Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Review: Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

So happy to have finally read this book a second time. I feel like I loved it even more this time, and had an amazing time reading it. It broke my heart a bunch, but it was so so much fun too and just completely amazing. I fully love this world that Jay and Amie has created so much, and I truly can't wait to read Obsidio next. Eee.

My mind is a little blank about what to share about this stunning book. I shall not write such a long review this time, I think, but I need to share my feelings for this awesome book a second time. I love that Gemina is written in the same way as Illuminae, told through messages and video footage and stunning artwork too.

This second book tells the story of Nik and Hanna. It is still set around the same time as the first book, and there are very small mentions of Kady and Ezra too. I must admit that I wanted more of them, but I am feeling more okay about them not being in this one a lot this second time reading this book. Because this time I knew what was coming, and I was able to enjoy everything much more. I'm very happy about that. Because reading about Nik and Hanna was the very best thing. Eee. The story takes place over just a few days, and I loved that. Gemina is full of twists and weird things and some freaky cows too. It was the best. This book was also all kinds of creepy, and I loved that the most. And also full of space. Which is truly awesome. Everything was perfect.

These characters were the best to read about. Yeah, I love Ezra and Kady the most, but Nik and Hanna were amazing as well. I loved Nik a little bit more, but they were both awesome. This book takes place on Heimdall, this big jump station, where other space ships come to travel far away. It was such an amazing setting to read about. Creepy when things went bad. And just all kinds of awesome. There is so so much about this plot that I loved, and I am not going to mention most of it, just a small note to say I loved it tons.

My biggest love in this book was Nik. This boy just about killed me. I loved getting to know him. His past broke my heart. I love how strong and amazing he was. I adored his crush on Hanna. I very much loved his relationship with his cousin, Ella. I loved how he managed to do so much, despite some mistakes. He was brave and I loved him oh so much. Sigh. The cutest boy. And eee, Ella was adorable too. I wish to read more about her as well. She was awesome at a computer, and just so much fun too. Loved her so.

Then there was Hanna. I must admit to still feeling a little bit conflicted about my feelings for her. I love her so. But I was also a little bit upset with her at times. I didn't like how she kind of kept leading Nik on, and how she was rude to him in the beginning. But I also adored her so much. Getting to know her was the best. She seems like a spoiled rich girl, and she is, at times, but she is so much more too. She was amazing at fighting and she was smart as well. I loved how she grew in this book. I grew to love her too.

What I loved the most was reading about Nik and Hanna together. They have been chatting for some time now, as he is selling her some drugs. See, Nik is from a very criminal family. And it was awesome. I loved reading about it. Also, a bit of heartbreak too. Nik and Hanna are not really friends. He wants to be, and wants more, but she is mostly just flirting with him, I think. Because Hanna has a boyfriend. And have had him for six months. Hmph. That still bothers me. But also not too much, this second read, thankfully.

I will mention a little bit about the romance in this book. Hanna has a boyfriend, for most of the book, but when things go bad in this place, things go bad with her relationship too. And I loved that so much, haha. They did not love each other, which was good. Because I did not like that boy at all. Hanna and Nik was meant to be, at least in my eyes. And their growing friendship and relationship meant the very very most to me. They were so cute to read about. Full of banter. And also getting to know each other. Loved that.

My review is kind of a mess. But my feelings about this book is a mess too. I loved Gemina so much. It was an excellent second book. And I'm beyond dying to finally get to read the final book next. I haven't mentioned the plot in this book yet. Just going to say that it was amazing. And that the Heimdall station is under attack, from the same people that attacked Kady and Ezra's home. A lot of people die. Things go bad. And it was so amazing to read about. This book was awful and amazing and I loved it beyond words.

There is so much I could say about Gemina. And I have already written more than I was planning to. And not nearly all that I wanted to. Just wanted to share a little bit about why I love this book so much. Which I think I managed to do. Probably. Reading about Nik and Hanna was the very best and I adored them so. This book ruined me a little. And that ending. Gosh. It was so good. I cannot wait to read the rest of this story. I'm just a little bit unable to put all my thoughts into words right now. Simply loved this one so much.

Waiting on Wednesday #336

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Goodreads Description:

Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.

Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

Gosh, I actually thought this was a middle grade book, until I just now read the new summary for it, haha, and see that the main girl is seventeen years old :D And that just makes me even more excited about this gorgeous looking book, eee. It sounds heartbreaking. And SO AWESOME and I cannot wait to read this precious book. Cover is gorgeous. And story sounds unique and so good and I'm so so excited to read it.
What are you waiting for on this lovely Wednesday?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

My love for this book will never end. Finally got to read it for a third time, and I'm pretty sure I love it more and more each time that I read it. There is simply so much that I love about this book. Not going to write another long review of this, only going to share some parts that I loved about it. Which might end up being a lot.

One of the things I love the most about this book is the incredible writing. It's so different than other books. And so good. Illuminae is not told in the usual way. It is told through emails and security footage and pictures and things like that. And it is done so well. I loved reading this book the very most. The writing was the best.

This book takes place in space, in the year 2575. It tells the story of Kady and Ezra. Their home planet has just been attacked, and they are on two different and huge spaceships trying to get away, as another ship is hunting them. These two awesome characters have been a couple for the past year, but the day that their home is attacked she broke up with him. For a silly reason, compared to the issues they are now having. There's so much to love about this book. Kady and Ezra were the very best characters and I loved them to pieces. I shipped them tons. And getting to know them was so good. Their past together was the best. Sigh. But what I loved the most was their uncertain future. And how they went from being broken up to slowly getting back together again.

In the beginning of this book we get to read a little bit about what happened with the attack. But then it jumps forward about six months. Kady and Ezra got shipped to different escape spaceships, and they have not been together for these six months. Which I must admit made my heart hurt a little. But it also made a lot of sense, and I feel that their feelings for each other had time to become even more real in that time. They do not speak to each other for those months, although they could have done so. Hmph.

But we do learn a little bit about what they did in those months. They are on different ships, and Ezra has been training to help defend them all when the battle ship catches up to them. Kady is on the ship that is mostly just full of passengers, not a defense ship. She has spent most of the months hacking everything. And I loved that about her. She's awesome with a computer. And she is so badass and fierce and broken at times and I loved her beyond words. Reading about this girl was the best. She was simply incredible.

And then there was Ezra too. And sigh. This boy was the very best and getting to know him ruined me a little. There is so much I still need to know about him. And about Kady too. And reading about their past together was the best. And how they start talking again, after six months apart. Through emails and dms. It was the cutest thing. Their banter was the best and I just shipped them so much. Sigh. But of course, this was not a romance book. But there was a little of romance included. And it was the very best. Eee.

I'm not going to write much about this book. Already written more than what I was going to this time. Just wanted to mention how much I adored these characters. And this world created, even though most is just spent in these ships. It was awesome. The space part was so good. And oh, AIDAN. I cannot. Completely insane and fully amazing. Loved reading about this crazy computer. There is also this scary virus on this book. An outbreak happens. And it's so creepy and awful and beyond incredible. I loved it the very most.

I cannot help but mention that I adore Jay and Amie so much. Have now adored them for years, and their books together are so good. And their books alone are incredible too. I can't wait to read more from both of them. Eee. And their new series that will be out next year too, gosh. It's going to be so good. I cannot wait. But first I'm re-reading Gemina, and then finally getting to read Obsidio, and I'm so beyond excited. It's going to be the very best. But also heartbreaking, so I'm a little nervous as well. Will love it so much.

If you still have not read Illuminae, then you are truly missing out on the very best series. I mean. It is space. A killer virus. An insane artificial intelligence computer voice. The most stunning romance, though I wish there had been a bit more contact with that. Hmph. It still ruined my heart, though, and makes me so happy all the time. I can confirm that Illuminae is the best. And I'm thrilled to have read it a few times already. I shall never tire of reading this book. Illuminae is simply the best and I love this book so much.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

In My Mailbox #332

I read two amazing books this week, eee. And I'm feeling so so happy about that :D But I also read one that wasn't as amazing, lol. But three books read this week. I'm feeling happy about that. And this coming week I will be re-reading Illuminae and Gemina and then reading Obsidio. Aaack. I'm excited and nervous :D Cannot wait. As always, I must write a little bit about my health. Medicine still not working. And now I have gotten sick in another way too; ears hurts so badly, nose is bad, throat is bad, and small fever again. Just, uuuugh. So goddamn tired of being in pain all the time. Sigh. Please let my medicine begin working now. But besides that, the week was good. Great mail, good books read, and spent time with niece and nephew, which I love so much :D Baby is now two months old, and she is the most adorable. Oh, and I do spend all day with my stunning cat too, and that helps a lot as well. Blogged a little this week :) I shared my review of LIFEL1K3. <3 EEE! And this week I'm waiting on Give the Dark My Love :D Then shared my review of The Lies They Tell. It was meh. But then shared my review of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and ahh :D Loved it. So yeah. I read two aaamazing books this week. I'm so happy about that. Sigh. They were perfect. Health sucks, though, so I'm a bit behind on things, and just trying to relax so that I might get better faster :) But shall try my best to catch up a little bit each day too. If I'm able to :)

Obsidio. Eee, first hardcover is finally here :D It is gooorgeous. <3 Now ready to re-read Illuminae, aaack.
Mindee Arnett ARCs. EEE! Thank you for trading with me Calla :D I am SO happy to own all of these. <3
Shatter Me Series. Ack. I won these from the wonderful Whitney. <3 Unsure if I'll ever read them, though.
Sightwitch. I still haven't read book one, ack, but now I do own them all :D And I think I will love them too.
Miraculous Ladybug. Sigh, I love this show so so much. And oh, that newest episode! My heart. Love it.
Happy Hello Bookmarks. My latest order. So many :D They are all so gorgeous. Adore these bookmarks.
Pop Figures. Eee! They are all gorgeous. New Harry Potter :D My Balrog. Oh, they are all so so precious.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Review: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

My mind is pretty much broken from this book. I don't even know where to start with this review of mine. I had hoped that I would enjoy this book. And oh, how I did. I loved it so much. But oh, my poor heart. So yes. This book mostly broke me. And I could not help but love every moment of it. Giving this precious five stars.

I must admit to never having read the official Frankenstein book, or seen many movies about it. But I know most of the story, and have seen a few movies, years back. Which made it even easier to picture everything in this book. And now I must do even more research about it, ack, because this book has made me curious.

I shall start by mentioning that this book is all kinds of dark and awful and I loved every part of it. But it is not for those that can't handle dark things. There is a lot of death. A lot of sad moments. For me, it was so perfect. But do not go into this book expecting it to be all pink and happy. Because it was not. And I would not have wanted it any other way. Eee. I loved this book a lot. Even though my heart is also completely broken, I think. And I must say that I do wish this book had a happier story as well, I wish there had been a romance to make things more happy. But I also very much loved how dark this book was. There were a few hints of happy parts. But they were not many. This book was dark. Dark and lovely. And I have so many thoughts about it all.

This book tells the story about seventeen year old Elizabeth. And oh, how I loved this girl. Getting to know her was the very best. There are a few scenes that include things that happened with her growing up, and I loved those pages. Elizabeth has been living with the Frankenstein family since she was five years old, and her caretaker sold her to them. She did not have a good life before that. This new family got her as a gift for their son, Victor, whom was a little bit older than Elizabeth. And this couple has three children total.

Reading about Elizabeth was the very best. But also the most painful. My heart is forever broken because of her. She was such a strong girl. And all she wants is to stay safe and secure, to not be left with nothing if the Frankensteins decide they do not need her anymore. And so ever since she was five years old, she has done everything she could to stay with them. She became best friends with Victor. She was with him all the time, keeping him calm, mostly. She tried her best with the rest of the family. They were interesting.

And oh, this poor girl. I am not going to talk about most of what happens, just wanting to mention some things. Elizabeth is not happy. Because Victor is not a normal boy. He can get angry. He can hurt things. And Elizabeth is the only one who can calm him. He has been gone to school for the past two years, and Elizabeth is worried with him gone, worried she will be kicked out. And so she goes to look for him. Which is where this story truly begin. Because she does find him. But she also finds much more. Ack. My heart.

This book is filled with amazingly written characters. Elizabeth was my favorite. I wanted her to be happy and safe so badly. She has spent her whole life pretending. Being who everyone else needed her to be, so she could stay safe. And it broke my heart. She was so strong and awesome, though. For the past two years, she has had another best friend. Justine. Gosh, I adored this girl. She was a lot softer and kinder than Elizabeth, but I loved her so. And they were great friends. Reading her story pretty much broke me.

There were so many characters that I loved in this book. It's mostly focused on Elizabeth and Victor, but there were some others too that I enjoyed reading about. Like Henry. He annoyed me a little, but he was written so well. And Mary. I adored that girl. Wishing there had been more about her. She was awesome. And oh, then there was Victor. I am not going to say much about him. Just going to mention that he was written so well and was truly complicated. Sometimes I loved him. Then I hated him more than anything.

I'm not going to talk too much about this book. And I haven't really spoiled anything at all yet. And I won't. But oh, how I loved this book. I'm not sure how I will handle this heartbreak, though. This is not a happy story. There are a lot of deaths. And those killed me. There are some pretty gruesome scenes too. All of it were written so well, though. Writing was amazing. The ending was both good and bad. I'm not sure how I felt about it, to be honest. But it was an excellent ending, even so. And very fitting with the story as well.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein was more than I could have ever imagined it would be. I loved every page of it. It is such a dark and hopeless story. But with the most fierce main character girl. Elizabeth was amazing and I loved getting to know her so much. This book broke me. Yet I am so happy that I read it and I know that I will read this book more than once. I can't help but hope that Kiersten will write more books like this one. Dark and awful and so perfect. I want more of it. Crossing all my fingers.

Huge thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending me the free ARC copy of this book to read and review. I'm so thrilled I had the chance to read it early. As I loved it so very much. And I will treasure my gorgeous ARC forever and ever. Cannot wait to own the finished copy of this in September too. This book was a surprise in some ways, as I didn't know I would love it as much as I did. But I'm so happy about it. If you like dark stories, then you most definitely need to read this book. So worth reading.