Across the Universe by: Beth Revis

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship —tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

The Review:

This is another one, in my series of tackling my TBR list and it as on my list for years mainly because I am a fan of space and science fiction, and I do like settings in space. I can say I actually enjoyed reading this book.

First of all, the setting was great. Taking place mostly in a spaceship on its way to a distant planet in search for new life and new civilization. It reminded me a lot of Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. Even how the rules of the spaceship was also very intriguing, especially dealing with the “mating” process.

I also liked the characters. Amy who was awakened to early was pretty compelling. She was a good character in which to envision the world with. She was asking questions, and also learning about the rules of the ship. She was also one of the first people to realize that something else was going on in the ship.

Than there is Elder, who is basically training to be the Eldest, who is the suppose to be the future leader of the world. I like that he was also another POV character to follow because he was an also established character in that world. I think it was a very smart move to have duo POVS because it helped see the world through the eyes of two people, one of which who is new to the world and another character who exists in the world. It helped make the story a bit more clearer.

A majority of the book is a lot of background information about the trip through space to find the “New World” even if it is going to take years and years to do so. It was a better type of info dump, in which the story still had a progression while also giving us information about the world. My problem is that it took at least until half way through the story for any type of conflict to begin. While it was a good conflict, it felt very basic with a whodunit feel to it. But you also saw the twist coming.

In the end, I think Across the Universe was a very good starter book of the trilogy that does a good job introducing characters, and the world it is set in. While it had a basic plot, it was still an enjoyable read.

Grade: 3.5/5

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by: Rae Carson

Summary:

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

The Review:

This was another book on my very large TBR list and I decided to finally give it a read, and I enjoyed it.

Let me first discuss the character, I love Elisa. I felt it was very refreshing to an YA-heroine that wasn’t perfect and acknowledge her imperfections. Also her plot didn’t involve dumb romances and felt forced in.

I felt some of the supporting characters could have had a but more development, such as Alejandro who I felt was a pretty good character and sort of love interest but he could have used some background because I like his scenes with Elisa and Alejandro.

I also loved Elisa’s relationship with Ximena because you don’t see a lot of female-female friendships, and she was a great supporting character.

I also felt that the world building could have been a better. The thing with fantasy novels is trying to set up setting, and I did get a descent sense of the setting but I wanted the book to dive more deeper into the lore, maybe the next few books swill dive deeper into the lore.

I also liked the plot, it was a different take on the “chosen one” trope, and it was great to see Elisa come into her powers.

I also liked the use of reliogion and how it tied into the world, which you don’t see a a lot in fantasy novels.

In the end, The Girl of Fire and Thorns was a very solid first book, in hopefully a good series, while the world building could have been better, it gave us a great main character in Elisa and I want to see more of her story.

Grade: 3/5

WWW Wednesday Oct 25th 2016

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

This was on my TBR for a while now, and after reading Illuminae I always wanted to read more YA set in space.

What did you recently finish?

Seriously, why did it take me so long to finally read this?! I loved every page of it. Here is my review.

This was another book on very long TBR list, it was a surprisingly good book, I should have the review up by the end of the week.

What do you think you’ll read next?

This was a book I wanted to read for the longest time, I finally got the book and will be reading it soon.

I read Red Rising, loved it, and now I am going to read the next two book because I need to know what happens next.

That is my WWW Wednesday. What books are you currently reading? What have you recently finished and what will you be reading next? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Wednesday!

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

Hello everyone,

This is the Secret Life of a Book Blogger I was tagged by Closet Readers, sorry it took me long.

How Long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging since January of this year. It took me a while to really get it out there. After a few months I participated in weekly memes like Top 5 Wednesday, WWWednesday and Hype or Like Friday, and I got more followers, and started commenting a lot on other blogs.

At what point do you think you will stop?

I really don’t know, let me just say when I’m dead.

What is the best part?

Just the community feel of it. I can have conversions with other fans of book series that I love. I made some great friends from all over because of our love for books.

What is the worst part?

Trying to keep up a blogging, especially as a student who is also working. Also trying to keep with a very long TBR list.

How long does it take to find/create pictures you use?

I usually just use google, but sometimes for Tags and memes I want to try to find the perfect pictures.

Who is you book crush?

What can I say? I like smart, bookish girls.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

JK Rowling, Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu, George RR Martin, VE Schwab. Any one of those authors I would just love to pick their brain on how they come up with these amazing books.

What do you wear while you blog?

Regular clothes, depends what time of day it is.

How long does it take to prepare a post?

It depends. With a book review, it takes me a about a day to prepare my notes for the review. Memes and tags takes me a bit longer to think up answers to questions

How do you feel about book blogging community/culture?

Mainly the feeling of inclusion. I love all my followers, on wordpress, Twitter any social media. I like we could have conversations about our favorite books, and getting great recommendations for other books as well.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

Just do you.Learn from your mistakes, keep at it no matter what and keep reviewing great books. Also diversify yourself, have discussion posts, or other posts non book related.

I Tag:

Melissa @thebookwormsfantasy

Jasmine @ How Useful it is

Ashley @ Inside my Minds

Nerdybirdy @Daydreaming books

Have a good day!

 

Illuminae by: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Summary:

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.

The Review:

How did it take me so long to read this book?! I mean wow! I have seen this book around the blogging sites and Booktube for a while, and I never thought to pick it up.

This book has a weird unconventional narrative to it. It is told mostly through reports, dossiers, security footage, reports and not as an actual book. At first, this confused me because I thought for the first couple of pages I was reading a prologue or background, but than you find out that it is the entire book, and I was still surprised on how it still managed to tell a compelling story.

You the relationship of Ezra and Kady through a series of chats and IMs, and you get a sense of character through those means, and that is what made the book very interesting. Kady is a great protagonist, she is a go-getter and risk taker and is willing to do everything and everything to find out the truth. She reminded me a lot of June from the Legend Trilogy.

The book is also visually amazing. As someone that grew up and is still reading comics, I just loved all of the images the book presented. I say ship designs, propaganda posters, and other great illustration.

The plot centers around trying to find out the truth about what happened on the planet Kerenza, with Kady trying to figure out the truth. It reminded me a lot of Battlestar Galactica, in which this is more of a political story that just so happen to be set in space. The plot also never slowed down, which is a good thing, it was fantastically paced, and the book was on go mode from page one.

As a political story set in space you see a lot of the moral implications of what happened on the planet, and wondering if they should do a certain something. That’s where my comparison to Battlestar Galactica comes in.

I also felt that the world building was really good, and with its use of reports it gave me a sense of the world where it is set in and a lot of the background information that is needed to follow the story. While it does take a while to get through the format of the story, it was still a great story.

In the end, Illuminae was a very great book, that I can fully recommended to any fan of space operas. Its use of an unconventional story telling format can keep you engaged in the story for a long time, and I will be reading Gemina very soon.

Grade 5/5

Hype or Like Friday-I Ain’t Scared of the Dark-Scariest Movies/Stories

Happy Friday everyone,

October’s theme for Hype or Like Friday is I Ain’t scared of the dark, to symbolize Halloween and the Book of the Month is  Mrs. Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

Oct 21-This question is brought to you by: Chrissie @ Bloggin’ and Writing (https://blogginwriting.wordpress.com)

Scariest movie you’ve seen / book you’ve read, this one I will focus primarily on movies.

Halloween (1978)

One of the very first slasher movies I saw many Halloweens ago. It gave me a very scary and Micheal Meyers is a very scary person who kills anything in his way.

The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe

While it isn’t very scary, it was very suspenseful. I remember reading it back in 8th grade and it felt like a psychological thriller, and it was very suspenseful.

The Blair Witch Project

The grandfather of all found footage movies, which had the scare of what you can’t see rather than what you did see. Also the the marketing campaign for the movie was extremely well done and it made it seem like it was a real documentary.

American Horror Story Seasons One and Two

Both Murder House and Asylum are my favorite seasons that both really deliver the scares and horror. It has good use of scary imagery and takes full advantage of the settings.

Those are my favorite scary movies and books. What are you favorite scary movies? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

Logan Trailer Review

I can’t keep thinking about this trailer, it looks amazing.

Yes, this morning the trailer for the 3rd Wolverine movie trailer titled Logan premiered and I have to admit it almost made me teary-eyed.

The movie is set some what in the distant future where most of the mutants and X-men are most likely dead and Logan is one of few surviving along with Professor Xavier and they are on a quest to protect a young girl who maybe X-23 (the female wolverine) from bad guys.

This trailer nails the exact tone I wanted it to be. The basis for this movie is Mark Millers comic Old Man Logan arc, and it nails it completely. You see Logan with scars meaning that he is losing his powers, and aging. It also reminded me a lot of the video game The Last of Us, seeing Logan’s relationship with the young girl.

I am very excited about this movie and I cannot wait until March so I could see it.

What did you think of the trailer? Let me know in the comments below.