Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

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
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



The Book Thief by Markus Zusak [Review]

Posted October 1, 2016 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak [Review]The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 14th 2006
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Pages: 552
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It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

My Thoughts

This week, my school held parent teacher conferences. As I talked with my coworker, she mentioned how one mother had questioned her choice of reading The Book Thief with her class of high schoolers. I was surprised by how instantly offended I felt. What did this parent mean, why did she choose The Book Thief? In fact, why wouldn’t she choose The Book Thief? I guess I realized, in that moment, just how much The Book Thief means to me. This book has been around for awhile, but, if you haven’t read it, you need to.

The story follows a young girl through her trials and tribulations during WWII. For me, WWII is a fascinating time period to explore and learn about. This book makes you feel as though you were there, dealing with the bombings and anti-semitism. It made me laugh, but, more often, it made me sob. And the characters…I was attached to them all. I loved them despite their mistakes, and I adored watching them learn and grow within their war-torn world.

Then, there’s the writing. It’s, quite simply, beautiful. This book is so chock-full of quotes, I might as well have covered every page in sticky notes. To give you an idea, here’s a few:

“A small fact: You are gong to die…does this worry you?”

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

“I am haunted by humans.”

What’s most fascinating, however, is the point of view, but I’ll leave keep that a secret for you to find out when you read the book. Which, in all honesty, you really should do. This book makes in onto my all-time favorite books, and I find myself rereading it and cherishing it often.


Illuminae [Review]

Illuminae [Review]

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

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 […]