Book Review | Nevernight

26114463Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff

 

Hardcover, 429 pages
Published August, 9 2016

5/5 stars

Brilliant, dear reader. This book is absolutely brilliant.

You know when there are books that are just … better. You don’t know exactly what the difference is between one book and another, but you know that this one is … more. It’s deeper, more polished. In a pocket of coppers and irons … it is gold. Nevernight is that book.

The Story

Mia has been training for vengeance her whole life. After her father’s failed rebellion, everything was taken from her. She swears to take it all … and more … back by entering a league of assassins and becoming one of them.

(Goodreads synopsis):

“In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

What I liked

Piss and blood and gore and rebellion and history and pain and suffering and loss and friendship and love and relationships and life and death and betrayal and hurt and failure and triumph and faith and confusion and … and … and …

Everything.

And while we’re at it, I should ask … why are the best books the hardest to review?

There is nothing I did not absolutely love about this story, about this world, about the characters, about the narration … I loved it all. This book immersed me into the world. This book made me fall in love. This book made me cry, made me hate, made me scream. This book made me laugh, made me smile. And when a book can do all of that … the specifics don’t even really matter. Or rather, me listing the specifics doesn’t matter. Because you shouldn’t even be sitting here reading this review … you should be out there reading this book!

In Conclusion 

If you do not read this book, you have done yourself quite the disservice. Period.

 

Top 10 Tuesday | Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2017 So Far

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is…

Top 10 Recommendations for Audiobook Listeners


I swear I feel like 2017 just started but like … IT’S ALREADY ALMOST JULY?!

I know I have complained a lot about all of the disappointing book releases I have read this year, but I think it would be nice to point out the bright shining reads as well ❤

These are listed in a completely random order.


 

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

 


 

The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer


Monsters of Verity series by Victoria Schwab

 

 


 Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

 


Wayfarers series by

 

 


starflight by Melissa LandersStarflight series by Melissa Landers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover


Illuminae by Amie KaufmanThe Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

This one might be a bit tough of a listen for some people … because it’s heavy with the sexual content. Surprisingly I was fairly mature enough to feel

 


What are your favorite reads so far this year? Comment below!

Top 10 Tuesday | Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2017 So Far

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is…

Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2017 So Far


I swear I feel like 2017 just started but like … IT’S ALREADY ALMOST JULY?!

I know I have complained a lot about all of the disappointing book releases I have read this year, but I think it would be nice to point out the bright shining reads as well ❤

These are listed in a completely random order.


 

Roar by Cora CarmackRoar (Stormheart, #1) by Cora Carmack 

Hardcover, 380 pages

Published June 13th 2017

I just finished this book just over a week ago and I loved it SO so much! I still feel like I’m living in this world! My review is basically me fangirling for 15 minutes. Read the review here. 5/5 stars.

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Top 10 Tuesday | Top 10 Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is…

Top 10 Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t


My TBR is a mess … like it is literally trying to kill me! So many books to read so little time and books I intend to read get swallowed up in the mess! I have approximately 1229057 book series I intend to read eventually …. so …. I’m just going to choose a few of the ones that have been bouncing around closer to the top of my tbr lately … and totally at random.

Here are some of the series that I have been meaning to start but have been lost to the ever growing TBR for far too long…


Poison Study by Maria V SnyderStudy series by Maria V Snyder

I have been meaning to start this series for so so so long, but every time my library hold has been available, I was not in a position to read it. Luckily my bookish bestie just loaned me her copy and I am excited to jump into this one finally!

Books in series: technically 3 but there is a second series tie in with an additional 3 books. There are also 3 novellas for the series.

Poison Study (Goodreads synopsis):

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…” 

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Seven Deadly Sins | Book Tag

Woohoo! Ok so I am such a book tag lover it’s not even funny! So I was excited to be tagged for this one by Destiny @ Howling Libraries (check her out!). I was able to track this one down to a video that is no longer live so unfortunately … I will not be able to link to the creator of this tag. Sorry!


GREED: What are your most expensive and inexpensive books?

Expensive

Strange the Dreamer by Laini TaylorStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

This book is probably one of the most expensive book splurges on my shelf … mainly because I insisted on preordering the signed UK cover version and paid quite a bit more for overseas shipping. BUT LOOK AT IT!!! IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

Inexpensive

My least expensive would be one of the many free Kindle books I own or ARCs provided my publishers or authors. I’m just choosing one at random here to highlight … how about …

the midnight sea by kat ross2

The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element #1) by Kat Ross

Which was a free Kindle book at the time (actually as far as I know it still is) and I plan to read this one soon! I have actually seen some really good reviews.

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Book Review | Gemina

Gemina by Amie KaufmanGemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Hardcover, First Edition, 659 pages

Published October 18th 2016

5 stars

████ it … ALL THE STARS
All the ████ing stars in the ████ing ‘verse!

WOW!

I AM NOT WORTHY!!!

Seriously, this series is a masterpiece of multimedia storytelling and
I LOVED IT!!! ⇐ Understatement of the millennia right there Chum


The Story

This story takes place on the jump station Heimdall directly following the events of Illuminae. Like with Illuminae, the story is told though a series of messages, files, notes, schematics, coding and video footage (shout out to the return of Surveillance Guy)

We have a new cast of characters
Nik Malikov (aka my new husband), Jackson Merrick, and Hanna ████ing Donnelly
as well as some old favorites.

Honestly, I suggest going into Gemina with as little preconceived notions as possible for best results. So, I will refrain from going into too many details on the story.
Just read it!

(Goodreads synopsis possible series spoilers):

“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 sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech 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 strike 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 might 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.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.”

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Book Review | Illuminae

 

Illuminae by Amie KaufmanIlluminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Hardcover, First Edition, 608 pages

Published October 20th 2015

5 stars

< LoAding >
< eRror >
Emotions swirling, whirling like a universe being devoured by a black hole. I FeeL …
< ErroR >
anxiety and pain and laughter and fear and happiness…
and pain!
< ErroR >
And I LoVed every minute of it

< AM I NOT MERCIFUL? >

I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO LIFE RIGHT NOW!!!
All these emotions
These ████ing emotions!
Someone save me because I am dead


The Story

(Goodreads synopsis):

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.

BRIEFING NOTE: 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.

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