Review: Gemina & Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff // The ultimate recipe for space disaster and inter-galactic battle!


Title: Gemina & Obsidio
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files, book 2 & 3
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 659 & 615 pages respectively, Hardcover
Published:  October 18th 2016 & March 13th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):


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 Illumina 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 is 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.


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.

My ThoughtsThe Illuminae series was probably my most anticipated read for 2018 and I finally managed to complete that by 2018! This trilogy did not let me down and wow, it was such an explosive read. One of the facts that I loved about this trilogy is how the plot and characters interconnected with one another at the end. For me, I have always found it fascinating to see how the thread comes together at the end and this series does this quite accurately along with leaving a little hint of mystery at the end. Anyhooo, you can read my review of book 1, that is Illuminae here!

“Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.”

*A bit spoilerish!*

In Gemina, we get to see the Hanna and Nik’s story. Their characters are literally polar opposites, the spoiled princess and well… the drug supplier? That sounds literally crazy if I just put it out like that that. LOL. Anyway, although Hanna seemed like a spoiled brat, she was a pretty badass chicka. Her ability for making awesomesauce strategies won me over in no seconds. Nik and Hanna’s constant banter was my favourite thing in this book apart from the visual-worthy action. It was a continuous treat and it was so much fun to read… apart from the bloody mess which was most of the book. The action in this book is so well defined, we even get a few comic-like pages which were absolutely awesome.

While I was reading a few reviews after finishing up with Gemina, someone said that the virus-thing was much more horrific than the alien thingy in this book. Although I was completely dedicated to these aliens… err, I mean that slimy stuff creeped me out but yes, the first book had its own charm with everything being new and sudden. (It was still scary!

In Obsidio, we get the final showdown between our beloved characters and evilish BeiTech! On top of that, we get Asha!! Kady’s cousin! Yohooo. Although Asha’s character was my least favourite was she was humanly fierce and I admired her for that. She desperately wanted to save her baby mouse, and the rest of Kerenza, well whatever was left of it. BiTech people were really, really plain trash. I kinda wanted to see a more detailed punishment for them at the end. The ending did feel a bit rushed, however, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Although there were some portions which scared the living hell out of me, at the same time, I couldn’t stop reading either!

But when it comes to scary, AIDAN takes home the price ladies and gentlemen. With the advancement of technology, the possibility of such things actually coming true made the situation more horrific. AIDAN gave me the chills!! And what’s up with it being so obsessed with Kady? My goodness… The level of creepiness I had to deal in this book.. yet it was the best! Okay, the moment I thought AIDAN has redeemed itself, he just goes on a murder spree. Again. *sighs* Yet without AIDAN nothing would have been possible either. AIDAN is such a character you love to hate, similarly hate to love. Weird. I know. But that’s what AIDAN is

If you loved the formatting of the first book, I am damn sure you loved these two as well. One of the things I love about series is how the characters all unite in the last book. This book was no different, albeit the circumstances were pretty rare. Anyhooo, the characterisation and development of the plot throughout this series is pretty phenomenal. The fast pace and the storytelling were engaging and on-point throughout the whole series. I am definitely looking forward to the second trilogy of these authors together! I have a feeling it’s not going to let down as well!

Recommend it?


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Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo // Gorgeous action and stabby stuff!

Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: 368 pages, Paperback
Published: March 6th, 2018 by Hot Key Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

This was one gorgeously stabby book.

“In my heart, I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me.”

Princess Lira is the heir siren throne, also known as the Prince’s bane because of speciality in stealing the hearts of princess rather than normal sailors like the other sirens. But when she performs a deed against her mother, she is cursed to become something she hates the most. A human. Meanwhile, Prince Elian is a pirate who specialises in killing sirens and is more interested in spending his life at the sea rather than become the next ruler after his father. Prince Elian sole aim is to hunt down Prince’s bane while Lira gets the order to bring Elian’s heart if she wants to return to her kingdom. Both of them start out in the same direction but when Lira gets the opportunity to bring justice against the unfair decision taken by her mother, a.k.a the Sea Queen, she changes her path in reaching the desired goal but along the way things start to change as they get to know each other.

Refreshing plot

The plot of To Kill a Kingdom was really unique. The twists and turns continuously surprised me The only thing that didn’t make it a 5 star read was the pace at the beginning.

“And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.”

I felt that the beginning of the ultimate journey of the plot took too much time. I mean, I wanted the protagonists to met a lot earlier than it happened in the book. Other than this fact, I have no other complaints. When the characters finally meet, it’s with a BAM! It felt like world war 3 was about to break out but as the book proceeded, so the did the plot in a neat manner.

Stabby book in a neat manner! Ha!


Oooh also the world-building was pretty good. I loved how the author eased us into this whole new crazy world. I have seen and read sirens as malicious creatures who lure their prey with this voices.

“Everyone is a blank canvas, waiting to be filled with the colour of discovery.”

But this was on another level. It was like, they enjoyed killing for fun. Which was very disturbing indeed. But somehow I could never hate Lira for her actions. Of course, she did a lot of wrong stuff but she still had humanity left in her.

Character Development

One of the main factors that worried me from the starting of the book was how would the romance develop in the book since both the protagonists had one goal in mind, that is to kill one another. But the character development in this book really surprised me. The characters were complex and they were fleshed out in such a thorough and detailed way that left me speechless.

“How strange that instead of taking his heart, I’m hoping he takes mine.”

I was like, how could those two ever fall in love with one another but surprisingly they did and wow, boy did I love it! Lira’s redemption was portrayed pretty well too. Well, if you can call it that. Also, the sea queen aka Lira’s mother was a straight up *********!! She sooo deserved what she got served in the end.

Action! Stabby stuff!

The action was one of the aspects which I enjoyed thoroughly. One thing or the other was constantly happening. There were numerous other characters who contributed equally to the story. The politics was also kind of intriguing but the last battle was the one which was spectacular. It didn’t end in a second which I have seen in many other books. The build-up was steady before the stuff went down. In a good way!

Overall, To Kill a Kingdom was pretty fantastic. Although I think the beginning took up more time than necessary but it was still engaging. The characters were the ones who kept me glued to the book and the pace was somewhat fast. The writing flowed smoothly as well and I was satisfied with how everything wrapped up in the end!

Recommend it?


Soooooo guys, have you read this yet? If yes, then what did you think about it?

Daydreaming Discussions- Ten Hyped Books that I’ve Yet to Read!


Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today’s topic is-


This post was inspired by Adhvika @ Books and Fiction. Check out her blog guys! Though I did a twist to my one. I’m going to be listing ten hyped books that I already have but I haven’t read yet along with my reasons! Also these books are either the first in a series or standalone.

So here we go!

  1. On number 1 we have Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare!


My Reason: I do have a legit reason for this one. I’m currently reading Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, so I’m pretty close to finishing The Infernal Devices trilogy. Next I’ll finish the last two books of The Mortal Instruments series before heading to Lady Midnight. So I’m just following the series here… but I couldn’t resist buying this one as soon as it came out but it’s worth the wait. 🙂

2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.


My Reason: I have heard mixed reviews for this one so although I bought it I was still kinda reluctant but now someone on Instagram convinced me so I think I’ll give it a go pretty soon.

3. Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.


My Reason: Eeeh! I should have already read this by now but… I haven’t. *sighs* I will, I will as soon as I’m finished marathoning with the Shadowhunter stuff!

4. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.


My Reason: Basically I’ve only heard good things about this book but I just didn’t have the time to pick it up yet. Also I think I want the 2nd book first before I start with this series. I mean all the covers in this series are so gorgeous, I want them all!

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.


My Reason: This series is crazily hyped and most of the people in planet Earth have already read it, ate it. So why haven’t I? I really have no idea. I think a tini-tiny part of me is still not convinced about this one. I guess I’ll read it eventually, it’s just not my top priority at the moment.

*Dodges a flying book!*

6. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade final for Irene

My Reason: For this book, I really have no clue about why I haven’t started this series yet. It’s sitting on my e-shelf for a long time. I think I have to pick it up soon now! Nonetheless I have a feeling I’m going to love this one.

7. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.


My Reason: I’m running out of reasons now. I loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I was really excited to read this one but I just haven’t. I slowly have to walk my way up to my everlasting tbr that’s piling up in my home!

8. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy.


My Reason: Are you people tired of my reasons yet?!  So I’ll just say I’ll get to this one as soon as possible!

9. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West.


My Reason: There was a time when pretty much everyone was reading this one. Wherever I looked, they were posting the reviews of this book so naturally I was pretty curious to read this one. I downloaded the ebook but never got to the reading part but reading a YA contemporary romance really depends on my mood, I can suddenly pick it up any day now!

10. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern


My Reason: This book is pretty big. Not that matters but I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews for this one and I really want to see the film. So I pretty much buyed this book on an impulse when I was in the book store and I heard two girls gushing about it. So yeah now I have a reason to read it and then watch the film asap!


Now, I’m going to list some more reasons. NO! Hear me out before running away, okay? 😛 I’m going to state some universal reasons why I don’t end up reading a book that I already own-

Life- I’m a student. So I’ve studying and stuffs, stuffs and pretty much other stuffs to do! So the time is pretty limited and it’s one of the main factor. Also when exams fall into the equation, I pretty much go on a reading ban. Its tough *sniffs* but also necessary!

ARCs- With arcs comes obligations. We usually have a specific time limit to finish the book and post the review. And I basically can’t control myself so yeah… the books that I already own push back down in my list.

Mood- Uh yeah, it does play a vital role because if I’m not in the mood for reading a particular genre I might end up disliking that book and believe me you don’t want that!

Plus I already own the books I have, I can read it later, right?  Eh… but that later ends up being much, much later! I really want to read this books that I’ve listed. So, I hope I can get to them soon enough! *fingers crossed!*

Sooo… what did you think of this post guys? Do you have a list of books that you own but haven’t read it? Or how many books have you read from this list?

Also, what do you think of the reasons, specifically the universal ones? Do you agree or disagree? Or do you have some more reasons to add? 😛