Author: Amie Kaufman

Gemina [Review]

Posted November 12, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 4 Comments

Gemina [Review]Gemina by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Pages: 659
Format: Hardcover, Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum may be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival. The fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

My Thoughts

*I will try to keep this review as spoiler free as I possibly can. If I have a spoiler, it will be hidden and you can read it if you want.*

Holy crap you guys! I wasn’t sure where they were going to take Gemina, especially since I knew it was going to be about different characters. But wow, was this great! I loved the new characters and we still got to see Kady and Ezra (& AIDAN) from Illuminae. I think I liked Illuminae better, but this was still a five star read, in my opinion!

I again, listened to the audiobook version and then flipped through the Hardcover throughout because seriously, guys, the audio versions of these books are just simply amazing! Hands down my favorite audiobooks of all time!

There was one time where I was crying on the way home from work and it was during one of Jackson’sView Spoiler » memos sent to the BeiTech director and even though in my heart I knew it had to be a lie, I still cried and I blame the pregnancy hormones on it. But I’m sure it will bring some tears to you guys too. But it was nothing compared to how I felt when I thought View Spoiler ».

I cannot wait for the third and final installment of this series and am so upset that it’s going to be a long, long year wait for us. But we still need a cover and title reveal so hopefully that will help! Seriously, if you guys have not yet started this series, what the hell are you waiting for?! It’s amazing and so worth it, I promise you!!!

Other Posts:

Illuminae Review

Lizzie’s Spoilerific Book Talk About Gemina

 

five-stars
Stephanie
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Illuminae [Review]

Posted July 25, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

Illuminae [Review]Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Pages: 599
Format: Hardcover, Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
Buy on AmazonBarnes & NobleThe Book Depository

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

My Thoughts

Holy shit was this book good! No, scratch that, it was great! I was immersed within this story and the layout was so beautiful. I listened to the majority of it with the audiobook, which is fantastic and I definitely recommend giving the audiobook a try! But even after listening to it, I went back to the physical book and went through it to look at the gorgeous layout and images that were within it. And seriously, this is one of my all-time favorite books! And I am so unbelievably happy that I stood in the 2.5 hour line for an ARC of Gemina at BEA this past May, because I will definitely be diving into Gemina this August for ARC August!

At first, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t get to love the characters since it was written as looking through a file. But even though you were reading a file, I still loved the characters! I was so happy that I loved the characters and you were still able to get the characterization and the plot while reading in this type of format. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff really made the epistolaric novel so unique and I think it breathed new life into the epistolary format, because, I personally love reading epistolary novels. I think they are wonderful!

This book keeps you on your toes! I felt like I was right there with Kady and Ezra and the feelings that this book takes you through, holy shit! Like, there was a time within this book that I had tears in my eyes (if you’ve read it, I’m sure you know exactly what part I’m talking about!). There were times within this book that I was laughing uncontrollably. And then there were the times were I was just so mindfucked. This is truly a spectacular book! If you have not read this yet, you need to get on this bandwagon! Because with all honesty, this book was BEYOND BRILLIANT!!!!

five-stars
Stephanie
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This Shattered World [Review]

This Shattered World [Review]

Posted September 18, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

So when I found out that the second book in the Starbound trilogy was NOT about Lilac and Tarver, I was upset. Because I loved them so much! And I was so upset to find out that I would not be going on adventures with them. But then I found out that it was a companion […]

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These Broken Stars [Review]

These Broken Stars [Review]

Posted April 23, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

“Major, to what extent did you act upon your feelings for Miss LaRoux?” “Medium.” “Excuse me?” “How am I supposed to answer that question?” I know a thousand different smiles, each with its own nuanced shade of meaning, but I don’t know how to reach the few feet away to touch this person next to […]

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