didn’t know these people,  I didn’t know this world but I found myself tearing up at 16% into it! Also, teared up in two other stages of the book, but at this point, I was starting to know these characters and care. But that first time actually shocked me. I don’t generally cry or tear up in books except for absolute favourites like Harry Potter, The Illuminae Files, The Medoran Chronicles, etc. and it is never in the first book, it is usually a book or two into a series I am loving and really care about the characters that this happens. Oh and also World War 2 Historical Fictions, but who doesn’t get emotional with those, it’s fucking reality, anyway. This book is neither but something about it got to me. I don’t know why but damn.

The plot of this book was so good. There were so many shocking things that happened that it always keeps you guessing.

Because of how this book is set out we get to know the characters very well and I loved all of them except two which you aren’t meant to like. I still think their character was done well, but that doesn’t mean I like them.
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Okay, so I will start with Rose. She was probably the one we connect to least as she doesn’t have as many conversations as the others. But I really liked her. For some reason, I am picturing her like the old girl from the movie Paul, Tara Walton.
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I don’t know why because Rose isn’t even old. She is in her 30s apparently. But she just feels like a protective mother figure of sorts. Then there is also the similarities that both Tara & Rose find an alien something when they were a kid and then get reunited later in life. Anyway, I don’t really know why but that is who I picture as Rose haha. Besides that I like that she is smart, she questions things, she is protective and caring.
Next, we have Kara who is totally me! She is sarcastic, bitchy, doesn’t like being told what to do and doesn’t appreciate when people keep her in the dark. I absolutely love Kara, she is my soul sister but with fighting skills haha.
Next, Vincent, I didn’t love him at the start but grew to like him. He is intelligent, caring and determined.
Then we have the unnamed guy that kinda runs the show & is generally the one asking the questions in the discussions throughout the book. At the start, I didn’t like him either. It annoyed me that he never explained anything, but I came to realise the mystery is part of the book. Also, he is kinda cruel but I came to really enjoy him. He is resourceful, sarcastic without it seeming like sarcasm, he is smart and usually 5 steps ahead of everyone & he does end up caring about his team.
Elisa Papantonio (I have no idea if that is how it is spelt! If you have the physical book please let me know!) is the next one I will briefly talk about. I don’t want to spoil anything but this character is one that I do not like, even in the beginning I just couldn’t stand her personality and how she spoke about the project and the other characters.  Also, she reminded me of another movie character. This one I partial guess why but I won’t explain, I just wanted to share. She reminds me of Doctor Poison from the new Wonder Woman movie.
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Overall I really enjoyed this book. I love the characters and feel a connection with them. The plot & world is very interesting and I love learning about it. Also, I really enjoy the format of the book too. I think the dossier of documents is awesome. Lastly, the audiobook is awesome! Full cast narration and this format is a recipe for a perfect audiobook.

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Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Obsidio
Author: 
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series Name: The Illuminae Files
Genre: 
YA Sci-Fi
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Pages: 615 (Paperback)
Publishers: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Rating:
5 star

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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

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I love the covers of these books. Especially the hardcovers! I finally saw the hardcovers in person too! I had seen them on youtube and in photos, but never in person. I purchased the hardcover of Obsidio & also got a signed copy of the paperback, so I now have both. So now I have to go buy Illuminae & Gemina in Hardcover too. But I love how different the hardcovers are! I have never seen a hardcover with a plastic dust jacket before! It’s awesome.

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Absolutely amazing! This review will mostly be me gushing about this book as it was AMAZING! But, I do love the style of this book and the writing is fabulous. Obviously, this is an extremely unique book and when I first picked up Illuminae around 2 years ago I was worried it would be boring just reading documents & message conversations but these books are in no way shape or form boring! The format is executed brilliantly! It is easy to follow, you are never confused and this book is extremely gripping! I did not want to put it down once I started.

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The plot is action PACKED! There is always something going on and there are tonnes of twists and turns! Basically, none of which were expected! I think the plot twists are even more unexpected because of the format of the book. You don’t see them coming and then next thing boom you read video footage of it, or characters are IMing while it is happening and freaking out. It’s just so well done!

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The fucking characters are all perfection!! Now, if you haven’t read Illuminae & Gemina I would suggest not reading which characters I talk about as their presences will spoil events from Illuminae & Gemina as there are plenty of suspected deaths or near deaths in those first books.

Each book kinda has one main male & one main female, all of which are either ex’s or possible love interests. It didn’t take away from the story at all though and I actually enjoyed most of the romances, which is unusual as I am not a romance type person.

Firstly I’ll start with the girls! Kady Grant, Hannah Donnely & Asha Grant. These girls are special, determined, badass bitches but in the most realistic ways. They do freak out, there are times where the breakdown and think they can’t go on. But they still face their situations and grab them by the balls. Kady will always be my favourite and I think that is because she was the original one that was there right from the start but Hannah & Asha are very close behind her in terms of favourites. Kady is a kickass hacker (only bested maybe by the Little Spider, I’ll get to her soon!).
Hannah is a badass fighter who will beat your ass if you threaten part of her family. She is also extremely tactical and can devise plans in seconds. She is strong, but again shows weakness when things get too much. But when push comes to shove she get back up their and leads like a boss!
Asha is Kady’s cousin and she lost her mother during the other books. Even though she doesn’t really have an awesome skill that is their main feature like the other two girls she is still resourceful, strong and amazing. Asha feels like more of a ‘normal person’, she is just a pharmasist that was in the right place in the right time and survived that initial attack. Her bravery was shown in the fact that she lived through that attack, kept her head down and fought in the shadows.

Now outside of the main three females, we also have Ella Malikov, Nik’s cousin. I love the rep with her. She is a badass hacker, who happens to be in a wheelchair. She also gets hurt and is on oxygen for a large part of the book, so I liked seeing the portrayal of her having to deal with that and how the people around her reacted too. Besides all that, Ella is a sarcastic and a little rude, but totally hilarious character and I loved her so much.
We also have Captain Syra Boll. She was another realistic character. She was thrown into her position because of the events in previous books and she did the best she could. She always tried to do what was best for her team, she tried to always take the opinions of people who may know more than her within fields she isn’t trained, even if they were only a 17 year old and everyone else thought she was off her rocker to be taking advice from ‘kids’. She was a strong leading female figure in this book and I really liked her.
We also had Sergeant Yukiko Oshiro who in the beginning I didn’t like but she redeemed herself a bit in the end. She had been working planetside since the initial attack. She followed her orders and put on a face of indifference when orders were given that she didn’t fully agree with. She tried to teach Rhys to do the same, to just keep his head down, follow orders and there won’t be problems. Of course I didn’t like her though, she was Bei-Tech and was part of the team that killed so many people. So you automatically don’t like her. But yes, I did think she made up for it a little in the end.
Next I just want to do a quick mention of Captain Winifred McCall who makes the best prep speech I have ever read. Seriously, I will leave a quote below!

“There is a moment just after the die is cast and before it lands upon the gaming table in which the smallest breeze may change its course-the way it rolls where it comes to rest. 
That is what we must do today. We must give our all to ensure that when the die does come to rest, it favors us. We are fighting today for all the loved ones we have lost, for all the loved ones far away we hope to see again and for those here with us, who know we are their only hope.”

Now, onto the males! Again we have our three main male characters. Ezra Mason, Nik Malikov & Rhys Lindstrom. Out of these, I think Nik & Ezra tie for favourite for me and then Rhys is just behind. Ezra is a fighter pilot who is completely underestimated by most of the people aboard because he is a ‘kid’. They all suffer this agist (like racist, but with age, is that a thing??) view for older characters but Kady & Ezra the most. Ezra is also extremely caring to all he considers family.
Nik is not really underestimated but strongly judged. He and Ella come from criminal family, so no one trusts them. Mostly Nik though. Ella got away with it more as she was always in the background, in a room somewhere out of view working on her computer, so she was less noticed I guess, so she didn’t get the judgement as much. Whereas Nik was fairly well out front and centre and no one would give him a chance except those that actually got to know him. Now, as I said he comes from a criminal background, but he doesn’t really fit the mould most of you would be thinking of when ‘criminal’ is involved. He isn’t really thuggish or brutal. He is fairly kind and caring. He does go a little far sometimes, especially if someone insults or makes comments in relation to Hannah and his relationship with her. There were noses broken at one point. He never really fights without reason, but he does fight. But like I said, he is still extremely caring and also very careful at times (parachute, if you have read, you will understand!). I also love Nik’s banter with his cousin Ella. It is hilarious and even though there was less of it in this book, it was still great.
Rhys was probably the least fleshed out character out of all. He was obviously new to the story in this book but also I just didn’t feel like we had as much background with him as the others. Yes, he was Bei-Tech & Like with Oshiro, I wanted to hate him automatically, but it was obvious pretty early that he didn’t agree with what was going on. He was an engineer and soldier who hadn’t been on the field until the events in this book and had no idea what was actually going on. When he began to find out it really showed his humanity compared to some of the other trigger happy assholes. He questioned things that he didn’t agree with even if that meant he was reprimanded. He hesitated when being ordered to do things he didn’t agree with. He even tried to stand up against things to his superiors when shit really when bad. That is why the automatic hatred didn’t last too long. He was also intelligent, resourceful and extremely caring.

Now, for the none MC male characters. Firstly I want to talk about Isaac Grant. He is Kady’s father & Asha’s uncle and I absolutely loved him! He was an amazing father figure in this book. He was funny, loving and even in the middle of all this crap he was still trying to stick to what he believed. Even if that was simply his dislike for swearing. It was hilarious reading IMs where Kady, Ella or Hannah would swear and his instant reaction wasn’t to what they were talking about it was ‘watch your language, young lady’. He even tried it with some of the older members during group convos and it was funny watching him accept that he was being totally ignored. Then there was that one time when shit was so bad, but he was like ‘fine, …….’ and swore himself. It just made me laugh every time. Now the next little bit is spoilery to an event in Obsidio which I feel like you need to read yourself and let it break your heart through the story, so skip the next part that is in bold. Okay, so I just had to talk about this as it left me in tears and I am tearing up right now writing this! But as I said he was an amazing father figure, but it extended past his own daughter to both Hannah, Ella and I’m assuming Asha, but we didn’t actually see that part. Anyway, he was so loving and supportive to those girls and then after he found out that Ella had lost her father during all this he offered himself to her as a father figure if she needed him. He helped her when no one else had the time and then ended up adopting her in the end. Isaac Grant is an amazingly beautiful character and he is one of my favourite ever male side characters.

Now lastly, we need to address the “elephant in the room before it steps on someone”. AIDAN. I don’t really know what to say about it really. It is a psychotic and extremely creepy artificial intelligence that is learning to think like a human. He has a disturbing crush on Kady and likes to kill thousands of people. Yet I still can’t hate him really. He only kills thousands because he sees it as a sacrafice. Kill a thousand, to save three thousand. That is his logic and even though no one likes to admit it, he is kinda right, even if the execution is brutal and heat breaking. He saved them all on mulitple occasions so I can’t really hate him. Fuck, even I’m calling it a ‘him’ now. I’m just going to leave it at that for him.

Well that is it for the characters I think! I can’t think of anyone else I really want to talk about. I know that section is ridiculously long, but there are alot of amazing characters I just need to talk about!

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Overall this book is amazing, this series is amazing and I love everything about it! I already want to reread it! The writing and format are sooo well done. The plot is action-packed and intense and the characters are superb. I do think I liked this book a little more than Illuminae and Gemina honestly. It was the perfect conclusion for this series and I couldn’t be happier and sadder about that!

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Shatter Me
Author: 
Tahereh Mafi
Series Name: Shatter Me
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publication Date: Oct 2nd, 2012
Pages: 338 (Paperback)
Publishers: HarperCollins
Rating:
4 star

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Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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Absolutely gorgeous! Have no idea what the meaning it to do with the book but they are really nice covers!

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I really enjoyed the writing of this book. It was descriptive and easy to follow. The writing also flowed well. I did enjoy the words that parts that were crossed out. It was an interesting addition and a lot of the time it was used for things that Juliette didn’t think she should be thinking if that makes sense. At times it made it easier to understand her as we had those little extra bits of information. This happened mostly through the first half of the book and in the last half it was only every now and then.

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To be completely honest it’s a little predictable. A girl with a dangerous power and being locked up and then saved by someone who wants to use her for torture or getting information from others (very Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken vibes). Even though it was kinda predictable I did enjoy it. The only thing I didn’t love was the romance. As I say in every damn post, I don’t like reading about romances, especially in Fantasy books. If I am reading a fantasy/sci-fi I want the main focus to be the events and the world but a lot of time in this book the romance was the main focus and that is just not something I enjoyed. The romance was a little iffy for me too. I get that they knew of each other before the events in this book but in reality, it was ‘know of’ them before not actually knowing them. So for that reason, I would definitely call this instalove. Also slightly a love triangle which neither I am definitely not a fan of!

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Juliette was an okay character. I did like that even after everything she has been through she is still trying to be a good person at heart. Adam was enjoyable, he is kind and caring and would do anything for the people he cares about. Warner is the last of the major characters and I don’t like him in the slightest. I will never agree with a character like him who is just cruel and expects to get everything he asks for. He acts like he is patient and caring but he is actually cold, calculating and twisted. I feel like he is written and feels a lot older than he is as well. He is around 19 I think but he is kinda written as a creepy older man.

So as I said there is a slight love triangle in this book. I hate it, I don’t care who the characters are, I don’t like it. But especially with these character as Warner is just cruel and an animal and I don’t understand at all how anyone could even consider him as a love interest.

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Overall, I enjoyed the story and the world a lot but the romance I didn’t like in the slightest. The writing was also enjoyable. I didn’t love Juliette, she was just okay and Warner was horrible, but also the perfect bad guy I guess. I did enjoy Adam though, so at least there is 1 out of 3 I like. I probably won’t be continuing this series soon, but I do want to as I want to know what happens next and I’m just hoping the romance improves!



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In Time & Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken – Spoiler Free Reviews

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Title: In Time
Author: 
Alexandra Bracken
Series Name: The Darkest Minds
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian
Publication Date: July 16th, 2013
Pages: 89 (eBook)
Publishers: Disney Hyperion
Rating:

4 and a half star

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Don’t miss this exciting short story that connects The Darkest Minds to its much-anticipated sequel, Never Fade

Gabe’s life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skiptracer. This already almost impossible task is made all the more difficult by his first score, a young girl who won’t speak, but who changes his life in ways he could never imagine.

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This book is the prequel to Never Fade and comes between The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. It doesn’t follow one of the characters we know, which I enjoyed! Seeing this from a whole new perspective was really interesting, especially from the perspective of someone older than Ruby and the Psi ‘kids’. It also helped as I waited until just before I read Never Fade to read this rather than back when I read The Darkest Minds, so it made for a good way to get back into the world before diving into Never Fade. It also fills in a bit of a blank about one of the character’s whereabouts too. I highly recommend reading this before Never Fade if you haven’t read it yet!



Title: Never Fade
Author: 
Alexandra Bracken
Series Name: The Darkest Minds
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian
Publication Date: Oct 15th, 2013
Pages: 507 (paperback)
Publishers: Disney Hyperion
Rating:
4 and a half star

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Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

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You can find my review for The Darkest Minds HERE and I would suggest reading it before this review as my thoughts haven’t changed and I don’t feel the need to explain myself twice, saying the same thing.

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The cover of this book did not make sense to me until just now! Well, I’m guessing that it’s meant to represent Jude’s Compass.
Even those these covers aren’t as nice to look at as other I still like them as they simply represent different parts of the book. The first book has the Psi symbol and this one has Jude’s compass. The last book has a Crescent Moon which I’m guessing we will learn the meaning of in book 3.

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My thoughts on the writing in Never Fade are the same as they were for The Darkest Minds! I still would like a map so I could easily follow the travel in the book! But again I’m guessing they didn’t bother as it was only set in America, not a made-up world.

This book as a bit slow to read. I don’t mean that the plot was slow, but the actual book. It took me a lot longer to read that other 500 page books have taken me. As I’m not using BookOut I can accurately see how much time exactly I have been reading each book and this one took me a total of 12 hours and normally a 500 page book takes about 7-8hrs. At the start, it kinda felt like I was reading and getting nowhere. After about 60% though it felt like it picked up, I think that was because there was more happening in the book and it distracted me from how long it was taking me to read the book.

I recently read Zero Repeat Forever and my mind was mixing them up when it came to where the Head Quarters was located. In Zero Repeat Forever it’s underground in the mountains and in this one it’s underground as well and I kept thinking of the location from Zero Repeat Forever when HQ was mentioned in this book! It was quite confusing..

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These books are very action packed and never has a dull moment!
That plot twist at the end though! Actually, there were 2 big shocks right at the end that I was not expecting! Well, to be honest, this whole book was unpredictable, I would think I knew what would happen and was completely wrong! Every time!

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My view of Ruby & Clancy hasn’t changed. I still like Ruby and I still hate Clancy.

It’s hard to talk about any of the returning characters really without spoilers for both this book and the end of The Darkest Minds. So I’m not going to talk about them.

Jude was really sweet, but he was also really shy but never quiet! I really enjoyed him as a character and it was good seeing a character that showed their fear, it added that bit of realisticness around Ruby & Vida.
Vida was awesome too! At the start, she was a bit of a bitch but she is fierce and stubborn. Sometimes she let her anger get the better of her but still, she is a badass!
Cole was a bit of a jerk really. He acted so full of himself most of the time and the ‘jokes’ acting like no female could resist him, that really pisses me off.

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I really enjoyed this book, a bit better even than The Darkest Minds. The writing is great as always and the world and world building are amazing. The plot was great and so action packed! The characters are mostly great excluding Cole whose personality just irritated me and also obviously excluding the ‘bad guys’. Overall an Amazing book and addition to the series!



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Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

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Title: Zero Repeat Forever
Author: 
Gabrielle Prendergast
Series: The Nahx Invasions
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian
Publication Date: Oct 1st, 2017
Pages: 496 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Australia)
Rating:
3 and a half star

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He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armoured Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival depends on trusting each other…

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So there are 2 covers that I have mainly seen. I  like both of them, but the other one, which I will put a pick of below, is definitely nicer to look at. Okay, so the one above, I like that the girl in the picture actually fits the description of Raven as it’s ridiculous how often that is not the case (just look at all the editions of Anna and the French Kiss). I also like that as soon as you see the above cover you know it is going to be Sci-Fi dystopian as it represents the story really well.
The below cover is my favourite just because it is a lot more simplistic and that’s what I prefer. The Dandelion I get but I don’t really get what the gold liquidy looking stuff is. But I still do prefer this cover!

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I really liked the writing and the POV. I enjoyed the Multi POV a lot and I am so glad it was done this way. I’m pretty sure that without the POV of Eighth/August this book would have felt completely different. And especially your opinion of Eighth/August would have been really off without it. So I’m really glad we got to see his thoughts and how he works!

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I really hope that the next book will be from the POV of Xander & August. That would be really cool as he is an intriguing character. As Raven is out of the question for POV at the moment and having the entire thing from August’s POV would get a bit monotonous I think. I hope they do that.
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But besides the POV, I really enjoyed the writing, at first, it was a little confusing when in Eighth POV with the talking because at first, it wasn’t obvious that the Nahx don’t talk and that the words in italics were the meaning of the hand gestures they use to communicate but after I figured that out I didn’t have any trouble at all.

The world building is really good and very vivid. I never had an issue imagining a scene or setting because of how well the world was explained.

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So to be completely honest the first basically half of this book was a little dull. But the second half was pretty crazy! Even though there was a bigger chunk of time that they were sitting and not doing much there was still a lot of tension and information which filled up the time that otherwise would have been a bit boring.

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I did not like Raven that much. She used people and was never really honest about how she felt about people. She just led people on and let it go.
I can’t really talk about her too much as it would be really spoilery but I don’t love her at all.

Eighth/August was an okay character. It was interesting being in his head but he was still hard to fully understand at times. Like what was with his ridiculous devotion to people who didn’t give a damn who he was or about him. That I didn’t get but I also understand that basically his entire self and memories were taken away from him somehow and he was left as a completely blank canvas so his thoughts and everything isn’t exactly something that can be explained considering all that. But it didn’t still kinda annoy how he was about those two people.

Topher I hated. He is another one I can’t talk about without spoiling it. But also he fell victim to Raven’s using and complete dishonesty. So I also kinda feel bad for him in a way. But also he was pathetic too… So it’s hard to figure out whether I want to feel sorry for him or the people who have to deal with him.

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So I enjoyed the writing. The POV and the world building were both really good. I did enjoy the plot once we got past that half way point that was a bit dull. I didn’t love the characters, Eighth was probably the best and Topher was the worst. Raven wasn’t great either. So overall I did enjoy this book and will continue with the series but I did have a few problems with it and hope book 2 is better!



I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Simon & Schuster (Australia) & NetGalley for this opportunity.

Check out the Simon & Schuster Australia Website for details on the book!

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(Cover 1 is the pink and blue cover & Cover 2 is the black cover)

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The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Mime Order
Author: 
Samantha Shannon
Series Name: The Bone Season
Genre: YA Fantasy Sci-Fi
Publication Date: January 27th, 2015
Pages: 510 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Bloomsbury
Rating:

4 stars

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Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

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I still don’t like these covers. They aren’t horrible but they aren’t my favourite and I highly prefer the other editions!

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Okay, so the only issue I had with the writing in the last book was not understanding the terms! So every time I read a book I flip through the book and check the back of the book to see if there is a glossary, prequels, previews of the next book and that kinda thing!  But because I read it via eBook I couldn’t like flip through so I wasn’t aware there was a glossary at the back! So the terms were confusing at first, but I didn’t have this issue in this book as I already understand what all the terms and names mean now!

So because I didn’t have that issue this time, I really enjoyed the writing! These books are a bit slower to read and they take me forever! I can usually read a 500 page book in 2 days but this book took me like 5 days! But I don’t hate that, it’s still good but it was a little frustrating to try and read during a ReadAThon haha.

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I didn’t enjoy the plot in this book as much as the first book but it was still good. I feel like a lot of the middle of the book was just kinda filling time until we got to the bigger events. But I also didn’t mind those points because we got to know the characters a lot better, so that was really good!

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Okay, so it will be hard to talk about certain characters without spoiling the first book. So I will talk about the MC as obviously, she is still here! But as for the others, I am not going to talk about them. But I do enjoy all the characters whether I enjoy them as the bad guys or good guys!

So the MC! Paige is an awesome character. She is a badass and will do anything for what she thinks is right! She is also really resourceful and always has some crazy idea up her sleeve! She is an awesome badass female MC!

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I really enjoyed this book! I didn’t love it as much as The Bone Season, but it was still really good! The characters are great and I love Paige. The world is intense and full on and I love it! I’m a massive epic fantasy fan and this is a really good extreme world! The writing is amazing. The book is slow and the plot was a bit slower than the first book and that is the main reason I didn’t rate it higher.



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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Bone Season
Author: 
Samantha Shannon
Series Name: The Bone Season
Genre: YA Fantasy Sci-Fi
Publication Date: August 20th, 2013
Pages: 466 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Bloomsbury
Rating:
4 and a half Star

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The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

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So I’m not in love with this cover but it’s alright. I prefer the over set of covers and if I purchase this series that is the ones I will buy!

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So I enjoyed the writing but I did have one issue and that was the lack of explanation of certain words in the book. However, I do know now that there is a Glossary in the back of the book though which is handy! But as I am reading the eBook I didn’t know it was in the back of the book until someone else told me it was there. Which is the frustrating thing about eBooks, you can easily go back and forwards and look at the glossary. I do like the glossary though as it is pretty extensive!

So as for the writing itself once I got into the book a bit I really enjoyed it. Without the glossary, the start of the book was a little confusing and a little hard to get into but once I got past the start of the book I really enjoyed the writing, it was fast paced for the majority of the book and dragged you in!

Another thing that annoyed me about this eBook itself is that it has the prequel in it, The Pale Dreamer, which is fine but The Pale Dreamer comes before The Bone Season and they put it at the back of the book!

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So as I said this is a fast paced book and there is a lot of stuff going on in this book! There are tonnes of twists and turns in this book which always kept it interesting! I was a bit iffy about this book just being another typical dystopian but it was fairly unique! It does contain a few tropes but the overall plot was really interesting and so was the world.

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I liked Paige, she was brave and strong and would always try and do what was right for the people around her. She also developed in this book and became even more caring and determined in the end. She always did everything she could and pushed herself until breaking if it meant trying to save herself or others.

Julian, I enjoyed even though we didn’t get to know him a tonne but he never cared about the consequences for himself as long as he was helping others. Liss I really enjoyed too, she put herself at risk to give some advice and food to a newbie!

I don’t like Jaxon. We mainly only see him in memories throughout the book but I don’t like him. I liked that there was a character named Eliza (same as myself) but we didn’t see her a tonne so I can’t really comment. I just like that I’m starting to find the name Eliza being used in books more. I did like Nick, I think, he was caring and protective but I need to know more about him, so hopefully, we will see him more in the next book.

I can’t talk about a few people as it will kinda give away spoilers so I’m going to leave it here.

But also can I just say the character development in this book was done so well!

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I really enjoyed this book! The character development was awesome! The world was so interesting and unique! The pacing was really good and this book drags you in and doesn’t let you leave! I can’t wait to get to book two!



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