Book Reviews, dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Deviation

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DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff

Read: 6/25/19 – 7/9/19

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“Sometimes you don’t know you’ve crossed the line till you’re on the other side.”

Oh boy. It’s hard to believe how quickly everything has progressed for these poor characters. This book really pushed the storyline forward and presented us with even more twists and turns for these poor characters. Right off the bat, we meet some new characters and the way Kristoff manages to weave them into the story so naturally is brilliant.

Lemon. Poor fucking Lemon. She’s gone through hell and back already and yet here she’s tossed around yet again and in for a whole new ride. From beginning to end, Lemon’s chapters were my favorite because I just absolutely adore her and I was always so invested in what was going on with her. She’s such a strong little badass and I just absolutely love her so much.

Zeke. I can’t imagine what’s going on in his poor head. I mean, when it really comes down to it, he’s only had a couple years to learn how to control his emotions. Even if he did it quicker than humans, that’s still leaving him with the emotional control and understanding of a child. And with all the shit he’s gone through, it’s a wonder he’s not bat-shit crazy.

CRICKET. My poor little baby. Not going to lie, Cricket’s POV always made me so sad, it’s honestly hard to have to watch him obey orders and stuff when he really doesn’t want to. But boy does he have some development in this one. So proud of him.

I want to just write about everything that happened and everything I loved and hated, but that would mean loads of spoilers and I’m not about that. All I can say is, no matter how hard I tried to anticipate the next twist, I was never able to guess what was coming next. Kristoff has got a knack of keeping you on your toes until the last page, and always making you want more afterwards. Thank you, Kristoff, for what I’m sure is going to be a horrible book hangover.


 

-Laurenxx

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Book Reviews, dystopian, Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, Young Adult

Life-ish

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LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

Read: 6/16/19-6/20/19

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“Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.”

Guys. I cannot express my love for this book enough. There’s just absolutely no way I can do any sort of justice for this masterpiece. Kristoff, you’ve done it again, damnit. This book was one that I couldn’t put down and that I loved for so many reasons, I just can’t get over it. I will have the absolute WORST book hangover because of this.

This book was a mashup of so many different worlds and stories and through it all, it was one of the most unique and gripping books that I’ve ever read. Guys, this was Mad Max, I, Robot, Alita: Battle Angel, Anastasia, and so many others and I cannot- CANNOT express how much I loved it. I don’t know how Kristoff made it work, but he did. And he made it work so well.

Plus, it was full of beautiful quotes like these:

“Breathing in the ink and feeling all those wonderful lives beneath you fingertips. In between the pages, I’m an emperor. An adventurer. A warrior and a wanderer. In between pages I’m not myself-and more myself than in any other place on earth.”

“It’s simple to love someone on the days that are easy. But you find out what your love is made of on the days that are hard.”

“Your scars tell who you are. Your skin is the page, and your scars are the ink, telling the story of your life.”

And those are just some of my favorites.

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? That prologue was absolutely heart wrenching. Kristoff didn’t waste time letting you know this book was going to be a damn tragedy.

“Almost everybody called her Eve”

And boy, did I love our MC. Eve and her fauxhawk had me hooked from the first page. She’s determined, stubborn, and just an all-around badass.

Lemon Fresh. I kid you not, you guys, that’s her name. And I adore her. She and Eve had one of the purest, most refreshing friendships I’ve ever read about in a book. They were sisters in something so far beyond blood and I absolutely loved their friendship.

CRICKET. Cutest little robot in the world. He reminded me a bit of Marvin from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but only because of the big old head. He was just an absolute delight and I love how much he hated on Ezekiel as they interacted. All I can say is: him fixing the window in the car.

Kaiser. What a good boy. Every good dystopian or sci-fi novel needs man’s best friend, right? The way Kristoff introduced and used the blitzhunds in this novel. SO. COOL. All I wanted to do was give Kaiser a good scratch behind the ears and take him home with me. That dog is TOUGH.
Ezekiel. Gahhh. I honestly feel for him. I don’t want to say a whole lot, so that I’m not giving away any plot points, but I loved him.

The romance wasn’t overdone. The plot moved along at a great pace- it made you want to keep reading and the action scenes were great. The plot, the development, the world, all of it was amazingly well done. I’m thrilled that I waited until the last minute to read this book, because if it wasn’t going to be in my hands on Tuesday, I would be livid. To all of you who read this when it came out and who are also waiting to get your hands on DEV1AT3, I’m so so sorry.


-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Aurora’s Rise

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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Read 5/11/19-5/21/19

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I mean… will there ever be a book by one of these authors that doesn’t immediately suck me in? Will there ever be a shortage of characters by them that I’m not just immediately in love with? I love this book and everything in it. I love the world. I love the characters. I love… everything.

I don’t know how much any of you guys know about me, but my two biggest loves when it comes to books? Sci-fi and most importantly- SPACE. I’m a huge sci-fi and fantasy person, don’t get me wrong. But there’s something about sci-fi that calls to my inner nerd. And when it happens in space?! Count me in. I love Star Trek. Star Wars. The Orville. Doctor Who. It’s all amazing and I love how much more widely it’s being embraced. But that’s a rant for another time.

THE WORLD. My goodness. This was brilliant. I love the Legion and that we’re at the point in our star-travel that we’re working alongside alien races and the way the squads are structured. One of my favorite things about stories like this is seeing how far along we are in our space days, how far technology has advanced, or how closely we’re working with other species. I loved seeing some of that stuff come to light in this book and I love knowing we’ve got a lot more to learn!

THE CHARACTERS. Each character on the squad was so unique. They all had their own unique voice, and I think that tends to be one of the hardest things to do in a book that switches POV’s quite frequently, but I think that Kaufman and Kristoff pulled it off so damn well, I applaud them for that. I’d love to go into everything about every character and why I loved them so much, but I fear I’d be going on for ages, because there’s lots to love. There’s so much strength to this rag-tag group that you honestly can’t help but love each and every one of them for all they are. Watching the way they come together and how they work when it comes down to their moments to shine, it really was a sight to behold.

THE STORY. I was engaged from the first page. I loved seeing how each scene panned out and this book was really really tough to put down. I may have taken me ten days to read, but I was thinking about this book constantly when I wasn’t reading. This story was action-packed without being too much. There was just enough of the “other stuff” to keep the storyline flowing and your interest piqued. I love/ hate how everything went down at the end, mostly because I was not ready to get that emotional. But I absolutely CANNOT wait for the second book. I can’t wait to see what else awaits our crew.


Who’s read this book and who’s ready for more?!

-Laurenxx

Contemporary, dystopian, Fantasy, Informative, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday #15: Top Ten Rainy Day Reads

Why hello, my lovely readers! 😀

It’s Tuesday, and this topic is one very near and dear to me. Maybe that’s because rainy days don’t happen here very often. But this year we’ve had quite a few (which I LOVE) and it’s given me much more time to think about what I consider to fit in this category.

These meme lives on at: That Artsy Reader Girl

For me, it’s either a cute, fluffy contemporary reads, or they’re fantasy/ sci-fi reads that you can really get lost in. Nostalgia also plays a key role.



1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

5. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

7. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

8. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

10. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray



Any of the same books on your list? What’ve you got that I don’t? Let me know! Send me links to your TTT’s too!

-Laurenxx

ABC Book Challenge, Young Adult

ABC Challenge- E

Wooooo it’s Wednesday, ladies and gents! 😀 That means I’ve gotta get more caught up on my ABC Challenge stuff. SO. It’s time for the letter “E” this week!

For those of you who don’t know how this meme works, here’s the rules:

For each letter, you come up with some of your favorite books that start with that letter, then some books from your TBR that begin with that letter as well!



Memorable reads that start with “E” :

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

2. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

4. Enclave by Ann Aguirre

5. The Elite by Kiera Cass


Books to read that start with “E” :

1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

2. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

3. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

4. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

5. Exo by Fonda Lee



Any of your favorites or TBR on there? 🙂

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

Curses and Monsters and Magic, Oh My!

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Read 3/14/19- 3/30/19

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Yet another brilliant fairytale retelling. Gah. What a world we live in.

Okay, so I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings, but Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite fairytales so I’m always stoked to read them but nervous that I won’t like them as much. This one definitely held up to my expectations and then some. I just absolutely loved it.

First of all, the representation in this book is amazing. I mean, our MC, Harper, has Cerebral Palsy. Guys. That’s amazing. And she doesn’t see it as a disadvantage, it’s just something she has that means she’s learned to navigate life a little differently is all. She’s still brave, determined, smart, and, honestly, a straight badass. And then we have her brother, Jake, who’s this big dude in all sorts of trouble, who’s gay. She has no idea but seeing that unfold was also amazing, she supported him without skipping a beat and THAT is the kind of thing I love to see. I had a similar experience with a friend when they came out to me, and I just love seeing loved ones support the person unconditionally, because really, that shouldn’t even be a label or defining factor for someone, but I’m rambling now. BACK TO THE BOOK.

HARPER. I love a good, strong MC who isn’t afraid to stand up to others or for themselves and Harper was definitely that. She has one of the biggest hearts ever and goes out of her way for others time and time again and I have so much respect for her.

RHEN. I loved him. He was such an amazing Prince and I don’t want to spoil too much for those of you who haven’t read it, but his heart rivals Harper’s. Though things don’t always appear that way, when you start to boil things down, you can really see who he is under the walls he’s built up. He’s dealt with so much over the course of the hundreds of seasons he’s endured and it’s honestly a wonder he’s even still sane. So, props to Rhen.

Grey. Scary Grey. Can I just give that big dude a hug? Man. I adore that man so freaking much and I love how hard he fought to help keep Rhen safe over the years. Everything that he went through was just…. Wow. Especially since he was tortured time and time again at the hands of Lilith.

I have nothing to say for Lilith aside from this: What. A. Bitch.
She was aptly named, that’s for darned sure. (Lilith is the Queen/ Mother of Demons)

I loved the world-building for this book and I can just see how much is open to be delved into in future books and I cannot wait for that! I only just finished this book and I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel. Gotta love waiting for books.

The kingdom of Enderfall has such an interesting story so far though and I can’t wait to see how everything plays out after the events of this one. ESPECIALLY THAT EPILOGUE! GAH!

If you’re on the fence about this book but you enjoy retellings, especially if you enjoy Beauty and the Beast retellings, I say go for it! Give it a read.



I know it’s been a minute since I posted, but I promise from here out, I’m back on track. I recently got a promotion so I’ve been adjusting to that but things are finally settling down and I’m much more motivated to get some reading done!

-Laurenxx

Blog Tours, Question, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Blog Tour: Jennifer Brody

Guys. My life has been a mess the last couple weeks and I missed the date to post this and I feel so bad, BUT here’s an AWESOME little interview and some information on an AMAZING author!

So without further ado, here’s some awesome stuff about Jennifer Brody! 🙂



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This is the lovely Jennifer Brody!

Bio:

Jennifer Brody’s award-winning novel The 13th Continuum sold to Turner Publishing in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. Return of the Continuums and The United Continuums (July 11, 2017) complete this epic trilogy. She is a graduate of Harvard University, a creative writing instructor at the Writing Pad, a volunteer mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation, a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. She founded and runs BookPod, a social media group for authors. She lives and writes in LA. After studying film at Harvard University, she began her career in Hollywood. Highlights include working for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and New Line Cinema, most notably on “The Lord of the Rings” films and “The Golden Compass.”

You can find her here:

Her Website | Her Facebook |Her Twitter | Her Linked-in | Her Goodreads

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CHECKOUT HOW COOL THOSE COVERS ARE!! 😀

Synopsis:

One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the survivors take refuge in continuums designed to sustain the human race until repopulation of Earth becomes possible. Against this backdrop, a group of young friends in the underwater Thirteenth Continuum dream about life outside their totalitarian existence, an idea that has been outlawed for centuries. When a shocking discovery turns the dream into a reality, they must decide if they will risk their own extinction to experience something no one has for generations, the Surface.


Now, I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi, but I recently picked this series up because of this opportunity to talk to Jennifer, and I was hooked right away. So, check it out before it gets released as a TV series!

Where to find it:

Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Indie Bound | iBooks | Goodreads



And, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the interview! 🙂

 

  1. Who’s one author that you greatly admire and did their writings have any influence on your own?

This is a tough question, like naming your favorite band. I’m such an avid reader—and would not be the writer that I am without the countless amazing authors that influenced me and paved the way for my book series. A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle had a huge influence on me, not only for its groundbreaking narrative, but also for its portrayal of science fiction that blends into fantasy. Conceptually, Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION series had an influence on the core of these books, as did THE LORD OF THE RINGS in terms of the trilogy structure.

  1. Aside from other books or authors, where did you draw the most influence for your books?

The idea for THE 13TH CONTINUUM was originally inspired during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Like everyone else, I was watching the news coverage of the oil coating the surface of the ocean and killing marine life, and I had the thought—what if we had to go really deep to survive a manmade catastrophe? The ideas unfolded from that initial spark of an idea.

Other influences, especially on the underwater colony include James Cameron’s amazing film THE ABYSS and 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, as well as real science about our ocean trenches. Did you know that we know more about the surface of Mars than our own oceans? I also draw from a lot of historical allegory. The outer space 2nd Continuum was a military society modeled on ancient Sparta. In essence, I draw from anything and everything. I’m a very curious person in general, and I find that’s an amazing trait for a speculative fiction author.

  1. Have you always known you were going to be a writer? If not when did you realize you wanted to write a book/ when did you start writing?

No—I didn’t think I would be a writer at all! I grew up in a small town in Virginia, and somehow, I didn’t realize that you could become a writer, especially as a young person. This was before the explosion of YA and MG fiction. I did however latch onto the idea of being a filmmaker, which I studied at Harvard. After graduating, I moved to LA and spent the first many years of my career working in the entertainment industry on many amazing films, including many adapted from books like THE GOLDEN COMPASS and THE LORD OF THE RINGS films.

After spending years working on other writer’s books and films, I started to feel like I wanted to explore writing my own ideas. However, I was more interested in longform fiction to tell a story, especially for big speculative fiction concepts. I was about twenty-eight years old when I first started teaching myself how to write a novel, which began a long journey, but being a big reader helped me a lot. I’m really grateful that I decided to gamble on myself and start writing. Eventually, I sold my debut in a three book deal and that became The Continuum Trilogy!

  1. Were you ever given any advice for writing that helped you in your writing? Can you share what helped the most?

The first piece of advice that I really don’t like—write what you know! As a science fiction writer, it’s my job not only to write about what I don’t know, but also to write about things that haven’t even happened yet. The best advice for writing is to read a lot. The second best piece of advice is to not give up when you hear your first NO. Writers get a lot of rejection all the time—you only see the good parts! You have to be willing to believe in your vision, keep learning and improving your craft, keep reading and keep writing, and keep knocking on doors.

It only takes one YES!

  1. Do you ever listen to music while you write? What bands or genres do you listen to?

Yes, I almost always listen to music when I’m writing, whether on my Sonos at home, or my big noise-cancelling headphones when out at coffee shops. For the Continuum Trilogy, I found myself drawn to a lot of EDM and electronic music—Deadma5, Com Truise, Tycho, Pretty Lights, How to Destroy Angels, Boards of Canada, Bonobo, Trent Reznor, and more. The music is often instrumental and has good beats and energy. One day, I’d love to have an artist like Trent Reznor score the TV adaptation of my books (I can dream, right?).

  1. What was your biggest inspiration for writing sci-fi?

I’ve always been a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan from a young age. I devoured everything, including Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars books, Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series, Harry Potter, and more. I’m also a huge fan of both STAR TREK TNG and STAR WARS. I love the ability for SFF to take an allegorical approach to examining contemporary issues through a speculative fiction lens.

  1. Your Continuum trilogy is being packaged for TV, which is absolutely AMAZING! What’s that like? Is it nerve-wracking at all wondering how everything is going to be portrayed?

Far from nerve-wracking, it’s exhilarating! Having worked in Hollywood, I know that nothing is guaranteed and the project can always fall apart at any time. We’re still in the process of closing some deals. However, the idea of seeing an adaptation of my work is incredibly exciting. It’s also really amazing to see other people taking my work seriously and being as excited about it. And to hear some of the huge names being mentioned. So, please send all the amazing vibes my way that we get to make the TV series.



Hope you guys enjoyed and do me a favor and go check Jennifer and her amazing trilogy out! Then you can get psyched for the TV series too! 😀

-Laurenxx