Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Queens of Fennbirn
Author: 
Kendare Blake
Series Name: 
Three Dark Crowns
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2018
Pages: 232 (Paperback)
Publishers: Pan Macmillan
Overall Rating:
3 and a half star

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Uncover the sisters’ origins, dive deep into the catastrophic reign of the Oracle Queen, and reveal layers of Fennbirn’s past, hidden until now.

The Young Queens

Get a glimpse of triplet queens Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine during a short period of time when they protected and loved one another. From birth until their claiming ceremonies, this is the story of the three sisters’ lives…before they were at stake.

The Oracle Queen

Everyone knows the legend of Elsabet, the Oracle Queen. The one who went mad. The one who orchestrated a senseless, horrific slaying of three entire houses. But what really happened? Discover the true story behind the queen who could foresee the future…just not her own downfall.

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So I liked one story more than the other, so I’m just going to break this review into 2 mini-reviews for each story.

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3 star

This was my least favourite of the two stories. While it was interesting, I honestly didn’t think most of it was that important. My favourite part of this one is right at the beginning when we get to meet the previous Queen as she is giving birth to the three queens we meet in Three Dark Crowns. That bit was quite interesting and did explain something that is discovered at the end of Three Dark Crowns. Besides that part, the rest of this story just kinda heightens how cruel this whole royal system is in this world. The rest of this story didn’t really shed any light on anything or really serve a purpose, so I didn’t find it overly necessary or entertaining.

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4 and a half star

This story follows a previous queen that we hear mentioned often throughout Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne books. There is a lot of disturbing rumours about what happened during that queen’s rule. This story basically explains what actually happened. And HOLY SHIT. First off I loved the characters, I connected with them all straight away and considering how short the story is, they were very well developed and thought out. By the end of this story, I actually felt like stabbing someone. Just the intense as hell stuff that happens in this story!! My god, I was so angry by the end of it.
This is definitely a story that drags you in from the first chapter and you end up so invested in the characters that when something happens to them you can’t help being sad/angry/etc.

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Scythe
Author: 
Neal Shusterman
Series Name: 
Arc of a Scythe
Genre: 
YA Sci-Fi
Publication Date: Nov 22nd, 2016
Pages: 443 (Paperback)
Publishers: Walker Books
Rating:
4 and a half star

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Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

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I just love this book honestly. But the writing is definitely my favourite part. This book makes you question so many things. For one, you can vividly see how this could be us in the future, which is scary as hell honestly. There is a lot of discussions around morality and mortality/immortality in this book. It just basically makes you question everything and I loved it.

The world building is amazingly done. Like I said it is extremely vivid because of how close to reality it is but also all those differences just stand out. We basically learn through Citra & Rowan being bought into the world of the Scythes and also through the Scythe Journal Entires.

Speaking of the Scythe Journal Entries, I really enjoyed them. They always gave you that bit of background, something to think about and just let you dive a little deeper into the mind of that specific person.

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While the plot was a bit slower at times, there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested. Besides one major thing that I guessed before even picking up the book, the plot was not predictable. Whenever there was a twist, it was generally something extremely shocking and there was no way to prepare for that thing to happen!

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We follow two POV in this book, Citra & Rowan. While I did enjoy Citra as a character a bit more than Rowan, I did like reading from Rowan’s POV because of his situation.

Citra is a more of the strong and intelligent one and then Rowan is a little questionable at times. He goes through a tonne of character development and while I didn’t always agree with how that was turning out there were times when I 100% agreed with his choices.

As for the Scythes, we have our ‘good guys’ & our ‘bad guys’. Scythe Faraday was an interesting character and I enjoyed his methods. It just felt like there were more thought and reasoning behind Faraday’s choices than some of the others.
Scythe Curie is a wise woman and can usually judge what is best. She is loyal and caring and I really enjoyed her.

As for the ‘bad guys’, while I wouldn’t like them as people as they are horrible, I did enjoy them as characters. They were very well done and you couldn’t help but hate them. However, I did find myself agreeing with some of the main ‘bad guy’s opinions, I didn’t agree with his methods though. He also totally got what was coming for him.

The only weak point of this book is the romance. It quite simply didn’t feel natural. I found them connecting as characters but it kinda jumps straight into a potential romance and it just didn’t feel right.

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I loved everything about this book excluding the romance. It is such an interesting, unique and well developed world. The characters are amazingly done and the plot is a little slow but worth it for all the twists and turns throughout! Highly recommend.

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: This Mortal Coil
Author: 
Emily Suvada
Series Name: 
This Mortal Coil
Genre: 
YA Sci-Fi
Publication Date: Nov 2nd, 2017
Pages: 450 (Paperback)
Publishers: Penguin Random House
Rating:

5 star

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When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta’s death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world’s leading geneticist, and humanity’s best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole’s genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine.

Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world’s genetic tech. But it’s too late to turn back.

There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can save them, and one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything.

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Just picture the most epic book with more twists and turns than chapter headings that you know? Got one, cool, now picture that book on Steroids…. Ladies & Gentlemen I present…… This Mortal Coil.

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The only way I can describe this book is insane (in the best way possible).

The writing is amazing! This book hooks you from the first page and does not let you go! There are tonnes of brilliantly done world building. It is done in a way that you feel like you know everything you need to, but it was never excessive info dumping. Besides the world building that sets the scene at the beginning of the book we mostly learn as the main character learns new things. The world building was so vivid and I wasn’t left disappointed at all.

This book is pretty heavy on the coding/technology side of Sci-Fi. Which is something I personally don’t know jack crap about. However everything was very well explained in this book, I never found my self utterly confused about anything that was discussed in this book. Again it didn’t feel like info-dumping, we were given enough to understand what we needed to in that particular moment and then we moved along.

My only issue with this book is that I didn’t like the romance (I know, no surprise there, I just don’t like romance, but…). I simply felt like the two in the romance didn’t have chemistry between them. I kinda get it in some ways because of, well of everything I can’t talk about without spoiling you. But yeah I just didn’t feel an actual connection. There is also a love triangle, also didn’t enjoy that…

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I started This Mortal Coil before I started annotating my books and when I jumped back in I didn’t bother annotating only the last half of it. I’m so glad I made that choice! With the number of twists & turns in this book, I would have run out of orange sticky tabs easily (the colour I use for shocking/unexpected)!!!

This entire book is full of smaller things that are shocking and crazy. But then at the end it all comes together and is explained, to some degree. Everything had a purpose, it didn’t feel like plot twists just for the sake of plot twists! They had meaning and there was an overall plan from the beginning.

Absolutely love the plot! It kept me interested for the entire book!

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I really don’t feel like I can talk about the characters too much. Some of it would lead to spoilers & some I just can’t put into words because life in this book is confusing and all over the place and I don’t know what to think.

However, I do enjoy the characters, there are all so well done, even the questionable/bad guys. All the characters are fleshed out really well and each by themselves is interesting and unique.

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I loved nearly everything about this book! It is such an interesting world that is fully developed and explained amazingly. The characters are amazing as characters even if not all of them are amazing people. The plot was intense and a little crazy, okay a lot crazy. I can’t wait to get my hands on book two!!

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Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Grace & Fury
Author: 
Tracy Banghart
Series Name: 
Grace & Fury
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: July 31st, 2018
Pages: 320 (Paperback)
Publishers: Hodder Children’s Books (Imprint of Hachette Australia)
Rating:
4 star

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Bold, brutal and beautiful, this is a must-read with the glitter and romance of The Selection and the thrilling action and intrigue of Red Queen.

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive.

Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace – selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman.

But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything.

Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win?

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First I want to talk about the feminist situation. While I do agree that there are feminist ideals in this book, I don’t think that it was any more feminist than other books I have read that aren’t specifically labelled as feminist. I think because we are told from the start that this book is feminist I just noticed it more because I was looking for it. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing but I just wanted to bring it up as this book is labelled as feminist every time I hear it talked about.

Now as for the actual writing, it was fine. I don’t have anything necessarily bad or good to say about it. The pacing was fine and it was a very quick and easy read but the writing also didn’t wow me in any way.

The world, however, is very well developed and vivid.

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Like I said in the writing section, the book was a quick mostly fast paced read. There were the odd slower bits but they weren’t enough to annoy me. There were plenty of twists and turns and for the most part, I didn’t see them coming. There was the odd time I had the feeling that something was off but couldn’t actually guess what it was until after it was revealed.

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I’ll only talk about the 2 MCs as I feel like talking about the others too much would mean being extremely vague or giving away spoilers even if it is just about the type of people they are.

Serina was my lesser favourite of the 2 sisters at the start but I did grow to enjoy her and liked her more in the end. While I didn’t necessarily agree with her all the time I mostly liked her as a character.

Nomi I enjoyed more in the start but liked less in the end because of her choices and the way she went about things. I guess she was just thinking of the bigger picture but then also risking a certain person she cares about alot?… That really didn’t make sense to me.

The romances were my least favourite part of the book. I won’t say names but I felt like one was slightly more realistic than the other. One felt like instalove, there was even one hint of marriage whereas the other had a little more building and wasn’t really love, more caring for each other and I don’t remember any proclamations of love from this couple. One of them was also slightly a love triangle as one of the girls has conflicting thoughts about who she should be attracted to. So my thoughts when said love triangle started developing were ‘please god no, I did not sign up for this crap!’.

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So while this wasn’t an absolute favourite, I did enjoy myself reading it and it was pretty easy and quick. There were things I liked and things I didn’t but hopefully book 2 will remedy some of those dislikes because I do find the world very interesting and developed and I do really want to see what happens next!

Trigger Warnings: Attempted sexual assault/rape.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: 
V.E. Schwab
Series Name: 
Shades of Magic
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 27th, 2015
Pages: 384 (Paperback)
Publishers: Titan Books
Rating:
5 star

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Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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“Hesitation is the death of advantage.”

This was my second experience with Victoria Schwab’s writing (first being the Monsters of Verity Duology). I enjoyed her writing when I first read one of her books, but I think I enjoyed it, even more, this time around. She has the ability to get to the point and move along quickly to keep the book feeling well paced but also takes enough time to build and develop the world and characters. She created a very vivid world (well worlds, plural,  actually) in this book. However, it was in no way info dumping. We gradually learn about each London and it’s done in a way that feels natural rather than just for the sack of world building.

I also really enjoyed the way the characters were introduced and developed. Even in this first book of the series all the characters we meet feel fleshed out and realistic. Nothing felt forced or fake about these characters or their relationships with each other.

This is also a book that has the right amount of romance for me. As in very little. In A Darker Shade of Magic, not once did I feel like the romance was taking over the plot of the book. It felt natural and for once the characters were more focused on the world ending than their relationship. That is a pet hate for me in YA books. Characters just go off and do romantic or sexual crap when the world is falling apart around them, yet they claim to be helping. That was not the case in this book. The characters had their priorities straight for once!

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In the beginning, the plot was a little slow. However, it was done well. In the beginning, the author is setting the scene and things are happening but you can’t make the connections. Then at around 1/4 of the way into the book, we dive straight into the action. From then on out the book is full of action, mystery & twists and turns.

“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”

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First off me have Lila, who I loved and also she reminded me or myself. For one thing, she has a sarcastic attitude, which is totally me. She is also funny at the perfect times, which while I’m not going to toot my own horn by saying I’m the same, I do amuse myself with my well-timed jokes, whether other people find it funny, well I don’t particularly care haha.

“I apologize for anything I might have done. I was not myself.”
“I apologize for shooting you in the leg.” said Lila. “I was myself entirely.”

She also has an awesome attitude to life. She doesn’t let anyone tell her what she can’t do, she takes opportunities when they come along and she tries to live life to the fullest even if that means risking her own neck.

“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
“Seen what?”
Her smile widened. “Everything.”

Next, we have Kell who is such an amazing character. He is one of those characters that is just straight out good. He is caring, loving and protective even when he doesn’t know people fully. His relationship with his brother Rhy is amazing! I love strong family dynamics in books and even though the whole situation between them is a little rough they care about each other fiercely. They try and keep each other on the right track (even if it doesn’t always work) and they protect each other with everything they have.

Kell wore a very peculiar coat.

It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course, impossible.

Rhy, Kell’s brother, we only actually see a couple times in the book. However, in that short time we do, I really liked him. Like I said above I really enjoy his and Kell’s relationship. He is another simply good guy in this book (There were 3). He is kinda sweet an innocent some of the time but then he is also a bit of a troublemaker and wants to have fun. He is also just so nice and cares so much.

Holland is a questionable character. While I don’t agree with some of the things he does, I don’t hate him either. He is a mysterious character and I hope we get to learn more about him.

Lastly, I want to talk about Barron, who only have a small role in the book. I loved him! He is my 3rd good guy type character. He is so nice and just wants to help those in need. He is one of those people that would do anything to help someone even if he doesn’t really know them. What happened to him throughout the book killed me, like a lot. I won’t say anything more as I don’t want to spoil anyone.

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Overall I really enjoyed this book. There is nothing I can complain about or that I didn’t enjoy. The writing, world building, character development and plot are all amazing. The characters are so well done and just amazing people! I love it!
I did read this as part of the A Darker Shade of ReadALongs which is hosted by Common Spence on YouTube. So I won’t be reading Book 2 until next month! Which kinda sucks as I want to start it right now, but I will wait so I don’t get confused with what happens in which book during the discussion!

She considered him a moment before answering. “Delilah Bard,” she said. “But Lila will do.” Lila. A soft name but she used it like a knife, slashing out on the first syllable, the second barely a whisper of metal through air.

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Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Record of a Spaceborn Few
Author: 
Becky Chambers
Series Name: 
Wayfarers
Genre: 
Adult Sci-Fi
Publication Date: July 31st, 2018
Pages: 400 (Paperback)
Publishers: Hachette Australia
Rating:
4 star

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From the ground, we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope

The incredible new novel by Becky Chambers, author of the belovedThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat.

Tessa chose to stay home when her brother Ashby left for the stars, but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened.

Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn’t know where to find it.

Sawyer, a lost and lonely newcomer, is just looking for a place to belong.

When a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who still call the Fleet their home can no longer avoid the inescapable question:

What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?

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*Throughout this whole review I will refer to the previous books in this series as ‘Book 1’ & ‘Book 2’ as the titles are just so long!
Book 1 = A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
Book2 = A Closed and Common Orbit

Okay, first off. I did receive an eARC of this book, however, I did not read the eARC, I waited for the audiobook to release and listened to that. I listened to the first two books in this series on audiobook & when I tried reading this book, it just didn’t feel right. So I waited 2 days and listened to the audiobook.

I highly recommend the audiobooks for this series! They are really well done and I enjoy them a lot. It also may make it easier to read via audiobook as this is a slower, very character driven series with not a tonne of huge plot points. So the audiobooks were awesome.

Next, I didn’t like this one as much as the first two books in the series. This series is made up of companion novels. So we follow different characters in each book. Book 1 followed the crew of a ship with the main character being a human woman. The next book follows an AI that we meet in book 1 and her adventures after the events of book 1. This book does not follow any of the characters we have met before and also takes place directly after book 1. So the events of Book 2 & Book 3 actually happened at the same time. Which I thought was interesting.

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As for why I didn’t like this one as much as the first two. I think the main thing is because this one follows multiple points of view. In Book 1 we follow 1 POV in Book 2 we follow 2 POV and in this one we follow 5 (well 6 actually but the 6th is actually a characters documentation of meeting with humans. It made it a little more difficult to connect with the characters. We still get to know them but I just didn’t have that same connection that I had with the MCs from Books 1 & 2.

I did enjoy that we got to meet another species up close in this book. We meet a Harmagian named Ghuh’loloan. So that was really interesting. In previous books, we met other species but hadn’t gotten to know a Harmagian before. I love how other species react to humans sometimes. It’s amusing as! In Book 2 another species (I can’t remember which it was) meets a human and the human cries and the other species freaks out. It was just hilarious.
All of the species in this book are so thought out and written so well that they feel real.

In this book we explore more of the human side of things and how they are living in space however many years after they had to leave earth. We also learn about some of the jobs and just how life runs there which was quite interesting.

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This one has very little plot to it. There is a rather big event that happens in the beginning and everything kind of stems from that. There are a couple other events that stem because of that event but the book is mostly about learning about the characters and their lives.

Because of the lack of plot, this book kinda stopped a little abruptly. I was just listening, looked down at my phone and realised I was on the last chapter. It still ended nicely but because there wasn’t a huge plot point and then a resolution and conclusion, it just didn’t feel like the end.

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I did enjoy all of our main characters. First, we have Isabel who works in the archives and lives with her Wife Tamsin. She is also the one that has the Harmagian, Ghug’loloan staying as a guest. I loved reading her interactions with Ghuh’loloan, there is a lot of sharing of info as the Ghuh’lolaon is very curious about the Exodans. I really enjoyed both Isabel & Ghuh’lolan & Tamsin too for that matter. Isabel is such a kind, intelligent person. Tamsin is a little more fun but also strong minded. I also just love Isabel & Tamsin together. They are an older couple but still go out and do ‘young people’ things together and have fun. Ghuh’lolan is really nice too and also amusing when it comes to interacting with other humans and things that humans see as normal.

Next is Tessa. Tessa is married to George & mum to Aya & Ky. Tessa is just living life, working and looking after her family, including her rather stubborn father. George is away for work so she is left to look after Ky & Aya. Ky is only 2, so he is very active and hilarious at excuses. Aya is I think around 6-8 I don’t remember and she is very strong-willed. Tessa is an interesting character but probably my least favourite out of the MCs. Just because I don’t feel like I got to know her as much as others.

Eyas is our next MC and she has quite an interesting job. I won’t go into details though. She is very passionate about what she does but it makes it difficult for her to make real connections. I love her friendship/thing with Sunny. It was very natural and he is just so nice. Eyas just wants to help wherever she can and do what she thinks is right.

Sawyer is an outsider that moves to the Exodus Fleet. He just wanted change and is just trying to figure out how to live in the Fleet. It’s fun watching him trying to navigate this new life & he just wants to fit into life with the Fleet.

Lastly, we have Kip. Who is a teenager, still going to school, trying to figure out what to do with life. He is quite a sensible and kind kid and tries to do right. He sometimes gets led astray by his friend, but he sorts it out in the end. He is a nice guy and just wants to find his place in the world. Well not world, in the universe.

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Even if I didn’t love this one as much as Book 1 & 2 I still loved it. It has an amazing diverse change of characters. EXCELLENT world building & unique ‘alien’ species. What more could you want from a heavy Sci-Fi. Usually, I complain when there is little plot but it just works so well with this series. Highly recommend the whole series!
I seriously hope this series gets more books in this world! It’s just so interesting! I would love to read from the POV of one of the alien species. That would be super interesting too.
Also just a note, you could read this one as a Standalone as it’s a completely new set of characters in a different area of the universe. It could be a little confusing as they do mention other species that don’t get explained in this one as we have already learnt all about them in the other books. But it could be done. But I do recommend the others.

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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.
*This is going to be tricky as I listened to the audiobook and don’t have a physical book, so I am just guessing spelling here. Usually, I check the Goodreads Synopsis for spelling but only Rose is mentioned there. *
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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