Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series: This is another one where I’m surprised it was only seen as a stand-alone to begin with. I suppose I would have been fine with this ending knowing that there wouldn’t be any more but it certainly left it open for a sequel(s).

Book: I really enjoyed this from the get go. It was conversational and different and funny and was just the making of a good book.

Brief Opinion 9/10

I really loved this. It was a whirlwind of emotions but you really got sucked in and affected by what was happening. I loved the main characters and their interactions and personalities as well as the side characters we got to know. There is a lot of tragedy in this book and I never knew what was going to happen. I loved that there was a few dimensions and layers to this and it really grew as an overall story. If you’ve been putting it off then I would definitely recommend it. It is a bigger book but due to the formatting it only feels like 400-500 pages so I would expect that amount of time to read it.

Full Review

Characters

So our main character Kady and Ezra start off in quite a weird state of relationship but it is not the focal point of the story. They do start off quite distance and separate but they eventually grow to have some interaction and it becomes one of my favourite parts.

I also really enjoyed the side characters and their relationship that developed throughout the story. However, you don’t get much backstory to the characters but with so much going on I suspect it’s pretty hard to develop this but I hope there’s more in the future.

Romance

So this is a weird romance in that it’s about a couple that just broke up. I think it was reasonably well done but it does become quite the main topic later in the story.

Setting

So we are in space in a different time with space warships. It’s pretty darn cool even though there’s not much to space. The setting is not is not the main focus but it is certainly an integral part of the story.

Story

So there are a lot of things going on but it slowly develops making it easier to take. It’s like a si-fi mixed with a pandemic which just makes things extremely tense and uncertain. The best part is how it’s told as the format and is extremely unique.

Plot

Everything is so well thought out and linked together; it really expands to encompass more elements that make the story more intriguing. The basic synopsis of the plot doesn’t do this book justice. I would like to know a bit more about the underlying motives of everyone but I’m not sure how much we will really get in the next book.

Writing

The writing is amazing; it’s just so quick and witty and interesting. I like that the characters feel so different and you can tell their voice. Only once did I get a bit confused due to the style.

Villain

So the villain is a matter of perspective. There is much motive behind the overarching enemy and that goes into my plot thoughts. The book is more about survival but there’s certainly room for growth.

Goal

Spoilers

I’m really looking forward to the next book but this will certainly take some time to digest and get over.

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Top 5 Wednesday – Most Unlikable Characters

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme that was created by Gingerreadslainey, you can see all the topic that are decided on the Goodreads page if you want to get involved.

This weeks topic is:

Most Unlikable Characters

Dimitri from The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

He’s gone to the top of my list of most hated character. May he suffer in character hell. He is just the absolute worst!!!!

Jessamine Lovelace from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I think everyone agrees about this…..

Gwenllian from the Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I just got so frustrated with her idiocy and craziness and the way she spoke and I don’t think people can like her in all honesty.

Jacin Clay from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I don’t know if it’s just me but he’s just so cold and empty and I don’t enjoy him in Winter

Nico di Angelo from Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

I agree that he’s a really important character but he’s just so off and you don’t get his perspective and he’s specifically set up in a way that you can’t get a read on him so it’s difficult to like him.

So, there we go. Do you agree with any of these or have some of your own that I may have forgotten?

Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Books of all Time

So I didn’t really like this weeks choices so I decided to do a past one.

So he’s my 10 all time favourite books. This does change but this is it as of right now.

The Martian by Andy Weir – This is my all time favourite at the moment

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Review

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

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The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Review

The Dream Theives by Maggie Stiefvater

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Review

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Review

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Review

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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Review


What are some of your favourite books?

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Series: So I’m super excited to read the other two books of this series. I accept it’s not very original but I find the magic and the world interesting enough and I’m really like the characters and I just want to keep reading. I could probably finish this in a week but I have other priorities unfortunately. 

Book: I got through this so quick and I was hooked from the beginning; I was just consistently enjoying the story and didn’t want to put it down.

Brief Opinion 9/10

I am surprised that there are so many negative opinions around this book and that’s what originally stopped me from picking it up but I’m so glad I did. I love the characters and the world and the magic and it was just really interesting to me. I accept it’s not an original idea but it’s done really well and it’s so interesting to me.

Full Review

Characters

So I enjoyed that there was a nice mix of characters but it wasn’t overwhelming. I liked Alina but I struggled to appreciate Mal until later on. I really like the Darkling and I’m looking forward to his changes through the story. I felt really connected to the characters about as much as The Final Empire and I think that’s a decent comparison in terms of it being a young adult version.

Romance

It was kind of mediocre but I think it has room to grow.

Setting

This was the best part. I liked how it was a mix of Scandinavia and Eastern European. I’m enjoying getting out of the US setting recently. I liked that the world grew and was explored but I’m sure the series has more potential to build upon this.

Story

As mentioned previously, I admit it was generic but the way it was executed made it one of my favourite variants on the type of story. I’m really interested on how it’s going to grow within the future books and if it will hold its unique twist.

Plot

So there’s a lot of room for expansion and exploration of the overall plot but the basic points are there. If there isn’t much growth in the series then I will be disappointed because I don’t think there’s enough to carry 3 books.

Writing

I got through this so quick because the writing is light and enjoyable and not too clogged down with detail. There’s a lot of dialogue and conversation which I love and allowed the story to fly by. I had started reading Six of Crows and couldn’t get into it so I didn’t hold much hope for the writing but I was pleasantly surprised.

Magic System

I love unique and different magic systems and I always want to find out as much as I can about the intricacies. I think it is relatively simple but there are different categories and hierarchical systems that I tend to really enjoy in my fantasy books.

Villain

This wasn’t explored until near the end of the book which was a nice change. I’m ok with the villain and that we got to know more about them which is usually dragged out over the whole series.

Goal

A lot can happen and it’s pretty obvious where the story is going but I’m along for the ride either way.


I’m so glad I picked this up and if you’ve had any reservations like me due to hearing some negativity then I would urge you to give it a try because it wasn’t that big a time commitment. I mean, what can it hurt?

 

Top 5 Wednesday – Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme that was created by Gingerreadslainey, you can see all the topic that are decided on the Goodreads page if you want to get involved.

This weeks topic is:

Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist

Air Awakens by Elise Kova

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This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

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Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

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The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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New Guard by Robert Muchamore

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So, there we go. Have you read any of these and what are some books you have recently added to you wishlist?

Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books Set Outwith the US

Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week’s topic is:

Ten Books Set Outwith the US

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

The Martian by Andy Weir

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Dauhter of Smoke and Bones

House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Cherub by Robert Muchamore

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The Dark Days Club by  Alison Goodman

I’m from Scotland so I’m not too concerned about reading US settings but if you have any other interesting books in other locations let me know.

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Series: I know this is a series but I’m not sure if I’m going to continue on.

Book: It’s good but it’s so out of my comfort zone and just so angsty and frustrating and I can see why it’s good but I don’t think it’s the best book for me.

Brief Opinion 6/10

I’m not going to do a full review because I don’t think there’s enough for me to write because it wasn’t bad and wasn’t amazing; it was just average. I like the different setting and the time period. But war is so so so awful and saddening. For me it just dragged the story and the romance. I don’t think it needed to be such a big book, the feelings were perpetual and it felt like a lot of repeating.

The beginning was slow to start with but promising. Then came a serious lull in the story that then picked up closer to the end.

I didn’t like many of the characters in this and my feelings toward them constantly changed. I just didn’t find myself connected to them positively. But the characters I hated I became obsessed with them dying; I just wanted everyone to die which is rather upsetting. I just wanted the frustration with people to end and the only way I could see that was killing them.

I wasn’t really into the romance until nearer the end but the controlling nature of so many of the characters throughout made it a pretty unpleasant read.

The writing was basic but with a lot of detail and wasn’t something I loved.

In all honesty I don’t think I will continue with the series because I just don’t feel the need to.

I did not like the ending; I don’t know why it was done that way. If I hadn’t read the blurb to the sequel then I wouldn’t have known what would have happened next. For me I think I can deal with this being a stand-alone.


Have any of you read The Bronze Horseman? Did you enjoy it and continue in the series?