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review 2018-02-19 02:57
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman
So ... this series has me screaming, but internally because my family is around.

I was honestly surprised by how much I'm enjoying this series. I haven't read anything like this before but maybe this is because I just haven't ventured into this genre before or something. Either way, this is new for me.

One of my favourite things about this is the way that it's told. It's set up as a dossier with files and collections of messages sent between people and reports and video footage. The authors even went so far as to provide actual faces for almost all of the characters which is just great. There's all this pretty artwork on top of it too to keep things interesting.

And I admire how diverse the characters are, you have characters from every race and ethnicity out there and they're not background characters either, they're important. 

I need to talk about AIDAN for a second, the artificial intelligence system, because I've never been so infuriated in such a long time over an artificial intelligence system. It barely even has a personality and yet ... you wanna punch a computer in the screen just from reading this book. AIDAN is fucking crazy, like watching it develop a consciousness in the first book was honestly terrifying. This shit followed me into my dreams like I'm not joking, I was S C A R E D. But then you grow to enjoy AIDAN and it takes a lot to turn you around from hating an AI system to being like oh okay I guess you're not that bad.

I know that a few people have a problem with the romance line in the series but I honestly don't see why as it doesn't take away from the story. Like it's pretty background music type of stuff you know, it doesn't take away focus from the main story and what's really happening or what the reader is meant to be focusing on. If anything, I think it adds to the story, I feel as if I understand the characters a little better because of the underlying romance. You understand their motives more and why they do what they have to do.

I also really appreciate that the text messages they send each other are readable. Pretty much all of the time that adults attempt to write teenage talk through text it's literally unreadable. As a teenager, I can't read shit whenever I see an author's attempt to write teenage text. It takes me a good 5-10 minutes to figure out what the fuck the author is talking about BECAUSE YOU CAN'T READ THE TEXT. 

"But they're adults, they haven't been teenagers in a while." I hear you, but also just talk to a 17-year-old, text them, see how they respond. Mimic it. It's not that hard.

So yeah, I appreciate that the text talk was readable and accurate.

Also hey, let's appreciate Ella, who's disabled but still has spunk to her and is still hella smart and a force to be reckoned with. 

And the plot was really good, it kept moving at a good pace and new things kept popping up to keep you moving so things never got dull. I was honestly tense and anxious while reading this just waiting to hear what else was going to pop up. And I didn't see any of the plot twists that came up in the book, like the signs were there I just didn't think anything of it until the end and then it hit me like a brick.

So yeah, I recommend the series, I thought everything about it was great and I'm pumped for the last book to come out to see how this ends.

 

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review 2018-02-17 19:15
Nevernight (but still puts to sleep)- DNF at 50%
Nevernight - Jay Kristoff

So many people in Bookstagram love this series. Me, not so much. I found it hard to slog thru the first 25 pages. The reading was tedious, so I checked out the audiobook thru the Libby app. Even at 1.25x the speed, it was still a slow mountain to climb. At 5 hours we were only at 103 pages. The pages are littered with asterisks and crosses denoting references at the bottom of the text, and the audiobook read them all...

 

Plus, Mia, our main character was lacking in anything that really made me feel for her. She causes the death of 2 people in a caravan with her own stupidity and almost causes a third, but the third managed to live so swears a blood oath to Mia for...her survival? It made no sense to me at all. She pretty much got your friends killed, you owe her nothing.

 

The language, while not bothering me, should be noted is not appropriate for teens, in my opinion. One character accuses another of being a child of rape and says his father probably "didn't wipe his mother's stink off his cock". That just doesn't seem okay for a book a 13-year-old might pick up. Call me a prude. Plus Mia loves the word "c*nt". And sells her virginity to a boy prostitute and tells him to "fuck" her. Way strong for what I was expecting.

 

And yet, boring as hell. Nothing happened. 10 hours of listening and only one mildly interesting event took place. Sand kraken. Which, let's be honest. They're just the things from Tremors.

 

 

So, no. I've got much better things to do. Sorry, Mr. Kristoff.

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text 2018-02-16 19:24
Reading progress update: I've listened 170 out of 1200 minutes.
Nevernight - Jay Kristoff

My Lord, Mia's language. Not used to this in young adult. She talks like me. 

 

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text 2018-02-01 21:07
February TBR
Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs
The Twilight Swimmer - A.C. Kavich
The Blood of Olympus - Rick Riordan
Nevernight - Jay Kristoff
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir
The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman

I managed to complete my entire January TBR and then some. But that doesn't mean I am going to get too cocky on my abilities. So I am still keeping my list manageable, and if I overshoot, that's just gravy. Finally going to finish the Heroes of Olympus series so I can move on the Magnus Chase or Apollo. And my copy of Nevernight is signed, so that's cool. I love collecting autographs.

 

 

For surviving the flu, my husband bought me this gorgeous Princess Skystar. Other than this, nothing much is happening. I am out of physical therapy and feeling very good about my hip and back. They said I had progressed in leaps and bounds. I was also ridiculously flexible in most respects, to the amusement of my therapist. I could bend ways they couldn't. It sort of became a competition. I will miss those people.

 

Also, this is a potoo. You're welcome.

 

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review 2018-01-23 23:11
Godsgrave: Nevernight Chronicles #2
Godsgrave: Book 2 of the Nevernight Chronicle - Jay Kristoff

If you've read Nevernight then you have an idea of what to expect from this book. (And if you haven't, then you should really go do that.) As with the first book, the language remains florid and snarky. As soon as I began reading I found myself grinning - it was so fun to revisit this particular voice. There's plenty of all the things you have come to expect from this series: blood, action, sex, sarcasm, sneaking through shadows, and intricate plans that always seem to have wrenches thrown into them. You know, assassin stuff. Then this book also surprised me by digging into new depths I didn't expect. Issues of slavery and social injustice. Examinations of sexual orientation and identity. Weighty stuff sandwiched in between the ill conceived plans and vengeance. It was a nice surprise.

 

The world and characters continue to be intriguing and well developed. If the first book had a dash of Hogwarts (as the initiates trained in the Red Church) then this one has a healthy dose of Hunger Games. The central focus of this book is on the gladiator arena, which makes for plenty of drama, battles, and high stakes. When the whole idea going in is for Mia to be the last one standing, and you start getting to know the other gladiators, well, it leads to pretty fertile emotional territory for both Mia and the reader. The only reason I'm not giving this book 5 stars is because it has a bit of a middle book syndrome - it sets up a lot of threads for the conclusion of the trilogy, which makes the ending of this volume a bit less satisfying. I can't wait to read the third installment. This series has become a solid favorite.

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