Monthly Warp-Up: January 2019!

Heeeeeey guys! How are you all doing??

I started off slow this month and man oh man, the two out of three books that I read were a complete gem!! Muse of Nightmares was such an adventure filled ride whereas Verity blew away my mind! Whereas Leah on the Off Beat was a complete letdown on so many levels.

Books I’ve read from this month:

Young-Adult

 

Adult


Books I’ve read this month (link to my reviews):

4/5 stars

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han

Gemina & Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Other Stuff:

K-Drama Reviews:


So guys, how have your months been? Bookishly awesome or meh? Been busy or just how’s life?

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):

Gemina

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.

Obsidio

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?

Must-read!!


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Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files, book 1

Genre: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 599 pages, Hardcover

Published: October 20th, 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Source: Purchased

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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.


My Thoughts

“You have me. Until the last star in the galaxy dies, you have me.”

This book blew me away!! Like Literally!! This was so freaking goddamn awesome and I’m in dire need of the next book in this series! I had to wait, so much to buy this book because it was freaking costly but the price dropped for only one day, just one day and I got damn lucky!! I finally picked it up this month and I loved the thrilling ride!

Kady didn’t think her day could get much worse after she dumps her boyfriend Ezra. But that very day her planet is 20161014_161755invaded by the BeiTech and they both become refugees in Hypatia and Alexander’s vessels respectively. With Kady’s hacking skills not only she is able to communicate with Ezra but also learn some horrifying secrets that everybody is withholding. When something goes terribly wrong with the Alexander, Kady decides to take it upon herself to save Ezra. But will she be able to save herself in time?

The plot was unique and freaking fantastic! The whole story is told in emails, documents, reports, interviews etc, which made it a pretty interesting read. Though I did have my doubts if I was going to like the format or not but I LOVED it! This book managed to hold my attention from the very first page to the last and I didn’t feel bored for even a second. Kady and Ezra become refugees like thousand others when their planet is invaded by the BeiTech. And thus their story begins as the enemy vessel, Lincoln tails them to destroy them once and for all.

Kady and Ezra were interesting characters. I loved them so much! The plot twists and turns kept coming which made it a heart stopping read. AIDAN (or the artificial intelligence) was an interesting aspect as well, I had my doubts about it from the beginning and the things it did, scared me so much. It felt so surreal. There were numerous other characters which played a vital role and when things started going down, damn… it broke my heart.

“Miracles are statistical improbabilities. And fate is an illusion humanity uses to comfort itself in the dark. There are no absolutes in life, save death.”

20161014_161340I felt very angry with Alexander’s commander and some things that he did but I couldn’t keep myself from feeling bad when his ship was breached. Same goes for AIDAN, I think I have a love/hate relationship with that thing. As much as it scared me but it also did the total opposite thing in the end which surprised me to no end!

I loved the relationship between Ezra and Kady, it felt real and I ship them so much! I loved the trust and faith they had for each other. But undoubtedly Kady stole the show along with AIDAN that is. She was such a strong and sassy character. I admired her so much. Things got so intense, especially towards the end, it was hard to keep this book down.

Overall, Illuminae was a fantastic read! The plot was executed in a unique way and I fell in love with the characters. The action and the adventure kept me glued to the book until the end. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book! Although this book didn’t exactly end with a cliffhanger, I am dying to know what happens next! I need more of Ezra and Kady! And perhaps AIDAN too!

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Recommend it?

YES!!


Let's Chat

So, guys have you read Illuminae? How was your experience with this book? If you haven’t picked it up yet, are you excited to read it? Share your thoughts with me!