Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Book Review

obsidioRating: 3/5 stars

Genre: Sci-fi, YA

Published: 2018

***SPOILER ALERT*** This is the third book in a series. The following synopsis and review may contain spoilers for the first two books in the series.

Synopsis: 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.


I was kind of disappointed with this book. I absolutely loved Illuminae and likes Gemina, even though I didn’t love it as much. This one, I still enjoyed, but I did find myself unmotivated to read it. I actually had to get the audiobook in an attempt to finish it (which was a great option cause the audiobooks for this series are top notch). I eneded up listening to it and floowing along in my physical copy (which I think is the best way to experience this series. The reason I was unmotivated to read wasn’t that it was bad, but it was just so repetitive. It did the same things that Illuminae and Gemina did, so I felt like I read the same book 3 times, with slightly different names and locations. The first book was absolutely fantastic, it was new, it was exciting. But the rest of the series didn’t grow, it didn’t evolve. It was just the same thing over and over again and it became predictable.

My favourite parts of the book were by far the parts with AIDAN. Even though his story arc is also pretty repetitive and predictable, I just enjoy his character so much that I minded less than with everyone else. I still did enjoy the interactions between the old characters, although I have to say I didn’t really care much about the new characters introduced in this book. I didn’t dislike them, I just didn’t care about them. I found myself glazing over during their parts of the story. I think that was mainly because they were so similar to the other characters. Again, it’s like they found a template that worked in book 1 and then stuck with it.

The story was still action packed and I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the book, but I was definitely disappointed. I would even say there was less of less of a thriller aspect than in the previous books. I originally gave it 3.75 stars, but in hindsight, it really doesn’t deserve more than 3. It was entertaining, but disappointing. I find myself at a loss for what to say, really. Because the only thing that really struck me was how repetitive it was. nothing else really stood out and because it was so predictable, it didn’t really emotionally draw me in like the first book did.

 

September 2019 Wrap Up

I’m slowly coming out of my reading slump. The past few days, I’ve been reading 100+ pages a day, so I’m pleased. I was still pretty slumpy for most of the month, but I did manage to read 5 books.


The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

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This book was a pleasant surprise for me. I have already reviewed it, so you can check that out for more of my thoughts, but I enjoyed this book. It was exactly what I wanted to read. I was looking for an easy, fun YA to ease me back into reading after my huge slump. And this was exactly that. It wasn’t overly complex, it was fast paced, had adventure, had some cool magic, had some monsters and some corpses. I gave it 3.5 stars. I might even continue with the series. Who knows.

The Knife of Never letting Go by Patrick Ness

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I’ve been putting this off for ages. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it. I’m pretty over dystopians, this is quite an old book. But I mentioned in my end of the year TBR post that I would unhaul this if I hadn’t read it by the end of the year. So I decided to pick it up and ended up really enjoying it. I flew through it in a couple of days. It was constant action, it made me feel feels and it’s just great. I shouldn’t have doubted Patrick Ness having read A Monster Calls. 4/5 stars, will be continuing with this.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

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I’ve been meaning to re-read this series for a long time and I’m finally doing it. I listened to the audiobook which I really enjoyed. I feel like I wouldn’t have the patience to re-read it as a physical book because I’ve read the series 3 times and it’s not something that you can read quickly because of the writing style. But as an audiobook, I don’t feel like I’m cutting into the time I have to read books on my TBR. 5/5 stars of course and I will be carrying on with the audiobooks soon.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Finally finished this series. I was somewhat disappointed. It was kind of repetitive and predictable and I didn’t really find myself motivated to read it. I did enjoy it, especially once I got the audiobook and was both reading the book and listening to it. That is definitely what I recommend for this series if you’re able to. Because it’s just such an experience. But I was pretty underwhelmed by it story-wise. I gave it 3.75 stars, though in retrospect that was probably because I really enjoyed the experience of listening to the audio production and seeing the mixed media. It’s just really cool, but I think i reality, it’s closer to 3 stars.

Grief Is the Thing With feathers by Max Porter

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This was a weird one. I liked it but didn’t love it. I guess it’s hard to love something like this. But it was very weird and confusing at times. It is also very raw. And I feel like that’s an accurate portrayal of grief. Grief is weird and confusing and raw. I ended up giving it 3.5/5 stars.

Series I need to finish Part 3

Part 1 | Part 2

It’s been ages since I’ve done one of these and needless to say, I have a ton of new series that I need to finish. But I am proud to say that  I’ve either finished or decided I won’t continue most of the series in the previous posts (Except Daughter of Smoke and bone I’M SORRY! I’ll finish it one day, I promise!). In the interest of not making this post 100000 books long, I’ll limit myself to series that are completed as of right now.


The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

Still need to read the final book. I know. What am I doing? I even own it. I’m just not prepared for it okay. I’m not ready.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Same goes for Kingdom of Ash. I’m just not ready to read this book. I will. Sometime. I promise.

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I started reading Obsidio and wasn’t enjoying it as much as the previous books. I will probably enjoy it more once I get more into it, but I haven’t been in the mood for it.

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

I’ve read the first two books. I don’t like it as much as I liked PJ, but I want to read it so I can get on to the Apollo books. I’m still enjoying them, but I’m just not picking them up very frequently. I still have 3 books left 😦 I also don’t own them and I’ve been trying to not buy books until I get my TBR down a bit. So every time I think about getting the next one, I’m reluctant to because of that.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I’ve read the first two books. Just one more to go. I really enjoyed this series, so I need to get on with it! I know that there’re a new trilogy or a continuation and those are not all out yet. But I don’t know if I’m going to read that. I’ll decide once I’ve finished the original trilogy.

The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

Only read the first book. I didn’t love it as much as his other series. At this point, I do still want to continue with this series. But I might change my mind. We’ll see.

Dreamblood by N. K. Jemisin

Read the first book and really enjoyed it (though not as much as The Broken Earth). I still want to read the second one though.


Those are all the ones that I could remember. There are probably more. And more still that are ongoing, but I’ve yet to catch up with. But we’ll stop here. Cause I can already feel the anxiety mounting.

January-March 2019 Wrap Up

Ssooo… I have been severely neglecting my blog. It’s been a long few months. But I have actually read a decent amount of books. So be prepared for a massive wrap up.


Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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I started the year with a Brandon Sanderson book because that’s always a nice start to the year. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I enjoyed Mistborn. Which is what I was expecting anyway. I am wholly satisfied with this book and if there will ever be a sequel to it, I am here for it. It’s not as well written as Mistborn, but it has a fascinating magic system and I would love to learn more about it. 4/5 stars

Saga Vol. 1-3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

I’ve read quite a lot of graphic novels this year and I have been especially loving Saga. I’m trying to pace myself with reading it because it’s currently on hiatus and I don’t want to have to wait ages. But the world and story is just so cool and creative. The art is also nice, it’s not the best I’ve seen, but it’s very creative and it’s not by any means bad.

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

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I actually finished this series, but I read the final book in April, so I’ll save it for the next wrap up. But this was actually my favourite in the series. I mean, this whole series is just so good and underrated in my opinion. It’s one of the best sci-fi series I’ve read recently. I’ve reviewed the whole series if you want to know more of my thoughts. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Second Sanderson book of the year. I am on a roll with continuing with series/reading books by authors I know I enjoy. Which is something I’ve been wanting to do more. Not that I don’t like discovering new authors. But there’s just something satisfying about reading all or most of the works of an author. It just gives me a sense of accomplishment and when I also really love all the books, it’s even better. Anyway, I wasn’t disappointed by this one. I was a bit apprehensive because it’s a different genre from any of the other Sanderson books I’d read before, but I really shouldn’t have been. It was a bit slow to begin, but otherwise was great. I have a review of it if you want to hear more of my thoughts. 4.5/5 stars.

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

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I enjoyed this more than I liked The Lost Hero, but still not as much as I enjoyed the Percy Jackson series. I know it’s generally agreed that Percy Jackson is better, so I was expecting thins. But it does mean that I’m less inclined to get through them quickly. Which annoys me, because I really want to get to the Apollo books. 3.75/5

Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

This book wasn’t what I expected. I still enjoyed it, but it didn’t feel the same as the first one a d I definitely liked Vicious better. The most disappointing part of the book was the ending. It just was so anticlimactic. I gave it 4/5 stars, but now in hindsight it’s more of a 3.5 really.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Finally carrying on with this series! Once again, the physical book itslef was just a masterpiece. I think I like this one even more from that aspect, than Illuminae, because it’s blue and has drawings in it and blue is better than orange any day. I didn’t like the content as much as I liked Illuminae, but it was still pretty great. I have a review of this if you want to know more of my thoughts. 4/5 stars.

Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu

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Another graphic novel series I started this year. And it is so good. I’m struggling to pace myself, since there are only 3 volumes out at the moment and I don’t know when the next one will be out. But it’s such a cool world and story and the art is amazing! 5/5 stars

Avatar: The Last Airbender Graphic Novels

So… I re-watched the show again. I don’t have a problem, shut up. And after re-watching the show, I wanted more, so I re-read The Lost Adventures graphic novel. Then I re-read The Promise Part 1 and went on and bought The Promise Part 2 and read it as well. If graphic novels weren’t so expensive, I’d just binge read the lot of them, but alas…

The Broken Earth by N. K. Jemisin

Lots of re-reads for me so far. I listened to all of these on audio, because the audiobooks are amazing and this series is amazing and if you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for? I have both a spoiler free review and a spoilery rave if you want more of my thoughts on it.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

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My first Ursula K. Le Guin book. I audiobooked it and it was okay. I enjoyed it. But it was kind of… vague? I don’t know, I would have wanted more information about the world, about how the magic works and about what exactly was going on. It was just kind of vague. I know there are more Earthsea books, but I’m not sure they follow the same characters. I still enjoyed it, I gave it 3/5 stars, but I was just expecting more from it.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Finally, I listened to the final three Harry Potter books, because they’re like comfort food and I needed some comfort in my life.

Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann

29236299Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: Sci-fi, space opera, YA

First published: 2016

Author: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufmann

Synopsis: 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.

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 strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home.


Okay, the first one was better. But this was still one heck of a book. It took me a little bit longer to get into it than with Illuminae. But I had a blast reading it.

I loved Hannah and Nik every bit as much as I loved Kady and Ezra. I loved how Hannah was so badass but in a different way from how Kady was badass. The writing was as funny and engaging as ever, and the book format was even cooler than the first one in my opinion because it had some really nice drawings in it. These books are a work of art and I’m referring to the actual, physical item as opposed to the story. The format is brilliant and I felt like the drawings in this one took that a step further than the first book.

The plot is where the first book was superior. I feel like this one was a bit less… thrillery. It was by no means lacking in action or slow paced. Some things were a bit predictable, but mostly I think the creepiness and tension in the first book was… well creepier and more tense. I don’t want to say much cause spoilers, but let’s just say it got the blood pumping more. I think part of that is because epic space chase is just more exciting than hostage situation even if they’re space hostages. But the other part is that, in this one, you had bad guys. Like you knew who you were fighting and why. Well, mostly why. But in the first one, the antagonists were not quite as tangible, which made it creepier and more exciting to read.

This is a rather short review, but it’s really hard to say anything without spoilers, but this was a solid middle book and much better than your average YA. The story continues in this instalment, I loved seeing how it tied into the first one and I look forward to reading the conclusion to the series.

Do I Have That Book Challenge

I saw this tag on YouTube and I thought it was fun, so I’m gonna do it. I will link to the creator’s video.

This tag has 20 questions about what books I own. I feel it works better in video format. But Whatever, I still want to do it.


1. A book with deckled edges

YES. I may have more than one, but the one that comes to mind at the moment is Jesus Freaks by DC Talk.

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Couldn’t find a picture where you can see the deckled pages, but it’s got them. I promise.

2. A book with 3 or more people on the cover

YES! A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle. Has 3 people on it.

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3. A book based on another fictional story

Do I? Do I really? How about The Wrath and the Dawn? Arabian nights retelling. Percy Jackson? Magnus Chase? ACOTAR? Cruel Beauty? Could go on, but you guys get the point. I have A LOT of retellings.

 

4. A book with a title 10 letters long

I’m gonna say it has to be 1 word, just to make it more difficult. And I’m gonna go with Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

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5. A book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Starts and ends with a T. And just because I know some people are going to be picky about me including the article, here’s another: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

6. A mass market paperback

Yes. All of my Lord of the Rings and one of my copies of The Hobbit.

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7. A book by an author using a pen name

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. His real name was Charles Dodgson.

 

8. A book with a character’s name in the title

Looking for Alaska by John Green. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury. The main character is named Sorrow. Weird, I know. Marissa Meyer’s books also. Could probably go on, but we’ll stoop here.

 

9. A book with two maps in it

Probably have loads of these as well, but I’m too lazy to check so we’ll go with Elantris by Brandon Sanderson because I’m currently reading it. And it has not two, but three maps in it. Wait… does that mean it doesn’t fulfill the challenge? Like does it have to be 2, no more no less? If that’s the case, I will go with A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas.

10. A book that was turned into a TV show

A Game of Thrones by G. R. R. Martin.

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11. A book written by someone who was originally famous for something else?

Relativity by Albert Einstein. Cause he was famous for science. So, I’m counting it.

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12. A book with a clock on the cover

This is going to take some thinking. Just One damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. That’s kind of a clock. If you don’t like that, I got Clockwork Angel that’s got Big Ben in the background. No one can argue with Big Ben.

13. A poetry book

I have several, but I’ll go with Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur because I’ve read and loved it.

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14. A book with an award stamp on it

Ok, I’m bitter about this question because I have loads of books that have won prizes. But the stickers/stamps annoy me, so I tend to buy editions that don’t have them. I’m going to have to delve deep for this one.

I have The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. It’s not actually a sticker, nor is it a stamp. It’s just printed on the cover. But I’m going with it.

15. A book written by an author with the same initials as you?

I actually don’t. 😥 My initials are RP and I have no books written by an author with the same initials. I do have books written by a PR. But no RP. So I’m gonna give myself half a point for this, cause the right letters, just wrong order and go with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

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16. A book of short stories

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.

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17. A book between 500 and 510 pages.

Pfft, easy. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Exactly 510 pages (just got it in a subscription box yesterday and I SQUEALED!).

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18. A book that was turned into a movie

I have like 20. But I’ll go with The Lord of the Rings because that’s my favourite adaptation.

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19. A graphic novel

Indeed I do. Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel. 

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20. A book written by two or more authors

This was a long tag. I do indeed have several books that are co-authored. Including Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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This was fun. I got 19.5 out of 20 points. So… not bad. Let me know what you guys got!

 

Top 5 Book Covers – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. This week’s topic is top 5 book covers.


The Broken Earth Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin

I love these covers, they look so… stony, which goes so well with the content of the book. And they look so pretty, but at the same time kind of neglected. Like stonework in old houses. I love the aesthetic of this series.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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It’s so wintry and fairy-taley, I love it. It goes perfectly with the story and you know looking at this book that it’s going to be one of those epic, fireplace fairy-tales. Ugh, love it so much!

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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Another beautiful fairy-tale cover. Not much else to be said really.

Illuminae Series by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Specifically the hardcovers of this series are just so cool. If you’re ever going to splurge on hardcover editions, this series is worth it! (not my image, got it from here)

The Monsters of Verity Series by V. E. Schwab

Don’t you just love the aesthetic of these? Black and white, with just a splash of colour. And if you look at the spines side by side, the black splash continues from one to the other. It’s so cool.

Series in Which I’ve Only Read the First Book #1

I love reading series. But there are so many out there that I just have this bad habit of reading one book in a series and then not continuing, even though I really enjoyed it. Often, if I don’t immediately have the next book available to me, I just start reading something else and then end up not continuing with series that I really enjoy. So here are the series that I want to continue with, but have only read the first book. Since there are so man, I’ve decided to split this into two posts.


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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I read this earlier this year and I enjoyed it, although perhaps not as much as I thought I would. Still, I do want to continue with the series, especially that there’s just one other book.

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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Also read this one earlier this year and I liked it, though not as much as I liked Six of Crows. Which makes sense, since this was written first. But I do want to continue with the series.

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

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This was a fun book. Didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked. I think that’s mainly because I read it at the wrong time, so I don want to continue with this series.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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I read this right after it came out, which I think was last year. I really liked it. It had deserts and rebels and it was cool and I don’t know why I didn’t pick the second one up when it came out, but I should.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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I actually loved the first book. I have no idea why I haven’t picked up the second one yet considering I read this one a couple years ago, but there you have it.

The Farseer Chronicle by Robin Hobb

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I read this one over the summer and even though it was a bit slow, I think the series has great potential and I’m interested in continuing with it.

Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge

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This was a strange little book, but I personally really enjoyed it. I think the other one is actually a companion, but I guess it’s still considered a series.

The Broken Earth by N. K. Jemisin

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Just finish reading this one, it’s my most recent read, so I’m not super guilty for not continuing with this yet. But it was a really cool book and I look forward to reading the other two.

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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This is a book that I randomly picked up because it was on sale and I ended up really enjoying it. The second book came out this year and I should probably pick it up. Although… I was under the impression that this was a standalone. I think I even mentioned that in my review, and that sort of contributed to me not picking the second book up.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann & Jay Kristoff

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One of my new favourites this year, I really need to pick the second one up. This series is amazing!

MASSIVE Book Haul – 25+ Books

I’ve been buying books like crazy over the past few of months. So a book haul is long overdue. This is going to be pretty long, so let’s get right to it. If I have a review of a book, it’ll be linked.

 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson | The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton | Sabriel by Garth Nix | Temeraire by Naomi Novik | The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare | City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare | Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling | The Bat by Jo Nesbo | Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani | Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo | A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas | Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (20th anniversary Ravenclaw edition) by J. K. Rowling | The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The Wrath and the Dawn by Rene Ahdieh | Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman| Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey | Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings by Johann van Goethe | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Mass | Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff | The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valante | The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Summer 2017 Wrap Up

It’s been an age and a half since I’ve done a wrap up. That’s because I’ve been reading very little. There has been so much going on this year that I’ve barely read. And I am seriously behind on my reviews. Anyway, here we go.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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I read this quite a while ago, back in June I believe. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. I was disappointed by some things, particularly the lack of stories. Still, I do plan to continue with the series and see how the story ends. I’ve also read two of the short stories that came with this series: The Mirror and the Maze and The Crown and the Arrow.

I have a full review of it, if you are interested.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

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I loved this book so much. It’s so freaking cool and gripping and beautiful and amazing. I adored it. I have a full review of this one as well and I urge you to read it. Seriously, it’s so cool! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!

 

Attack on Titan vol. 1-3 by Hajime Isayama

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I enjoyed these, although I had already seen the anime twice, so they were a little bit boring, which is why I only gave them 4 stars. I also read them in e format, which I don’t like at all, especially for manga/graphic novels. So I’m just going to buy physical copies of the rest of the manga. I should probably do that soon. I really love the story!

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

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I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I thought I  would. I don’t know why, but there was just something that kept me from loving it as much as I know I could have, and I can’t put my finger on exactly what that it. Maybe the writing? Maybe just the general state of mind that I’ve been in recently, I don’t know. It’s weird, but I can’t really tell. In any case, I’m going to continue with the series at some later time. I don’t have a review of it yet, because as I said, I am desperately behind on reviews.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

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This book was really slow to start. It took half the book for things to really start happening. However, it was very interesting once things did start happening and I get the impression that subsequent books will be more exciting, so I’m interested in continuing with the series.

 

Dreamland by Edgar Allan Poe

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This is sort of the “core” poem for Lord of Shadows, like Annabel Lee was for Lady Midnight. I really love Poe and I love that aspect of The Dark Artifices, so I obviously read the poem before reading Lord of Shadows and I liked it. Even though a lot of poetry leaves me cold, I always enjoy Poe’s poems.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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This book was so freaking awesome. I keep forgetting how much I love the Shadowhunter books. Like, I’ll be excited about a new release, but no so excited that I’ll read it right away. But then I do read it and I’m like “Holy crap, this is so freaking awesome how did I forget I loved it so much?”. It’s really weird. But I’m always amazed by how good the books are. I guess it’s because urban fantasy doesn’t generally appeal to me, so I always have this weird mental thing. But yeah, anyway the point is this book was awesome. It was just awesome!

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

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This was a strange and interesting book. It was a bit slow to start, but it was a good mystery. Felt very Agatha Christie-y and I really enjoyed it once it got going. It had a very weird concept with the tree. It was a bit confusing, I’m not quite sure what was going on there, but that kept it interesting. I will try some other Hardinge books. I’m intrigued.

 

Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings by Johann Von Goethe

248742983/5 stars

This is a collection of thoughts and writings by Goethe’s. I found his ideas interesting and thought provoking, though I don’t necessarily agree with all of them. A great portion of the musings were on art and some of them were general and I could understand them, but then others were more specific and referred to the German art of the time, which I’m not familiar enough with to know what he’s talking about.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

122796165/5 stars

I just finished this books and I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to read it, because it was awesome. It was like sweet, sweet honey for my nerdy soul and it cheered me up and made me so happy. I was so excited reading it, I was so immersed into it. It’s one of those books that I just got completely lost in to the point where I would forget where I am and what I’m doing and just be completely immersed in the story. I recommend it for any and every geek out there. You will love it.